Events

Party photograph from the JSMA showcase.
Events

There is always something happening in the School of Art + Design. Join us for guest lectures, conferences, and exhibitions. Most of these are free and open to the public. You can join our email list to receive the weekly Upcoming Events email and stay in the know about the latest happenings.

 

Feb 26
"Heart Quilt" - Washburn Gallery 9:00 a.m.

A solo exhibition by Grace Partridge.   /// *Note: UO ID card with building access is required to gain entry to Washburn...
"Heart Quilt" - Washburn Gallery
February 26–29
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Ceramics Building Washburn Gallery

A solo exhibition by Grace Partridge.

 

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*Note: UO ID card with building access is required to gain entry to Washburn Gallery.*

Feb 26
"honey drip" - Foyer Gallery 9:00 a.m.

New work by Jules Myers.   /// Map to location of Foyer Gallery in Lawrence...
"honey drip" - Foyer Gallery
February 26–29
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall Foyer Gallery

New work by Jules Myers.

 

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Map to location of Foyer Gallery in Lawrence Hall

Feb 26
Robert Trafford: “Forensic Architecture: Art and Activism Against State Violence” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research Since 2011, the Forensic Architecture (FA) research agency...
Robert Trafford: “Forensic Architecture: Art and Activism Against State Violence”
February 26
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Since 2011, the Forensic Architecture (FA) research agency has investigated state violence and human rights violations around the world, contributing to a new understanding of the possibility for investigative practices in civil society, merging aesthetic sensibilities, investigative reporting, activism, and innovative digital technologies towards a unique approach to challenging crimes and cover-ups by states, militaries, and police. Following the group’s contribution to a newly-opened exhibition at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in Portland in February, Robert Trafford will begin from the investigations presented in that show -- addressing violence by police and right-wing extremists in the context of racial justice protests in the city -- to discuss how the agency’s work from the courtroom to the gallery, the strengths and challenges of their ‘counter-forensic’ method, and its place within contemporary social, technological, and political conditions. 

Robert Trafford is journalist by training, and an assistant director with Forensic Architecture, a human rights research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London, with whom he has worked since 2017. There, he leads investigative research projects, writes and edits for exhibitions and publications, and supports other team members to bring investigations to publication, and to think about how their research can be activated across a range of forums in pursuit of accountability. His work with Forensic Architecture has covered the extrajudicial killing of civilians by Cameroon’s special forces, chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime, and counter-protest violence by US police. He has jointly led investigations into the 2020 right-wing terror attack in Hanau, Germany, the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by London’s police, and the agency’s acclaimed TRIPLE-CHASER investigation, which premiered at the 2019 Whitney Biennial in New York.

This lecture is part of the “Policing Justice Lecture Series” co-presented by the Department of Art and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and co-sponsored in part by the Oregon Humanities Center Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and The Mark Sponenburgh Endowment.

Lectures are also live streamed and the videos are archived on YouTube.

Mar 1
Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance)

Presented by the Center for Art Research Adam DeSorbo: Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance) March 1- May 19, 2024 CFAR billboard project at 510 Oak Street,...
Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance)
March 1–May 19
510 Oak

Presented by the Center for Art Research

Adam DeSorbo: Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance)

March 1- May 19, 2024 CFAR billboard project at 510 Oak Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance) depicts ochre-tinted maple leaves nailed to wood planks that have been strengthened through a traditional Japanese charring process known as the Yakisugi method. The burned boards and maple leaves allude to transitional states, both benign and seasonal, and the more destructive forces of increasing wildfire activity. The embedded relationship between preservation and destruction as it relates to the Anthropocene brings our paradoxical tendencies as a species into full relief. The image is activated through original text by the artist, making explicit the process of grieving a burning world. The interaction between the image and the text proposes an embrace of our ecological cracking, the necessity to witness, the urge to preserve, and the radical act of finding joy while existing in the cracks.

This CFAR billboard project is supported by the University of Oregon Department of ARt’s Center for Art Research in conjunction with the exhibition series Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World.

Mar 1
A History – Tarrah Krajnak and Ryan Pierce noon

Presented by the Center for Art Research A History – Tarrah Krajnak and Ryan Pierce Exhibition: March 1-17, 2024 510 Oak St, Eugene, OR...
A History – Tarrah Krajnak and Ryan Pierce
March 1–17
noon
510 Oak

Presented by the Center for Art Research

A History – Tarrah Krajnak and Ryan Pierce

Exhibition: March 1-17, 2024 510 Oak St, Eugene, OR 97403

Reception:  Friday, March 1 5:00-7:00  p.m. Gallery hours: Friday- Sunday from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

This exhibition examines our relationships with, criticism of, and building upon the legacy of fore-thinkers of environmentalism and the oft-cited canonical artists engaged in depicting landscapes in the West.

A History is part of the exhibition series Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World, organized by curators-in-residence Ashley Stull Meyers and Aurora Tang and made possible by the University of Oregon Department of Art’s Center for Art Research and the Ford Family Foundation.

Mar 7
Julian Watts: “Exploring the Intersection of Art, Craft, and Design Through Contemporary Woodcarving” 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research   Julian Watts combines traditional woodcarving...
Julian Watts: “Exploring the Intersection of Art, Craft, and Design Through Contemporary Woodcarving”
March 7
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall room 115

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

 

Julian Watts combines traditional woodcarving techniques with an experimental sculptural approach to explore the formal and conceptual intersections between the human body, the landscape, and the functional objects that we interact with every day. This approach has continued to evolve, expanding to incorporate an entire ecosystem of abstract, biomorphic wood and bronze works, ranging from bowls, to furniture, to largescale, purely sculptural pieces. Watts’ organic, open ended approach to woodcarving embraces a space of playful ambiguity, where the viewer is free to find poetic and unexpected associations between the body, the landscape, and the overlooked objects that we live with, revealing new and unexpected ways of seeing the world around us.

