Clark Art Talks–Archive




June 10th, BeresSuttonCuller 
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
BeresSuttonCuller met at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA while pursuing degrees in sculpture. The group went on to explore performance and multidisciplinary installations in various venues. Both Consolidated Works and the Suyama Space commissioned and presented major new installations in the fall of 2002. They were awarded a GAP grant through Artist Trust for their project �Trailer Park�, a mobile city park on a flatbed trailer that toured King County through the summer months. The Seattle-based trio continues to garner attention with their energetic, often performance-based installations.
May 21st, Kate Bingaman-Burt
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Kate makes piles of work about consumerism and she happily thinks and draws for other good people and companies. Along with being an educator and illustrator, she is also a curator, author, speaker and workshop giver. Since 2007, her work has been represented by Jen Bekman in New York City and exhibited around the globe. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. She has since collaborated with them to produce two more titles about documentation and consumption in 2012 and 2013. Her design clients include the New York Times, MoMa, the Gap, as well as locally loved institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
April 23rd, Rodrigo Valenzuela
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Video artist/photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela left Chile in 2005 to look for a place where he could grow personally and artistically, initiating his transition from being an emerging award-winning artist and teaching assistant at the University of Chile to being an illegal concrete laborer in Boston which, not surprisingly, changed his art-making process completely. After earning a BFA in photography from The University of Chile and a BA in Philosophy from The Evergreen State College, he earned a MFA in Photo media from the University of Washington. An alumni of the Skowhegan school of Painting and Sculpture, Valenzuela's work has been shown at: MOCA Miami; National Academy Museum in New York; North Dakota Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM; COCA, Seattle; Longwood Gallery in the Bronx, NY; Perspective Gallery in Chicago and more.
March 5th, Amjad Faur 
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
In conjunction with the exhibition at Archer Gallery, Clark Art Talks hosts a panel discussion investigating art, politics, and history in the Middle East. Faur will be joined by political scientists and historians to explore themes of media, representation, and social unrest. As Heleana Genaus writes: "We often see violent, desperate and sometimes hopeless images when we think of occupied Palestine. We think of the political relationships between countries as having broken down; leaving those living the day to day in a state of uncertainty� Amjad Faur, identifies the commonalities in the relationships between displacement and colonization of native communities in Palestine, which he explores within the context of contemporary Photography."
February 11th, Kimberly Trowbridge
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Trowbridge received her BA in English Literature and BFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2003, and her MFA from the University of Washington in 2006. She has had several solo exhibitions at galleries including The Painting Center in NYC, and Blindfold Gallery, Gallery 40, and the Steele Gallery at Gage Academy of Art, in Seattle. Trowbridge is an instructor and lecturer on figure painting and color theory. She has taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, Western Washington University, Bellingham, and is a current instructor at the Gage Academy of Art. She runs a private painting school out of her Top Hat Studio in Seattle, and leads national and international plein air painting tours.
January 21st, Emily Nachison
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Emily Nachison is a multi media artist. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Nachison has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows across the country. This year she received an Artistic Focus Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon. Nachison is currently the Interim Fiber Department Chair and a Visiting Faculty member at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.



November 20th, Susan Seubert 

image:photo of Susan Seuberts work. Three jars with eggs inside.

Award winning photographer Susan Seubert was born in 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Seubert is an active fine art and journalism photographer based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii. Her provocative imagery has earned her critical acclaim with inclusion in the Portland Art Museum's 1999 and 2001 Biennials, the 2009 Tacoma Art Museum's Northwest Biennial and selected as a finalist for the 2011 Contemporary Northwest Artist Awards. Since receiving her BFA in photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1992, Seubert has exhibited continuously in the United States and abroad. Ms. Seubert received an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and an International Photography Award, as well as being acknowledged as a photography expert by the National Geographic Society. She continues to contribute regularly to such publications as National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times.
October 15th, Mike Rathbun 
 image:industrial building photo.
Mike Rathbun has a national reputation for large-scale site-specific installation in wood and other materials. Rathbun has an MFA from University of Minnesota, and a BA, from Bethel College, Minnesota. Recent sites for his installations include: Franconia sculpture Park, Shafer MN; Boise Art Museum, ID; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; Suyama space, Seattle WA; Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, 2010; and the Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR.
May 7th, Shantell Martin 

