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Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping: New Work by Shawn W. Creeden

Release date: 01/25/12

January 24, 2012

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping: New Work by Shawn W. Creeden

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:30 pm
Manuel Izquierdo Gallery
825 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR
Free and open to the public

PORTLAND, OR – January 24, 2012 – Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping is an exhibition of new embroideries and sculptures by Portland-based artist Shawn W. Creeden opening February 2, 2012 in PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, 825 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The works explore the complex and often adversarial relationships between humans, animals and landscape during the conquest of the American West.

There will be an opening reception First Thursday, February 2 from 6-9 pm. Gallery hours are 9-5 pm, Monday-Saturday and by appointment. The exhibition runs through February 29, 2012.

In providing context for the show, the artist quotes David Quammen’s Monster of God:“Kill off the sacred bear. Kill off the ancestral crocodile. Kill off the myth-wrapped tiger. Kill off the lion. You haven’t conquered a people, or their place, until you’ve exterminated their resident monsters.”

Creeden studied photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He’s had solo exhibitions at Assemble Gallery in Seattle, The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco, AG Gallery in Brooklyn, and Fontanelle Gallery in Portland, among others.

About The Manuel Izqueirdo Gallery
The Manuel Izqueirdo Gallery is named for sculptor and longtime PNCA faculty member, Manuel Izquierdo. The gallery is located in the Stagecraft Building which houses PNCA’s metal shop, wood, sculpture, and ceramic studios, digital production center, computer labs as well as the studios for Illustration, Time Arts, Intermedia, Animated Arts, and the MFA in Collaborative Design.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, and an MFA in Collaborative Design, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit

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