John Selker: Embracing Imperfection- Celebrating to the Interior Complex Grace of Trees


We are of nature, wherein our trials become the cornerstones of our character.  A perfect person is an impossibility - only through struggle, error, and reflections on defeat do we build depth of the soul.  We have inordinate sensitive to the lessons embedded in travails.  Trees grow in the wind, vagaries of climate, completion from neighbors, and insults of animals, insects and fungus.   Their character is apparent in the rich complex structure developed from responding to these pressures.  I cannot create anything more beautiful or meaningful than the grain of a tree.  I seek to expose the viewer to the hidden world of trees’ of character, seeking to excite the seventh sense of humanity: the breathtaking beauty of the wellspring of character.


John Selker, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering (28 years). John majored in Physics and minored in Sculpture in his undergraduate from Reed College. Ever since he has sculpted his research. In January he got a new lathe that opened horizons he explores in this exhibit. In his academic life he co-Director of both (an NSF-supported National Facility for environmental measurement) and (a Trans-African environmental observatory spanning 21 countries), and PI of the OPEnS Lab (an open-source development lab for novel measurement methods; John has worked USA, Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Chile, and England and carried out research in Chile, Ghana, Senegal, Israel, China, and 10 European countries. He served as editor of Water Resources Research. Published 197 peer-reviewed articles on hydrologic science, most recently focusing on desert processes. In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and 2013 received the John Hem Award for Science and Technology from the American Groundwater Association.




Soundbox 2019

June 4-7

Works will be from OSU students and faculty, community members and special internet based contributions from Portland, Iran and NYC. Featuring works by: Anna Fidler, Mate Behbudi, Johnny Beaver, Allison Layagey Johnson, Morgan O'Hara, Cara Campanella, Eugen Hubbs, Michael Gamble (Co-curator of Soundbox -2018), Kathryn Louderback, WOKR, Ethereal Delusions, Jens Lovtang, OSU Improvisors Collective, Leland Holden, Maria Duong, Andrew Foran, nOiZepHyZix (Matt Kellam), Playboy Smooth, Luthor Maggot, Abdullah Albohalika, Dana Reason, Michelle Alany, Diffusions and more. Full schedule coming today. Open: Tuesday June 4-7th. 220 SW 26th St, Corvallis, Oregon #hypbeastbarcoderemix (zoomed in image: DJ Spooky "Alice") FREE!

Special Thanks to: Eugen Hubbs, MAIS Graduate Program (Co-Curator) Michael Boonstra, Andrew Nigon, Dana Reason, Jason Fick, Zachary Person, John Whitten, Erin Sneller.  


Now That's Something: Works by Matthew Hanna

April 1-25

Driven by history, faith and fantasy, Matthew Hanna is driven by a spiritual devotion to the ritual process of art making. Objects are his “words” and are used to communicate his experiences and understanding of a shared world. For more than two decades, Hanna’s self-educating process has evolved to include new methods and techniques of using the detritus and everyday images he is surrounded by. His mixed media collage, sculpture, and painting can be understood as both explorations and critiques of the modern culture that defines him.  



Things That Only Recently Existed

March 12-21

Featuring student sculptural work by Tori Allen, Hannah Arnold, Kaycie Blohm, Shuo Cai, Carissa Kern, Mackenzie Reed, and Julianna Souther. Plus the "Large Scale Generative Mark Maker" from Aidan Phillips and OSU Robotics Professor Naomi Fitter.





Terra Matter: A Collaborative Project between the Photography and Natural History Collections at Oregon State University.

February 4-28




View of the Red Forest: Julia Oldham

January 7-31





Un/Divided Dualism

A Master's Project by Tara A. Pierce

December 3 - 5





2018 Core Student Exhibition

November 12 - 29





Oct 1 - 26


Influence and outcome learning to co-exist; accumulation, process, painting, sculpture, and installation.



Sept 24 - 27



Mindstates is a collaborative VR project involving the combined efforts of students from NMC 483: New Media 3D and NMC 498: Advanced Collaborative Experience (ACE) in Spring 2018.



The project expresses concepts of anxious and calm states of mind.



The player enters the virtual world through an underground tunnel. From there paths lead to worlds designed to represent anxiety and calmness. These large themed spaces were created collaboratively by students in the ACE class. From either of those worlds, players can enter smaller spaces created by individual students in New Media 3D. Each space represents personal expressions or anxiety and calm. The hope was that the process of creating the calm spaces would be a contemplative experience and would encourage students to explore their own approaches to transitioning from states of anxiety to calmness in their own lives.





June 4 - 8

SpiderHarp (Ross Hatton, Andrew Otto, and Chet Udell)


OSU Woodshop Projects is hosting several exciting music/sound performances and immersive installations by current students, alumni and faculty. Each event promises to challenge common perceptions of music and sound in various ways. Some projects create new sounds by fusing familiar genres, while others blend sound with visual art. Plus, the interactive installation of “SpiderHarp” by OSU College of Engineering students and faculty.


More about SpiderHarp-


The SpiderHarp is an enlarged (4 ft. diameter), biologically inspired artificial spider web that has an accelerometer array mounted to a plastic spider at the center of the web. The location of a plucked string in the web is detected by applying signal processing to the vibrations measured by the accelerometers. Position, amplitude, and distance data from each pluck is translated into sonic objects, turning the web into a digital instrument. Sound is played back in 8-channel surround, with pluck location corresponding to a spatial speaker channel. 

Ross Hatton, Andrew Otto, and Chet Udell. SpiderHarp is supported, in part, by National Science Foundation Grant #1504428.


Soundbox is co-curated by Mike Gamble and Andrew Nigon. Special thanks to Dana Reason, Jason Fick, Ross Hatton, and Chet Udell