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  • Shop Our Online Winter Pop-Up

    PDX CONTEMPORARY ART presents an online Winter Pop-up of work by select represented artists. They have made a diverse selection of work for you to give as gifts to your loved ones or to purchase for your personal collection.

    Participating Artists:

    Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen
    Iván Carmona
    Bean Finneran
    Justin L’Amie
    Nancy Lorenz
    D.E. May
    Jeffry Mitchell
    Barbara Stafford

    Friendly House, a mainstay organization of Portland, Oregon, moves mountains every day for individuals and families of all ages, races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Please join us in supporting their continued critical work.

    10% of all sales from the PDX CONTEMPORARY ART Winter Pop-Up will be donated to Friendly House.

    www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/shop

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  • Iván Carmona | Virtual Conversation on Craft, Rainmaker Craft Initiative

    Iván Carmona will be a panelist in the upcoming event What We Talk About When We Talk About Craft, a virtual panel discussion with the Rainmaker Craft Initiative (RCI).

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Craft is a play on the Raymond Carver story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Carver's story recounts a group of friends striving to characterize their understanding of love through their experiences, obstacles, and joys.
    RCI invites you to engage in this virtual conversation with our guests in a wide ranging dialogue about how creative folks and craft communities are faring in these times. It is an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves, gather, and connect the scattered Oregon College of Art and Craft community. Panelists include Marjorie Dial, Brenda Mallory, Iván Carmona, Joshua West Smith, and Emily Endo. The conversation will be moderated by Karl Burkheimer.

    December 12th
    4:00 - 5:30 pm

    To reserve your spot please visit:

    https://www.rainmakercraft.org/what-we-talk-about-about-when-we-talk-abo...

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  • Iván Carmona | Support Beam Grant

    Iván Carmona has been selected as one of seventeen artists to receive the Support Beam Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, in Portland, Oregon.

    Support Beam is designed to support emerging artists’ long-term creative practices and livelihoods during an unprecedented time. This new opportunity prioritizes Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color to acknowledge the disproportionate historical and ongoing systemic inequities, and the impact this pandemic is having on BIPOC communities.

    Inspired by the depression-era Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), this program utilizes City of Portland PDXCARES funding to commission a piece of public art, without restriction to media or themes, and aspires to sustain as many artists as possible during a precarious economic and political time.
    Follow along with their posts and stories on Instagram at #raccsupportbeam.
    Congratulations, Iván!

    For more information on Support Beam: https://racc.org/2020/11/10/support-beam-round-two-announced/

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  • Gallery Owner Discussion: Jane Beebe, Charles Froelick and Cecily Quintana for Portland Art Museum's Native American Art Council

    Join the Portland Art Museum's Native American Art Council for an informal conversation with three art gallery owners Cecily Quintana, Jane Beebe and Charles Froelick. Each has a long history of working with contemporary Indigenous artists.

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  • Thanksgiving Vacation: PDX will be closed November 26 - December 2nd.

  • Justin L'Amie, Nancy Lorenz, and Jeffry Mitchell in Conversation

    Justin L'Amie, Nancy Lorenz, and Jeffry Mitchell in Conversation

    On the occasion of Justin L'Amie's exhibition "Shadow, Hold Your Breath" at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, we invited Justin L'Amie to speak with artists Nancy Lorenz and Jeffry Mitchell.

    LINK TO THE VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/479391488

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  • Marie Watt | Welcomed as a New Trustee at the Portland Art Museum

    Marie Watt was welcomed as a new Trustees at The Portland Art Museum- Congratulations, Marie!

    "The Portland Art Museum welcomed prominent artists Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt to its Board of Trustees in its virtual annual meeting earlier this month.

    “I am so honored and excited that Carrie Mae Weems and Marie Watt accepted our invitation to help lead our institution at this crucial time,” said Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “Our communities need the arts more than ever, and it is vital to have the wisdom of these consequential artists who have both contributed so much and in so many ways to our lives.”

    Watt and Weems are among nine new or returning trustees joining the Museum’s 70-member Board of Trustees. The role of the Board of Trustees is to lead in the governance of the institution, including budget approval and oversight of the Museum’s finances and assets, hiring and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director, and serving on subcommittees overseeing the areas such as the Museum’s collections, development, equity and inclusion, finances and investments, learning and community partnerships."

    For more information visit:
    https://nwfc.pam.org/artists-carrie-mae-weems-and-marie-watt-among-new-s...

