Visiting Artists

All events are free and open to the public!

Information about the entire program of events is available in the 2014 Art Week Publication, online PDF available here.

Heather McKenna


Emerging artist Heather McKenna talks about her work and the first year after graduating. Looking at the work of fellow recent graduates, McKenna discusses the practices of Brooklyn based peers and their continuation of art making outside of school. When the context of the studio changes, how does the work shift in response? Heather McKenna is an artist from Brooklyn, NY and a recent graduate of Pratt Institute where she majored in Fine Arts   Sculpture and minored in Art History. This will be Heather’s second recent trip to Lewis & Clark, where she prior constructed pieces for her exhibit Surface Matters with Muscle Beach at Place Gallery in Downtown Portland. Heather’s work examines the complexity of recognition and resemblance and how each relates to representation and memory.

Mike Bray


Mike Bray is an artist and professor at University of Oregon. Mike additionally founded the gallery Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR. His work is represented here in Portland by Fourteen30 Contemporary and has been shown elsewhere at Human Resources in Los Angeles and the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in Dublin, Ireland. With his participation in our Art’s Week, Mike will be lecturing as a visiting artist for the 2014 Junior Seminar.

Daniel Nickerson & Taylor Anne Finch
White Light/White Sound - A shadow puppet performance about Lou Reed’s final breath, performed with live musical accompaniment. Taylor Anne Finch and Daniel Nickerson have collaborated together once before for a puppet and music performance about the search for Bob Dylan’s missing hat. Other   recent projects have included working with Portland-based marionette troupe Castiron Carousel on their production of The Curious Chronicles of Daniel Candlewick, as well as an accordion and musical saw duo named Panty Pockets.

Morgan Ritter


Morgan Ritter is an artist, author, and poet based out of Portland, OR. She has released two books through Publication Studio and 89+ and has shown work at the Portland Museum of Modern Art, The University of Chicago’s Department Courtyard, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Morgan plans on taking a two-week residency at Lewis & Clark to engage in Raku sculpture with students. What will result may be a documentary, performance, or workshop along with the work she has collaborated on with students.

Krystal South & LaTurbo Avedon


Krystal South will be giving a 90 minute talk about online identity in collaboration with avatar La Turbo Avedon. South is a Portland-based writer, designer, and multidisciplinary artist whose work explores reality’s relationship to the internet. South has been a featured writer for Rhizome ArtBase, as well as for Bear Deluxe magazine of Portland, OR. Her visual art has been displayed at Recess Gallery, The Portland Museum of Art, and the New American Art Union. LaTurbo Avedon is an artist-avatar whose existence and creative output resides entirely online. Without a real world referent, LaTurbo is a digital manifestation  of a person that has never existed outside of a computer. Avedon’s digital sculptures and environments disregard this lack of physicality, and instead emphasize the practice of purely virtual authorship. Her works are regularly distributed online, and have been exhibited internationally - including shows at Transfer Gallery (New York City), Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago), Nomade Space (Hangzhou), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).

Andreas Ervik


Andreas Ervik is an artist based out of Oslo, Norway. Andreas has had a recent solo show at The Toolshed in Frome and shown work in group shows at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History and Sight Unseen in New York City. As an artist who bases much of his work on the sensory, space, and response, Andreas will be giving a lecture via Skype on the hosting function of the online domain. He will use his own blog portalenportalen as a template and provide a lecture from conversations (also over Skype) he and visiting artist coordinator Marc Matchak have been having in the middle of the morning / middle of the night during the early months of 2014.

Dragging an Ox through Water


Brian Mumform’s Dragging an Ox Through Water perform songs rooted in folk and country traditions, though ruptured, complicated, and complimented with broken textures of feedback, drones, tape hiss, and homemade oscillators. Chance elements and candlelight sensitive instruments destabilize customary electro-amplified-tightness & introduce improvisation to the recitation of these songs. Brian also plays in Sun Foot, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Deep Fried Boogie Band, & Jewelry Rash. He runs a small cassette & CDR label called Musical Impressions (or muim000).