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Photographer Richard Misrach to speak at OSU Oct. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Photographer Richard Misrach will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, “Forty Years of Photography” will be held in Room 128 at the Learning Innovation Center (LInC), 165 S.W. Sackett Pl., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, located near the LInC building at 220 S.W. 26th St.

For four decades, Misrach has been a significant and influential photographer of the American landscape. Known as a pioneer of the 1970s renaissance of color photography and large scale presentation that are still practiced today, Misrach is also known for the monumental epic, “Desert Cantos,” a multifaceted study of people’s political, cultural and environmental relationship to the natural world.

In his talk, Misrach will provide a general overview of the last 40 years of work with an emphasis on several recent series. He will speak about Border Cantos, his collaboration with composer Guillermo Galindo, a major undertaking focusing on the U.S. - Mexico border, and his two current projects about the election.

Desert Canto XXXVIII: Premonitions (2009-2016) is comprised of previously unpublished work from the Barack Obama presidency that in hindsight suggests the atmosphere that led to the Trump election. Desert Canto XXXIX: The Writing On The Wall (2017-) is an election-engendered dialogue in graffiti form between various political factions, scribbled on abandoned buildings and remote landscapes throughout the desert Southwest. Selections from both projects are being debuted at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco in July 2018, but he will be presenting a larger group for the first time during his talk at OSU.

Misrach has had solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others, and his work is held in museum collections around the world.

Misrach’s talk is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus October 20-21. For more information on the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, go to: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/illuminate-provoke-spe-nw-2017

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and https://fraenkelgallery.com/artists/richard-misrach.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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XX Digitus Duo to perform Latin American-themed concert at OSU Oct. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianists María García and Momoko Muramatsu, performing together as the XX Digitus Duo, will visit Oregon State University for a Latin American-themed concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

García and Muramatsu have been friends and colleagues since their days at the New England Conservatory of Music. After embarking on successful individual careers, the pair joined forces in 2014 as the XX Digitus Duo (Twenty Fingers) to explore the four-hand repertoire for one or two pianos.

In addition to classical standards, the Portland-based duo specializes in works drawing on their shared Latin American heritage. García and Muramatsu are also committed to new music by living composers and have recently commissioned four-hand works from Ken Selden, Dag Gabrielsen and Charles Copeland.

Their Latin American-themed program at OSU will focus on music from Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries and includes narration entirely in Spanish and projected imagery.

Works include Juan Morel Campos’ “Danzas Puertorriqueñas,” “El Ciclón,” “Noche Deliciosa,” and “La Traviesa”; “Se Equivocó la Paloma” by Carlos Guastavino; Suzette Ortiz’s “Variaciones sobre un tema popular”; Arturo Marquéz’s “Danzón No. 2”; “Confidencias” by Ernesto Nazareth; Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico-tico no Fubá”; “El Choclo” by Villoldo/Yamamoto/XX Digitus; “El Día que me quieras” by Gardel/Yamamoto; and “Escuálo” by Astor Piazzolla/Yamamoto.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, visit corvallispiano.org. Accommodations relating to a disability may be requested by calling 541-758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.


By Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu 

Fiction writers Watterson, Shum to read at OSU Oct. 13

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writers and Oregon State University alumni Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Watterson’s short story collection, “Ventriloquisms,” won the 2016 Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, and will be published this month by Willow Springs Books/Eastern Washington University. She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing at OSU and her doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. 

Watterson’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including New Delta Review, The Spectacle, Puerto del Sol, North Dakota Quarterly and Birkensnake.

Shum is the author of the 2017 novel, “Queen of Spades,” based on his own experiences as a poker dealer.  He holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. 

His work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse, Bartleby Snopes and many other publications.

The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Top Oregon family businesses to be honored at Nov. 7 event in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Several Oregon family businesses will be honored at the Oregon State University College of Business’ 2017 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

Zidell Marine Corporation, a 55-year old iconic Portland family business, will receive the Dean’s Award for Family Business Leadership, which is sponsored by the college’s Austin Family Business Program.

“The success of family businesses is critical to the Oregon economy,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of OSU’s College of Business. “These awards recognize the hard work and drive of Oregon family businesses in the areas of entrepreneurship, community involvement and multigenerational planning, which are key areas for long-term success.”

Upwards of 80 percent of Oregon’s businesses are family-owned. The Austin Family Business Program, founded in 1985, provides inspiration, education, outreach and research to support family businesses.

