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Monday, July 12, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Emily Counts was born in Seattle, Washington where she currently lives and works. She received her B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts and also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in New York at The Museum of Arts and Design and Cooler Gallery, in California at Garboushian Gallery, Durden and Ray, and the Torrance Art Museum, in Oregon at Nationale and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, and in Washington at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Counts was an artist in residence creating work for associated solo exhibitions at Raid Projects in Los Angeles and Plane Space in New York and a 2020 resident at the Varda Artists Residency Program in Sausalito, Calif. She has received grants from Artist Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and The Ford Family Foundation. Counts is represented in Oregon by Nationale and is a member of SOIL in Seattle, a cooperative gallery established and operated by artists.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Ka'ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Modoc Point, Oregon. The conceptual framework of her practice focuses on channeling research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism. Utilizing painting and traditional Indigenous art practices, her work explores space in-between the Indigenous and western paradigms. Ka’ila displays work in the form of paintings, objects, and self-curated installations.
Ka’ila is a co-director and co-Guide for Signal Fire, a certified Wilderness First Responder and is a current Fields Artist Fellow with Oregon Humanities. Her work has been exhibited at Out of Sight, Museum of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum (Washington); Missoula Art Museum (Montana) and at Medici Fortress in Cortona, Italy. In Oregon she has work in the permanent collections of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene) and the Portland Art Museum. Her work will be on view in 2020 at the Hoffman Gallery and Nine Gallery in Portland SCALEHOUSE Collaborative in Bend. Her solo exhibition Ghost Rider: Performing Fugitive Indigeneity will be on view at Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon in 2021. Ka’ila has recently been selected to attend artist residencies at Djerassi, UCROSS, Institute of American Indian Arts and Crow's Shadow.
Ka'ila Farrell-Smith received a B.F.A. in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an M.F.A. in contemporary art practices studio from Portland State University.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Garrick Imatani uses embodied perception, fabrication and performance to think through the role of landscape, collective history and racialized bodies within the United States. Imatani’s process frequently stems from research, site visits and collaboration, resulting in sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs, videos and public projects exhibited nationally and internationally. Imatani’s recent collaborative public work, The Watcher Files Project (with Kaia Sand), has been exhibited at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston; the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara; YNKB in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Portland Archives and Records Center (Portland, OR), among others. Other recent exhibitions and venues include the Southern Oregon SITE Project at Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland, OR), Triumph Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), Incident Report (Hudson, NY), Hap Garrick Imatani Portland The Drift 2019 Video Gallery (Portland, OR), and the Portland Museum of Art Biennial (Portland, ME). Imatani is the recipient of several grants and awards from such organizations as The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Maine Arts Commission, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council; as well as the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Calligram Foundation.
Imatani holds an M.F.A. in visual arts from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art Studio from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has served as studio head of foundations at Lewis & Clark College and as an assistant professor of sculpture and 3D fabrication at Southern Oregon University. He is currently the chair of foundation at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
Thursday, July 15, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Heidi Schwegler explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Drawn to the peripheral ruin, she deftly incorporates found objects with traditional craft and sculpture media. “When [an object] is no longer contextualized by function and ownership, the discarded thing's anonymity and ambiguity render it pervious to the imagination,” she says, approaching such things as a source of investigation. “I consider its formal qualities as raw material – but a very particular raw material that is both new and an indicator of past use, past value and past purpose.”
Schwegler’s accolades include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, Hallie Ford Fellowship and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships in the Visual Arts. She was artist-in-residence at MacDowell, Pilchuck, VCCA, Yaddo, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Bullseye Glass Company, among others. Notable exhibitions of her work include the 2018 Bellevue Art Museum Biennial, Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner and presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; her 10-year retrospective, Botched Execution, at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Oregon) and the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, NE. Schwegler holds a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. She divides her time between Portland and Yucca Valley, California where is the founding director of Yucca Valley Material Lab.
Friday, July 16, 2021 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
OSU Art presentation
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