Design Systems' Moret at International Artist Residencies
December 05, 2018
For the month of September my studio overlooked the ocean. Rainbows, boats of all kinds, wind combing over waves that shook our old coast guard building for days, slanted sunsets, my muraled neighborhood… From my desk I could see a glacier on clear days and, off to the right, Mt. Esja looked down on colorful Reykjavík. While the other nine artists at SÍM Residency were fine artists—painters, sculptors, musicians—or journalists, I honed in on something closer to art+science investigation. Filming underwater and taking cyanotypes of beached jellyfish, capturing coastal textures and tracing contours of geothermal rivers and pools, I explored the more nuanced aspects of the Icelandic land- and seascapes. I continued to explore a fundamental inquiry in my practice that examines place as discrete information luring us to meaningfully engage with nature: what makes a place truly unique? What sensory or non-sensory information makes humans aware that we are somewhere novel or different, and how do we know? What interactions or experiences with the natural world prompt us to ask new and better questions? SÍM Residency: https://sim.is
Indizi per l’immersione (Cues for Immersion)
In June I found myself living in the Orobie Alps of Italy as a 2018 Nature, Art + Habitat Residency Fellow. For three weeks I explored the nuanced, indexical thresholds within the Taleggio landscape and aquatic ecosystems and paired these experiments with an investigation of investigation itself. As in Iceland, I asked, what makes a place truly unique? What objective and subjective cues allow us to understand our environment and how can we reflexively explore these cues? By highlighting thresholds visually, I created prompt cards that allow both residents and visitors to explore and discuss the valley’s environment at multiple spatial scales. Through curious engagement and transdisciplinary perspective, participants contextualize their natural surroundings in a rich and pragmatic way, adding to the collective dialogue of the valley. Nature, Art + Habitat Residency 2018 Water focus: https://nahr.it/NAH_RESIDENCY-WATER-ACQUA Residents: https://nahr.it/Fellows-Residenti
Directly after my residency in Italy, I went to Science Gallery in Dublin where my installation ‘Antarctica: a Chromatic Paradox’ was exhibited for 3 months as part of their ‘Life at the Edges’ show about extreme environments. https://dublin.sciencegallery....
Farewell to Lee Kelly
Oregon’s Sculptor, Lee Kelly BFA ‘59, passed away on March 28, 2022, at age 89.
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We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Cole has accepted our offer to become the next dean of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), effective March 2022, and delighted that she will hold Willamette’s first named deanship, recognizing a generous new gift from Jordan D. Schnitzer.
Willamette University celebrates completion of merger with Pacific Northwest College of Art
Willamette University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art today finalized their merger, officially making the Northwest’s oldest school of art and design an integral part of the region’s leading liberal arts university.
Schnitzer family's $2M gift to support Willamette University/Pacific Northwest College of Art merger
Willamette will launch a search soon to retain a nationally recognized educator and leader in art and design to serve as PNCA’s new dean. This $2 million gift from the late Arlene Schnitzer will create the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer PNCA Dean’s Initiative Fund, and provide the new PNCA Dean with resources to test new initiatives, facilitate collaboration between the PNCA and Willamette faculties, and more. Please enjoy this video to learn more about this generous gift.