Barry Johnson, Editor.  Barry has written about and edited arts and culture stories of various sorts since 1978, when he started writing about dance for the Seattle Sun. He edited the arts section of Willamette Week and wrote a general culture column in the  early 1980s and started at The Oregonian as arts editor in 1983, moving between editing and writing (visual arts, movies, theater, dance) until leaving in 2009. Since then, he’s been thinking about new ideas to help make arts and culture journalism more useful and engaged than ever before. Oregon Arts Watch is one of those ideas.


Brett Campbell, Music and Performance.  Brett Campbell has been classical music editor at Willamette Week since 2008, music columnist for Eugene Weekly since 1996, and West Coast performing arts contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal since 2000. He is a frequent contributor to San Francisco Classical Voice, Oregon Quarterly, and Oregon Humanities and has also written for The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, West: The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Salon, Musical America and many other publications. He is a former editor of Oregon Quarterly and The Texas Observer. He has taught news and feature writing, editing and magazine publishing at the University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication and now teaches journalism at Portland State University.


Bob Hicks, Performance and Visual Art. Bob Hicks has been writing about arts and culture in Portland since 1978, first as arts editor and movie critic at the Oregon Journal, then for 25 years at The Oregonian as a writer and editor covering the performing, visual, and literary arts. Since 2007 he’s  freelanced extensively, and considers Oregon ArtsWatch his home base. His most recent art books include Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Pomegranate, 2016), James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time (Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 2016), and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora (Pomegranate, 2014). His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Prologue, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the popular daily art-history series “Today I Am” on Facebook.


Martha Ullman West, Dance. Cassidy absorbs the newspaperMartha Ullman West began her checkered career as an arts writer in New York in 1960. She has been covering dancing in Portland and elsewhere since 1979 for many publications, including The Oregonian, Ballet Review, the New York Times, and Dance Magazine, where she is a Senior Advisory Editor. She is a past-co-chair of the Dance Critics Association, from which she received the Senior Critics Award in 2011, and is under contract to the University Press of Florida for a book titled Making Ballet American: Todd Bolender and Janet Reed.

Christa_McIntyreChrista McIntyre, Theater. Christa McIntyre has been covering theater and the arts for Oregon ArtsWatch since 2014. She’s a reporter for the Portland Observer, one of the country’s oldest African American newspapers. She also writes for Willamette Week, Oregon Music News, and Crixeo. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @christammcintyr



A.L. Adams, Performance and Culture.  A. L. Adams’ culture critique stems from a literary bent and a longstanding history of diverse participation in the Portland arts community. She’s served as arts editor at Portland Monthly Magazine, performed original music on OPB, self-published a well-received zine, and served as an art department assistant at stop-motion film company LAIKA. She also writes for Artslandia.


Patrick Collier, Visual Arts and Culture. Resume smallPatrick Collier is an artist who has written for the Midwest journal “The New Art Examiner,” and more recently for the online journals UltraPDX and PORT. Prior to moving to Oregon in 2003, Collier and his wife operated the Chicago gallery bona fide to critical but not financial success. The same can be said for their organic farm located outside of Stayton. When not in his studio or visiting galleries, Collier is likely tooling around on his trusty tractor Tragedy.


Nim Wunnan, Dance and Culture. buttoned_bw_sm_square Ním Wunnan studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art, where he exhibited in Glasgow International before graduating with an honours degree in 2008. Since 2009, he has worked in web development as a designer, developer, and project manager. He is the founder and director of Research Club, a community-supported think tank which has gathered a diverse community of artists, fabricators, designers, developers, advocates, and writers while hosting events in Portland, Seattle, Berlin, London, and Glasgow.


Graham W. Bell, Visual Arts and Culture. Graham W. Bell is an art historian and arts writer living in Portland, OR by way of Eatonville, WA. He holds a BA from Willamette University in Art History and an MA in the same from the University of Oregon where he specialized in postmodern art theory and contemporary photography. Currently he teaches upper division Contemporary Art at Portland State University and Art Appreciation at Portland Community College.


IMG_2073Charles Noble, Music. Charles Noble has been assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and the Cascade and Sunriver Music Festivals. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He has been the principal violist with the Ernest Bloch, Cascade Music Festivals, and is currently the Principal violist of the Sunriver Music Festival. He was a featured performing artist at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 International Viola Congresses. His is a founding member of the Ethos and Arnica String Quartets. At the start of the 2014-2015 season, Charles became the viola instructor at the University of Portland. Contact him at his blog, Noble Viola.


