New Lincoln Hall Sculptural Installation, "Score"

As part of Lincoln Hall's new Glass Tower project, "Score," a sculptural drawing by artist Heather Watkins, is now installed in Lincoln Hall's North Atrium. See the excerpt below from the Oregon Arts Commission, or click here for the full press release.

“Score,” a wall-mounted sculptural drawing by Heather Watkins, is the newest permanent public art installation at Portland State University. A sculptural drawing created from cotton cord molded into fluid forms, the artwork is installed in the North Atrium of PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall. It becomes part of the public art collections of PSU and the State of Oregon. 

Inspired by the movement, flow and trial of performance, “Score” creates a compelling zone of passage for students, faculty and public visitors at Lincoln Hall’s main performance entrance, functioning as a transitional cue for audience members moving in and out of the auditorium. Watkins explains, “The movement of the line and its specific arcing and twisting energy derives from the qualities of the cord when soaked and dried: lyrical; semi-rigid; awkward; honest. I manipulate and anchor the cord to achieve the greatest degree of dimensionality and fluidity, propping the cord on mounts so that the curves and coils of the material stand as visual/kinetic evidence of the process that has shaped them.” 

Heather Watkins is a visual artist whose studio practice includes experimental forms of drawing and printmaking, book arts, installation and sculpture. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions regionally and nationally, most recently at the Portland Art Museum, PDX Contemporary Art; The Lumber Room; Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art and Craft; Nine Gallery; and upcoming Feb. 24 – April 2 at The Art Gym, arylhurst University. Her work is held in both private and public collections including the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum, the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Portable Works Collection, the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Collection, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and Rhode Island School of Design Artist’s Book Collection. In 2010 she was Senior Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft and was nominated a Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Resident at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She has been the recipient of grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation, and has been awarded residencies at Caldera (Sisters, Ore.), and at Em Space Book Arts Center in Portland. Over the past 12 years Watkins has served as a faculty member at Lewis & Clark College, the Art Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art. She holds a master’s of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art. 


Portland State University 

Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Ore., one of the nation’s most livable cities, the University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 125 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. 

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