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Terry Toedtemeier’s many forms

Blake Andrews interviews Prudence Roberts about the photographer and curator’s work, approach, and legacy. Toedtemeier’s photographs are featured in shows at JSMA in Eugene and PDX Contemporary Art in Portland.

Artists' booths arranged under the massive Corinthian columns of the historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Photo: courtesy of the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Oregon craft artists on the national stage

Three Oregon artists were selected for the 2024 Annual Smithsonian Craft Show, the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of contemporary American craft.

PSU doubles down on its performance hall bid

The university’s revised design proposal for a Keller Auditorium replacement offers two venues in one: a Keller-sized 3,000-seat hall and a versatile 1,200-seat companion space.

Elbow Room takes on the contemporary art scene

A pair of “sister shows” at Elbow Room and ILY2 showcase a talented group of artists and the ingenuity of the close-knit community of the Portland art scene. The artists all work out of Elbow Room’s SE Portland studio and gallery.

Art on the Road: Sculptures with stories

As a Vancouver show tells multiple tales, an inspiring exhibit at California’s Huntington Library concentrates on a single artist: the chronicler of Black life Sargent Claude Johnson.

birds perched on a fir branch

R. Bruce Horsfall’s feathers and fauna

The exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society features Horsfall’s meticulous illustrations of birds from the Pacific Coast. Horsfall was a member of the Oregon Audubon Society and inspired by the artistic endeavors of the organization’s namesake, John James Audubon.

VizArts Monthly: Eclipse and transitions

May ushers in a shift in seasons (hopefully!) and the opportunity to shift perspectives. Jason N. Le offers, for the last time, a selection of not-to-be-missed art occasions and events.

Kim Murton’s clay art: Hug a cartoon

With their caricatured grins and exaggerated growls and grimaces, Murton’s works defy the notion that serious art needs to be … well, serious. Get ready to smile.

Thérèse Murdza’s paintings in the shape of sounds

From clouds to sounds, an artist’s path: “I hear a lot in the paintings … some movement, something that comes after and before and above and below. Like a cropped photograph or a clip from a melody, you know there is more.”

VizArts Monthly: Blossoms and pollen

April ushers in spring and plenty of new exhibits and shows. Jason N. Le rounds up some promising offerings from around the state.

Corvallis’s PRAx of life opens its doors

OSU’s new performance and exhibition space, a busy hub of activity from morning to evening, brings a chance to transform how people see the university – and it has an open house April 6.

Jordan Schnitzer gives $10 million to PSU’s school of art

The gift, which continues the Schnitzer family’s longtime support of Portland State University, will help fund a new home for the School of Art, support PSU’s Schnitzer Art Museum, and provide outdoor art and other enhancements on campus.

installation view of Policing Justice at PICA

‘Policing Justice’ at PICA

The group exhibition, curated by Cleo Davis and Nina Amstutz, brings together works by artists and organizations that highlight histories of oppression and resistance. Recounting and engaging with the past allows for the imagining of a more equitable future.

Abstract, brightly colored work with blue and red parentheses-like shapes at the center

Jordan Clark’s Portland is bright

The abstract paintings hum with an energy entirely befitting for their caffeine-centered display location – Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

News & Notes: Seattle’s new art museum

A $300 million gift of more than 200 artworks jump-starts the Seattle University Museum of Art. Plus: Maryhill Museum season begins, Asian American writers, Andrew Proctor returns, jazz at Milagro, Billie Holiday tribute night.

Photo First: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

K.B. Dixon takes a camera tour through the McMinnville museum, from the Spruce Goose to the world’s fastest jet to replicas of the Spirit of St. Louis and Apollo Lunar Rover & more.

gallery install view with white walls, television screens with headphones and various ephemera. On the upper right corner of the gallery wall is an led sign that reads 'artists talk shit'

Process and destiny at the Cooley Gallery

“Las Vegas Ikebana” celebrates five decades of friendship between Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi. On view are individual works, collaborations, and ephemera that reveal the richness of their creative intertwining.

installation view of what appears to be exploding wood and other organic materials

Weather as metaphor for everything

The exhibition “Strange Weather” at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon brings together a diverse roster of artists and perspectives.

VizArts Monthly: Myths and meteorites

For March, Jason N. Le introduces a variety of exhibitions that, from different vantage points, consider how humans make sense of our world. The options range from monsters to machines to meteorites.

A monumental snore (with a wink)

What would happen if we turned grandiosity into a joke? Building big, artist Erik Geschke sculpts himself into the possibilities.

Songs from the Congo

Looking at “Black Artists of Oregon” and “Africa Fashion” at the Portland Art Museum.

three curved screens with projections of the surface of the sun

Soak up the sun: Georgie Friedman

“BREATHING-LIGHT,” on view at Oregon Contemporary, offers viewers the chance to surround themselves with the surface of the sun. Hannah Krafcik contemplates this perspectival flip.

The Cultural Landscape: Part 13

K.B. Dixon’s cultural-portrait series continues with black & white images of jazz drummer Ron Steen, multimedia artist Pamela Chipman, musical-theater leader Sharon Maroney, filmmaker Jim Blashfield, and author and environmentalist Allison Cobb.

VizArts Monthly: Paying attention

Commitment to New Year’s Resolutions may be waning but February’s art offerings remind us of the benefits of thoughtful attention and contemplation.

A painting’s long and personal journey

How Beauford Delaney’s “Twilight Street” got from 119 Waverly Place in New York’s Greenwich Village to the studio of art conservator Nina Olsson to the Portland Art Museum’s walls.

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