Cara Tomlinson

Cara Tomlinson

Associate Professor of Art, Studio Head of Painting

Cara Tomlinson is an Oregon-based artist who addresses ideas of subjectivity, agency, and materiality through the language of painting. She received her BA in Painting and Literature from Bennington College and her MFA in Painting from The School of Art and Design at the University of Oregon. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been supported by numerous grants and residency awards including: the Ucross Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Willapa Bay Artist Residency, Ford Family Foundation Grant, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and two Professional Development Grants from the Portland Regional Arts Council and Oregon Arts Commission. Cara researches and writes about artmaking and has presented papers at national and international humanities and arts conferences on the phenomenology of object making, the pedagogy of drawing, and the affect of color. Her teaching extends to traditional and experimental art practices, with an emphasis on drawing and painting informed by historical methods, painting as hybrid practice and contemporary art theory. She has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Iowa, Syracuse University and is currently an Associate Professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her work is represented by BDDW Gallery in New York.


Art 117A Painting Fundamental
Art 117B Figure Painting
Art 217 Painting II
Art 317 Painting III
Art 227 Special Topics: Painting Hybrid
Art 311 Junior Seminar
Art 490 Senior Art Practice

Location: Fields Hall