Alison Saar

While Alison Saar was visiting PNCA to install her exhibition Crepuscular Blue at PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, she joined us in Watershed to work on some prints. Master printer Paul Mullowney curated Crepuscular Blue, which was part of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series. Saar will present a lecture on Sept 19th at 6:30pm. 

Saar has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1984, 1985 and 1988), and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1989, the Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists in 2000, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 1998 and the Joan Mitchell Artist in Residence in 2013. In 2012, the United States Artists Program named Saar one of 50 USA fellows.

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Samantha Wall

Samantha Wall joined us to create variable editions of monotypes on our Mailander. Wall has exhibited widely and has been the recipient of awards and grants from organizations including the Oregon Arts Commission; Portland, Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council; The Ford Family Foundation; and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was a semi-finalist for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2015. Recent exhibitions include an invitational at The Loving Festival in New Orleans, LA, with her work featured at the Stella Jones Gallery, and participation in A Likeness: Works in Contemporary Portraiture, at The Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA. 

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Storm Tharp

As our first artist-in-residence, Storm Tharp joined us in Watershed to work on a series of oversized monoprints on our five-by-ten-foot Ray Trayle press. 

Storm writes about the works, "In them, inky gestures are transformed into monumental signposts and heavenly bodies. It is my intention that these images represent a kind of Shangri-la in the mountains, an oasis on the horizon, a refuge from our present grim circumstances."

Tharp worked closely with Yoshi Katai and Matthew Letzelter on the prints, and it was all hands on deck to work at this scale.

Tharp is a painter and sculptor whose work has been acquired by various public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Albright Knox Gallery and The Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2010 Tharp participated in The Whitney Biennial,  and in 2013 a mid-career survey of his work was presented at The Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. He is represented by PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, and Galerie Sébastian Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland. 

In them, inky gestures are transformed into monumental signposts and heavenly bodies. It is my intention that these images represent a kind of Shangri-la in the mountains, an oasis on the horizon, a refuge from our present grim circumstances. 

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