Cara Tomlinson

Cara Tomlinson

Associate Professor of Art, Studio Head of Painting

Fields Center 303, MSC: 92
Office Hours:

Tuesdays 3:15-5pm (by previous appointment) and Thursdays 3:15-5pm (drop in)

Cara Tomlinson is an Oregon-based artist whose abstract paintings, drawings, and sculptures focus on ecologies and relationships between human and non-human bodies. She holds a BA from Bennington College in Painting and Literature and an MFA in Painting from The School of Art and Design at the University of Oregon. Tomlinson shows her work nationally and internationally and has been supported by numerous grants and residency awards including Monson Arts Residency, the Ucross Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Willapa Bay Artist Residency, Ford Family Foundation Grant, and an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. Tomlinson 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 color affect. Her teaching extends to traditional and experimental art practices, with an emphasis on drawing and painting informed by historical methods, and contemporary art theory and ecological practice. Before coming to Lewis & Clark, she taught painting at Dartmouth College, the University of Iowa, and Syracuse University.


Art 117A Painting Fundamental
Art 117B Figure Painting
Art 217 Painting II
Art 317 Painting III
Art 229 Art & Ecology
Art 327 Painting Hybrids Special Topics
Art 311 Junior Seminar
Art 490 Senior Art Practice

Location: Fields Hall