Willem Volkersz, Silent City
Willem Volkersz, Silent City, 2002/14, Neon, wood, and acrylic and latex paint, 73 x 99 x 6 inches
Victoria Haven, Jump Cuts, 2014, Ink on Bristol vellum, vinyl text on wall, 67 x 222 inches
Lead Pencil Studio, Afforest, 2015, Charcoal, graphite, ink and paint on paper, 73 ½ x 96 ½ inches
Dana Lynn Louis, Clearing (installation view), 2014, Mixed media, Photo: Dana Lynn Louis
Helen O’Toole, Mary Larkin’s Bottom, 2013, 100 x 156 inches, Oil on canvas (diptych)
Akio Takamori, Yellow Mountain 2015, Stoneware with underglazes, 17 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
Samantha Wall, Flayed, 2011, Conté crayon, charcoal, and graphite on paper, 84 x 72 inches

2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Feb 13, 2016 – May 8, 2016

The Museum’s fourth biennial awards exhibition, 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards features eight outstanding artists including a two-person artist’s collaborative. Four of the eight artists are immigrants, coming to the Northwest from Asia and Europe and contributing to the exhibition’s conceptual strength with a fresh view of America. Works in the exhibition address global and regional humanist issues —prejudice, belonging, war, the evolution of power, omnipresent technology, and the environment. Ranging from large-scale installations to intimate ceramic portraits, the multimedia exhibition showcases works in combinations of neon, video, glass, drawing, painting, and clay with innovative approaches to both new and traditional media.At the opening reception one artist will receive the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer prize selected by the Museum’s curatorial staff. From nomination to final prize, the biennial awards process delivers a two-fold benefit: It allows the Portland Art Museum to identify a number of the Northwest’s exceptional talents, and it provides the museum with a far deeper understanding of the new work taking place in the region by both established and emerging artists. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog, artists’ lectures and other exhibit related programs.Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, and invited curatorial advisor Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of IDEA Space, Interdisciplinary Experimental Arts, at Colorado College, received over 200 nominations from respected regional arts professionals of outstanding contemporary artists from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Nominees were selected on the basis of quality, innovation, relevance to community or global issues, continuity of vision and dedication to studio practice. Hunter-Larsen and Laing-Malcolmson reviewed the applications to select 24 four finalists, from which the group of seven award winners was chosen.

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art.


Victoria Haven, Seattle, Washington
Using drawing and video, Haven employs words and geometric spatial relationships to illustrate the fragmented bombardment of technology on the human psyche in the new millennium. With language and mixed media, she binds together two- and three-dimensional imagery to create elegant modernist objects that suggest unanswered questions.

Haven received a BFA degree from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MFA from Goldsmith College, University of London, United Kingdom. Her work has been exhibited at Seattle Art Museum; Drawing Room, London; Planthouse, New York; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon, among other venues. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Haven has won many awards and her work is included in numerous public and private collections.

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Lead Pencil Studio, Seattle, Washington
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo use video, sculpture, drawing, installation and photography to reveal spatial qualities of the built environment that influence human behavior. This combination of styles expands the understanding of the constructed surface, which scripts a large portion of human movement and perception.

Lead Pencil Studio is a collaborative between Seattle architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo,both graduates of the University of Oregon College of Architecture and Allied Arts. Lead Pencil Studio has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally and has received awards, grants, and residencies including: Year in Review, Americans for the Arts, Washington D.C.; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Residency; New York Prize Fellowship, Van Alen Institute; MacDowell Colony Artists Residency, New Hampshire; Rome Prize, American Academy, Italy; and a Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts grant, New York.

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Dana Lynn Louis, Portland, Oregon
Louis is inspired by the human body and its connection to timeless and fascinating systems of the natural and constructed worlds—linking time, space, and energy through dynamic multimedia installations. Creating spaces with intimate and large-scale drawings, light projections, and sculptural objects, she uses glass, light, and shadow to achieve a glitteringly magical environment.

Louis earned a BS in Studio Art and Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MFA from Ohio State University, Columbus. Her solo exhibitions include: Hoffman Gallery, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; Kuhl Gallery, Oakland, California; Gallery 111, Sausalito; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Oregon; and Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus. Louis has executed commissioned projects including: Oregon State Hospital, Junction; TriMet Light Rail, Portland; Ann Sacks, New York; Northgate Library, Seattle; Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma and Oregon Convention Center, Portland.

