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Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art

Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World

Date: 3:00pm PST February 26, 2017 Location: Miller Hall 105

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Miller Hall 105


Samiya Bashir, poet and assistant professor of creative writing, Reed College
Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories (Spring 2017), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsession with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College.

Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music and director of musicology, Lewis & Clark College
Eleonora (Nora) Beck has published widely on the subject of Italian medieval and Renaissance music and art, including her books Singing in the Garden: Music and Culture in the Tuscan Trecento and Giotto’s Harmony: Music and Art in Padua at the Crossroad of the Renaissance. Beck also writes about contemporary music and art, having published interviews with Meredith Monk and Ned Rorem.  She participated in the Rosemary Beck Exhibit at Portland State University in the winter of 2015 and contributed a piece for the catalogue, “The Greenest Meadow of a Minuet: Music in the Art of Rosemary Beck.” A writer of fiction, Beck has written three novels published by EPAP in Italy.

Jon Raymond, novelist and screenwriter
Jon Raymond is the author of the novels Freebird, Rain Dragon and The Half-Life, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short-story collection Livability, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both based on his short fiction, and the film Night Moves. He also cowrote the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, winner of five Emmy Awards. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Tin House, the Village VoiceBookforumArtforum, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Tad Savinar, artist
Tad Savinar has worked as a visual artist, urban planner, playwright, and director. Born in Portland, OR, Savinar has been an active member of the state’s cultural community for the past 40 years. For his studio work, he has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award and has exhibited in museums and galleries all across the country. Works are included in a number of public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institute of American Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Portland Art Museum, the Chase Manhattan Bank, Phillip Morris Corporation, The Jordan Schnitzer Collection and others. Recently his contributions in the field of urban design have been acknowledged by awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and other national organizations.

His works in various media focus on the relationship between the individual and notions of officialdom, be they governmental, religious, or parental. In Man, 2006, an internal and likely unspoken set of feelings about home life, work, and driving are therapeutically announced. Graphic works including Champ, 1983, and Characteristics of a Third World Country, 2008, offer lessons in national pride, economics, and civics. For Savinar, language often functions best as image, where it can slip from spoken to seen, toying with the senses and complicating the everyday. His work has featured in dozens of one person and group exhibitions over the years and is included in numerous public and private collections.

Luan Schooler, director of new play development and dramaturgy, Artists Repertory Theatre
Luan joins Artists Rep with extensive background as dramaturg, literary manager, writer, and actor, along with administrative experience in marketing and development. Luan honed her skills as a company member of Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, working with then-artistic director Molly Smith on new plays and devised works with wide ranging artists including Paula Vogel, John Murrell, John Luther Adams and Darrah Cloud. She also conducted annual company audition tours to towns and remote villages throughout Alaska (where she enjoyed one of the most thrilling theatre experiences ever, a production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown by the community theatre in Nome). After leaving Alaska, Schooler became the Literary Manager/Dramaturg for Berkeley Rep. During seven years there, she worked with many luminary writers, including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Rinde Eckert, Lillian Groag, Bridget Carpenter, Adam Rapp, and Robert Fagles, and astute directors Tony Taccone, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Wadsworth, and Lisa Peterson, among others. She has also worked on several devised pieces at Denver Center with artistic team Pavel Dobrusky and Per-Olav Sørensen, and worked as dramaturg at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, And Shaking the Tree Theatre. Schooler took a several year hiatus from theatre to explore the dramaturgy of artisanal cheese, opening a small cheese shop, Foster & Dobbs, in Portland with her husband. Delicious though that experience was, the hunger for stories of greater complexity and variety prevailed and she returned to Alaska in 2011 to adapt her brother’s memoir The Blue Bear with Leon Ingulsrud (co-founder and co-artistic director, SITI Company) for Perseverance Theatre. She is currently working with Ingulsrud and filmmaker Andrew McLean on a new project for Perseverance about polar explorer Roald Amundsen.


Randy Gragg, director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies, University of Oregon


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