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Experience international artists, adventurous curators and cutting-edge performances.

When planning your visit to Portland, Oregon this fall, consider an Art Focus Package, designed by or create your own travel experience any time of year with help from , your guide for where to go and what to do in Portland, Oregon.

Museum of Contemporary Craft
A site-specific installation by Melissa Dyne
May 29-August 10, 2008

What is the relationship between art and craft? Where is the artistry in industrial production? How do we experience glass in our everyday lives? Melissa Dyne's installation examines these questions in an attempt to explore the physical, material and phenomenological properties of glass in its most common form: the window pane.

Image left: Courtesy of Melissa Dyne

April 10-July 23, 2008

This retrospective is the first survey of the life and work of Ken Shores - Oregon ceramist, sculptor and long-time Lewis & Clark College professor. Spanning over five decades, the exhibition views Shores' work through his world travels, his personal art collection and his experiences as a foundational figure in the American Craft Movement.

Slideshow image: Ken Shores, Feather Fetish, 1979-80; Ceramic, curly duck feathers, mirror, Plexiglas; From the collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft; Gift of Ken Shores; Photo by John Clark

724 Northwest Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Wednesday, June 18 - Saturday, June 21, 2008
PICA 224 NW 13th Ave Portland 97209
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In celebration of the 38th Annual Glass Art Society Conference PICA and Bullseye Gallery present Pianissimo by Mark Zirpel with an artist reception on Friday, June 20. Mark Zirpel explains, "As in a lot of my work, there is a linking of unrelated materials or forces to suggest a previously unconsidered relationship. In this case I have paired the mathematical structure and legacy of the piano to the random and natural occurrence of wind to produce 'music.' The piano is a tool, lifeless without some force to bring forth its voice. The wind is analogous to the imagination, to that part of us which activates matter and makes possible creative (ity) results. This interaction is initiated by the presence of the viewer, acting as both witness and provocateur, as both cause and effect, supporting our agency in creating and experiencing the world."


PMMNLS : Free Artist Talks Almost Every Monday
PICA Thirteenth Birthday Party featuring Mega*Church : July 18 at Holocene
2008 Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:08) : September 5 - 14, 2008

Pianissimo, 2003 by Mark Zirpel. Piano, sail, fan, wind, string, glass, sound. 98 x 60 x 24 inches.
Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA)
Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA) includes the state's foremost contemporary art galleries committed to the highest standards of representation. One will find the region's leading artists exhibited alongside renowned national and international artists. PADA hosts city-wide public receptions on the first Thursday evening of every month.

Members are Augen Gallery, Blackfish Gallery, Bullseye Gallery, Butters Gallery Ltd, Froelick Gallery, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, New American Art Union, PDX Contemporary Art, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Quintana Galleries, Laura Russo Gallery, and Mark Woolley Gallery.

Image: Quintana Galleries; Marvin Oliver (Quinault & Isleta Pueblo), Salish Petroglyph Basket, blown & fused glass, 13.25 x 9.75 inches

Portland Art Museum
Richard Deacon
January 26, 2008 - May 11, 2008

A new monumental sculpture by internationally celebrated British artist Richard Deacon is the focus of the latest installment of the Museum’s contemporary art series. Constructed from twisted, square strips of oak joined end-to-end with stainless steel, Dead Leg is a complex, linear structure that winds and stretches across the gallery. Both playful and serious in spirit, Dead Leg redefines sculpture not as weighty mass, but as a silhouette that explores space as a flowing line.

Recipient of the Turner Prize in 1987, Deacon’s work has been featured internationally in exhibitions, including the Carnegie Biennial, Documenta, and The Venice Biennale, and in major solo museum exhibitions in Europe and the United States. He lives and works in London.

Image: Richard Deacon, Dead Leg, 2007, Oak and stainless steel, Copyright of the artist. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

This exhibition is the eighth in an ongoing series of contemporary art exhibitions organized by Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and supported in part by the Miller Meigs Endowment for Contemporary Arts.

1219 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Oregon College of Art and Craft

High Tech/Low Tech
July 3-August 28, 2008, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 3 from 4:00-7:00pm

Comprised of artwork from members of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, “High Tech/Low Tech” explores the contrasts and unexpected possibilities of a high technology culture that is informed by a low tech, artisan past. As industry continues to develop new materials, artists continue to find new and unexpected ways to use those products to create and inspire.

The participating artists include Donna Anderson, Barbara Barnes, Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Linda Rudin Frizzell, Peggy Hitchcock, Patti King, Linda McFarland, Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer, Carol Milne, Scott Schuldt, and Karen N. Soma.
8245 S.W. Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Translations and Discoveries
Feldman Gallery + Project Space
June 5-July 27
1st Thursday Opening: June 5, 6–9PM

Hamish Carr (Australia)
Rafael Cauduro (Mexico)
Judy Cooke (US)
John Mackechnie (UK)
Martha Pfanschmidt (US)
Tom Prochaska (US)
Olga Sankey (Australia)
Christy Wyckoff (US)

Translations and Discoveries is a show of local and international artists that work primarily in printmaking and painting who have also translated their ideas and imagery through the lens of kiln-formed glass. This is an act of translation, not of transcription. Working with glass allows the artists to explore the same conceptual and visual territory using another voice, one that affords almost all of the same pictorial and formal qualities of their printmaking and painting, but with a different relationship to transparency, light and physical depth than their original media.

Image by: Rafael Cauduro, "Man in the Rain," 2002 kilnformed glass 35 x 20 x .125 inches Photo: P. Leonard Image courtesy of Bullseye Gallery
1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209
Reed College
Jess: To and From the Printed Page
May 9 - July 20, 2008

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College presents Jess: To and From the Printed Page, an immersive exhibition including painting, sculpture, collage, book arts and ephemera by the seminal Beat Generation artist Jess Collins, known as “Jess” (1923-2004).

Jess: To and From the Printed Page, is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by iCI, (Independent Curators International), New York. Guest curator for the exhibition is Ingrid Schaffner. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the iCI Exhibition Partners. Catalog available at the Cooley Gallery.
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97202
How the Ink Feels: A Friends of William Stafford broadside exhibit
The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark Special Collections is proud to host the final exhibition of a poetry broadside collection assembled by the Friends of William Stafford. This is also the first of a series of events to celebrate the recent gift of the William Stafford Archives to the College by the Stafford Family.

Featured printers and publishers include Karla Elling of Mummy Mountain Press, Sandy Tilcock of lone goose press, John Laursen of Press-22, Carlos Reyes of Trask House Books, Vi Gale’s Prescott Street Press, and Wang Hui-Ming.

June 5 to July 13 (Gallery hours: Thursdays, 4-8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 p.m.)

Image: "After Arguing Against the Contention that Art Must Come From Discontent" by William Stafford. Designed and printed by Sandy Tilcock of lone goose press.
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219