 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
From London to Tokyo to New York, internationally acclaimed visual artist Shantell Martin is expanding conventional definitions of drawing and animation to transform visual experience in the design, fashion and music industries. Martin has collaborated with celebrity photographers and brands alike; her notable work includes a project with celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, the transformation of the New York custom denim store 3�1 into a Martin inspired wonderland, and a screening in Dell's 2011 experiential pop up workspace. In February 2012, she was one of four artists commissioned by Nike iD to make a piece of work and a limited edition shoe to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Nike Cortez. She also creates murals in a range of contexts � from the private homes of celebrities to the faces of models and friends.
April 17th, Avantika Bawa 
 image:industrial building photo.
Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator, and academic. Her drawings and site- specific installations transform the act of drawing into sculptural gestures that react formally and also conceptually to architectural spaces and their history. This process emerges due, in part, to her relationship to the legacy of Minimalism and its emphasis upon reductive form, modularity and literal scale. She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008), Vermont Studio Center, VT, Milepost 5, Portland, OR, Jentel Artist Residency Program, WY and most recently the MacDowell Colony, NH. 
In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain–Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture, a peer reviewed online journal ( 

She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University Vancouver, WA. Once upon a time she taught at Clark College and was a happy penguin.
March 5th, Amjad Faur 
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Amjad Faur received his M.F.A from the University of Oregon in 2005. He has been working for over a decade with large format (8x10 inch) photography and it continues to be the means by which he conceptualizes, associates and produces his work. Amjad has spent a great deal of time in Italy as well as the Middle East. The collective histories of these particular regions have come to inform and inhabit his work. 

Amjad currently lives in Olympia, WA with his wife, Laila as well as their little cat and giant dog. He teaches at Evergreen State College.
February 5th, Mike Rathbun 
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Mike Rathbun received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota. He has taught sculpture at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon since 2005. He has been a recipient of multiple grants and fellowships including Pollock-Krasner, The Bush Fellowship, Virginia Groot foundation Grant. He has had solo exhibitions nationally including venues in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, LA, and Seattle. Most recently a monumental site specific installation at the Boise Art Museum that was funded by grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts.
January 16th, Ann Christenson 
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Born in Indiana, Ann Christenson holds a BA (1964) and an MFA (1983) from UC Berkeley. Working in the "Cal Pot Shop" during the early sixties and watching Peter Voulkos' performance demonstrations helped shape her ideas about clay. In the mid sixties she and Sue Newman started a ceramic studio in NYC where she worked until 1971. Returning to California she again helped form a group ceramic studio where she worked until returning to graduate study in 1979. She is currently a Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at Washington State University where she taught and coordinated the ceramic area. 

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December 4th, Gerrick Imatani
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
Garrick Imatani is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores connections between the physical and cultural within movement, landscapes, and history. In addition to public works, Imatani has exhibited his work in venues such as Art in General (NYC), Asian American Arts Centre (NYC), and Institute for Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art (Portland, ME). He is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and BA in Art Studio with Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is as an Assistant Professor of Art at Lewis & Clark College.

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November 7th, Margaret Wall-Romana
 image:photo of people in 1800's American period costume with train in background.
To call Minnesota artist Margaret Wall-Romana a painter of visionary botanical art is too clinical for her results, and too modest for her aspirations. She is a painter of exquisitely detailed flowers and vines, leaves and grasses, with an occasional fallen feather or crumpled bird woven into blowsy bouquets of roots and twigs that seem to drift through space. Sheer veils of soft color --apricot, creamy ivory, ice blue-- flutter behind her blossoms and sometimes frame distant vistas of low mountains, mossy meadows, limpid seas. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, Wall-Romana has work in collections from London to Manhattan to San Francisco.

