News || Nov 30, 2017
Congratulations to MFA Applied Craft + Design candidate Jason Rens on being awarded the Public Art + Land Use Project.
Jason will collaborate with Oregon Environmental Council and 1000 Friends of Oregon and create a public work to celebrate the passing of the legislation that created Oregon’s urban growth boundaries - protecting farms, forests, and wild lands while encouraging connected, compact urban communities. The work will be located at Sokol Blosser Winery. Jason walking the site with Bill Blosser in November.
For over 11 years Jason has worked in Portland as a designer and artist. As an architecture student at the University of Colorado at Boulder he investigated Design/Build and environmental design and began to love the process of simultaneously investigating and making, which continues to blossom with each project no matter how big or small. Jason has worked in a on many and varied projects. Ranging from a small business like Jace Gace (waffle cafe/gallery) to a post-graduate incubator/studio space – SuperMaker (4,200 s.f. building w/ woodshop, metal shop, recording studio, & 12 artists studios) and most recently co-created Nike’s own Maker Space “Blue Ribbon Studio” in Beaverton, OR. Running parallel to the client facing projects Jason has been invited to share his studio pieces at ICFF in NYC, Salon De Mobile in Milan, the Bellevue Art Museum, and as part of Conny Purtill’s “The Ground” at Adams & Ollman last year.
The Public Art & Land Use Project is an opportunity for a select student or students to create a memorable and distinct public marker in honor of Senate Bill 100 – the land use planning bill. The project will celebrate the passing of the legislation that created Oregon’s urban growth boundaries - protecting farms, forests, and wild lands while encouraging connected, compact urban communities. The marker may take the form of an installation/ sculpture/ mixed media, but must be able to be a lasting legacy to SB 100 and have a lifespan of a minimum of five years. As the selected student (s), you will work closely with external partners to research the context of the work and further an understanding of the significance of land use planning in the region. This project is a professional practice opportunity for a motivated student or collaborative team interested in working in an interdisciplinary practice. The select student will be awarded $1500 individually or $2000 as a collaborative pair. Additional funds for materials will be provided.