After earning a BFA in sculpture at the University of Oregon in 2012, Watts returned to his hometown of San Francisco to apprentice under furniture makers before beginning his own practice. His work has been shown internationally including solo exhibitions at Sarah Myerscough Gallery in London, Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York, Curators Cube in Tokyo, and Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. He has participated in numerous art and design fairs, including Design Miami/Basel, Fog Fair, and Salon NY. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker, and American Craft Magazine, among others. He was shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize in 2018. Watts has taught courses at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch, and was the 2018 Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Wood Arts at the California College of the Arts. He’s based in Alpine, OR.

Lectures are also live streamed and the videos are archived on YouTube.

Apr 4
B. Wurtz: "Art Works", Davis Family Lecture 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research B. Wurtz’s repurposing of everyday...
B. Wurtz: "Art Works", Davis Family Lecture
April 4
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 177

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

B. Wurtz’s repurposing of everyday flotsam into joyous, humorous, and beautiful objects undermine grand artistic gesture while elevating the commonplace. The artist’s transformative amalgams of found materials have tended to coalesce around the subjects of “sleeping, eating, and keeping warm”—the foundational human needs named in his 1973 drawing Three Important Things. While his sculptures are often modest in scale, in 2018, the artist created his now iconic Kitchen Trees for the New York City Public Art Fund, transforming City Hall Park with towering columns of colorful colanders exploding with plastic fruit. 

B. Wurtz has been the subject of over 52 solo exhibitions at prestigious venues including: Feature Inc. (1987, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2003, 2006, New York); Gallery 400 (2000, Chicago); White Flag Projects (2012, St. Louis); Kunstverein (2015, Freiburg, Germany); and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, (2015, Ridgefield, Connecticut). In 2015, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom mounted a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work that traveled to La Casa Encendida, Madrid through 2016. In 2018, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles mounted a major solo exhibition of his work, This Has No Name. His work has also been included in over 174 group exhibitions including: Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection (2011, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago); Building Blocks: Contemporary Works from the Collection (2011, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence); and Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (2018, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.) 

This lecture is made possible by the Davis Family Endowed Fund in Art. 

Lectures are also live streamed and the videos are archived on YouTube

Apr 5
Sacrifice Zones – Jon Bellona and Ralph Pugay noon

Presented by the Center for Art Research Sacrifice Zones – Jon Bellona and Ralph Pugay Exhibition: May 3– 19, 2024  510 Oak St, Eugene, OR...
Sacrifice Zones – Jon Bellona and Ralph Pugay
April 5–21
noon
510 Oak

Presented by the Center for Art Research

Sacrifice Zones – Jon Bellona and Ralph Pugay

Exhibition: May 3– 19, 2024  510 Oak St, Eugene, OR 97403

Reception:  Friday, April 5 from 5:30-7:30  p.m. Gallery hours: Friday- Sunday from 12:00- 4:00 p.m.

This exhibition features artists playing with signifiers of theatricality, hysteria, and humor in contemporary conversation regarding the notion of “apocalypse”. What are the varying scales of apocalypse? And most importantly, what might come after?

Sacrifice Zones is part of the exhibition series Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World, organized by curators-in-residence Ashley Stull Meyers and Aurora Tang and made possible by the University of Oregon Department of Art’s Center for Art Research and the Ford Family Foundation.

Apr 11
Kahlil Robert Irving: "Artist Talk" 4:00 p.m.

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series   Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research  Kahlil Robert Irving will present a...
Kahlil Robert Irving: "Artist Talk"
April 11
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 177

University of Oregon Visiting Artist Lecture Series   Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research 

Kahlil Robert Irving will present a lecture recounting experiences and details around his broad practice. A major focus will be several of his recent institutional exhibitions including Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving at the Museum of Modern Art, Archeology of the Present at the Walker Art Center + Kemper Art Museum in Saint Louis, and AnticKS + MOdels: My Theater for your Eyes at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.  

Kahlil Robert Irving (b. 1992, San Diego, CA) is an artist currently living and working in the USA. He attended the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis (MFA Fellow, 2017); and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, Art History and Ceramics/Sculpture, 2015).  His work has been exhibited at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; the Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Rhode Island, among others.      Soon, Irving will present Kahlil Robert Irving: Archeology of the Present at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Concurrently, he will present a major 6000 square foot solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Both will be on view until July 2024. Recently, Irving presented a commission as part of “I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen” at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth curated by Alison Hearst. Recently, Irving presented Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) a part of the Studio Museum in Harlem partnership from December 2021 to May 2022. Irving has been awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2019) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2020). In 2018, Irving’s first large scale exhibition took place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Connecticut, and was accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays and an interview. Currently, he is presenting a semi-permanent large-scale commission in the lobby at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.  

His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; the RISD Museum, Rhode Island; the Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

Lectures are also live streamed and the videos are archived on YouTube

Apr 17
Registration Deadline for Undergraduate Symposium

Registration due April 17th. Participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium empowers undergraduates to share their ideas, discoveries, and artistic work with the campus...
Registration Deadline for Undergraduate Symposium
April 17

Registration due April 17th.

Participation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium empowers undergraduates to share their ideas, discoveries, and artistic work with the campus and the local community. The event traditionally takes place in the EMU in the style of an academic conference and includes all types of academic research, allowing you to present your work through a poster, oral presentation, creative work, works in progress, or in a performance.

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