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The President Presents the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

When presenting the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities in July, President Obama remarked: “The arts and humanities aren’t there to be consumed when we have a free moment. We need them like medicine. They help us live.” We couldn’t agree more!

Annual CCC Art Student Show Opens May 15

The 2014 Clatsop Community College Art Student Show will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, May 15 through Friday, June 6. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. Thanks to the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for the student awards. This year’s juror, William M. Ittmann, Jr., will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk.

The CCC Art Student Show is free and open to the public. CCC Art Center Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

The CCC Art Student Show is an annual juried event that showcases the talents and creativity of the college’s art students. Art students are invited to submit up to three pieces of work created in the art classes in which they have been enrolled during the past year. The show will feature a range of disciplines taught at Clatsop Community College, including graphic arts, basic design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking.

Juror William M. Ittmann, Jr. was born in 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts and throughout his early life lived in Cincinnati, Ohio; Havana, Cuba and England. Ittmann received a B.F.A. in Art History at the University of Kansas, and worked as a student curatorial assistant at the University of Kansas Museum of Art. He pursued graduate level courses at the Courtauld Institute at the University of London in 1964. In St. Louis, he studied at Washington University, worked as a curatorial assistant, and produced a catalog of lithographs by Edgar Degas as his M.A. thesis. Between 1967 and 1971, he taught at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1968, he traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Cambodia and studied Asian art. In 1970, Ittmann participated in a travel course in Italy, which focused on the art of Giotto and Piero Della Francesca.

Moving to Portland, Oregon in 1974, Ittmann attended the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (OCAC) and the Oregon Art Institute (now PNCA). In 1978 he received a C.E.T.A. grant as fine arts editor for Spectrum Magazine of the Arts, covering the Portland art scene. Ittmann moved to Cannon Beach in 1978 and has lived there ever since. He was involved in the Cannon Beach Arts Association, served on the Design Review Board for 10 years, and chaired the board for three years. He taught classes in Cannon Beach between 1979 and 1982 through the extension service of Clatsop Community College. Ittmann taught a Survey of 20th Century Visual Arts course at CCC between 1998 and 2006 and was Director of the CCC Art Center Gallery from 1999 to 2006. He has curated numerous exhibitions of regional and local contemporary art and has juried several exhibitions over the years. He is an enthusiastic collector of regional and local contemporary art.

Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472;

Rogue Gallery Celebrates Art in Bloom Festival

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May 10, 10:00 – 5:00 pm

May 11, 11:00 – 4:00 pm


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will feature a variety of activities during downtown Medford’s Art in Bloom festival, including art projects for children and adults, art contests, and an exciting exhibit.


“Eugene Bennett and Friends: His Personal Art Collection”, opens the weekend of the festival. This exhibit includes the work of other artists that Bennett collected, as well as favorites of his own work. Works include paintings, drawings, monoprints, and sculptures.


Southern Oregon Subaru will display a new Subaru in front of the Rogue Gallery to inspire attendees to create art based on the theme of “Where would you take this Subaru?” Art supplies will be available for participants to paint or draw wherever their imagination takes them. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: children (up to 10 years old), youth (11 – 15 years old), and adults (15+). Jurors will choose the best work in each category and winners will receive free tuition for a Summer Art Camp of their choice in the children’s and youth categories, and a gift certificate in the adult division.


Children can make their mothers a special gift of paper flowers in the Rogue Gallery garden. Instructors will be there to assist children in creating these colorful, delightful works. The art studio will also be open for creating art. Rogue Gallery will provide all needed supplies.


All activities are free to the public.


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit



Preview Exhibit of Selected Art at Old Town Framing

Clatsop Community College LogoOld Town Framing, 1287 Commercial Street in Astoria, will host a Preview Exhibit of selected artwork to be presented at the 2014 Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction to benefit Clatsop Community College. The exhibit opened at 5pm on March 8 as part of the Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk and continues through April 6. Viewers will be able to register and begin bidding on the works presented.


