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RCC exhibits feature student art and Chicago artist

Work created by students in Josephine County will be displayed May 15 through June 12 at the
Wiseman Gallery. A reception and award ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. May 23. The Wiseman
Gallery is located on the RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy., Grants Pass.
The Riverside Campus will feature student work May 15 through June 12 in the RCC/SOU Higher
Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St, and a reception and award ceremony will be held 5 to 7 p.m.
May 24.
The RCC FireHouse Gallery will host “…if they could not defend themselves they were bound to be
conquered…” by Chicago artist M.A. Papanek-Miller April 30 through May 31.
Papanek-Miller is a mixed media artist working primarily with woven and layered drawing-related
images that provoke environmental concerns, specifically about animals and water access use and
ownership. Her works often incorporate toy-related objects as “actors” in visual stories on weathered
paper and varied layered surfaces.
Born in Illinois, she received her master’s degree in fine art from the University of Houston. She has
exhibited widely across the country including numerous solo exhibitions.
Papanek-Miller was a recipient of State of Minnesota artist initiative grant co-supported by the
National Endowment for the Arts and she completed a large commission through the Seattle Arts
Commission for the city’s new Federal Justice Center.
Currently she is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul
University in Chicago. Previously she taught at the University of Montana, Bemidji State University
in Minnesota, and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Photographs by Robert Newman will be on display in the Community Exhibits Room. A First Friday
Art Night reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3.
The FireHouse Gallery is located at the corner of H and Fourth streets in Historic City Hall, Grants
Pass. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For information call 541-956-7241 or visit

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