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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by Portland artists Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New work by Portland area artists Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan will be on display Jan. 25 through March 8 in the Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The gallery will stay open until 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 and refreshments will be served as part of the Corvallis Arts Walk.

Gilley is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte, Enshchede, Netherlands; EastWestProject, Berlin; MARC, Kivik, Sweden; Suyama Space, Seattle; Las Belfry, New York; the Art Museum of South Texas and in various Portland locations.

Gilley’s studio process involves randomly laying down multiple, slightly varied laser lines across a darkened room. Each line uniquely adjusts to the physical variations of the room and the objects housed within it. This creates unique and colorful sprites that, when viewed in chorus, point to an architecture existing in an alternate dimension.

Sheridan is a multi-disciplinary artist who paints an archetypal narrative drawing inspiration from science, the occult and folklore. His work explores the dual nature of our contemporary existence, advocating for improvement while living in a state of constant decay.

Sheridan's cartoons are anecdotes on contemporary issues, social tics, psychological minutiae and the environment. They have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and featured in Creative Loafing, The Tampa Bay Times, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Portland Mercury.

Sheridan employs a reparative process of line-making, in which every mark is a slight variation of its predecessors. This semi-random process denies pre-conception outright. The outcome is a visual imprint of the artist’s experience over the course of a specific moment in time. 

The exhibition, titled “Darwin Machine,” is curated by Fairbanks Gallery Coordinator Andrew Nigon. The name is derived from a 1987 article by William H. Calvin, titled “The Brain as a Darwin Machine,” describing how the human brain arrives at complex conclusions through a natural selection process where many slightly varied random possibilities compete against one another to be the most effective.

Within a millisecond, a winning solution is elected, implemented and finally catalogued into a long chain of memories and experiences used to choose future winners. Every decision made affects our neurological hardware and so affects all future decisions. Nigon described the studio practices of Gilley and Sheridan as Darwin Machines.

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Andrew Nigon, nigona@oregonstate.edu

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Former GRAMMY Museum director to give talk on GRAMMY Awards

Former GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Jan. 26, providing a backstage look at the GRAMMY Awards, the most watched music television program in the world.

The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Auditorium on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Santelli served as the executive director of the GRAMMY Museum from 2008 to 2016, and was instrumental in helping OSU become an official university affiliate of the Los Angeles-based museum. He is currently the director of popular music and performing arts in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Santelli will show rare performance clips, detail the process by which artists get nominated for GRAMMY Awards and share stories of great GRAMMY moments. The 59th annual GRAMMY Awards air Feb. 12, 2017, on CBS.

Santelli is the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including “Greetings from E Street” and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook.” He has contributed to Rolling Stone and the New York Times, among other news outlets.  In 1993, he was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, eventually moving to Cleveland to become the museum’s first director of education and vice president of public programs.

In 2000, he became the chief executive officer of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the first interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK’s first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. Named executive of The GRAMMY Museum in 2006, he created “An Evening With…” series that featured in-depth interviews with artists such as Dave Matthews, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks and Clive Davis.

Since arriving at OSU in September, Santelli has brought a group of students to the White House for a special music education program, created programs for songwriters across campus and in the community, taught classes on popular culture, and maintained a partnership with the GRAMMY Museum. 

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Celene Carillo, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-2137

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Bob Santelli, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-1797

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Oregon artists featured in new exhibit, ‘Source,’ at OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Source,” an exhibit featuring work from Oregon artists Liisa Rahkonen of Lincoln City, Sandra Roumagoux of Newport and Eliza Murphy of Eugene, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University Jan. 9 through Feb. 17.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The artists will be on hand and the public is welcome to attend. 

The exhibit includes paintings, glazed stoneware sculptures and small sculptural box shrines. All three artists share a similar sensibility: a close association with nature and a keen protective instinct for the environment and wildlife.

Roumagoux’s work is informed by the human disregard for the natural world. Rahkonen’s clay sculptures feature birds and animals inspired by the instinct that all life is derived from one source. Murphy’s box shrines are an homage to all the little creatures encountered in everyday existence – an offering to lost voices.

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson to read at OSU Jan. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Fearnside’s 2016 short-story collection, “Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air,” was a finalist for the New Rivers Press MVP Award and the Permafrost Book Prize in fiction. His work has been nominated for Best New American Voices and has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations. 

In 2015, he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. Fearnside’s work focuses on place, culture and the natural environment, and he has taught writing and literature in Kazakhstan and around the United States. He currently teaches at OSU.

Donaldson is the author of the 2016 novel, “The More They Disappear,” a literary thriller praised by The New York Times, The Toronto Star and Booklist. Originally from Kentucky, Donaldson attended Kenyon College and was a fellow at the prestigious Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. 

He earned an MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University, where he was the recipient of a Provost Graduate Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, The Greensboro Review and Crazyhorse.

This reading is part of the 2016-2017 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film 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. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature ‘Montage’ juried art student exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host “Montage,” an exhibition of art and poetry by OSU students, Dec. 9 through Jan. 23.

An artist’s talk and public reception will take place in the gallery at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. The event is free and open to the public.

The Fairbanks Gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Any OSU student was eligible to submit original artwork to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. In past years the show has been restricted to art students and included photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and other artistic media. This year the exhibition was opened to any student and poetry submissions were also accepted for consideration.

The Montage Collective, a long-standing student arts organization, organizes, publicizes and installs the exhibition. For the second year, Montage Collective has called upon a local artist/curator from outside the university to jury the show.

This year's juror is Bruce Burris, director of ArtWorks/CEI in Corvallis. Burris has been a leader in the field of arts and disability nationwide for some 35 years. He has served as an executive director, program developer, facilitator, publicist and employment specialist with programs devoted to supporting artists with disabilities. An artist and curator, Burris is also the founder of E L and F Projects, a performance-based organization.

A special interactive, take-home activity - woodblock/letterpress cards with OSU art alumna Angela Purviance – will be offered at no charge during the Corvallis Arts Walks, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19.

For more information, visit; http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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Caroline Moses, mosesca@oregonstate.edu

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AAAS and Oregon State University announce 2016 Fellows

WASHINGTON D.C.— Three Oregon State University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

The OSU honorees are: Peter Clark, a distinguished professor of geosciences in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Alan Mix, a professor of geological oceanography in CEOAS; and Michael A. Osborne, a professor of history of science in the College of Liberal Arts.  

Clark and Mix were selected as part of the section geology and geography. Clark was elected for his seminal contributions toward understanding linkages among climate, ice sheets, and sea level over the past 100,000 years.

Mix was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, particularly for improvement of proxy applications and understanding of the Quaternary ocean and climate dynamics.

Osborne was selected as part of the history and philosophy of science section. He was elected for distinguished contributions to the fields of the history of science and medicine with particular attention to the role of French colonialism and natural history.

This year 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science Nov. 25.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 18, 2017, during the 2017 AAAS annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

 


 

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science: AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (www.eurekalert.org), the premier science news website, a service of AAAS. See www.aaas.org.

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Nkongho Beteck, 202-326-6434, nbeteck@aaas.org

Leading scholar on Chinese art to speak at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ping Foong, a leading scholar of Chinese art and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Foong, the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, will discuss her current research on a Buddhist votive plaque from the museum collection. She also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

The talk, “The Votive Body: Displaying an object of Buddhist devotion at the Seattle Art Museum,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with Foong will take place prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Foong oversees all aspects of the Seattle Art Museum’s extensive collection of historic Chinese art. She also has a lead role in the current renovation and expansion of the landmark 1933 art deco building that is home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is scheduled to reopen in 2019.

Foong is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Art, Art History and Design. Her primary expertise is Song dynasty landscape painting, but her experience spans the academic and curatorial realms.

In teaching and research, Foong’s interests lie in Chinese literati culture, society, identity, and the interplay between visual motifs and poetic description. Her latest project is research for a book on artist institutions and the spatial imagination in middle period China.

She is the author of a book on 11th-century Chinese ink painting, “The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court,” published by Harvard University Asia Center in 2015. She received her doctorate from Princeton University.

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 or http://www.seattleartmuseum.org.

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Lei Xue, 541-737-5395, Lei.Xue@oregonstate.edu

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DJ Spooky to bring ‘Heart of a Forest’ performance to four Oregon cities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New York-based composer, artist and author Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will perform “Heart of a Forest,” a multimedia show inspired by seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in four Oregon cities Nov. 6-11.

Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author, will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist during the performances. The score, which was debuted and recorded with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble earlier this year, explores spring, summer, fall and winter through sound and imagery.

The "Heart of a Forest" tour is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at OSU and the four regional host organizations. Show ticket prices vary by location.

