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Visiting Artist Program

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Fall 2016

Sacha Yanow September 13th

Sacha Yanow is a NYC based artist and actor. Her solo performance works include: Dad Band, New Museum, NYC (2015); Silent Film (In development), The Lab, San Francisco, Pieter, Los Angeles, and MAPP/Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY (2015), Dixon Place, NYC (2014), and Movement Research Festival, NYC (2013); and The Prince, Dixon Place, NYC (2013). Her residencies and awards include: LMCC Process Space (2016); SOMA, Mexico City (2015); Dixon Place, NYC (2014); Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2012); and The Field, NYC (2011).  Yanow has performed in theater, film and dance works by artists including Karen Finley, Sarah Michelson, Laura Parnes, Katy Pyle, Elisabeth Subrin, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, and Julie Tolentino. She was creative consultant for Elisabeth Subrin’s feature film A Woman A Part (2016), and co-director and dramaturge for Dynasty Handbag’s performance piece Soggy Glasses (The Broad/REDCAT 2016, Brooklyn Academy of Music 2014). Yanow currently serves as Director of Art Matters Foundation and previously worked at The Kitchen as Director of Operations.  She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a graduate of the William Esper Studio Actor Training Program.

Sacha Yanow comes to Portland through the Cooley Gallery, Reed College, where her exhibition CHERIE DRE is on view from September 9 – October 9, 2016. Opening public reception: September 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Cooley Gallery. In addition, Yanow will perform her solo work DAD BAND on September 15, 7:00 pm, at Reed’s Black Box Theatre, as part of PICA’s 2016 TBA Festival. The performance is free with reservations at PICA.ORG

Christine Bourdette September 27th

Christine Bourdette is a Portland, Oregon-based visual artist—-her studio practice includes sculpture, drawing, and installation. She earned her BA in Art from Lewis and Clark College, Portland.  She has received a Bonnie Bronson Fellowship (first recipient), a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and a Golden Spot award from The Ford Family Foundation.  She has been awarded residencies at Caldera (2007 and 2012), and at Jentel and Ucross in Wyoming.  She has exhibited her work nationally, including solo exhibitions at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Portland, OR), The Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX), Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), Klein Gallery (Chicago, IL), and The Alexandria Museum, (Alexandria, LA), and is in many collections nationwide.  Her work has been featured in Sculpture magazine and reviewed in Art in America, Artweek, and Visions Quarterly.  Bourdette also maintains a practice in public art and has completed commissions in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Florida.  She frequently collaborates on visual design for performance, dance and film (including the animated short film, Bunnyheads, with Jim Blashfield).  The Elizabeth Leach Gallery represents her in Portland.

Jack Ryan October 4th

Jack Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist who uses sonic theory, sculpture, and optics as a conduit to explore trance and contemporary culture. Ryan is the co-director of Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR and the founding director of Pacific Sky Exhibitions in Eugene, OR. He has exhibited at Palace of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt; Dublin Electronics Arts Festival, Ireland; Maison Laurentine, Paris; Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; MICA, Baltimore; the Banff Center, Canada; and the University of California in San Diego. In 2015, Ryan received the Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts; the Precipice Award administered by PICA and supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation and Calligram/Allie Furlotti; and a Djerassi residency supported by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation. He has a solo exhibition scheduled for 2017 at the Marylhurst Art Gym and is currently in the Portland2016 Biennial curated by Michelle Grabner.

Ralph Pugay October 11th

Ralph Pugay (b. 1983 in Cavite, Philippines) is an artist working primarily in painting. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University and is a residency graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Pugay’s honors include a Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum, an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award. Notable solo exhibitions were held at the Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), Upfor (Portland, OR), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA) and FAB Gallery (Richmond, VA), among others. Group exhibitions featuring Pugay’s work include the 2015 Untitled. Miami Beach art fair; the Portland2014 Biennial, produced by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; and the 2012 CoCA exhibition in Seattle, Washington. Formerly a visiting faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, he was recently appointed the James DePriest Visiting Professor of Art at Portland State University and is an instructor at the Conceptual Oregon Performance School.

Taylor Davis October 18th

Taylor Davis is a sculptor whose upcoming and recent exhibitions include: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Tang Museum, Dodge Gallery, Office Baroque Gallery, Worchester Art Museum, White Columns, Samson Projects, Exit Art, Triple Candie, Incident Report, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Davis was included in the Whitney of American Art Biennial in 2004. Her many grants and awards include Radcliffe Fellowship (2010-2011), Anonymous Was a Woman (2009), Association of International Art Critics Award (2007 and 2002); St Botolph Foundation Grant (2003); Institute of Contemporary Art Artist Prize (2001); Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant (1999). She is currently a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and co-chair of sculpture at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She was also visiting faculty at Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University fall of 2008.  Davis received her M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Wendy Red Star  November 1st

Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of traditional Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art. Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, Fairhaven College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2015, Red Star was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2016, she participated in Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy at the Portland Art Museum, and recently mounted a solo exhibition as part of the museum’s APEX series. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

Drew Cameron, November 15th

Drew Cameron is a second-generation hand papermaker, trained forester and former Army soldier. He is a founder of Combat Paper and has been facilitating workshops with veterans and the community in which they transform military uniforms into handmade paper, prints, books and art since 2007. The workshop has reached thousands of people throughout the country in 30 states through more than 125 workshops. His work is held in 34 public collections and has been shown numerous times including at the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Courtauld Institute, Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Museum of Craft and Design and the Craft and Folk Art Museum among others. Combat Paper is now operating in four locations: New York, New Jersey, Nevada and California with open and ongoing programming. He is based in San Francisco.

Spring 2016 
Martha Rosler
Intersecciones Artists
Karyn Olivier
Julie Perini
Derek Franklin
Jodie Cavalier

Fall 2015 

Julia Portela
Eric Stotik
Fallen Fruit Collective
Chelsea Heffner
Ryan Pierce

Spring 2015

Blake Stimson 
Josh MacPhee
Tiffany Calvert
Thomas Orr
Modou Dieng

Fall 2014

Dana Lynn Louis
Grant Hottle
Amanda Wojick
Vanessa Renwick
Lisa Radon

Fall 2013 

Stephen Hayes
Stephen Slappe
Julie Perini
Dylan Beck
Alicia Jo Rabins
Didier Williams
Lindsey White

Fall 2012 

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

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

Ken Allan
Julian Dolan
Tannaz Farsi
Jesse Locker

Stewart Luckman
Victor Maldonado
Whiting Tennis
John Urang

Fall 2009

Red76 Sam Gould
Hun-chung Lee

Matt McCormick

Ryan Pierce

Beth Sellars

Storm Tharp

Elise Wagner

Fall 2008

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 

Chandra Bocci
MK Guth

Michelle Ross

Past Visiting Artists

Lisa Orr
Laura Valenti

Dana Lynn Louis



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