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May 1st, Jeffrey Mitchell
 image: photo
Jeffry Mitchell was born in Seattle, WA in 1956. He received his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Mitchell has been nominated for numerous national awards, and was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2009. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, will host Mitchell's first retrospective in the Spring of 2012. 
April 17th, Paula Rebsom
 image: 2D sculpture of a house in a field.
Paula Rebsom was born and raised in Southwestern North Dakota. Her art practice pulls heavily from her close upbringing with nature and the wild, from her hunting adventures and exploration of the open prairie with her father, and the eventual shift from rural to urban living as an adult. Similar to how contemporary society experiences nature: through mediated experiences, her work forces viewers to navigate between real and staged environments. Paula Rebsom received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon in 2006 and is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Art and Interior Design at Marylhurst University. 
February 21st, Stephen Hayes
 image: abstract landscape painting
Through his painting and print work, Stephen Hayes translates, viscerally, the physical and emotional experience of places of nature. Hayes has received Individual Artist Fellowships from WESTAF and the Oregon Arts Commission. He is a 2011 recipient of the Hallie Ford Fellowship for Individual Artists. He is represented in Portland by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and his work can be found in numerous private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.
January 17th, Gerit Grimm
 image: gerrit working on a sculptureof a person.
Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 2002, she was awarded the German DAAD Government Grant to complete her MA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. She has been an Artist-in-residence at McColl Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program and Archie Bray Foundation. Grimm now lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 


November 15th, Josh Berger
Josh Berger image: geometric .
Joshua Berger is a founder and creative director of Plazm. Recognized by numerous design publications and award shows, he received the Gold Medal at the Leipzig Bookfair for his collaboration with John C Jay on the book Soul of the Game, and the Gold Medal at Portland Design Festival for XXX: The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design. He was recently a finalist for the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum. 
October 15th, Brenda Grell
Brenda Grell image: 2 faces from the nose down, side by side, 1 of a lady and one of a dog with it's mouth open and tongue out.
Brenda Grell is an artist who works in digital design and new media using a feminist's ideology, a hacker's mentality, and a child's curiosity. Exploring the ingrained cultural norms of human and animal relationships, and uncanny and visceral reactions to them, her videos have screened in alternative and guerilla settings presented by such entities as the Pacific Film Archive, UCLA Hammer Museum, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and in film, art and technology festivals ranging from HUMP #3 AMATEUR & LOCALLY PRODUCED PORN FESTIVAL in Seattle, to the Conflux Festival's WE AR (Augmented Reality) IN MOMA show in New York. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught for such institutions as the Massachusetts College of Art, Sarah Lawrence College, NW Film Center, and Washington State University Vancouver. 
April 19th, Scott Murase
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Scott Murase is a second-generation artist and designer who learned the art and craft of place making while collaborating for more than a decade alongside Robert Murase, an internationally acclaimed landscape architect. He apprenticed under various stone craftsmen in Kyoto, Japan where he was born and raised. He was recently selected as the designer for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle. Current work includes the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center Plaza in Orlando and Devon Energy Headquarters Entry Plaza Sculpture in Oklahoma City. For Clark College, he is currently working on a site-specific stone sculpture installation as part of the Royce Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden, to be completed in summer 2011. 
March 8th, Avantika Bawa
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Avantika Bawa is an artist curator, and academic. She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008) the Vermont Studio Center, VT (2009) and Milepost 5, Portland, OR (2010).

Bawa has exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions such as the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; solos at Saltworks gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, India; Portland State University, Portland, OR; and juried group shows at the Drawing Center and Smack Mellon, NY and SAVAC, Canada. Her Mumbai solo debut, Mathesis:dub,dub,dub, opened at Gallery Maskara this past November. 
February 15th, Storm Tharp
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Storm Tharp was raised in Ontario, Oregon. He attended Cornell University and received a BFA from the College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning. Upon graduation in 1992, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he presently resides. Tharp's work is representational � by both figurative and conceptual means and expressed through a variety of media. In the spring of 2010, Tharp was selected for The Whitney Biennial: 2010, in which new portrait works were created. His work has been acquired by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Saatchi Gallery, The Portland Art Museum, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Reed College. 
January 25th, James Lavadour
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
One of the Northwest's most revered painters, James Lavadour lives on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Northeastern Oregon. His rich and complex paintings of the Oregon landscape combine loose, gestural strokes with bold colors and slashes of energy, exuding primal vigor and spiritual power. His works are included in the collections of the Bank of America (San Francisco, CA), the Microsoft Corporation (Redland, WA), the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington DC) to name but a few. 


