The Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon Fall 2015 Community Meeting
held last week in Medford was informative and fun- thank you to all who attended.
It was a great opportunity to strengthen our arts community, we shared the new logo design and tag line “The Artist Network” and unveiled the new rack cards.
From now through the end of 2015, Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon will continue to build membership (only $20 for 2015!) Please spread the word- we are now up to 60 members and growing strong!
Our new rack card is hot off the presses! All Charter Members, please contact us to get your stack of 50 (or more!) 10,000 rack cards have been printed and are available-anyone willing is encouraged to help distribute them. They turned out beautifully and feature artwork and logos from Charter Members. Please email us when you place them in certain locations so we can track and organize our outreach efforts.
To stay informed and to share your art happenings and events, please tune into our Facebook page and website. Share your pages and events on the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAllianceSO or email [email protected].
BONUS!! Arts Alliance Member BENEFITS:
Get 25% off all Rogue Valley Symphony tickets! Ask for Jane Kenworthy at the box office/ concert. Here is the link to current performances: http://www.rvsymphony.org
Art Inspires Ashland
November 12–15 in Ashland, Oregon –register atwww.artinspiresashland.org
ARTS ALLIANCE OF SOUTHERN OREGON MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED RATE! SIGN UP FOR KEVIN OR GREGG’S WORKSHOP AND RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY TICKET TO THE YOU ARE A WORK OF ART PANEL/DISCUSSION ON FRIDAY NIGHT. More details below…
Don’t forget to share your events, call to artists, inspiration, and more, keeping Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon: The Artist Network active and robust. Together, we are helping our arts community thrive!
On July 28th, Hillary Clinton expressed her support for arts education at a town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire. The presidential candidate responded to a question about education with an answer that featured great enthusiasm for the arts.
She remarked how valuable it was that she had an opportunity to sing in a chorus and participate in drama and visual arts classes in school. “But the point is when you remove the arts you really hurt kids who learn that way!”
Watch the portion of the town hall meeting where she speaks about arts education below and then continue the conversation on social media using this sample tweet:
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Editor’s Note: Yesterday we sent a message to Oregon House Representative Greg Walden via an ArtsUSA petition. It began with the petition text written by ArtsUSA advocates, but we wanted to add more. We hope you will also send your own message to our representatives about why level or increased funding for NEA programs—which fund Oregon state arts programs—before Congress votes on the proposed budget next week. Feel free to copy ours (below) if it resonates with you. We received a message back from Rep. Walden this morning indicating that he will keep our priorities in mind throughout the budget and appropriations process, but if he needs to hear from more of us. In his words, “At the end of the day, it’s your money that we’re talking about—you ought to have a say in how it’s being spent.” If hears from many, many more of us, we may actually get a $2 million increase in funding as proposed by Rep. Steve Israel of New York last week, but you need to know that continued efforts to cut funding to the National Endowment completely are still threatening this agency so vital to arts funding across the country and in our own home state.
The arts mean jobs for our district! The nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion annually in economic activity, supports 4.13 million full-time equivalent jobs in the arts and related industries, and returns $9.59 billion in federal income taxes.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NEA announced the latest figures on the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), proving that the arts are a significant part of the GDP. Arts and culture activity produced $698.7 billion in goods and services annually or 4.32% of GDP – more than both the construction or transportation sectors.
Grants through the NEA are widely distributed to strengthen arts infrastructures and to ensure broad access to the arts. The NEA makes grants in every congressional district. Furthermore, the NEA distributes 40 percent of its program dollars to state arts agencies, on the condition that each state devotes its own appropriated funds as well. In partnership with the NEA, state arts agencies have awarded 22,000 grants to more than 18,300 organizations, schools, and artists in nearly 4,800 communities across the United States.
With funding for the arts having been cut from most of our schools, I am very concerned that our children are not getting enough exposure to the arts to help them achieve their goals and become productive member of society. I heard a parent recently tell me that her son, who is studying a pre-med curriculum in high school, was having trouble getting decent grades in biology classes because he couldn’t draw an accurate line drawing of an anatomical feature! That’s of grave concern, and this example makes a case for supporting availability and access to the arts outside of the school system. The NEA improves access to the arts, supports artistic excellence and fosters lifelong learning through grants, partnerships, research and national initiatives. The current level funding of $146 million amounts to just 45 cents per capita, as compared to 70 cents per capita in 1992. I am counting on you as my Representative to support at least level funding of $146 million for the NEA.
