The 2016 UO Art MFA 2nd Year Exhibition, featuring the work of second-year MFA students in the UO Department of Art, will continue at White Box gallery in downtown Portland through January 30. The exhibition shows the wide range of offerings in the UO’s art program, including collage, video, ceramics, drawing, sculptural bricolage, puppetry, and painting.
Department of Architecture Head Judith Sheine is quoted in a The Guardian story about an innovative wood product poised to change how high-rises are built. A twelve-story building in Portland is being constructed with the product, cross-laminated timber, or CLT, which is “lighter, so it goes up easier and faster than concrete does … it’s also quieter in construction,” Sheine told The Guardian.
Nominations and applications are being sought for dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, with the goal of recruiting a new leader by fall 2016. Professor Scott Pratt, dean of the Graduate School, is leading the search, assisted by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.
The Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professors’ studio turns the spotlight on sustainable design strategies using a downtown waterfront Portland site. A&AA alumni Bill Leddy and Marsha Maytum are showing students “how architecture can reach beyond its property lines and address big societal challenges such as climate change, homelessness, environments for the disadvantaged, and innovative educational spaces.”
Department of Architecture Professor Alison Kwok is among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, DesignIntelligence reports. Kwok serves as director of the graduate program in the Department of Architecture and as PhD student advisor. “Her influence has spread far beyond the University of Oregon,” notes department Head Judith Sheine.