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  • LINK TO RECORDING: A Conversation between James Lavadour and Kathleen Ash-Milby

    On the occasion of James Lavadour's exhibition EXPECTING RAIN at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, we invite you to join us for a virtual event and conversation:

    A Conversation between Artist James Lavadour and Kathleen Ash-Milby, Curator of Native American Art at Portland Art Museum

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
    6:00pm
    VIA ZOOM

    WATCH THE RECORDING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeYVtwgP86w&feature=youtu.be

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  • Marie Watt | Live Q and A "Hallie Ford Fellows: Art and Activism"

    Join exhibiting artists Bruce Burris, Harrell Fletcher, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Marie Watt on October 7, at 5:30 p.m. for “Hallie Ford Fellows: Art and Activism,” a virtual live presentation and Q&A on the intersections of activism, social practice and art making in their lives and communities.

    To join the Virtual Presentation and Q&A: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/94097839085

    For more information visit: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/fall-brings-some-options-your-arts-an...

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  • Tad Savinar | Oregon ArtsWatch Review

    Tad Savinar's current show A Report on America's Weather 2016-2020: Selected Works by Tad Savinar On the Eve of an Election was recently reviewed in Oregon ArtsWatch.

    Read the review here: https://www.orartswatch.org/art-review-what-do-you-mean-by-that/

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  • Marie Watt | 516 Arts Exhibition

    Marie Watt is featured in 516 Arts upcoming exhibition “Feminisms” opening September 26, 2020, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Feminisms” is a partnership between 516 Arts and the Wheelwright Muesum of the American Indian and is guest-curated by Andrea R. Hanley.

    “Feminisms features artists of various cultures whose creative possibilities use the theme of feminism in its most expansive meaning. Works are far reaching from a diasporic experience, the politics of body, resilience, self-determination, and land. These artists approach their process and practice in a variety of mediums including video, performance, installation, two and three dimensional works, all of which are all connected to current cultural, political, historical and semiotic climates.”

    Feminisms will be open from September 26, 2020 to January 2, 2021.
    https://www.516arts.org/exhibitions/feminisms

    Read about some of the work in the show here:
    https://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/radical-elasticity-femi...

    Listen to an interview with Carol Boss, curator Andrea Hanley, and Marie Watt here:
    https://www.kunm.org/post/feminisms-new-516-arts-exhibition

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  • Storm Tharp | Frieze review

    Storm Tharp’s Cinematic View of Everyday Life. BY BEAN GILSDORF IN REVIEWS | 24 SEP 20
    https://www.frieze.com/article/storm-tharps-cinematic-view-everyday-life................................................................

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  • Jeffry Mitchell | TalkArt

    Jeffry Mitchell was interviewed on TalkArt. TalkArt is podcast hosted by artist Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament, "a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways."

    This episode was recorded on September 6th, 2019 on the occasion of his being in London for his show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which on view until October 18th, 2020.

    To listen to the episode visit: https://play.acast.com/s/talkart

    Or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jeffry-mitchell/id1439567112
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/5I9AodeboIy9tkNxsKs2Pv

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  • Storm Tharp in Conversation with Stephanie Snyder

    STORM THARP IN CONVERSATION WITH STEPHANIE SNYDER

    ON THE OCCASION OF HIS EXHIBITION

    Storm Tharp - Artist
    Stephanie Snyder - The John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College

    PDX CONTEMPORARY ART is pleased to present a conversation between Artist Storm Tharp and Curator Stephanie Snyder. In their recent conversation, Tharp and Snyder discuss the Artist's recent move to Tokyo, Japan, in addition to his newest body of work, Seeking Fragrance, on view at the Gallery through September 26th.

    We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! Please let us know if you would like any additional information about the work or if you would like to schedule an appointment to view the exhibition.

    https://vimeo.com/456101228

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  • Tad Savinar | A Report on America's Weather 2016-2020: Selected Works by Tad Savinar On the Eve of an Election

    Tad Savinar's upcoming show "A Report on America's Weather 2016-2020: Selected Works by Tad Savinar On the Eve of an Election" opens on September 23, 2020 runs through October 26th, 2020 at the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Exhibition Space.

    Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
    Exhibition Space
    3033 NW Yeon Street
    Portland, OR 97210

    Walk in Hours:
    Tuesday, October 13th- 12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Sunday, October 18th- 10:00 - 4:00 pm

    To inquire about the work, to make an appointment at a different time (weekdays between 10am and 5pm), or to have a representative from PDX accompany you to the show-please contact us at info@pdxcontemporaryart.com.

    Tad Savinar
    I DO BELIEVE, 2020
    digital print on paper
    26" x 21"

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  • Justin L'Amie in Buckman Journal

    Artworks by Justin L'Amie have been featured in issue 004 the magazine Buckman Journal, an Anthology of Portland Writers and Artists. The works accompany a writing by Stevan Allred titled "Goose Queen."

