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9/23/2008 Linfield group exhibit curated by Norris

McMINNVILLE – Prominent national and international artists will be featured in “.meta,” an upcoming group exhibit at Linfield College.

The exhibit, curated by TJ Norris, will run Oct. 15 through Nov. 29 in the gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., both in the gallery.

The exhibit will feature Nayland Blake, Jesse Paul Miller, Stephanie Robison, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Jack Daws, Harrison Higgs, John Waters, Jenevive Tatiana, PE Lang + Zimoun, Eva Speer and D.E. May.

Linfield Gallery Director Cris Moss invited Norris to realize the third incarnation of his “themeless” exhibitions. Both of his previous curatorial projects in this series, “grey|area” and “invisible.other,” explored the origins of ideas, not complete thoughts. ‘.meta’ pushes this concept further by incorporating veiled double entendre, cultural baggage, broken architecture, social/political commentary and dissonance/atonality.

Norris is an artist, curator and writer based in Portland. He has shown internationally and has assisted in lectures and critiques with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University and the Alberta Arts District. He has also participated in Photo Lucida’s “Critical Mass” project as a reviewer for several years and has been a board member of both the Newspace Center for Photography and the Beaverton Arts Commission. Norris received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and was included in the Boston Center for the Arts’ 35th Anniversary Exhibition in 2006-07. The Museum of Contemporary Craft included Norris’ work in their annual Collaborations show in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 he will be featured as part of the Bureau of Open Culture’s “Of Other Spaces” exhibition at Columbus College of Art & Design. Norris has curated exhibitions for the Smithsonian/White House, SUNY/Binghamton Art Museum and others. He is a contributor to ARTnews, Signal to Noise Magazine, MIT/Leonardo Magazine among others.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 26 and 27. 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 a campus map, go to Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56.

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