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College of Design

Signature Event Series

Signature Event Series Fall 2016 - Contemporary Art Focus 

Highlighting excellence in innovation and creative inquiry in a series of events in Eugene and Portland, A&AA and The Ford Family Foundation are proud to host lectures by Ruba Katrib, curator at the SculptureCenter, New York. Christopher Michlig, UO artist and educator, is featured in a solo exhibition at the White Box in Portland and speaks about his creative work.

The Department of Art, White Box, and the Connective Conversations Curator and Critic Tours, and A&AA Dean's Office in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation's Visual Arts Program have joined together to sponsor the Signature Event Series—Contemporary Art Focus for fall term 2016.

Where will your curiosity take you? There are events for professional artists and art students, curators, gallery owners, art historians and students working in contemporary art and scientists and others interested in the inclusion of living materials and sensory elements in contemporary artworks. Highlights include two public lectures in Eugene and Portland by visiting curator Ruba Katrib and an exhibition by artist and educator Christopher Michlig at White Box. Full schedule of events listed below.

Please join us for these events to explore the visual arts and arts practice.  For more information, contact Karen Johnson at or 541-346-3603.

Schedule of Events

artwork by Christopher Michlig
November 3, Artist Talk followed by First Thursday Opening Reception, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
White Box, 24 NW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon

An Inventory of Effects by Christopher Michlig, assistant professor, Department of Art, University of Oregon continues to December 10, 2016. White Box hours—Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6:00 p.m.


Open Studio Grad Review
November 9, MFA Graduate Studio Open House, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Millrace Studios, 1475 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon
The event provides a close-up look at the University of Oregon’s dynamic interdisciplinary MFA art program. An open studio event hosted by the Department of Art with the current Master of Fine Arts graduate students. Located on the UO campus in Eugene at the Northsite complex adjacent to Franklin Boulevard. The event begins with opening remarks and continues with open studio visits, one-on-one reviews and conversations. The MFA Open House event invites prospective MFA applicants to visit graduate studios, tour campus resources, and meet current students and faculty members.


sculpture by Ruba Katrib
November 10, Roundtable with Ruba Katrib, 3:00–4:30 p.m. Space limited.
Lease Crutcher Lewis Room, EMU Room 23, 1228 University Street, Eugene, Oregon

Ruba Katrib has said “for many people, sculpture remains largely three-dimensional, but truthfully sculpture has long moved to incorporate ideas outside of just three-dimensionality. If I had to define what sculpture is, it would be about relationships to space.” This Roundtable event will engage in conversations about sculpture, art practice, artistic concepts and trends with visiting curator, Ruba Katrib. Space is limited, arrive early for seating. Doors will close when room capacity has been met.


Ruba Katrib
November 10, Eugene Lecture, 6:00 p.m.
Room 177 Lawrence Hall, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon
“Sculpture as Substance” by Ruba Katrib, curator, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York. Introduction by A&AA Dean Christoph Lindner.


November 13, Portland Lecture, 2:00 pm.
White Stag Block Event Room, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon
“Sculpture as Substance” by Ruba Katrib, curator, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York.

Ruba Katrib is participating in Connective Conversations, a partnership between The Ford Family Foundation, the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the Department of Art.

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