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Visiting Artist Program

All lectures begin at 6:30pm in room 102 in Miller Center for the Humanities on the Lewis & Clark College campus unless otherwise noted. Sponsored by the Lewis & Clark College Art Department, all lectures are open to the college community and the public.

For information, contact the Art Department: 503-768-7390 or


Spring 2015 

Blake Stimson - February 24th (Miller 105)

Blake Stimson, Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is an internationally recognized specialist in contemporary art, critical theory, and the history of photography. Stimson has written for Art Journal, Art Bulletin, Artforum, October, Texte zur Kunst, Oxford Art Journal, Third Text, New Left Review, Tate Papers, Etudes Photographiques, Philosophy and Photography, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, among many others. He is author of The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation (MIT, 2006) and Citizen Warhol (Reaktion, 2013), and co-editor of five volumes: Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (with Alexander Alberro, MIT, 1999), Visual Worlds (with John R. Hall and Lisa Tamaris Becker, Routledge, 2006), Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 (with Gregory Sholette, Minnesota, 2007), The Meaning of Photography (with Robin Kelsey, Clark Art Institute and Yale, 2008), and Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings (with Alexander Alberro, MIT, 2009).

Josh MacPhee - March 3rd                                         

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (, which he founded in 1998, and the Occuprint collective ( He is co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now with Dara Greenwald, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture with Alec Dunn, and author of Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today. In addition to also being a curator, MacPhee recently co-founded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements located in Brooklyn. MacPhee’s visit is co-sponsored by the Pacific Northwest College of Art and takes place in conjunction with Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the first retrospective exhibition of this print cooperative on display from March 5th-June 21st in PNCA’s newly completed 511 Gallery. The exhibition will feature work by all 30 members from all over North America.

Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artist Cooperative lecture sponsored by Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Tiffany Calvent - March 17th 

Tiffany Calvert’s work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Lawrimore Project in Seattle, Visual Arts Gallery at SVA New York, and The Lab in San Francisco. She has been a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center (NY) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. After living in San Francisco, Chicago and Brooklyn, she is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Reed College in Portland, OR for 2014-2015. Her paintings draw on imagery from Art Historical sources and from contemporary resources including journalistic imagery and personal photographs. She seeks a precarious balance between figuration and abstraction, using the complexity of the imagery to both create the structure and to confuse, overcomplicate and obscure.

Thomas Orr - March 31st

Over forty years ago Thomas Orr took ceramics as a required art class during his studies in Oceanography.  For a decade he lived in the foothills of northern California where he dug clay and wood fired pots formed on a potters wheel he created from the axle of an abandoned automobile.  Moving to a small college town he worked as a studio potter while performing the duties of a ceramic technician in the local state college.  At the end of the ’80’s Thomas attended the Claremont Graduate School earning an MFA.  The next years were spent traveling the country teaching sabbatical replacement jobs and building his studio practice.  In 1995 he came to Portland to head the ceramics program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft from which he recently retired.  Along with continuing an active studio practice he is collaborating with his wife, Joanna, to establish the Ash Street Project Emerging Artist Mentorship Program at their Portland studio.

Modou Dieng - April 21st 

Modou Dieng is a multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media, painting, photography, and installation. Dieng’s interests lie in conceptualizing visions of contemporary life constituted by a mix of humanity, topography and pastiche of forms. Dieng evokes a city’s continuously changing facade, as well as its hybrid character and eclectic combination. His work deals with urban history, race, social status, gender, cosmopolitanism, and belonging. He has exhibited with numerous galleries and museums including: Steve Turner Gallery (Los Angeles); Pascal Polar Gallery (Brussels); Dakar Biennale (Dakar); Carousel du Louvre (Paris); Sarah Lawrence College (NY); UMass (Boston); Museum of Contemporary African and Diaspora Art (Brooklyn); and Casa Encendida (Madrid). He’s an Associate Professor in Painting and Drawing at PNCA and the founder and curator of Worksound Gallery (Portland, OR).


Fall 2014 


Tuesday, September 30th Miller 105
Dana Lynn Louis  
For two decades Louis has maintained a rigorous studio practice that engages architectural space, glass, light and shadow among numerous other materials. The results fluctuate between intimate domestic-scaled pieces, to interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and large-scale public works that energize and alter ones experience of their environment. Louis is conceptually inspired by the timeless and fascinating systems of the body, the natural and constructed worlds, and their interconnectedness.
In the last ten years Louis’ work has also been profoundly affected by her experiences traveling through West Africa and helping to create Ko-falen, a cultural center in Bamako, Mali. Louis’ work is also influenced by her practice and study of yoga. Her work explores the connective layers in all of these experiences.Louis’ work has been exhibited and collected Internationally.

