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Contact: Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery Director, 541-962-3584
LA GRANDE, Ore. May 16, 2017 – The Nightingale Gallery of Eastern Oregon University will close out our exhibition season with the annual All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition. The exhibition will run June 2 through 16. There will be an opening reception Friday, June 2, 6-8pm with presentation of awards at 6:30pm in the gallery. The exhibit features work by EOU students from a variety of disciplines.
Our juror this year is Wendy Given, Artist and PDX Art Program Coordinator/Curator for the Port of Portland. Wendy’s studio work in photography, sculpture and installation conveys an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness—to regain the unspoken understanding of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.
Given received her BFA in fine art from Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.
Given will present a public talk on her studio practice Tuesday, May 30 at 6pm in Huber Auditorium of Badgley Hall. The presentation is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
In addition to selecting works to include in the exhibit Given will select several works to be recognized with cash awards. In addition to the juror’s awards will be the presentation of the seventh annual Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship and our eighth annual presentation of the Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award.
The Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award presented to a sophomore or junior level Art major who exhibits exemplary technical and conceptual skill. The award is made in memory of Kathelene Galloway who was a professor of Printmaking and Drawing at EOU for over a decade. Galloway, who passed away suddenly in December of 2009, was a highly dedicated and much loved artist, teacher and colleague who was a passionate advocate for her students, art, artists and EOU. She lived to share knowledge and the wonder that comes with discovery. Galloway exemplified the excellence to which we encourage our students to endeavor.
The Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award is in memory of Joe Dickerson an EOU freshman tragically killed in a 2009 auto accident. Following the tremendous loss of their son, Joe’s parents, Doug and Kyla Dickerson made a gift of funds to the EOU Art program. Joe was a model student whose creative energy and enthusiasm for learning was infectious. In light of this the EOU Art Program chose to use the funds so generously given by the Dickerson family to endow an award in their son’s name to be presented annually to a student who the Art faculty feels best exemplifies Joe’s dedication, curiosity and creative spirit.
We will also announce our Art Student of the Year, the four nominees for this year’s EOU President’s Art Award, as well as the two seniors selected to represent EOU at Portland’s Blackfish Gallery’s annual “Recent Graduates.” All awards will be announced at the reception at 6:30pm on June 2.
The Nightingale Gallery is located in Loso Hall on the campus of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 11AM-4PM. For more information, go to www.eou.edu/art or follow the Nightingale Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.
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