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[BKARTS] Craft Biennial: A Review of Northwest Art & Craft, August 2-September 27, 2007, Oregon College of Art & Crafts, Portland, OR



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release date: June 27, 2007
Press Contact: Jody Creasman, Communications Director
503/297-5544 x 131, jcreasman@xxxxxxxx

Craft Biennial:
A Review of Northwest Art & Craft

As an educational institution committed to intellectual inquiry and
craftsmanship, the "Craft Biennial: A Review of Northwest Art and Craft"
exhibition provides a unique opportunity to examine the state of modern
craft in the Northwest. The "Craft Biennial" seeks to provoke a dialogue
between the viewer and object, as well as one between the objects
themselves.

The fifth in the juried biennial series devoted to handmade work in Oregon
and Washington, the exhibition runs August 2-September 27, 2007, with an
opening reception on Thursday, August 2 from 4:00-7:00pm at the College's
Hoffman Gallery at 8245 SW Barnes Road in Portland, OR. Anne Amie Vineyards,
our featured local vintner, will pour specially selected wines during the
opening event. Visit www.anneamie.com for more information on the Vineyard's
offerings.

Out of 320 submitted entries, 58 pieces were selected for the exhibition.
Selected works investigate and redefine the traditional form of the object,
and question the current status of "Art and Craft". Four individual Awards
of Merit were awarded to participating artists: Mary Wells, Portland, OR;
Scott Schuldt, Seattle, WA; Kate MacDowell, Portland, OR; and Amy Johnston,
Beaverton, OR. 
 
Exhibition jurors include Sharon Marcus, a Portland, Oregon educator,
writer, and artist who works in textiles and mixed media; Linda Tesner,
Director and Curator of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary
Art at Lewis and Clark College and Chair of the Art Advisory committee for
Tri-Met in Portland, Oregon; and Margo Jacobsen Greeve, owner of Margo
Jacobsen/Art Dealer/Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Background:
For one hundred years, Oregon College of Art & Craft has been dedicated to
excellence in teaching art through craft, contributing significantly to the
continuity of contemporary craft as an artistic expression. The College
offers a four-year BFA in Crafts, two Certificate Programs and year-round
studio classes and workshops for adults and children. Established in 1907,
Oregon College of Art & Craft is nationally accredited through the National
Association of Schools of Art and Design and receives support from the
Oregon Arts Commission.

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