Eastern Oregon University’s Art Department boasts a high level of Alumni who have gone onto many top tier Graduate Schools and showcased their works through out the world. These students moved from exhilarating Senior Capstone Shows to creating continued works at the graduate level and the professional art world.
“When I arrived at EOU I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew what I enjoyed. I found myself in the Art Department taking as many classes as would fit in my schedule. Right away I recognized that the Art Department at EOU was strong and incredibly unique for a school of its size. The one on one access to faculty members in all media, and to materials, tools, and facilities are amazing…”
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Alumni Galleries and Biographies
Aaron McNamee (B.A. 2004) is having great success as an artist in his new home of New Orleans. His work has recently been acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art and by the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles. Below are the press release for his solo exhibit at the prestigious Heriard-Cimino Gallery as well as links to some articles and interviews with the artist as well as website. Congratulations Aaron!!
NEW ORLEANS – Heriard-Cimino Gallery presents Between the Pages, mixed sculptures by Aaron McNamee. This Opening is...
The Nightingale Gallery of Eastern Oregon University is pleased to present Stone, a solo exhibition of work by EOU alumnus and local artist, Don Gray.
The exhibition opens Friday, October 5 with a reception for the artist from 6-8pm in the gallery located in Loso Hall. The show will run through Friday, October 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11am to 4pm.
Stone features a collection of Don Gray’s works in both painting and drawing. His depictions of rocks and sky can be seen as metaphors of a larger reality, a reality beyond...
This work represents an artistic interpretation of university life and the social construct surrounding higher education. It summarizes the perception of one individual visually portraying emotions involved in being torn between life altering choices. What major do I choose? Can I make art and pursue music? Students continuously live with parents’, teachers’, peers’, and others’ ideas and persuasions about what is best for them. Finding the answers for themselves and ultimately making choices that shape each student as an...
“I had seen faces in photographs I might have found beautiful had I known even vaguely in what beauty was supposed to consist. And my father’s face, on his death-bolster, had seemed to hint at some form of aesthetics relevant to man. But the faces of the living, all grimace and flush, can they be described as objects?” – Samuel Beckett, First Love
Can you make yourself happier just by smiling? What if you could get rid of a headache or think more clearly just by altering the look on your face?
This body of work started with my ideas...
To understand is to question. Question all that should be explored. In life there are things that separate and things that connect us. As I began art I drew mostly from my mathematical influences to help define my work and as I began to see myself as an artist I started exploring other possibilities for my art. This exploration has taken me down a path of discovering who I am as a person and an artist. In my most current body of work I am dealing with self-portrait images which for me serve as a vehicle for understanding things that create a...
I am interested in disgust and beauty. I wonder if it is possible to elicit both responses from the same painting. I’ve found that when I paint with oil, I can highlight subtleties in color and surface that are beautiful and might go unnoticed. When choosing subjects, I also choose a human emotion. Pig heads embody fear, worms embody lust, and ravens embody the beauty of play. These three paintings are from three separate series.
Presenting Fear While painting this pig head the skin became very soft and subtle. To me a pig head...
acrylic and fiber
acrylic and fiber
There are times in life that call for action, efficiency and speed. There are times when slowing down, breathing, and just sitting, are what we have to do. This body of work is intended to express the importance of the slow, quiet instances that I experience in my daily life, and that help me maintain the delicate balance of living. There are things that cause worry, frustration, distraction, anger, confusion, etc… There are also things that counteract these negative aspects and provide contentment and a sense of well being. Be it religion,...
Kevin Layton’s art career began with two years of ceramic study. His interests in glaze and surface texture carried over from ceramics into his current body of work, which consists of large-scale paintings and drawings. His work explores domestic life as experienced from the perspective of a young father.
His work involves collage techniques, while intertwining the qualities of paint and line. He communicates his conceptual ideas by layering a variety of found materials on a rigid surface. By using warm colors and wood stains in...
Portraiture ranging from formal representation to work dealing with the notions of personal grooming and the cultivation of beauty have led me, in my most recent work, to investigate the mythos surrounding deformity and anomalous physical structures. Narrative figuration motivates me to investigate interior psychological spaces; oils encourage me to revive an interest in classical ideals of beauty. My work is influenced by a range of styles spanning from Currin to Bourgereau, but these works are also informed by contemporary interests...
My artwork originates from the gap between two different worlds—the privileged and working class. Living between the two and not able to solely belong to either one, I am constantly searching for connections and a sense of place. I struggle with accepting myself as a participant in ether group. I value both the physical prowess of manual labor, and the intellectualism of the elite. I am interested in both group’s limitations and how their vulnerabilities and cultural fears rely on each other and define themselves. These...
My work has developed through the experience of observing the surrounding structure and space of both the natural and man made world. As I walk through any space, I assess the visible relationship between forms and the different psychological impact they provide. The more I am surrounded by urban materials, the more the atmosphere seems to become linear, rigid, and cold.
By partnering the life energy of organic forms with the rigid structure of urban material, the atmosphere alters. My interest lies in seeing how these two different...
My current focus is on the relationship between organic and inorganic materials and forms. I am exploring the connections between them physically and aesthetically. It is my intention to meld the materials into one cohesive composition that features characteristics of both materials individually and demonstrates the functionality and beauty of both in our world.
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stainless steel and wood
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wood and steel
30 x 14 x...