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Helen O’Toole, Seattle, Washington
O’Toole creates a prolonged moment where the painting’s vast space evokes an image with a resonating emotional depth. Metaphorically employing the moody landscape of rural Ireland, she channels a deep-seated pain and misery resulting from a past lived amidst a compilation of grudges, suspicion, and violence.

O’Toole lives is a professor at the University of Washington. She earned a BA from National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland; Linehall Art Center, Castlebar, Ireland; The Cultural Center, Chicago; Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Awards and honors received include: a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship; a Jack and Grace Pruzan Endowed Faculty Fellowship (2013-2015), University of Washington; and The Bemis Foundation Residency, Omaha.

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Akio Takamori, Seattle, Washington
Takamori’s new, 40-foot-long, lyrically painted clay installation addresses the war torn world through the faces of its threatened children. In our contemporary society of a great mix of people, these diverse faces remind us that life begins unblemished by clashing ideologies. Additionally, a series of serene ceramic landscapes quoted from historic Japanese and European paintings provide a hopeful and contemplative view of the natural environment.

Takamori received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. His exhibitions include: The Ariana Museum, Switzerland; Galerie Collection, Paris, France; Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst, Gent, Belgium; International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary; and Barry Friedman LTD, New York. His work is represented in collections including: Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, North Carolina; Los Angeles County Art Museum, California; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Seattle Art Museum; and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

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Willem Volkersz, Bozeman, Montana
Volkersz has an immigrant’s fascination with America. Arriving in Seattle from Amsterdam shortly after World War II, he began photographing a newly discovered landscape of billboards, vernacular architecture, and neon signs. Over time, he became fascinated with roadside art and pop culture: larger-than-life advertising figures, postcards, and travel souvenirs. Volkersz creates a charmingly critical narrative around his Dutch heritage and American citizenship.

Volkersz was awarded a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, California. He has had 45 solo exhibitions and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Individual Artist Grant, New York; George Sugarman Foundation Grant, Novato, California; Individual Artists Fellowship, Helena, Montana; and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Washington, D.C. His work is found in collections including: Seattle Art Museum; University of the Arts, Osaka, Japan; Kansas City Art Institute; Northwest Museum of Arts And Culture, La Conner, Washington; Nanjing College of the Arts, China; Museum of Neon Art, California.

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Samantha Wall, Portland, Oregon
Wall seeks to communicate the interior emotional state that separates one’s sense of self from their body. Growing up as an ethnically diverse child in South Korea and the American South, she learned to navigate between social and cultural boundaries. Her quietly powerful work utilizes modest materials, such as graphite or charcoal, to build a supple, interlaced texture of marks which are suspended on the surface of paper.

Wall received her BFA from University of Southern Carolina, Columbia, and an MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland. She has had solo exhibitions at Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis; The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Oregon; Worksound, Portland, Oregon; McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia; and Olive Hyde Art Center, Fremont, California. She has received grants, awards and residencies including an Individual Artist Fellowship from Oregon Arts Commission; Joan Mitchell Center Residency, New Orleans; and a Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Roseburg, Oregon.

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Feb
11
Sat
This is the Future: An Artist Talk with Hito Steyerl
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
This is the Future: An Artist Talk with Hito Steyerl @ Whitsell Auditorium

In This is the Future, artist Hito Steyerl combines storytelling, video projection, sculpture, and spatial intervention to envision a potential future of empowered plants evolving through artificial intelligence. The exhibition opens with a short film about the long-held human desire to predict the future and the failure to achieve this using AI. Join us for this opening talk, where Steyerl looks more closely at how so-called AI art has regressed in the meantime.

Hito Steyerl (born 1 January 1966) is a German filmmaker and writer, and lives in Berlin.

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Co-sponsored by Reed College Art Department and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery

Feb
15
Wed
Evening for Educators: Hito Steyerl: This is the Future
Feb 15 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Hito Steyerl: This is the Future

This is the Future, by the film and new media artist Hito Steyerl, explores a vibrant, imagined garden through an immersive environment of video projection, sculpture, and architectural intervention. Steyerl is one of the foremost artists offering critical reflections on the complexities of the digital world, global capitalism, and the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for society. Join us for an educator program to deepen your understanding of Steyerl’s work, make connections to your teaching, and prepare for a class visit.

5:15 – 5:50 p.m.
Main Museum, 2nd floor
Self-guided visit to This is the Future. Please enter the museum on the courtyard side by the gift shop.

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building
Presentation and discussion with Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, and Learning and Community Partnerships staff.

Admission is free. Light refreshments provided. PDU credits available.

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Feb
18
Sat
AR // Navigating a New Medium
Feb 18 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
AR // Navigating a New Medium @ PAM CUT

Artist Instructor: Heather Dunaway Smith
Cost: $50 – Get $20 off if you also register for Immersive Ink // Bridging 2D to 3D with Augmented Reality

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This course will cover the unique capabilities/constraints of AR, the current AR landscape (technologies/tools), as well as AR design principles (including visual design, interaction design, and audio design.) We will also cover the workflow, best practices, and how to go about building and learning in an emergent field. This course is designed for everyone, but may be especially helpful for folks working in another creative field.

Artist Instructor bio:
Heather Dunaway Smith is an award-winning interactive artist that blends storytelling, illustration, animation, sound design, and interaction design into immersive art experiences. After a childhood spent in the theater (performing and playwriting), she became interested in blurring the line between art and audience, by creating experiences where the participant is the protagonist.

After receiving her B.A. in Interactive Multimedia from Columbia, she began working with a diverse range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies (Snap, Adobe, Meta, Harley Davidson, The Art Institute of Chicago, Highlights), on a wide range of projects, including websites, apps, mobile games, immersive museum exhibits, and AR/VR artworks. In 2020, she was awarded an AR artist residency at Adobe. In 2021, she became a Snap partner and began designing and developing experiences for their AR glasses, the Next Spectacles. Her art has been exhibited around the globe (Paris, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Vancouver, Denver, and Portland) and in 2022, she curated and produced the AR Art Gallery at Adobe MAX.

Feb
19
Sun
Immersive Ink // Bridging 2D to 3D with Augmented Reality
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Immersive Ink // Bridging 2D to 3D with Augmented Reality @ PAM CUT

Ages 18+

Artist Instructor: Heather Dunaway Smith
Cost: $300 – Get $20 off if you also register for AR // Navigating a New Medium

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Transform your artwork into a spatial AR art experience!
The workshop will start with an introduction to Aero, Adobe’s free AR software. Then, we will cover AR workflow, best practices, and design principles, including visual design, interaction design, and audio design. Students will then build their own AR experiences using their original artwork as the anchor for the AR experience. At the end of the day, we will create a gallery of the artworks and will share the newly created AR experiences together.

Required Materials:

  • A digital artwork (to be printed & used as the image anchor for the AR experience)
  • A laptop with your favorite art creation software (Photoshop, After Effects, Blender, etc) and Adobe Aero installed.
  • A mobile device (phone or tablet) with Adobe Aero installed.
    • PAM CUT can provide if necessary

Prerequisite:
comfort with digital art-making tools

Artist Instructor bio:
Heather Dunaway Smith is an award-winning interactive artist that blends storytelling, illustration, animation, sound design, and interaction design into immersive art experiences. After a childhood spent in the theater (performing and playwriting), she became interested in blurring the line between art and audience, by creating experiences where the participant is the protagonist.

After receiving her B.A. in Interactive Multimedia from Columbia, she began working with a diverse range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies (Snap, Adobe, Meta, Harley Davidson, The Art Institute of Chicago, Highlights), on a wide range of projects, including websites, apps, mobile games, immersive museum exhibits, and AR/VR artworks. In 2020, she was awarded an AR artist residency at Adobe. In 2021, she became a Snap partner and began designing and developing experiences for their AR glasses, the Next Spectacles. Her art has been exhibited around the globe (Paris, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Vancouver, Denver, and Portland) and in 2022, she curated and produced the AR Art Gallery at Adobe MAX.

Miller Family Museum Free Day
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Miller Family Museum Free Day @ Portland Art Museum

Enjoy free admission all day in celebration of the special exhibitions special exhibitions Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe and Jeffrey Gibson’s They Come From Fire and To Name An Other. Families and children are invited to storytelling sessions and art making activities with Indigenous educators, Karen Kitchen and Sunshine Guzman, along with an array of presentations, performances and activities planned in collaboration with Future Generations Collaborative, a community-centered organization that offers support to those impacted by FASD.