October 19, Wendy Red Star
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised.  She grew up in a multicultural family.  Her mother is of Irish descent, her father is a full-blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy studied sculpture at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA.

Wendy Red Star's work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment.  She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist, speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.
June 2, Bonnie Fortune
Bonnie sculpture comprised of people posing
Bonnie Fortune is an artist, writer, and educator based in Chicago. Her project-based work explores issues surrounding the environment, health, technology, and aging. She has exhibited in such diverse locals as Chicago, Mexico City, Aberdeen and Nashville, TN. Fortune will also be leading a workshop at Clark in addition to her lecture.

May 5, Karl Burkheimer
Burkheimer sculpture

Karl Burkheimer is an Associate Professor and Department Head of the wood program at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. He has taught internationally in Qatar, Turkey, and Africa. These unique and rich experiences resonate strong influences over his current work in sculpture.

April 2010, Alison Owen
Owen–room altering sculpture
Alison Owen is the Clark Art Talks Artist- in- Residence for Spring Term 2010. She will be lecturing, leading workshops, and creating an installation for a solo exhibition in the Archer Gallery.

Alison Owen makes site-responsive paintings and installations that alter the environment in subtly invasive ways. She focuses on the peripheral, using delicate materials and colors to create works that reward sustained investigation and attention. Owen has exhibited extensively across the US and is participating in the id11 artist residency in Delft, the Netherlands in 2009.

April 7, Mike Bray
Bray– image of large sculpture installation
Mike Bray is a video and installation artist from Chicago, Illinois. His work examines artifice within the construction of cinematic space. Over the past year,he has exhibited in the Guys Doing Guy Things at the Art Gym in Marylhurst, Oregon; Summer Show at Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland, Oregon; and in Nashville Tennessee�s Fugitive Projects Traveling Video Show.

March 3, Aili Schmeltz
Schmeltz–image of sculpture
Aili Schmeltz is a Los Angeles based sculptor and installation artist who has exhibited widely nationally. She has recently been awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and residency fellowships at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin as well as the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Schmeltz will also be leading a workshop at Clark and her artwork will be in the Archer Gallery February 16th-March 15th.

February 3, Isaac Layman
Layman photograph
Isaac Layman�s photographs are hyper-real, psychologically charged visions of the spaces and objects found in his Seattle home. His most recent solo show in 2008 garnered reviews in Art in America and Artweek. Layman was the Betty Bowen Award winner of the Seattle Art Museum in 2008. He is represented by Lawrimore Project. Layman�s artwork will be on display in the Archer Gallery January 12th-February 6th.

January 6, Ben Buswell
Buswell–image of sculpture
Ben received his BFA from Oregon State University and MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has exhibited recently in Portland, San Francisco, and Michigan and was included in the 2006 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum. Ben currently teaches Sculpture and Design in Portland, Oregon.


December 2, Chas Bowie
Photograph of Bowie
Chas Bowie writes about contemporary art and photography. He is an art critic for the Oregonian and a contributor to numerous art and culture publications. Bowie currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and his artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally.

November 4, Chris Knight
Knight image–collage with woman
Sentimental, humorous yet sorrowful, haunting, the paintings of Chris Knight read as fragments of larger stories sewn together in uncanny montages. Chris Knight is the recipient of the 2007 WK Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He currently teaches drawing and painting at Oregon College of Art and Craft and Portland Community College.

October 7, Kartz Ucci
Kartz image
Kartz Ucci�s installation art has been exhibited internationally at venues in Soeul, Limossal, Basel, Toronto and Montreal. Ucci is currently an Assistant Professor in Digital Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene. TILT Export: kartz ucci runs September 21-October 30, 2009 at the PCC Rock Creek Helzer Gallery.

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