Great news for Oregon artists and their community: the Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project will soon be live at ! The Project is a joint effort by the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation to increase the volume of critical writing on art in the region. Project guest editors Stephanie Snyder and Sue Taylor have commissioned twelve original essays for the new website, on topics of each writers’ choice relating to artists and art institutions in our state.

On Friday, April 14, the College of the Arts at Portland State University presents a symposium on art writing and criticism to celebrate the launch of the Project website. From 3 to 5 p.m. in Lincoln Hall 55, four writers will unveil their essays in illustrated talks, with subsequent discussion of their topics, reflections on art criticism and its role in our collective imaginative life, and questions and contributions from the audience. The four essays—by Patrick Collier, PSU MFA Candidate (2017) Melanie Flood, Prudence Roberts, and Linda Tesner—will be released at that time on the Project website. A reception follows the symposium in PSU’s Broadway Gallery.

“Our Imaginative Life”: A Symposium on Art Writing and Criticism

Friday, April 14, 3 to 5 p.m.
Portland State University, Lincoln Hall 55 (the “Boiler Room”), 1620 SW Park Blocks, Portland, Ore.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

PSU’s College of the Arts is pleased to partner on the symposium with the Oregon Arts Commission; Ford Family Foundation; Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, and University of Oregon.