Department of Art: Visiting Artists Series
Date: September 16, 2008 Location: Miller 102
Parker creates energetic paintings inspired by natural forms. She works vigorously within the boundaries of abstraction while exploring formal issues of geometry and figure/ground: the relationship of foreground objects and background. During the last year, Parker’s studio was dominated by a large commission project (sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission) that was recently installed at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.
Often characterized as a regional painter, her work has been exhibited at numerous one-person shows throughout the West as well as in many exhibitions nationally, including the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Seattle Art Museum, the David Findlay Gallery and the Sue Ellen Haber Gallery, both in New York. The Portland Art Museum honored her with a mid-career retrospective in 1995, and the Boise Art Museum gave her a one-person exhibition in 2002. Parker’s work is well collected throughout the Northwest. Major public collections include the Boise Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, the Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Public projects include the Lower Columbia College, Longview WA; the Oregon Convention Center, Portland; Midland Library, Gresham, City Hall, Portland; and Southern Oregon University, Ashland.