The paintings of five Northwest artists - ranging from prominent figures to emerging talents - will be featured in "Landscapes: A survey of regional contemporary painting." The exhibit is on display Oct. 13 through Nov. 15 in the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College.
An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the gallery. The show will feature the paintings of artists Micah Hearn, Ruth Lantz, Lucinda Parker, Ryan Pierce and Jan Reaves.
Two of the artists will give lectures in conjunction with the exhibit. Pierce will speak about his work on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Parker will present a talk on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in the gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Hearn, a rising artist in the city, brings controversial social topics to his canvas in response to growing up in a conservative environment in the Bible Belt in Laurel, Miss. His work explores social acceptance within a region's society and how the history of that region influences its current culture. Hearn earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2012.
Lantz received her master's in visual studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has shown nationally including at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Washington State University. Her work has been seen in spaces such as the Laura Russo Gallery, Disjecta, Ditch Projects and Swarm Gallery. Lantz has been a recipient of the CAAP Grant (Community Arts Assistance Program) and a nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant. She is an adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver and Portland Community College.
Parker, one of the premier painters of the Pacific Northwest, is noted for her exploration of cubism. Her modern palette of bright color - strong yellows, orange-reds and vibrant blues - is punctuated by trademark dashes, lines and slashes of black. Together, the elements are jigsawed in a technically brilliant composite of angles, curves and orbs, enabling Parker to reference the landscape but remain true to her abstract roots. She received a bachelor's degree in painting from Reed College and an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute. Throughout her prestigious career, Parker has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions, including a career survey at the Portland Art Museum in 1995.
Pierce draws on influences from ecological theory, literature and folk art to create scenes that portray the resilience of the natural world. He has exhibited internationally and his work has been recognized by grants from the Joan Mitchell and San Francisco Foundations, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, as well as by reviews in Art in America, Art Papers and the Oregonian. Pierce has been an artist in residence at the Ucross Foundation, Caldera and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (in Norway), and a fellow at the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Pierce has taught at colleges and universities throughout Oregon and lectured as a visiting artist at more than 40 institutions. In 2012, he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Pierce is the co-founder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines.
Reaves' paintings and drawings explore ideas about the body and the natural world through the language of gesture and materiality. She brings together divergent media - spray paint, acrylics, interference pigments, printer toner - to make cohesive paintings and drawings. She is an instructor teaching painting and drawing at the University of Oregon, and she has taught at Western Michigan University and the University of Iowa. She attended the Portland Museum Art School, and received her bachelor's and MFA in painting from the University of Oregon. Her work is in the collection of the Portland Art Museum.