This month’s post was contributed by Blackfish Gallery.
For seventeen summers, the Blackfish Gallery Recent Graduates show has presented the newly realized works of 25-30 artists fresh from Oregon’s 15 degree-granting arts programs. For each emerging artist, it is the culmination of years of difficult schooling, and the exciting and hopeful beginning of a life devoted to exploring visual tools for expression and communication.
Each year, graduate candidates are nominated for the show by faculty or Department Chairs from their home schools. Choices are based upon a student’s high standards of achievement, and success in, and commitment to, furthering and mastering their skills. The end result is an exhibition that celebrates the best of what Oregon arts programs are turning out. Each year’s participants are primed and ready to offer the visual arts scene new responses to creative challenge, exemplar skills in traditional media, provocative innovation, and work that demonstrates they are fully capable of pushing past the known, and into the realm of the imagined.
Gina Carrington, Director
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