Portland mixed-media artist featured at Linfield Gallery

Laura HughesThe Linfield College Gallery will showcase “Almost Perfect,” a mixed-media installation created by Portland artist Laura Hughes Feb. 15 through March 11 in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.

An artist talk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall located in the Vivian Bull Music Center, followed by an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

“Almost Perfect” studies potential singularities and collectivities experienced in the façade of surfaces. Populated by a variety of reflective material exposed to shifting conditions of light, the gallery interior is treated as a receptacle for unstable moments. Suspended transparent mirrored surfaces contain and redirect varying degrees of illumination unfolding throughout the day, and are subjected to forms of activation through the movement of viewers. As light shifts, appearances project, refract, retreat and reposition.

Hughes is a visual artist who creates site-specific installations that investigate how light, form and space surround and shape one another in our perception. Her work has been featured at Fortune Gallery in Portland, the de Menil Gallery in Massachusetts, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, among many others. She was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards from the Portland Art Museum, received a 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and has been nominated for the Brink Award at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. Hughes received a masters of fine arts in visual studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelor of fine arts in drawing with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design.


Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library.

For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery at http://www.linfield.edu/art/gallery-now.html.