Artist’s of Eastern Oregon Biennial Show
ArtsEast announces 2012 biennial artists and opening reception
ArtsEast is pleased to announce the artists who were juried in to the 2012 Artists of Eastern Oregon Show: Lori Baxter, Kathy Benson, Antonia Carriere, Thomas Clevenger, Mona Dinger, Darcy Anne Dolge, James Dumble, Hirofumi Glover, Michael Gove, Sandra Harris, Auburn Isaak, Peter Johnson, Mike Koloski, David Memmott, Tom Novak, Cory Peeke, Linda Peterson, Mary Sue Rightmire, Amy Rogers, Lori Sams, Michael Sell, Cindy Sitz, Katherine Treffinger, and Amanda Winkle.
An opening reception will be held on June 29 from 5 – 8 PM at the Nightingale Gallery located in Loso Hall on the Eastern Oregon University campus. At that time, the four “Honored Artists” selected by the juror, will also be announced.
“We received entries from forty-six artists from throughout Eastern Oregon,” says Deena Heath, ArtsEast director. “The range of work was amazing and we were pleased and proud of what was submitted to the juror. In the end, 38 pieces from twenty-four of the artists were selected.”
This year’s juror was John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art the Willamette University in Salem. Olbrantz is a specialist in ancient and American art and has held various non-profit management positions in Washington, California, and Oregon, including the Bellevue Art Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art.
“Participation in the biennial show has been on the decline the past few years, with one of the issues being the jurying process,” says Heath. “By bringing in someone with John’s expertise, we hoped to challenge our artists to bring their best work forward. We also did more outreach and are pleased that six of the ten counties in our service area are represented.”
“Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of work being made in Eastern Oregon as well as the diversity of approaches and styles,” says John Olbrantz. “It is indeed gratifying to know that so many talented and gifted artists are creating amazing works of art outside of the larger cities of Portland, Salem, and Eugene.”
And what does a professional juror look for when reviewing a body of work?
“Whenever I jury an art competition, I always look at the quality of craftsmanship and the artist’s intent,” says Olbrantz, “Does the artist have a thorough mastery of their materials and techniques?
Are they pushing the boundaries of the medium to create new and exciting work? Does their work
make me laugh? Cry? Think outside the box? Challenge my notions about art and ideas?”
The Exhibit will run through August 3 at the Nightingale Gallery with hours to be announced. For additional information, contact ArtsEast at 541-962-3629 or email email@example.com.