More information on special programs and Free Day schedule to come! You may reserve your free admission tickets online beginning the Wednesday prior to the free day. A limited number of tickets are also available for walk-in visitors on the day of.


Annually, 1/3 of all visitors enjoy the Museum for free or receive admission at highly reduced prices.

Since 2008, the Museum’s quarterly Miller Family Free Days have welcomed the community to visit for free and enjoy special exhibitions and programming.

Other options available year-round include free admission for children 17 and under, plus more here: Admission Access Programs

Miller Family Free Days are generously supported by Sharon L. Miller and Family. Museum access programs are generously supported by the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, Bank of America, the William H. and Mary L. Bauman Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Pamplin Foundation Endowment for the Arts, Members of the Portland Art Museum, and the Citizens of Portland through the Arts and Education Access Fund.

Apr
14
Fri
Symposium: Breaking the Chains: The Legacy of Oscar Howe
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm

In this one-and-a-half-day event, artists will join academic and community scholars to explore ideas about Oscar Howe’s life and legacy introduced in the Dakota Modern exhibition and book. Speakers will discuss the role of cultural authority in Howe’s practice as well as his art in relation to Native American politics. Other topics include the impact of Howe’s work as an educator through the summer workshop for Native students he founded, and the ongoing expression of his legacy through the work of Dakota and Lakota artists today. The symposium will begin with an inspiring keynote lecture by Lakota artist Dyani White Hawk the evening of April 14.

Speakers and other details coming soon.

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Oscar Howe in his studio, ca. 1968; Oscar Howe papers, Richardson Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota
Oscar Howe in his studio, ca. 1968; Oscar Howe papers, Richardson Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota
Apr
23
Sun
Miller Family Museum Free Day
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Miller Family Museum Free Day @ Portland Art Museum

Enjoy free admission all day in celebration of youth arts and the long-standing community partnership between the Museum and Portland Public Schools HeART of Portland: K-12 Student Arts Showcase. Information on special programs will be shared as the date gets closer. You may reserve your free admission tickets online beginning the Wednesday prior to the free day.  A limited number of tickets are also available for walk-in visitors on the day of.


Annually, 1/3 of all visitors enjoy the Museum for free or receive admission at highly reduced prices.

Since 2008, the Museum’s quarterly Miller Family Free Days have welcomed the community to visit for free and enjoy special exhibitions and programming.

Other options available year-round include free admission for children 17 and under, plus more here: Admission Access Programs

Miller Family Free Days are generously supported by Sharon L. Miller and Family. Museum access programs are generously supported by the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, Bank of America, the William H. and Mary L. Bauman Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Pamplin Foundation Endowment for the Arts, Members of the Portland Art Museum, and the Citizens of Portland through the Arts and Education Access Fund.

May
20
Sat
Museum Free Day
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Free Day @ Portland Art Museum

Enjoy free admission all day in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in collaboration with Oregon Rises Above Hate. Free admission to select local museums will take place throughout the month of May. Information on special programs will be shared as the date gets closer. You may reserve your free admission tickets online beginning the Wednesday prior to the free day. A limited number of tickets are also available for walk-in visitors on the day of.


Annually, 1/3 of all visitors enjoy the Museum for free or receive admission at highly reduced prices.

Since 2008, the Museum’s quarterly Miller Family Free Days have welcomed the community to visit for free and enjoy special exhibitions and programming.

Other options available year-round include free admission for children 17 and under, plus more here: Admission Access Programs

Miller Family Free Days are generously supported by Sharon L. Miller and Family. Museum access programs are generously supported by the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, Bank of America, the William H. and Mary L. Bauman Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Pamplin Foundation Endowment for the Arts, Members of the Portland Art Museum, and the Citizens of Portland through the Arts and Education Access Fund.

Supported in part by The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art, The Ford Family Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Mark and Christi Goodman / The Goodman Family, Winderlea Vineyard & Winery, Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom, Jim and Susan Winkler, and Laura Russo Gallery**Gifts made in honor of Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson,
The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art

Victoria Haven

Lead Pencil Studio

Dana Lynn Louis

Helen O’Toole

Akio Takamori

Willem Volkersz

Samantha Wall