On Drawing: Eleanor Erskine, Lisa Jarrett, and Hugh Merrill at the LIttman Gallery
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 8:00pm
On Drawing: Eleanor Erskine, Lisa Jarrett, and Hugh Merrill at the LIttman Gallery

Littman Gallery presents a three-person exhibition of drawings by artists + educators Eleanor Erskine, Lisa Jarrett, & Hugh Merrill. Curated by Safiyah Maurice as the premiere of her curatorial season at Littman + White.



January 14 – February 8, 2019
Reception: Thursday, January 17, 5–8 PM


As an artist, Eleanor Erskine uses intuition, reflection, and experimentation to support conceptual material investigations in her studio.  She is intrigued with defining and redefining multiple approaches and processes as the field of contemporary art grows more expansive, inclusive and significant as a major contemporary art forum. Her pedagogical aim is to ensure that matriculating Printmaking students at Portland State University develop a deep appreciation for making prints and for the arts in general, and that they build a relationship to their work and an intellectual faculty for creative problem solving that will carry them for a lifetime.


Lisa Jarrett is an artist and educator. She is Assistant Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University. Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. She exists and makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. She recently discovered that her primary medium is questions.


Hugh Merrill is an artist, poet, educator, writer, and the former Director of Chameleon Arts Agency, a not for profit that facilitates community and public art projects in Kansas City. His artwork and prints are in over 50 Museums internationally including the Museum of Modern Art New York. He was awarded a 2013 National Endowment to the Arts grant for his ArtWorker project at the Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin Missouri. He has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute for over 40 years. More importantly he was from the deep south and his journey has taken him to the far left. He has traveled to Kenya, Philippines, China, Australia, Mexico, Cuba and through Central America.


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