On a side note, I urge you to support the NEA’s STEAM educational model for our schools. This would add steam to the STEM program and improve student’s ability to learn, retain, and effectively apply information in a broad range of subjects by incorporating the arts into the curriculum. A society that does not value the arts beyond pretty pictures on the walls is NOT a world I want to live in! Numerous studies have proven that including the arts in education does far more than teach kids how to draw or paint or play the piano, but results in important enhancements to executive function and neurological development during a child’s formative and educational years, not to mention creative/collaborative problem solving (and oh do we need more people with those abilities active in our society!), and the fact that high school students with four years of art classes average 100 points higher on their SAT scores than those whose studies included one semester or less of art. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the many ways art can contribute tangibly to our lives. We should respect the truth these studies have discovered and give our kids every opportunity possible to excel in school and in their professional lives after school by reintroducing funding for the arts in education. It is deeply troubling, embarrassing and a poor reflection on the priorities of our society that they were ever cut to begin with.
Approving level funding for the NEA right now is a healthy start. Please commit to continuing funding for the NEA right now, and make it a part of your fight for preserving the quality of life in our country and our ability to complete on the global stage with creative innovations and solutions that only come when kids learn how to think creatively and effectively express their ideas by increasing the NEA’s funding from flat to being up-to-date with the increases in inflation and on par with historical levels at a minimum, and restoring funding for the arts in our schools.”
Community and Members’ Gallery: Best of the Best High School Art
April 17 – April 30, 2015, Reception: Friday, April 17, 4-8pm
Main Gallery: Artist Teen Mentoring Project
This exhibition is a culmination of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual program the Artist Teen Mentoring Project. On display is the creative work of both teens and mentoring artists. This program pairs professional Rogue Valley artists with local high school students for intensive study and interaction. Through the program, the students learn new techniques to use in their work, how to present their work in an exhibit, and gain insight to the life of a professional artist. On display are a variety of materials and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, comic art, and sculpture.
Seven aspiring teenaged artists had the opportunity to work with one of five established artists to create art in a variety of media. Teens went through an application process last fall that included a portfolio review, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Selected teens selected for the program spent over 20 hours with their mentors, learning and practicing techniques and preparing their work for display.
Community and Members’ Gallery: Best of the Best High School Art
On display is over 100 works of art by local high school students. Artwork from 14 local high schools was submitted for in-district screening, and then presented for jurying by professional artists. The artwork includes paintings, drawings, collage, illustrations, sculpture, photography, prints, and ceramics. Best of the Best was started in 1985 by members of the Southern Oregon Research and Development Committee to showcase and encourage artistically gifted high school students throughout the Rogue Valley. This idea has grown and now far exceeds original expectations, as it has become an annual enriching and exciting event each spring for Rogue Valley high school students, parents, and teachers.
Refreshments will be served at the reception on April 17, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
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 www.roguegallery.org.
The 2015 Clatsop Community College Art Student Exhibit will be on display at the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, from Thursday, April 9 through Thursday, April 30. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 9 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
During the reception, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. This year’s juror, Eleanor H. Erskine, will be present at the reception to give a juror’s talk. Clatsop Community College thanks the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for its generous support for this year’s student awards.
The CCC Art Center Gallery is ADA accessible, free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by appointment.
The Annual Art Student Exhibit is a 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 Eleanor H. Erskine attended the Chicago Art Institute, received a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, and earned her MFA in Printmaking, with a special focus in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988. She has taught at the Maine College of Art; the Kansas City Art Institute; The Chautauqua Institution; Penland School of Crafts; and Portland State University. Her works have been exhibited at the Mark Woolley Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C; Nelson Atkins Museum; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA); and the Marylhurst Art Gym. Erskine is recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is held in major private and public collections including the California State University Museum; Portland Art Museum; Spencer Museum of Art; Hallmark Corporation; New York Public Library; Downey Museum of Art; University of Iowa Museum of Art; and in various collections in Canada, Africa, Japan and South Korea.
Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].
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!
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; [email protected]
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