The 2014 Preview Exhibit features approximately 15 of the more than 60 artists who will be presented at the Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction on April 12 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Participating artists include, for example, Roger Dorband, Stirling Gorsuch, Carol Riley, Charles Schweigert, Gin Laughery, David Lee Myers, Neal Maine and Christi Payne. A wide range of media will be represented. In addition to stunning original artwork, the Auction highlights opportunities to participate in activities including classes, outdoor experiences, arts and cultural events and gourmet meals.


Tickets for the 2014 Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction are on sale now at 503-338-2306 for $75. Sponsorship opportunities also remain available.

LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery Opens Tomorrow!!


LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery March 1 2014 Grand Opening Announcement

Tickets still available for “Masqued Moon” ~ This Saturday, October 5!

Detail from “Masqued Moon” by Katharine Gracey
Saturday, October 5, 2013
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at Kids Unlimited
821 North Riverside Drive, Medford

5:00 pm Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour
followed by
Dinner  & Live Auction

Dinner prepared by Jacksonville Inn Catering
Wine donated by Weisinger’s of Ashland
Music by Pat O’Scannell &
Kevin Carr
Entertainment by Le Cirque Center’s Levity

$60 Per Person

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Civil War Tickets
Two phenomenally good seats –
only 35 rows up on the 40 yard line – for the Civil War, Ducks vs Beavers game at the Autzen Stadium, Nov. 29th, 4:00 pm

Instant Wine Cellar
Win over 75 bottles of wine, each bottle *valued at $20 or more. Over $1500 value

$20 for one raffle ticket
$100 for 6 raffle tickets

Drawings held Oct.5
at the Rogue Gallery’s Auction Fundraiser
No need to be present to win.


All proceeds support the Rogue Gallery & Art Center exhibits and educational programs

Tickets Available at
Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett St. –  downtown Medford
hours: Tues-Fri 10-5 & Sat 11-3
541-772-8118 –

Rogue Gallery & Art Center will be closed
Saturday, October 5
for the auction.

Full Time Job Opning for Art Teacher at N. Medford HIgh School!

We received word on Friday from Nance Louise, who teaches drawing and painting full time at 
North Medford High School, that there is a job posting available for a full time art teacher 
specializing in ceramics, sculpture, and/or graphic arts.
For more details and to download an application, click here to visit the employment opportunity 
page for this position at the Medford School District website. (That information and download 
link are reposted below). 

Deadline for application is July 19.
North Medford High School
Job Title:Art Teacher
Closing date:07/19/2013
Closing time:4:00 PM
Job Class:Certificated
Job Hours:186 days
Salary:$33,115 – 64,196 per year
2012-2013 licensed salary schedule (to be updated for the 2013-14 school year)

Permanent 1.0 FTE to begin with the 2013-14 school year

Must be able to teach one or more the following:

Graphic Arts (digital)

Valid Oregon teaching license with an Art endorsement – ML/HS level

A complete application package to include the following:

  • Certificated application (attached below)
  • Cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position
  • Resume
  • 500 word writing sample indicating your views on Effective Instruction or  Classroom Management
  • Three letters of reference
  • Valid Oregon teaching license with appropriate endorsement(s)

 The District shall give preference to the employment of bilingual, bicultural candidates who speak English and Spanish in both certified and classified positions, all other qualifications being equal.



The Medford School District is a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education and to be contributing community members.


The Medford School District complies with provisions of the Fair Employment Practices Act and Title IX Regulations in employment, educational programs and activities; and in support of employment practices free of barriers to disabled persons and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations necessary upon request and appropriate notice. For further information or assistance contact the Director of Human Resources at (541) 842-3625. Speech/hearing impaired person may reach the district via TDD at (541) 842-3625 or through the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 1-800-735-2900.


Click here to download a job application in PDF format

Good Luck!

Auto Pop Mural on Display through July


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Clatsop Community College students enrolled in the Spring term Basic Design class taught by CCC Art Instructor Kristin Shauck are exhibiting a five by eight foot acrylic mural entitled Auto Pop at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton. The mural has been up since June 14th and will be on display through the end of July.

The Basic Design course includes an overview of Modern Art movements, color theory, and the principles of design.  In a project pulling these concepts together, the students chose to create the Auto Pop mural as a service learning experience aimed at promoting dialogue between faculty, students, and community members, while integrating meaningful fine arts learning experiences beyond the classroom and directly serving the community creatively.  The students decided upon a very popular subject as their theme— the car.

Americans have had a love affair with the automobile for well over a century, and owning a car has become an essential part of the American Dream. Basic Design student Loretta Maxwell describes how this subject resonates with her own personal experience:  “I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s when some of the best cars were made. Doing this mural made me very nostalgic.  I love those great classics.  I got my Learner’s Permit on the day I turned 15 and a half, and I’ve been driving ever since.”

Pam Lum, Dr. Lawrence Galizio, Loretta Maxwell, Rachel Fackler, Danielle Peterson, Maggie Young, Brooklynn Andrews, Tinamarie Lagerquist, and Kristin Shauck attend the opening reception for Auto Pop at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton.

Pam Lum, Dr. Lawrence Galizio, Loretta Maxwell, Rachel Fackler, Danielle Peterson, Maggie Young, Brooklynn Andrews, Tinamarie Lagerquist, and Kristin Shauck attend the opening reception for Auto Pop at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton.

The Pop Art style was a natural choice to express this subject.  Pop artists during the peak of this movement in the 1960s celebrated commonplace objects and people of everyday life, in this way seeking to elevate popular culture to the level of fine art. Basic Design student Rachel Fackler sums up the Pop art style as “a gateway to being colorful and being bold! The thick and thin lines of pure black really bring out the vibrancy of the color spectrum.” Famous Pop artist Robert Indiana characterizes this movement as “basically a U-turn back to a representational visual communication, moving at a break-away speed…Pop is a re-enlistment in the world…It is the American Dream, optimistic, generous and naïve.”

Working collaboratively is always an enriching experience as well as a challenge, as several of the Basic Design students reveal.   Danielle Peterson expresses her personal experience collaborating with her classmates in creating the mural, “I enjoyed researching the older cars and piecing the design together with my fellow peers. I found that many of us had similar connections with certain models of cars and we would share our stories while we painted. I learned many different techniques when painting this piece and I had a lot of fun mixing the various colors I had to use.” Danielle also describes her thought process in learning how to work within the assigned complementary, triad, and tetrad color schemes, “At first it was complicated trying to work with a limited color scheme. But when I got further along in the process and found that when I added white, black or other hues and values, the color range would expand even further and I wasn’t that limited after all.“  Brooklyn Andrews explains, “This mural has been super fun: I learned a lot about mixing colors and making them ‘pop.’ If I were asked to paint another one, I would have to say yes. This has been a great learning experience.”  Mckenzie Cokley also enjoyed the collaboration, “This was my first mural project and I think it turned out awesome. I would definitely want to do another one here soon!”

CCC administrators attending the reception on June 14th at Lum’s celebrating the mural’s unveiling commented on various aspects of the mural:  “It showcases America’s love of the road in vibrant color and is the perfect ode to one’s car,” said Kristen Wilkin, Dean of Workforce Education and Training.  “It is my pleasure to see all the art work created by our students,” said JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations.  Tom Gill, Director of Institutional Research, described the mural as a “stunning exploration of color combined with iconic images.”

Participating students included:  Brooklynn Andrews, Mckenzie Cokley, Holly Eckhardt, Rachel Fackler, Jacki Hoard, Tinamarie Lagerquist, Gael Marin, Loretta Maxwell, James Misho, Danielle Peterson, Samantha Trotta, Adam Yaws, and Maggie Young.

Thanks to Lum’s Auto Center for providing this venue for the exhibition of the Auto Pop mural.

Please direct inquiries to:  Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472;

Call for Artist Educators from Rogue Gallery!

Rogue Gallery rgac art education for youthThe Rogue Gallery & Art Center (RGAC) is hiring artist educators! If you are an inspirational art teacher who enjoys working with youth- we’d love to have you join our expanding team of exceptional art teachers!!


We are accepting resumes now as we will have several teaching opportunities for this fall in the Rogue Studio.


We have openings for:

After School Art Studio (Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13    4:00 – 6:00PM)     This is a foundational art class for ages 7-12. Focus is typically on basic skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed-media, puppetry, collage, bookmaking, etc. using high quality materials (RGAC provides) and with references to historic and contemporary artists and art styles/ movements.


