Department of Product Design News

students talk with Arturo Zavala and Wilson Smith

Inaugural Art + Design Symposium Pairs Professionals with Students

College of Design students joined professionals from a wide range of creative practices to learn about careers in design and how to navigate from academics to professional practice.

Messaging Bellini. Photo courtesy Polys Peslikas.

Globally renowned art critic to present talks in Eugene and Portland, tour Oregon artist studios

Jan Verwoert will offer public presentations in November and visit 15-20 Oregon artists in their studios. Based in Europe, he’s the first international visitor to join in Connective Conversations. The program is a partnership between The Ford Family Foundation, the University of Oregon, and four other academic institutions that brings professional critics and curators to the Northwest for one-on-one studio visits and community conversations. 

#CarbonFeed sound-art installation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Smithsonian museum features UO instructors’ sound and art installation

Thanks to two instructors in the School of Art + Design and the School of Music and Dance, you can see and hear the carbon footprint of a tweet or a Google post in real time—and visualize how much energy it takes. John Park and Jon Bellona’s #CarbonFeed sound and art installation was featured recently at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

College of Design Launch Party

College of Design launches with celebratory party October 6

Help celebrate the new College of Design and kick off the academic year at a launch party in the Lawrence Hall Courtyard and the Hayden and Krause galleries on October 6, 1-3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and free College of Design T-shirts will be available to the first 100 students.

510 Oak Street building and street sign

UO buys downtown building for Art + Design faculty studios

In 2018, Art and Product Design faculty are getting new research studios—in downtown Eugene. The move will create “a kind of think tank for art and design,” said Laura Vandenburgh, head of the School of Art + Design.

Ceramic cups

Custom cups help new students build camaraderie

Incoming College of Design students will each receive an individually designed drinking vessel made by fellow students and presented at orientation.

Kezia Setyawan adheres photo to wall

Undergraduate projects exhibit wide range of research inquiry

President Trump’s Cabinet, a fogged-up windshield, and an artwork made for an Oscar Wilde play were among the unique sources of inspiration for A&AA student projects at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium held in the Erb M

Fifth annual Spring Storm showcases art by 2017 seniors

Work by more than 100 graduating senior art, art and technology, and product design st

Art department faculty win grants from Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation

Three Department of Art faculty members are among 44 Oregon artists awarded 2017 Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation, and The Oregon Community Foundation.

Gift to provide seed money for art research center at UO

A generous gift from Robert Gamblin, BS ’70, will provide seed funding for an art research center to “spark energy and interest and excitement” in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

UO ceramics making its mark this month

Since the 1990s, students and faculty in the University of Oregon ceramics program have practiced repurposing used clay and glaze materials to create tiles, rather than mopping the waste down the drain, the de facto method for most ceramics studios.

Student-run HOPES conference to bring ecological designers, scholars, writers

The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference, an annual gathering hosted each spring term by the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is one of the only student-run sustainability conferences in the United States.

Report spotlights best ways to improve campus emergency management

UO researchers recently completed a major national study on ways to best manage campus emergencies, the findings from which were spotlighted on The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) websi

Of peep shows, magic lanterns and broken smartphone screens

Erkki Huhtamo is an inquisitive man.

Professionally, he collects optical devices “such as magic lanterns, peep show boxes, phenakistiscopes, praxinoscopes, kinoras and other fascinating things,” he says. “I use them in my research and teaching and also to illustrate my books.”

UO art professor’s photos in Getty exhibition of artists’ responses to news

Ron Jude’s 45-part work Alpine Star is on view through April 30 at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles as part of Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media.

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