This past week, I have been in Portland, OR for NCECA!!!!! I also spent several extra days with my good friend from undergrad, who has family and friends in Portland. I got to explore the city, see a ton of art shows, cross a million bridges, and eat so much great food. I also spent a lot of time talking with grad school booths and had a couple of long and enlightening conversations with university professors.

I’ve included a few highlight pictures from Portland.

We got a chance to tour the Skutt factory and see the shows as well as their incredible private collection. Here is a photo of the brick room:

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Emily Counts’ show at the small gallery Nationale was pretty phenomenal and gave me some ideas about incorporating textiles into my work.

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Here is a sculpture by CJ Jilek at Disjecta – The Evocative Garden was a super interesting concept for a show, and this was one of the pieces that really stood out to me.

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At PDX Contemporary Art, Bean Finnerman filled a room with her energetic sculptures. They remind me of Zemer Peled’s work, but taken in another direction.

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This slip cast, wood fired, fire extinguisher series by Cooper Jeppesen at Blackfish was incredible. Each individual object was unique and beautiful and took on new significance as a group.

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The last photo I’m including is work by Amanda Salov at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. I loved the delicacy and the shadow play that this piece created.

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