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3/20/2008 Artwork produces series of questions

press image McMINNVILLE – Northwest artist Nan Curtis will use everyday objects such as cotton, lighters and carpet to explore questions relating to family and social taboos during "True Colors," an upcoming art exhibit at Linfield College.

The exhibit will run April 16 through May 10 in the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. An opening artist’s reception will be held Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

Curtis will present a detailed installation of multi-media objects that explore family, social taboos, sex and pregnancy. Curtis’ work revolves around common products such as leather, cotton, carpet, video and digital photography.

Curtis has exhibited nationally and internationally at spaces including DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas; Bellevue Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum in Washington; FAARM Gallery in Philadelphia, Penn.; Nottdance Festival in Nottingham, England; Melbourne Art Center in Melbourne, Australia, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s from the University of Cincinnati. She has been featured in The Willamette Week, Seattle Weekly, The Oregonian and Art Week. She is assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1993, and has taught at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France and Reed College.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 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. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit