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Kim Ray MFA (MFA 1998) | Top Kill
Nine Gallery, 122 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
September 2 - October 3, 2010
Reception: Sunday, September 26, 3-5 p.m.

Rebecca Shelly (MFA 2009)| The Seed Olympics 
FalseFront, 4518 NE 32nd Ave., Portland, OR 97211 
August 26 - September 26, 2010 
Opening Reception: Last Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 6pm 
(Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 - 3pm, or by appointment)

Call For Submissions | Deadline July 30, 2010
I Found This, This That Had Already Been Found: PSU Art Alumni Exhibition 2010
Juror: Chris Johanson, artist

Open to work in all visual art media. The focus of the exhibit is “reclaimed, recycled, and sustainable”. What does that mean to you? Concepts? Materials? Intention? Lifestyle? PSU and Chris Johanson are excited to see what this open ended and somewhat directed exhibit idea puts into your mind.
Submission guidelines details

POSTPONED: New Art Scholarship Fund Created; Kick-off Event will be on July 28th. PSU Focus - Group exhibition: recent works by PSU alumni at Butters Gallery. Featured PSU Alumni artists: Carolyn Cole ('77), Gilles Foisy ('96), Matthew Haggett ('96), Mylan Rakich (MFA '00), Julie Rall ('83), and Elise Wagner ('95). 
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 28, 6 to 8 pm. Tickets are $35 per person in advance.
Butters Gallery, 520 NW Davis, Portland, OR

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Ralph Pugay of Portland, OR has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2010. Ralph is a MFA student at Portland State University. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field.  It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools.  The award program’s growing publicity resulted in a record number of participating institutions; including over 176 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from sixteen countries for a nominated total of 445 students. read more

Exhibitions through May 30, 2010.  PORTLAND2010 is a biennial exhibition of contemporary work signicant to Portland’s art landscape. The work of eighteen Oregon visual and performance-based artists, including PSU faculty and alumni Pat Boas, Holly Andres, Damien Gilley, Shelby Davis, and Crystal Schenk, will be featured in part of a group show. Curated by Cris Moss, PORTLAND2010 will be presented by Disjecta and spread to satellite venues: Rocksbox, IFCC, Marylhurst Art Gym, Templeton Building, Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Alpern Gallery. Call 503-725-3334 for additional information.

MFA Alumni Pat Boas at the Art Gym, Marylhurst Univeristy
Review by Sue Taylor, Art in America
December 31, 2009
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OUTLOOK: 2nd Annual Alumni Exhibition presents recent Art Graduates 2005 - 2009 | Juried by James Yood
Autzen Gallery
Exhibition Dates: November 5 - 27, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 2009 | 5-9 pm

Participating Alumni Artists: Justin Auld, Gordon Barnes, Carly Bodnar, Christopher Clother, Varinthorn Christopher, Posie Currin, Shelby Davis, Greg Delapaix, Frank Mathew, Xtal Giarth, Tobias Greiner, Shelley Hershberger, Maryetta Jacques Bietz, Verity Kent, Namkirn Khalsa, Michelle Liccardo, Alanda Lozano, Dele Mercier, Yasha Renner, Ben Rosenberg, Mandee Schroer, Kentree Speers, Jasmine Swisher, Nishiki Tayui.

Crystal Schenk MFA '07 and Shelby Davis MFA '08
Milepost 5, Current Resident Artists
September-November 2009

Their proposed sculpture—a life-size semi-truck cab constructed out of drywall—will be on display and open to the public in early November. The project is their first artistic collaboration.

“(The semi-truck) simultaneously represents freedom and movement to us, in conjunction with dominance and waste,” Schenk said. Drywall used in the project was reclaimed from past projects.

About Crystal Schenk: A 2007 Master of Fine Arts graduate from Portland State University, Schenk won the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2006. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Switzerland, New York, Chicago, and Portland. She teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and Portland Community College.

About Shelby Davis: Originally from South Carolina, Davis is a multimedia artist who focuses on sculpture and often incorporates found materials. He has had solo shows in the Carolinas and in a variety of Portland venues, and with his collaborative arts group, PAINTALLICA!, his work has been shown at Portland’s Time-Based Arts festival, as well as in Los Angeles and Tennessee.

Karen Esler, BA 2001, PSU; MFA, Vermont College
New Drawings
Augen Gallery, Desoto Building
716 N.W. Davis
Portland, Oregon 97209

Exhibition Dates: September 1 - 25, 2009
Opening Reception: First Thursday, September 3, 5:30 - 8:30 pm