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“This is not death, it is something safer. The wingy myths won’t tug at us anymore”Charcoal on paper, 2018Winner of Best in Show at the 2018 All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition
May 14, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University will close out the 2018-19 exhibition season with its annual All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition May 24 through June 14.
The opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m., next Friday, May 24 will feature an awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit features work by EOU students from a variety of
This year’s juror is Jessica Nickel, the artist, curator and Program Director for Converge 45, a nonprofit contemporary art organization that provides a curatorial platform for the visual arts in Portland.
Nickel received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, focusing on painting, and another in literature from the University of Oregon in 2009, when she began her career as an artist. In 2011 she was awarded a year-long artist residency with Engage Studios in Galway, Ireland. Nickel helped open Niland Gallery, an alternative gallery space in collaboration with Engage Studios, and curated her first exhibition there.
Since then, Nickel has worked for the For-Site Foundation in San Francisco, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Rainmaker Artist Residency, Upfor Gallery and Newspace in Portland.
Nickel will present a public talk on her curatorial practice at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall. The presentation is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
In addition to selecting works to include in the exhibit, Nickel will select several works to be recognized with monetary awards. The ninth annual Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship and 10th annual Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award will also be presented on May 24.
The Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award presented to a sophomore or junior 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.
Galloway, who passed away suddenly in December 2009, was a highly dedicated and much- loved artist, teacher and colleague.
“She was a passionate advocate for her students, art, artists and EOU,” Nightingale Director Cory Peeke said. “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 an EOU freshman who was tragically killed in a 2009 auto accident. Following the 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,” Peeke said. “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.”
All awards will be announced at the reception at 6:30 p.m. on May 24.
The gallery, located in Loso Hall, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit eou.edu/art or follow the Nightingale Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.
To request images of artwork for publication or to schedule an interview with the artist please contact Gallery Director Cory Peeke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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