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Claiming Voice: Studio to Exhibition
NOTE: This is the LAST session of this year-long program. If you are new and interested, another cycle will start in Fall 2019.
Making art is a problem solving activity based in the creative act; an art object is a vehicle for communication; art exhibition authors public history.
This is a studio to exhibition course. You will construct a personal message, create an object of art intended to deliver it, and co-curate an exhibition to engage the public with your work.
This course is founded in the Art School model, designed to provide you with professional experience in the studio and fine arts arena. You will visit local galleries and events in the arts community and engage in classroom discussion relating to these events as well as the gallery system. You will conduct independent research regarding all aspects of your work from historic linage of your message to craft and materials. In the studio you will further develop your artistic language and skill set. You will write the organic documents related to the professional arts; the CV, the artist statement and bio. You will engage in one on one and group critique across the duration of the class. You will deliver an artist talk. Lastly, you will co-curate a summer exhibition with your peers and instructor which will include public programming opportunities. This work will include PR, gallery installation, artist talks and events that will activate the public interface with the work.
This is the last section of a 4-part series of classes that will culminate in a month-long exhibition at PNCA in January 2019
This course is open to people of all skill levels working in any medium. The only restriction is that you may not use oil paint or other off gassing materials in the classroom.
Instructor: Sara Siestreem
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos, 1976-) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. She comes from a family of professional artists and educators, her training began in the home. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. Her studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. Her art practice branches into education and institutional reform. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She teaches Studio Arts and Indigenous Studies Courses at PSU and Community Education courses at PNCA. Her work in institutional reform relates to curatorial and educational practices regarding Indigenous Fine Art. She has been represented by Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon since 2010. She was the recipient of a Ford Family Gold Spot Residency at Crows Shadow and a Matrix Residency in Missoula, MA. Her work has been shown at Museum of Northwest Art, Missoula Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Whatcom Museum of Arts, The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Grants Pass Museum of Art, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Evergreen Longhouse, Newport Visual Arts Center, Spaceworks Gallery, Littman Gallery, Archer Gallery, Royal Nebeker Gallery, Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, COCC, OSU,1Spot Gallery, Jacobs Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, Pratt, Mark Wooley Gallery, Modern Zoo, The Life Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery, Pip Gallery, and City Center Gallery. Her work figures in The Bonneville Power Administration Native Art Collection, Propel Insurance Collection, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Art Collection, The Hallie Ford Museum, The Missoula Art Museum, Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State, The Portland Art Museum, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portable Works Collections as well as private collections around the world. She lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.
+ Dept/Lab Fee: $50.00
Add Certificate Program Fee: + $60.00
Nov 28, 2018 - Feb 06, 2019
6:30PM - 9:30PM