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.
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...
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...