Department of Art Events

Visiting Artist Lectures
Undergraduate Exhibitions
MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Critical Conversations


To limit the spread of COVID-19, most events are being held remotely. If you have questions about a specific event, please contact the event organizer or see the event description in the UO Calendar.

Jan 21
Aix-en-Provence Info Session4:00 p.m.

Study abroad and earn UO credit in Aix-en-Provence, France. Attend this virtual info session to learn more. Applications for the "Museums as Living Archives of Public Policy...
January 21 4:00 p.m.

Study abroad and earn UO credit in Aix-en-Provence, France. Attend this virtual info session to learn more. Applications for the "Museums as Living Archives of Public Policy in Aix-en-Provence and Paris" are now open. 

This program begins June 12, 2021 and runs until June 20, 2021. 

For more information about study abroad, read the FAQs or contact an advisor

Feb 4
Jillian Mayer: “Time To Chill”4:00 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research  Lectures are live on Zoom with registration and will also livestream on...
February 4 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research 

Lectures are live on Zoom with registration and will also livestream on the Department of Art Facebook.

Jillian Mayer shares her works and ideas that speak to the fluid nature of her process as an artist. Identity formation, experience, digital vs analog environments, value, legacy, and dependency are just some of the themes that will likely be discussed. Mayer hopes this will be somewhat entertaining. 

Jillian Mayer’s practice—spanning videos, sculptures, painting, photography, performances, and interactive installations—reflects upon how new technologies affect our sociality, bodies, identities, and conceptions of self. Throughout her work, Mayer models how to subvert capital-driven modes of technological innovation. By investigating the points of tension between our physical and virtual worlds, Mayer makes work that seeks to inhabit the increasingly porous boundary between the two.

Mayer has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. She is an alum of the Sundance Institute's New Frontiers Lab and a recipient of the Creative Capital Fellowship.

Feb 11
Laura Fritz: “Mechanisms of Uncertainty”2:00 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Lectures are live on Zoom with registration and will also livestream on...
February 11 2:00 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Lectures are live on Zoom with registration and will also livestream on the Department of Art Facebook.

My installations meticulously cultivate the mechanisms and peculiarities of human cognition in response to uncertainty. They trigger embedded root sociological, anthropological, architectural and scientific cues through furniture, ergonomics, space, light and haunting animal activity. This stagecraft of untethering is designed to produce an expansive sense of empathy and investigation. Questions frame reality. What are the borders between science, nature and superstition? Is an object the cure or the disease? How do social protocols for the domestic, sacred or scientific intersect? Through these encounters with the unknown, viewers construct their understanding, a process psychologists call apophenia. – Laura Fritz, 2020

Laura Fritz is a Portland-based artist who works with a range of media, including, sculpture, video, and light. Her immersive installations explore the cognition of uncertainty. Her work Alvarium 2, currently on display in Laura Fritz/Rick Silva: Encounters at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene) presents a mysterious structure inhabited by a spectral swarm of bees.  Recently, her Apex Series solo show at the Portland Art Museum explored surreal architecture, swarms, and the psychology of cognition. She has also exhibited at the Des Moines Art Center, Reed College, Portland; Soil, Seattle; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey; University of Oregon, Portland; and the Couture Stipend Series at the New American Art Union in Portland. Fritz received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts (2014). She holds a BFA from Drake University, and also attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art (CE program), Portland.

Co-sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Department of Art.

Mar 4
Hamza Walker, Critical Conversations lecture4:00 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented by the Department of ARt and Center for Art Research Lectures are live on Zoom with registration and will also livestream on...
March 4 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented by the Department of ARt and Center for Art Research

Lectures are live on Zoom with registration and will also livestream on the Department of Art Facebook.

Hamza Walker is the Director of LAXART, an independent nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. From 1994–2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. He recently curated Postcommodity: Some Reach While Others Clap(2020), the two person exhibition Outside/In (Phil Peters and Karen Reimer) (2019), Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Relax Into the Invisible (co-curated with Catherine Taft) (2019), Marie Voignier, Tinselwood (2019), the group exhibition Sperm Cult and Sol LeWitt: Page-works 1967-2007 both in 2018.

This lecture is made possible by the Critical Conversations | Inside Oregon Art program, a partnership between the Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon Department of Art's Center for Art Research.

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