Museum of Contemporary Craft presents State of Oregon Craft

Release date: 04/29/15


For Immediate Release

April 28, 2015

Lisa Radon 971-242-3862

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications 971-242-3860

Museum of Contemporary Craft presents State of Oregon Craft

Portland, OR—April 28, 2015—Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents State of Oregon Craft, opening June 05, 2015 and running through August 15, 2015. The survey exhibition presents more than 50 works by 15 artists, makers, and craft-based companies from across the state from spruce root baskets and leather saddles to conceptual jewelry and a kinetic glass and sound sculpture.

State of Oregon Craft takes stock of how Oregonians make and live with handmade objects today and presents an exploration of Oregon craft featuring both emerging and established craft artists. The show also features in-depth interviews with makers and photographs of studios and workshops.

Curators Nicole Nathan and Namita Gupta Wiggers traveled the state of Oregon with a documentary crew in tow to make an exhibition that celebrates the breadth, diversity, history, and future of Oregon’s artisan makers and communities through the lenses of place, small-scale production, natural resources, community support, and lifeways.

A traveling lecture and discussion series at four partner venues — The Pendleton Center for the Arts (Pendleton, OR; Umatilla County), The Museum at Warm Springs (Warm Springs, OR; Jefferson County); Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland, OR; Jackson County) and the Newport Performing Arts Center (Newport, OR; Lincoln County) — expands the exhibition’s reach, the breadth of conversations and perspectives reflected therein, and directly connects exhibition themes to living communities.

The exhibition includes:

Bullseye Glass Co.
East Creek Anagama
Eric Franklin
Hamley and Co.
Natalie Kirk
Anya Kivarkis
Ryan LaBar
Mudshark Studios
Emily Nachison
Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose
Hilary Pfeifer
Lilith Rockett
Sara Siestreem
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

The presenting sponsor for State of Oregon Craft is The Ford Family Foundation, with additional support from The Autzen Foundation and the J & S Bishop Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

Also on view
Extra Credit: Students Mine the Collection
January 31 – July 18, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Students in the PNCA’s Winter Session curatorial intensive led by Nicole Nathan and Victor Maldonado have designed and executed an exhibition drawing upon the Museum’s permanent collection through the exploration of curatorial practices, hands-on learning, and creative inquiry. They mined the collection with individual lines of inquiry including: How do we understand the body? How do we define beauty? How do we activate the collection? Why do we keep broken things in the collection?

Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the way audiences experience it.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers four BFA programs with 10 concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a post-baccalaureate program. For more information: