The Art Department faculty at EOU are dedicated to bring their diverse experience and artistic explorations to bare in teaching challenging studio and art history courses. We are dedicated working artists with active studio practices and expertise in a variety of media and conceptual approaches to making art.
Assistant Professor of Art and Media Arts Communication Michael Sell will present his latest body of photographic work at the Northwest Conference in Eugene, Oregon in November. His lecture, titled “A Meme of One: The UFCK Family,” explores issues such as living our lives in public forums, privacy, and how the Internet helps the discourse of fictional narrative through portraits of the members of the online community ufck.org. The portraits are part of Sell’s larger artistic investigation into fictional and real selves and...
As part of both our department’s outreach and recruitment efforts, seven art faculty from Eastern Oregon Universityare featured in an exhibit now on view at the North Santiam Hall Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, OR.
The work ranges from sculpture and collage to oil painting and photography, and demonstrates the EOU Art Department’s mission to “actively contribute to the aesthetic and conceptual dialogue that is visual art.”
Participating in the show are:
•Peter C. Johnson, associate...
The Pendleton Center for the Arts presents a solo exhibition of new work by La Grande artist Jessica Plattner, from October 4-27, 2012. The opening reception is free and open to the public, and will be held Thursday, October 4th from 5:30-7:00 PM. The PCA is located at 214 N. Main Street in Pendleton.
Jessica Plattner is Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. The work in this show was completed in Canada and Italy during Plattner’s 2011-12 sabbatical from EOU. She spent the year creating a new body of work while...
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...
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Jess Riva Cooper will be filling in for Peter Johnson during his sabbatical. Jess comes to EOU from The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts where she was recently an artist in residence.
Jess will present a talk about her work at 6pm on Wednesday, September 26 in Zabel Hall room 101 (the large lecture hall). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
If you are in the Spokane area this October be sure to check out her work in the exhibit “Archie Bray at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery”,...
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...