Assistant for Elementary Arts Outreach Program- year-round program impacting 7 fifth grades with monthly art lessons in the classroom and field trips to RGAC- we can talk more, if this peaks your interest.


Studio Teacher for Free Family Saturdays – Every second Saturday, September 14, Oct.12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, noon – 2:00PM


Drop In & Draw (non-school Mondays: Oct. 7, Nov. 11  from 9AM – noon, ages 6-12)


We are preparing for summer art camps in the Rogue Studio and there are a few things you might have lying around that we would help us stock up our art supplies stash. For our upcoming summer art camps, we’d love it if you are willing to please save some landfill space, check your recycling, and clear out any unused art supplies from your studios by collecting and donating the following supplies to help us cross them off our wish list:


Wooden blocks or wood scraps (interesting shapes or cut-outs, smaller than 5-6” in any direction)

Discarded tinker toys or other small wooden objects (for found object sculpture)

Bottle caps

Paper towel tubes

Watercolor paper

Interestingly- shaped plastic packaging

Empty small gift boxes

45 records or scratched CD’s


Yarn, string or ribbon

Beads (wooden, glass, plastic…)

Broken toys or doll parts

Broken jewelry

other small found objects that are kid- friendly




Artist and art books (for the Studio library)


Brooke Nuckles Gentekos

Education Director, Rogue Gallery & Art Center (541)772-8118 ext. 301

40 S. Bartlett Street, Medford, Oregon  97501

Rogue Gallery Receives Grant to Fund Elementary Arts Outreach Program Expansion

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Rogue Gallery & Art Center receives a grant from Fred W. Fields Fund and Butch & Richard Fraley Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the recipient of an $11,500 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to fund their Elementary Arts Outreach Program Expansion. The Elementary Arts Outreach Program will benefit seven fifth grade classes from Jackson, Kennedy, Wilson and Washington Elementary Schools throughout the 2013-2014 school year with visual arts education including classroom visits by an artist educator and field trips to the Rogue Gallery & Art Center.


IMG_6269The Program began five years ago with one fifth grade class at Jackson Elementary in response to the lack of formal visual arts education in the elementary school curriculum. With the generous support of foundations and in partnership with the Medford Public School District, the Rogue Gallery & Art Center expanded the program in 2011 to impact three fifth grades, or 100 children. This fall, the non-profit arts center will expand the Elementary Arts Outreach further to reach over 200 children, teaching foundational art skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, and art appreciation. The fifth grade students will learn a visual arts vocabulary to express feelings, ideas, and opinions about art presented during classroom visits and field trip art lessons throughout the school year.


Kennedy Elementary School Principal, Tom Etell, said, “We are thrilled that the arts outreach grant has been funded. The pressure on teachers to ensure students are proficient in reading and math continues to increase every year, so the arts, especially visual arts, are rarely taught in elementary schools in Oregon. Through this grant, our fifth graders are guaranteed to receive high quality arts instruction! Thank you so much!”


090The Elementary Arts Outreach Program is a success thanks to the quality artist educators who teach the program. The program is directed by Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s Education Director, Brooke Nuckles Gentekos and art lessons are taught by Amy Godard Navickas or “Miss Amy” as she is referred to by the fifth graders. Gentekos says, “Miss Amy is the heart of Elementary Arts Outreach. She helped develop the wonderful curriculum and brings years of experience as an artist educator to the classrooms and the Rogue Studio. Seeing her introduce the world of art to the Elementary Arts Outreach students each year is like pure magic!”


“Rogue Gallery & Art Center is helping to increase arts literacy throughout Jackson County by offering in-school arts education and field trips for elementary school students. OCF is impressed by Rogue Gallery’s commitment to arts education and is excited by the growth of this important program,” said Kathleen Cornett, Vice President of Grants & Programs, Oregon Community Foundation.


The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists in three gallery spaces, presents fine local crafts in the Artisan Boutique, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages in the Rogue Studio. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and they stay open late every Third Friday until 8:00pm.For more information about the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, please visit