Rita J. Robillard received her MFA and BA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Cooper Union in New York prior to moving west. She has taught at the University of California at Davis, the San Francisco Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and Washington State University and is currently a professor at Portland State University. Her artwork ranges from traditional painting and printmaking to new-genre installations and videos. In Time and Place, a recent solo exhibition at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, in Portland, Oregon, Robillard explored historical images and contemporary conceptions of Portland and the Pacific Northwest. As in her earlier exhibitions Essence and Artifice: Visual Images of Spokane and The Garden, The Park and The Fall From Grace about Gramercy Park in New York, Robillard presented mixed-media prints that place details of buildings and gardens against the promise of the idealized landscape. The work contrasts early travel-book engravings of the "new world" or arcadia with the realization of immigrants' dreams in the imprints of architecture and urban design. In the midst of astounding natural beauty, Robillard observes, people create a sense of belonging through their interventions in the landscape. Robillard's mixed-media work has been included in a hundred museum and gallery exhibitions, in Santiago, Chile at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Sao Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil; Tokyo; Hangzhou, China; London; and Lacoste, France. Her Fire Lookout Tower video was shown in "How Artists Use Video," at Artists Talk on Art Panels: On Contemporary Issues in Art, New York. Her work is included in over twenty public collections including the Portland Art Museum, Yale University Library, The National Academy of Art, China; and Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil. Robillard has served on the board of the College Art Association as Chair of the Visual Arts Committee, on the Executive Committee, and on the editorial board of the Art Journal.
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