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9/29/2003 Linfield alumni artists unite for exhibit

McMINNVILLE – The artwork of six Linfield College alumni will be featured in an upcoming exhibit on the Linfield campus Oct. 8-31.

The exhibit, which will coincide with Linfield Homecoming activities Oct. 16-18, is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Artists returning to campus include Jim Busby, class of 2001; Dakota Witzenburg, class of 2000; Steve Shoffner, class of 2000; Karl Lipke, class of 2003; Richard Larson, class of 1987 and Tamera Bremer, class of 1999. Their work will include wood fired stoneware, sculptures, drawing, digital video, photography, paintings and an installation.

Busby of McMinnville, whose work includes a stoneware platter and various vessels, has spent the past three years researching experimental wood-fired kilns in the hills of Willamina. He has rebuilt one kiln nine times, redesigning and rethinking objectives along the way.

Witzenburg, who is head preparatory at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif., will exhibit two sculptures and a drawing during the exhibit. His work has been influenced by architecture, design and engineering. Recent exhibitions include "Loggish Ramifications" and "Standing it Landed Sitting" at the F-Space Gallery in Los Angeles. Witzenburg holds a M.F.A. degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Witzenburg exhibited extensively while a student at Linfield and was recognized with a number of departmental awards. He earned the Outstanding Senior Award in 2000, the award for Outstanding Studio Achievement in 1999 and the Art Faculty Book Award for Studio Excellence in 1997.

Shoffner, of Redding, Calif., will present a digital video "Self Portrait." He holds a MFA from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been a teaching assistant at a number of institutions including Linfield, Claremont and Harvey Mudd University, where he received the Maguire Teaching Fellowship in photography. His work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions. As a student at Linfield, Shoffner earned the Art Department Book Award two years in a row.

Lipke, of Portland, is a photographer and is also employed at a camera store in Portland. He will present a photo essay, "The Wrestler," chronicling professional wrestler Brian Black.

Larsen, senior exhibit designer at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Wash., has been painting for 10 years. He will display an oil on canvas painting, "The Smeltry."

Bremer's installation, "527 hours," will also be on exhibit. Bremer, of Beaverton, has a MFA from the School of the Art Institute and has exhibited at galleries including School of High Heels, Daley Plaza and Betty Rhymer Gallery, all in Chicago, and the Blackfish Gallery in Portland.

For more information, call 503-883-2804.