Tuesday, October 21st 
Grant Hottle was born in Oklahoma City. He studied at Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands, and earned degrees in painting and drawing from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oregon. He shows nationally, with recent exhibits in Oakland at Swarm Gallery, in Portland at Laura Russo Gallery and at Disjecta’s Portland 2012 Biennial; in Seattle at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery and at the Kirkland Arts Center; in Minneapolis at Altered Esthetics; and in Boston at SamsØn. Hottle teaches drawing and painting at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. Art Instructor, Area Head of Painting and Foundations, Clark College, Vancouver, WA. He lives and works in Portland.

Tuesday, October 28th 
Amanda Wojick is an artist and educator based in Eugene, Oregon.  She locates her ongoing creative work at intersections of abstract sculpture and drawing, the hand and the machine, and material and visual culture.  Using everyday materials such as paper, glue and tape, Wojick creates brightly colored dimensional fields of irregular lines, circles, and rectangles. Her projects have engaged subjects including landscape, routine, history, and trauma. 
Wojick’s work has been supported by awards and grants from the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, Sculpture Space, the Ragdale Foundation, the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the University of Oregon Humanities Center. Solo and group exhibitions of her work have occurred across the country in museums, galleries, as well as various commissioned venues. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum, and she is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Wojick holds two MFA degrees from the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College, and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Her BA in Art and Art History is from Colgate University. In 2001 she moved from New York State to take a position in the Art Department at the University of Oregon where she is currently an Associate Professor and co-chair of the Sculpture Program. 

Tuesday, November 11th
Vanessa Renwick
 is an artist  by  nature, not  by  stress  of  research. She puts scholars to rout by solving through Nature’s teaching problems that have fretted their trained minds. 
Working in experimental and poetic documentary forms, her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders. She is a naturalist, born, not made : a true barefoot, cinematic rabblerouser, of grand physique, calm pulse and a magnetism that demands the most profound attention.

Tuesday, November 18th
Lisa Radon makes poems that may be publication, object, essay, installation, website, performance. Her books include The Plumb and The Wave (2014), Prototyping Eutopias (2013),An Attempt at Exhausting a Place (2013), The Book of Knots (c_L, 2013), A Reading (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 2012) Sentences on Sentences on Paragraphs on Paragraphs (Publication Studio, 2011). Her work has been presented recently in solo exhibitions at Pied-à-terre, Littmann Gallery, and White Box, as well as in exhibitions at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Hedreen Gallery, LxWxH, and publications for MK Gallery, Disjecta, and Appendix Project Space. Radon publishes the journal EIGHTS.

Fall 2013 Visiting Artist Lectures
Stephen Hayes
Stephen Slappe
Julie Perini
Dylan Beck
Alicia Jo Rabins
Didier Williams
Lindsey White

Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Lectures

Reynier Leyva Novo
Namita Gupta Wiggers
Anna Fidler
Naomi Hume
Museum of Commerce
Ariana Jacob
Eric Geschke
Evan La Londe
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Becca Albee
Deborah Horrell

Fall 2011 Visiting Artist Lectures

Helen Lessick
Stewart Luckman
Hsui Wei
Nan Curtis
Susie J. Lee
Kristan Kennedy
David Eckard
James M. Harrison
Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen
Dan Attoe
Kris Cohen
Gerri Ondrizek

Fall 2010 Visiting Artist Lectures

Ken Allan
Julian Dolan
Tannaz Farsi
Jesse Locker

Stewart Luckman
Victor Maldonado
Whiting Tennis
John Urang

Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lectures

Red76 Sam Gould
Hun-chung Lee

Matt McCormick

Ryan Pierce

Beth Sellars

Storm Tharp

Elise Wagner


Fall 2008 Visiting Artist Lectures

Holly Andres
Judy Cooke
Laurie Danial

Daniel Duford

Red76 Sam Gould

John Grade

Heidi Preuss Grew

Jenene Nagy

Lucinda Parker
Sue Taylor
Laura Vandenburgh


Fall 2007 Visiting Artist Lectures

Chandra Bocci
MK Guth

Michelle Ross

Past Visiting Artist

Lisa Orr
Laura Valenti


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