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“One of the earliest and most universally recognized religious rites is the act of pilgrimage. Undertakinga lengthy journey in search of a spiritually edifying experience usually involved traveling to a sacred place or shrine. Such journeys were often undertaken in order to request aid or to discharge some religious obligation. This exhibit investigates the theme of pilgrimage as object and subject and how it affected the development of the visual and material culture of Christianity.”
Showcasing the impressive talents of the Myers School of Art faculty’s latest work in conjunction with an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the physical studios and working methods of the participating artist faculty. The exhibition will include recorded audio/visual presentations of studio visits and field work sites.
Out of the Shell is an exhibition of compelling, innovative, and unique works from seventeen acclaimed international artists within the field of contemporary art jewelry. It represents seventeen distinct voices, from ten countries, that playfully manipulate and intellectually re-interpret the concept of the pearl. Each artist was challenged to create jewelry that addresses the pearl from a historical, cultural, or material perspective. The pearl could be expressed as decoration, subject matter to be deconstructed, subverted, or celebrated. Each artist is showcased because we value his or her work and approach to jewelry creation. We were also curious as to how these artists would incorporate such a traditionally nostalgic gem into their non-traditional practices.
Pat Boas’ work examines the play between word-as-image and image-as-word, sometimes looking for the poetry that lies embedded in the strange physicality of familiar graphic marks and sometimes searching out the “automatic writing of the world.” Idiomsyncretic brings together a collection of drawing projects that explore the nature of signs and the activity of reading using sources that include the tradition of natural history illustration and the New York Times. An artist based in Portland, Oregon, Pat Boas has exhibited her work at the Portland Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Salt Lake Art Center, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming and Seattle’s Consolidated Works. She is the recipient of several grants and awards for her studio work and has written articles and exhibition reviews for Art Papers, Artweek and artUS. Boas teaches drawing and painting and is faculty chair of the Master of Fine Arts Program at Portland State University.