“These families are intentional about involving all of the generations in the business and offer great examples of success,” said Sherri Noxel, director of the Austin Family Business Program.

The awards feature categories that reflect sound family business practices. Honorees are:

  • Family Harmony: Miles Fiberglass & Composites, Inc., Happy Valley. Finalists in the category included Meyers Container, LLC, Portland; and Optimize Technologies, Oregon City.
  • Generational Development: NiceBadge, Grants Pass. Higher Taste of Portland and the Portland Pet Food Company were finalists in the category.
  • Business Renewal: Domaine Serene Winery, Dayton. Finalists included Chown Hardware Portland and Western Precision Products of Tualatin.
  • Student Award: Geoffrey Wildish, Eugene.

Brett Baker, president of Austin Industries LLC, will emcee the awards event, which begins with a reception at 4 p.m. and the program at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for the reception alone; $75 for the reception with a buffet dinner; or $25 for children ages 3-10. The Sentinel Hotel is located at 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland.

To reserve a seat, register online at business.oregonstate.edu/familybusinessonline or contact Melissa Elmore at Melissa.elmore@bus.oregonstate.edu or 1-800-859-7609. The deadline to register is Oct. 26.

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Sherri Noxel, 541-737-6019, Sherri.noxel@bus.oregonstate.edu

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents photo exhibition, ‘Spectacle,’ Oct. 2-21

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Spectacle,” an exhibition of photographs by artists Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike, will run Oct. 2 through Oct. 21 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

“Spectacle” was organized by Julia Bradshaw, assistant professor of photography and new media at OSU. It is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus October 20-21.

Photographing traditionally masculine activities that take place in communities near their homes, Hill and Pike explore themes of spectacle, masculinity, image and risk. They direct their lenses to performers and their spectators, and the moments of introspection and exultation that take place before, after and during an event.

Based in Humboldt County, California, Hill photographs mixed martial arts events that take place in the casinos and tribal lands in Northern California. In gaining the trust of trainers and fighters, Hill has created a photo series that offers a distinct visual narrative of this male-dominated sport from the point of view of a female photographer.

“I am constantly aware of these formulaic images of masculinity,” said Hill. “I equally embrace the show-worthy tough man alongside the seemingly vulnerable moments when they become lost in themselves –from adrenaline, exhaustion, fear or relief.”

Pike is an associate professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. Her photographs are from the project “Color Me Lucky,” and are inspired by American daredevil Evel Knievel.

She explores the spectacle of the men and women who compete in daredevil showmanship events during the Evel Knievel Days festival in Butte, Montana. The photos depict the calculated recklessness of daredevil events alongside small details of Americana.

“I’m interested in what attracts a woman or a man to act on or to witness risky behavior for the sake of a thrill,” Pike said.

Fairbanks Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 for the Corvallis Art Walk. The gallery will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. For more information on the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, go to: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/illuminate-provoke-spe-nw-2017

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Julia Bradshaw, 541-737-5014 or julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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Evel's Chest Hair, Las Vegas, NV (2015), photograph by Alexis Pike

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U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra to perform at OSU Oct. 6

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The United States Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The performance, hosted by the OSU School of Arts and Communication, is free of charge and open to the public; no tickets are required.

First formed in 2008, the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra brings together the finest jazz musicians from all U.S. Marine Corps Field Bands, The President’s Own Marine Band and The Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps.

The 20-piece big band is considered the top jazz ensemble of the corps. Notable performances have included dates at the Lincoln Center for Jazz in New York City, the famed Monterey Jazz Festival and tour stops throughout the United States at universities and conferences.  

For more information or to request accommodations relating to a disability, please call OSU Music Events at 541-737-4671, preferably with at least 72 hours advance notice. 


Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

Renowned banjo player Tony Trischka to perform in Corvallis Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will present “An Evening with Tony Trischka,” a performance and question-and-answer session with the banjo player, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

Trischka’s appearance is the first in the College of Liberal Arts’ “American Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for stringed instruments and roots music. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli, and is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Arts and Communication and the GRAMMY Museum. 

Trischka is a sought-after teacher, producer and recording artist. He has collaborated with Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, Bill Evans and many more. He has created 15 instructional books as well as a series of DVDs. In 2009, he launched the Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an advanced, interactive, online instructional site that is the banjo home for students around the world.

In 1984, Trischka performed in his first feature film, “Foxfire,” with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and John Denver. Three years later, he worked on the pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of “Driving Miss Daisy” that featured Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

In December 2012, Trishchka was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.