The show schedule is:

  • 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. Co-hosted by Fishtrap; for additional information, visit www.fishtrap.org.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Co-hosted by the World Forestry Center; for more information, visit http://bit.ly/2eEwm2h.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. Co-hosted by the Newport Performing Arts Center; for more information visit http://bit.ly/2e5Omly.
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Co-hosted by the High Desert Museum; information, http://bit.ly/2eEx8Mz.

Funding for the events was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

In addition to his work as a composer, Miller is also a multimedia artist and author whose work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others.

Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. His website is: http://djspooky.com/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198, charles.goodrich@oregonstate.edu

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OSU presents annual International Film Festival Nov. 9-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual International Film Festival, which includes 18 films from 10 countries, will be held Nov. 9-15 at Darkside Cinema and Whiteside Theater in Corvallis.

The festival is organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. Since 2009, the festival has showcased different perspectives in contemporary filmmaking.

The festival will open with “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, that will be accompanied live by the German band, ALP, which is flying in from Berlin for the event. The event, sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will also feature giveaways and a reception with the musicians after the screening. For more information about the reception, email sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include “After the Storm”, a 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection about a father reconnecting with his son in the days before a typhoon, and “The Second Mother,” a Portuguese comedy about the life of a housekeeper.

All of the screenings are free and open to the public but attendees need to obtain a ticket at the respective cinema before entering the auditorium. Tickets are limited so early arrival is encouraged.

The schedule of screenings is:

Nov. 9 – Whiteside Theater:
·    7 p.m. – “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” (Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis), Germany, 1927, a silent film with live guitar, bass and synthesizer music accompaniment by the band ALP.

Nov. 10 – Darkside Cinema:
·    5 p.m. – “Usfahrt Oerlike,” (Exit Oerlikon) Switzerland, 2015, drama in Swiss German.
·    7 p.m. – “3 Bellazas,” (3 Beauties) Venezuela, 2014, a comedy, horror, thriller in Spanish.
 
Nov. 11 – Darkside Cinema:
·    3:30 p.m. – “Rettet Rafi,” (My Friend Raffi), Germany, 2015, children’s film in German.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Que Horas Ela Volta?” (The Second Mother) Brazil, 2015, drama in Portuguese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. – “Streif,” (One Hell of a Ride) Austria, 2015, documentary in English.

Nov. 12 – Darkside Cinema:
·    1 p.m. – “Paradise Trips,” Netherlands, 2015, a comedy, drama in Dutch with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “NN,” Peru, 2015, a drama in Spanish with English subtitles.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku,” (After the Storm) Japan, 2016, drama in Japanese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. ­– “Fukushima Mon Amour,” Germany, 2016, drama in German, Japanese and English.

Nov. 13 – Darkside Cinema
·    1 p.m. – “Pored Mene,” (Next to Me) Serbia, 2015, a comedy, drama, in Serbian with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “Pequeñas Menteras Piadosas,” (The Travel Agent), documentary in Spanish.
·    5 p.m. – “Apprentice,” Singapore, 2016, a drama in Malay and English with English subtitles.
·    7 p.m. – “Le bois dont les rêves sont faits,” (The Woods Dreams Are Made Of), documentary in French.

Nov. 14 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “Con la pata quebrada,” (Barefoot in the Kitchen,) documentary in Spanish.
·    7 p.m. – “Fuchi ni tatsu,” (Harmonium), drama, Japanese with English subtitles.

Nov. 15 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “I am Femen,” documentary in English and Russian with English subtitles
·    7 p.m. – “Blanka,” drama in Tagalog with English subtitles.

The Whiteside Theater is located at 361 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis. Darkside Cinema is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. For more information, including a synopsis of each film, visit the festival website http://bit.ly/2enlT7U.

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Sebastian Heiduschke, sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU production of ‘For the Love of Lies’ to be held Nov. 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for OSU Theatre’s winter 2017 production of “For the Love of Lies” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a lively comedy in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic theater style with stock characters, physical comedy and romance. 

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. Those participating in the auditions should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sing. Singing “Happy Birthday” will suffice for those who don’t have a prepared song; 16 bars of a favorite classic rock song also will work. Auditioners are encouraged to come with an open mind and be ready to have fun.

Performances of the production are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and 24-26. Several rehearsals will be scheduled during fall term: Nov. 1-22, 28, and 30 and Dec. 5 and 7. 

Winter term rehearsals will be scheduled Monday-Thursday evenings with optional Friday rehearsals beginning Jan. 9. Tech weekend is scheduled Feb. 11-12 with dress rehearsals Feb. 13-15.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Dan Stone, at stoned@linnbenton.edu.

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