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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, 1970; Ceramic, 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
Press/Media Contact: Marc Moscato
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
TADA! Annual! Gala!
Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening
Dinner by Simpatica, Live Auction, & Entertainment Big Art Group.
Honorary Chair Brad Cloepfil & Honorary Co-Chairs Laura + Nawzad Othman
Tickets $150 ($100 Tax-Deductible) call 503.242.1419 x221

BIG ART GROUP is a NYC-based performance company founded in 1999. The company uses the language of media and blended states of performance in a unique form to build culturally transgressive and challenging new works. THANK YOU TADA! SPONSORS: Otak, Keyes, Williams and Dame, Boora, Dunn Carney, Gerding/Edlen, Hanna Anderson, Here/Now, Merisel, Opus Creative, and Morgan Stanley.

September 5 - 14, 2008 : 2008 Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:08)

PMMNLS: Portland State University MFA Monday Night Lecture Series
Free Artist Talks Almost Every Monday at 7:30 pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall St at 5th Ave
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224 nw 13th ave. #305
portland, oregon 97209
503.242.1419 x224
Press/Media Contact: Brian Costello
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: Mark Woolley Gallery; William Park, Some May Wonder, 2008, acrylic on paper, 28 x 22 inches

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Press/Media Contact: Lyn Terry
Portland Art Museum
Richard Deacon: January 26 - May 11, 2008

Portland, Ore.—On January 26, the Portland Art Museum will present a new monumental sculpture by internationally celebrated British artist Richard Deacon. This will be the latest installation in the Museum’s ongoing series of international contemporary art exhibitions, supported in part by the Miller Meigs Endowment for the Contemporary Arts.

Dominating the fourth floor gallery space, Dead Leg (2007) stands nine feet high and spans some 28 feet. Constructed from twisted, square strips of oak joined end-to-end with stainless steel, the opposing natures of the materials—organic versus man-made—are united in their strength and re-formed into an abstract and gracefully dynamic structure. Complex and linear, Dead Leg, as a three-dimensional drawing in space; will fold, wind, and stretch across the gallery transforming the environment by its presence. Both playful and serious in spirit, Dead Leg redefines sculpture not as weighty mass, but as silhouette that simultaneously defines volume and explores space as a flowing line. The exhibition will also include an earlier sculpture by Deacon, Nothing is Forbidden.

Since graduating from Chelsea College of Art in 1978, Deacon has enjoyed success and international acclaim as a sculptor. 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. In 1997 Deacon was made a "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" by the Ministry of Culture in France. Deacon was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1998 and a year later was honored as a Commander of the British Empire. He lives and works in London, but also divides his time between Paris, where he teaches at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, and Cologne, Germany.

This is the ninth installation in the Miller Meigs contemporary art series organized by Bruce Guenther, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. This series of exhibitions celebrates new ideas, artists, and mediums. Since 2005, the series has featured the works of Sophie Calle, Roxy Paine, Richard Rezac, Pierre Huyghe, Damien Hirst, Kehinde Wiley, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and now Richard Deacon.

Exhibition Overview
WHEN January 26 - May 11, 2008

WHERE Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, fourth floor

CURATOR Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Sundays 12 pm - 5 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm
Thursdays & Fridays 10 am - 8 pm
Closed Mondays and certain holidays; visit portlandartmuseum.org for a complete holiday schedule.

Museum members FREE
Adults $10
Seniors (55+)/Students (19+) $9
Youth (5 - 18) $6
Children (4 and younger) FREE
Group Tickets (12 or more) $8
Special exhibition and event pricing may apply.

1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Press/Media Contact: Beth Heinrich
Oregon College of Art and Craft

Post-baccalaureate Exhibition
May 5-May 27, 2008, with a reception on Thursday, May 15 from 4:00-7:00pm.

Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition
Worksound/PDX @ 820 SE Alder in Portland
May 5-May 27, 2008, with a reception on Friday, May 16 from 4:00-7:00pm.

Graduating students in OCAC’s BFA and Post-baccalaureate programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work. This learning experience culminates in the showcase of their work in the Undergraduate Thesis and Post-baccalaureate Exhibitions.

The show highlights the multidisciplinary approach taught at the College. Because the OCAC curriculum encourages students to experiment media outside of their major concentration, they have the freedom and fluency to merge their ideas and bridge boundaries across a variety of media.
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8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
503 297-5544
Press/Media Contact: Jody Creasman
Pacific Northwest College of Art
The Searchers
Feldman Gallery + Project Space
April 3-May 25
1st Thursday Opening: April 3, 6–9PM
The Feldman Gallery is open daily from 9am–9pm

The Searchers ask: What is the relationship between eBay and the consumer? Two eBay consumers? A person and their computer? The Searchers uses the construct of a first time eBay seller to explore the way that people connect, or don't connect, through technology--websites, email, letters, newspaper, books, iPods... The Searchers started with a work of fiction written by curators Amoreen Armetta and Molly Dilworth. The exhibit proves that the relationship between the above entities exists, but that this relationship is difficult to quantify because the connections are constantly changing, and the entities are always in motion. The challenge posed to the artists asked to take part in The Searchers was to materialize these connections, assuming that metaphor serves as proof.

The Searchers features: Nuno Cera, Ann Craven, AC Dickson, Joan Grossman, Lucien Samaha, Jenny Vogel; with artist publications by Bill Brown, Gabriela Forcadell and Alejandro Cesarco, LTTR, Josephine Meckseper, Aleksandra Mir, Lone Twin, Pruess Press.

Image by: Nuno Cera, video still from "The Lost Soul."
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1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209
Press/Media Contact: Becca Biggs
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