    Get a copy of Buckman Journal here: https://www.buckmanjournal.com

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  • River: Please join us in donating to Portland Harbor Community Coalition

    We are donating $1,000 During our RIVER exhibition to Portland Harbor Community Coalition. http://ourfutureriver.org/ The mission is to elevate the voices of communities most impacted by pollution in the Portland Harbor Superfund site, including Native, Black/African American, immigrant and refugee, and houseless people of all backgrounds, and to ensure that impacted communities benefit from and lead the cleanup, restoration, and redevelopment of the harbor. Please make a donation of any size. Every contribution helps.
    Core Partners
    Get Hooked Foundation – Introduces children and families in at risk communities aquatic ecosystems through mentorship.
    Camp ELSO – empowering youth of color to explore the possibilities of careers in science fields, by exposure to unique outdoor learning opportunities while nurturing a love for
    ​the outdoors.
    Iraqi Society of Oregon -Helps integrate Iraqi residents into Portland life by providing basic skills and a sense of community.
    Brown Folks Fishing – A community of anglers of color cultivating the visibility, representation and inclusion of people of color in fishing and its industry
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Portland Branch 1120 – The Portland NAACP is focusing its efforts on economic equity, police accountability, and leadership development.
    Right 2 Survive – Educates both houseless and housed people on their civil, human, and constitutional rights empowers houseless people to stand up for themselves when their rights are violated. They bridge the gap between housed and un-housed people by clearing away misconceptions and stigmas associated with houselessness.
    Wisdom of the Elders –Records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions.
    Portland African American Leadership Forum – A grassroots organization, uniting people of African descent to advance equity through community organizing, civic participation, and leadership development.
    Support/Advisory Partners
    350PDX
    Audubon Society of Portland
    Blue Green Alliance
    Bonneville Environmental FundColumbia Riverkeeper
    Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
    Confluence Environmental Center
    Constructing Hope
    Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
    Earth Justice
    Green Anchors
    International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701
    Jobs With Justice
    League of Women Voters of Portland
    Linnton Neighborhood Association
    LiUNA – Local 737
    Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity
    NAYA — Youth and Education Services Department
    Neighbors for Clean Air
    Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
    Occupy St. Johns
    Oneill Electric Inc – O’Neill Construction Group
    Oregon Community Health Worker Association
    Oregon & Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers
    Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Oregon State University – Superfund Research Center
    Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
    Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
    Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
    Portland Jobs with Justice
    Portland People’s Coalition
    Portland Raging Grannies
    Sierra Club-Oregon
    St. Johns Center for Opportunity
    StreetRoots
    Willamette River Advocacy Group
    Willamette River Partnership
    Willamette Riverkeeper
    Our River. Our Future.
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  • Jeffry Mitchell: PDX online pop up and benefit for Southern Poverty Law Center

    Jeffry Mitchell spent the Spring of 2020 as the first Artist-in-Residence at Township 10. One of the many projects he worked on while in residence was to make a series of mugs, which we are delighted to have the opportunity to share with you and sell.

    Thinking of these mugs as both utilitarian and as sculpture, Jeffry Mitchell’s approach includes sculpted tiger handles, his iconic hand-drawn imagery of ‘elefants’, bears, roosters, owls, and peonies, and saturated, pooling glazes that reference those of Michoacán and Oaxaca in Mexico, in addition to Tang Dynasty ceramics.

    20% of sales from Jeffry Mitchell’s Mugs will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    *Please note that the images in this email are examples of what the mugs look like. While the mug you purchase will be similar in format, glaze, and size, each mug is handmade with varied imagery and subtle differences from piece to piece.

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  • Iván Carmona: Named a 2020 Hallie Ford Fellow

    Congratulations to Ivan Carmona, Natalie Ball and Donald Morgan! The Ford Family Foundation today named its 2020 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts, recognizing three Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence.

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  • Marie Watt: The Devil is in the Details, PANEL - May 29th at 1:00pm PST

    I ‘sindikit I
    presents

    The Devil is in the Details

    Hosted by Carrie Secrist Gallery on the eve of
    Diana Guerrero-Maciá:
    The Devil’s Daughter is Getting Married

    Join in conversation with
    Diana Guerrero-Maciá (Chicago, IL), Paolo Arao (Brooklyn, NY), and Marie Watt (Portland, OR)

    Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST

    "The Devil is in the Details" is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details, meaning that something might seem simple at a first look but will take more time and effort to complete than expected... details are important.

    Idiomatic images lose their historical/ economic/ material gravity over time -- that which is hidden is archived in the details.  Diana, Paolo, and Marie convey ideas around who they are and what their work represents through material choices often coded in abstraction, using a collage aesthetic. There isn’t direct access into each of the panelists’ identities unless you understand the signifiers engaged or each artist’s visual language—it’s mediated in the work.  The details in their work are important, and often the details are sewn. Their work sets a foundation for a conversation around visibility and invisibility.

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