Welcome to Major Spotlights, a web installment of our Major Monday series, where we put the spotlight on our 11 incredible BFA programs.
Recent BFA graduate Sarah Bat is a disabled queer artist and poet living and working in the Pacific Northwest, and is passionate about sea life, disability activism, and the impact of pop culture.
Carl Diehl, Assistant Professor
The generative possibilities of experimentation, collaboration, and research make up the independent components of Carl Diehl's practice as an artist and educator. When he isn't teaching, you can often find him coordinating meetings for the writing group HTML (Hundred Thousand Million Labyrinths), cultivating algorithms, and programming events with Weird Shift, an artist-run initiative for marginalia studies. Currently, he is researching and developing an audiovisual portrait of his grand-uncle who was an accomplished performer, author, and advocate of the art of magic.
Learn more about Carl here!
In Graphic Design, you'll learn hands-on in a client-focused environment with vibrant, practicing design professionals. You'll learn the history, principles, and major theories of design while acquiring fundamental skills.
You'll work with typography and visual systems across technologies, and with a focus on the process, you'll gain core sills in ideation, critical evaluation, and revision to create provocative, relevant design solutions.
Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to pursue internships with companies like Nike, adidas, Intel, Laika Studios, Wieden+Kennedy and many more.More about the program
Olivia Harwood's artist statement notes that she "intends to show specific memories by incorporating objects, figures and landscapes conveyed by patterns, fields of color and detail-oriented moments," in an exploration of "the relationships between present life choices and the impact our past has on them."
Michelle Ross, Painting Instructor
Michelle Ross examines the boundaries between painting, photography, and popular media, creating new relationships, both conceptual and aesthetic, that mirror the shifting realities of our time. Her formal and abstract paintings and digital collages have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Learn more about Michelle here!
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Liz Taylor '20
Through their work, Liz Taylor often explores the manifestation of grief and physical memory through the use of crocheted textiles and ceramic burnouts.
When not teaching his sewing/construction class, instructor Adam Arnold can be found designing and creating his own line of clothing from his studio in Southeast Portland. His garments are known for their clean lines, tailored silhouettes, timeless appeal, and impeccable construction, and he has collaborated with the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater.
Learn more about Adam here!