A new Semester: Faculty Lectures! Gallery Exhibition! First Friday!

It is the end of the first week of Spring Semester 2012 and we have hit the ground running!  Welcome back to our returning students and faculty and a big, huge, artsy welcome to all our new students in the School of Art!

Faculty Lectures:

On February 2nd the School of Art will present two exciting lectures by our faculty.  Be sure to join us as we learn more about the art work and research being done by professors in our school.  These events are free and open to the public.

Professor Brad Allen will present his lecture, “New Work and the Decentralized Aesthetic” from 5-6pm in social Science room 356 on February 2nd.

Professor Valerie Hedquist will also lecture on February 2nd.  Join us from 7-8pm in the Masquer Theater to hear Valerie talk about her recently published book, “Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies“.

In between the two faculty lectures on February 2nd we will be hosting the opening reception for our exhibition, “Exchange” in which graduate students from the School of Art sent their works to Portland State University and vice versa.  We are very excited to host this event and look forward to meeting PSU students at the Gallery of Visual Art from 6-7pm.  Please join us as we celebrate this exchange of art and ideas.

First Friday:

School of Art students Jessica Klier and Tory Gustafson will collaborate on a First Friday reception at Hunter Bay Coffee (101 East Front Street).  Jessica will be exhibiting her drawings in a show called, “Tracings” while Tory provides the music via his guitar.  Be sure to check out this amazing art duo!

School of Art alumna Cait Finley is exhibiting work at Le Petit Outre (129 S. 4th W).  Join Cait at her opening reception from 5-7pm and take a look at her wild creations or “strange creatures thriving in unusual habitats.”  The one below is called, “Echiura Alveolar- The World’s Laziest Predator”.

School of Art students Shelby Baldridge and Stephanie Kenny will be hosting a First Friday reception at The Top Hat’s Rock Bottom Gallery as part of Family Friendly First Friday.  Join Shelby and Stephanie from 5-9pm and enjoy art, food, drinks, music!

School of Art grad students Nate Tonning, Josh Eck and Will Hutchinson are still running FrontierSpace (believe it or not) and invite us all to their latest First Friday exhibition reception.  Here’s the quote Nate sent in…”For the month of February FrontierSpace is proud to present the work of Daniel Baird.  Daniel’s work has often addressed concerns of mortality, preservation and finitude in regards to the technology we surround ourselves with.  What is that supposed to mean?  Stop by FrontierSpace to find out.  FrontierSpace will host an opening reception for Daniel Baird on Friday, February 3 from 6-9pm.  FrontierSpace is located one block west of Higgins in the alley between Pine and Spruce.”  See you there!

Prudential Real Estate (314 N. Higgins) will be displaying paintings by School of Art alumnus Eric Ashcraft for First Friday.  Be sure to stop in and see what this UM graduate has been working on since receiving his BFA in 2006.

School of Media Arts student Charles Raffety has some very interesting work on display at Computer Central (136 E. Broadway).  Check our Charles’ art and use your smart phone or tablet computer to scan the embedded QR Codes in each one to be transported to websites and images chosen by the artist.  Charles says it’s, “…a reflection of the history of technological advances and global industrialization.”

The Brink Gallery (111 W. Front St.) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “I pass by”, a series of photographic silkscreens by Pennsylvanian artist Benjamin Lee Sperry.  “My work is a conceptual form of photography, it deals with a wide variety of themes ranging from youth and ambition to uncertainty and desire. The work is meant to be a form of visual narrative that evokes feeling from its viewers.” The opening reception will be from  5 – 8pm this First Friday.

Our friends at The Clay Studio of Missoula (1106 Hawthorne) are exhibiting, International Cup 2012“, an exhibition showcasing ceramic work that explores the infinite possibilities of the idea of a cup. Juried by accomplished potters and cup makers Jayson Lawfer and Emily Schroeder Willis, 40 cups have been selected from the 175 applicants from all around the world.  The exhibition will be on display until February 24- opening reception on Friday, February 3, from 5:30-9pm.


The fine folks over at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture continue their two wonderful exhibitions in the Paxson and Meloy Galleriers.  “Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies” (Also the title of Professor Hedquist’s book) and “Frances Carroll Brown: Bitterroot Portraits” will be on display until February 25th.  There will be a First Friday reception from 4-6pm in the PAR-TV building on campus.

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