Trishcka’s latest album, “Great Big World,” showcases his far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills. To date Trischka has released nearly two dozen albums, as a solo artist and collaborator.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. For additional information about the series or to purchase tickets, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-concert-series-evening-tony-trischka. The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797

Auditions for OSU’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ to be held Sept. 24-25

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, “Inherit the Wind,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“Inherit the Wind” is a classic American play based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial has been a popular fixture of the American stage since its debut in 1955 and has been the basis for multiple film adaptations.

The courtroom drama depicts the complicated intersections of faith, science and identity in a changing modern world in the tight-knit community of Hillsboro.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty and community members of all ages. The cast features six principal roles and a large ensemble that will portray multiple characters, for a total of 29 roles available.

Those auditioning should be prepared for cold readings from the script, which will be available Sept. 20. Callbacks will be held Sept. 26 if needed.

Rehearsals will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technical/dress rehearsals will be held from Nov. 4 through Nov. 8. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19.

All performers must be available for all technical/dress rehearsals and performances.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Nathan Bush at Nathan.bush@oregonstate.edu

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Author, professor Susan Jackson Rodgers to read at OSU Sept. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Susan Jackson Rodgers, a fiction writer and associate professor of creative writing at Oregon State University, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Rodgers’ new novel, “This Must Be the Place,” is the coming-of-age story of a young woman on a cross-country road trip in 1983. The novel was published in August by Switchgrass Books, an imprint of Northern Illinois University Press. 

Rodgers’ previous books include two short story collections, “The Trouble With You Is,” and “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6.” Her fiction has also appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quick Fiction, Colorado Review and Prairie Schooner. Rodgers earned first place in the 2002 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and is the recipient of two Kansas Arts Commission Fellowships and two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions.

Rodgers earned her master’s degree at Kansas State University and her master of fine arts at Bennington College. She taught at Kansas State for many years and now teaches creative writing and literature in OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film, where she also directs the MFA program in creative writing. 

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA program in creative writing, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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Susan Jackson Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Business incubator gears up for next cohort, welcomes five new advisory board members

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator seeks creators of new business concepts to be part of their fall cohort in the Iterate program, where startup experts help budding entrepreneurs evaluate and refine their ideas.

The Iterate application period coincides with the Accelerator’s naming five new members to its strategic advisory board, including Maggie Finnerty, executive director of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and former Oregon Republican Party chairman Allen Alley.

The one-month Iterate program kicks off Oct. 24.

“Being on the strategic advisory board is a great opportunity to work with the state’s leading research university and be part of the bridge to industry,” said Alley. “Oregon’s future depends on harnessing our world-class innovations and bringing them to global markets.”

In its four years of existence, the Accelerator has advised more than 70 program graduates who have generated more than $4.5 million in revenue and gained more than $2.3 million in equity investments, $10 million in grants, and $500,000 in loans or other financing. 

Accelerator activities have created more than 50 full-time-equivalent jobs. The Accelerator has engaged with nearly 400 entrepreneurs and startups in the region and interacted with more than 4,500 students and 130 volunteers.

Additional new members of the 15-person board are Julianne Brands of the Oregon Angel Fund; Rita Hansen, chief executive officer of OSU spinout OnBoard Dynamics; and Jennifer Brown-Dennis, dean of the OSU Graduate School.

Brian Wall, OSU’s assistant vice president for research, commercialization and industry partnering, said the board demonstrates the university’s commitment to diversity in leadership.

“Adding distinguished advisory board members such as Maggie, Julianne, Rita, Jennifer and Allen helps us continue the economic progress achieved by Accelerator companies and continues to evolve Oregon State into a 21st century land grant institution,” he said.

The Accelerator, under the direction of Mark Lieberman and Karl Mundorff, helps nascent startups develop and commercialize high-growth, innovative technologies. Through three programs – Iterate, Accelerate and Launch – the Accelerator helps OSU faculty, students, staff and the broader university community advance ideas and conduct research into products and services, guiding entrepreneurs through all phases of the commercialization process.

“Iterate is the top of our funnel,” Lieberman said. “It’s a methodology that anyone can use to understand what entrepreneurial thinking is about and to help answer the question of what comes next.”

“The main thing we teach in Iterate is how to evaluate business ideas,” Mundorff added. “The program helps you figure out whether an idea is worth your time. And almost every team iterates to some variant of their initial idea.”

The Accelerator is part of Oregon State University Advantage, which connects business people to university resources, and it is also affiliated with RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network; RAIN is an Oregon consortium of government, higher education and the business community.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039