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Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Making A Better Painting seeks to spark dialogue among regional artists and theorists about painting practices today and respond to new and pressing questions.

What can be called a painting today? How does painting’s immediacy of materials and the human hand react to the mediated world we live in? How do painters today reckon with the material, historical, environmental and psychological costs of their production? How do we reconcile artistic practice with political engagement? A collaborative effort among artists from multiple institutions across the PNW, Making a Better Painting presents these questions as a starting point for broad and diverse conversations among regional artists, academics and curators. A two-month exhibition of the same title at the Hoffman Gallery on the Lewis & Clark campus includes Washington and Oregon painters and serves as the centerpiece and context for the symposium.

The exhibiting artists are Juventino Aranda (Walla Walla), Bruce Burris (Corvallis), Dawn Cerny (Seattle), Jaq Chartier (Seattle), Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath), Derek Franklin (Portland), Joe Hedges (Pullman), Grant Hottle (Portland), Paul Komada (Seattle), Ruth Lantz (Portland), Ellen Lesperance (Portland), Margie Livingston (Seattle), Elizabeth Malaska (Portland), V. Maldonado (Portland), Susan Murrell (La Grande), Ralph Pugay (Portland), Anthony White (Seattle), Amanda Wojick (Eugene).

Making a Better Painting Symposium: March 6 and 7

You can find the preliminary schedule below. There will be some changes in the next few weeks, so check back soon!


Registration to the symposium is free but required of all. We will use this information to make sure we have enough seating and refreshments.

For registration details, please contact Alison Walcott at or 503-768-7390. 

Keynote: Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung is a painter and writer living and working in New York. She received a BA from The Evergreen State College in 1998 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She has shown internationally, and is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago. She was included in the group show Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis,) and the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and has had solo shows at John Connelly (NYC), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago,) Kadel Willborn in (Karlsruhe), Diana Lowenstein Fine Art (Miami), and Rowley Kennerk (Chicago.) She is a 2013 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. She has written essays on Susan Sontag, Michelle Grabner, Carrie Schneider, and Magalie Guerin, and in 2012 she wrote (The 95 Theses on Painting). Ms. Zuckerman-Hartung teaches in the low residency MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking at Yale in 2015.

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