Jamuna Chiarini, Dance. 408574_10151145493005527_1995582282_nJamuna Chiarini is a professional dancer, dance presenter, writer and mom. Originally from Berkeley, California, she studied dance at The School of The Hartford Ballet and Florida State University. She has performed in a variety of dance works ranging from post modern to ballet. Most recently she performed with California choreographer Randee Pauvee in “So I Married Abraham Lincoln.” In 2006 she created The Outlet Dance Project in Hamilton, New Jersey, which showcases 12 new emerging women choreographers every year. She also studies Bharanatyam and is interested in creating her own voice as a choreographer combining eastern and western dance styles. She will be dancing with Minh Tran & Company starting this spring.


Brian Libby, Art and architecture.  Brian Libby is a Portland-based freelance journalist focusing on design, visual arts and sports. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Christian Science MonitorMetropolisThe Oregonian, and Dwell, among others. Brian is also the author of “Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline” and “The University of Oregon Football Vault”, and his blog Portland Architecture follows the city’s architecture and city planning issues. Additionally, Brian is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer whose work has been exhibited at the American Institute of Architects and the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center. For more information, visit


Angela Allen, Music.Ange2015 Angela Allen writes about the arts, especially opera, jazz and photography, and in 2005, won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship with Columbia University School of Journalism to study with world-class musicians, editors, and composers. Since 1984, she has written about opera, jazz, classical and world music, style, wine, food and fine arts for online and print publications, including Oregon ArtsWatch, The Columbian, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Willamette Week, the Oregonian, among others. She teaches photography and creative writing in the Oregon schools, and in 2009, served as Fishtrap’s Eastern Oregon Writer-in-Residence. Her poetry appears in scattered places, including Saturday Afternoons (Clothesline Press, 2009) and Watershed Review. She earned an M.A. in journalism from University of Oregon in 1984, and 30 years later received her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Portland with her scientist husband and often unwieldy garden. Contact Angela Allen through her website.


Rebecca Waits, Comedy and Theater/Performance. Becky-Waits-71Rebecca Waits is a freelance writer, actor and stand-up comedian who has been making people laugh and feel feelings in Portland since 2009. Rebecca hails from a multicultural family of performers in Cincinnati, where she studied drama and creative writing at SCPA, one of the few remaining public performing arts high schools in the country (and yes–it was a lot like Fame!) She has attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and PSU for Theatre and Documentary Studies. She brings a sweet, sardonic, and surreal take on the world to her writing and performance, viewed through a sharp and insightful lens of cultural critique; she hopes to lift up and highlight the voices of those not usually heard or represented in our communities. Rebecca has performed in The Grrrl Front Music and Comedy Festival in 2013 & 2014, is a regular member of the Lez Stand Up Comedy Troop, and performs with the women’s comedy collective Potty Talk. She co-hosted at Portland Pride 2014, has done stand-up in Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles–and once at a dog’s unicorn-themed birthday party. She was on the Portland Production crew of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary about families struggling through the recent housing crisis, American Winter. Her writing has also appeared in Bitch, Portland Monthly Magazine, and The Portland Mercury. She spends too much time with her pet rats, and her spirit animal is the manatee. Twitter: @REwaits


oawphotoJeff Winslow, Music. Jeff Winslow is fourth-generation Oregonian who studied music and electronics at University of California-Berkeley, getting serious about composition in the mid-1990s as High Modernism finally relinquished its death grip on the world of art music. His work has been performed by fEARnoMUSIC, Portland Vocal Consort, and the Resonance Ensemble, and also at Cascadia Composers, Seventh Species, Cherry Blossom Musical Arts, and Oregon Bach Festival concerts, as well as several other locations around the region, often with the composer at the piano. A recent piano work, “Lied ohne Worte (lieber mit Ligeti)” received honorable mention from the Friends and Enemies of New Music, a New York-based composers’ group. He is a founding member of the Cascadia Composers, a chapter of NACUSA centered on the lower watershed of the Columbia River.

Jennifer Rabin, Visual Arts. Jennifer Rabin is a writer and an artist. She serves as the visual arts writer for Willamette Week and her writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Visual Art Source, Hyperallergic, Oregon Humanities, Bitch, and The Rumpus. She is the recipient of a 2016 RACC grant for her memoir in progress, All the Reverence in Our Hearts, and has been an artist in residence at Jentel in Wyoming, The Rensing Center in South Carolina, and Caldera in Oregon. Her creative writing practice and her studio practice have become inextricably linked as she explores ideas and themes in multiple disciplines simultaneously. A diehard populist, she uses her platform as an arts writer to champion underrepresented voices, to challenge the mystique of the white-box art world, and to encourage first-time collectors. At work, she can most often be found wearing her grandmother’s robe or a pair of tattered coveralls, both of which have received sidelong glances during coffee runs to Stumptown.