Opening: Friday, May 4th 6-10pm with a performance by The Whirlies
Opening: Friday, May 4th 6-10pm with a performance by The Whirlies
League of Women Designers (LWD) is excited to present a curated design show and panel discussion titled “Periphery”
Often we find ourselves pushing personal practice into the periphery of our day to day, because we are overcome doing work that pays the bills. This is an exhibition of the work that exists in the periphery, that is not client or profit driven. It is the work that gives us the space to dream big, to play with the boundaries of a discipline or profession, and to be inspired or inspire others.
Participating designers are LWD members who work in different facets of the professional design field.
On April 28th join us for drinks and small bites, followed by a design talk moderated by Sara Huston.
Participating designers will discuss what drives them to create outside of their paid gigs and if this side work inspires their day jobs or if it is an outlet for their creative inspiration.
Abbie Miller is a talented, up-and-coming artist creating exciting sculptural installations with distinctive materials and an original vision. Originally from Billings, Miller received her BFA from the University of Wyoming with a minor in apparel construction, holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Maryland Institute College of Art, 2005, and earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007. After graduate school Miller moved back west to Jackson Hole, WY and worked as a fiber instructor and tailor while pursuing a career as a fashion designer. She integrated into Jackson Hole’s small but vital contemporary art scene, exhibiting her sculpture in group and solo exhibitions.
MAM will feature Miller’s talent and creative process in the form of a site-specific installation entitled Abbie Miller: Exit Strategies. Ever since MAM re-opened as an expanded museum in 2006 the exhibition staff has sought out artists working in installation and large-scale sculpture to create original works for the new beautiful spaces. The Aresty Gallery on MAM’s main floor, featuring a long, open site line across its split level, has consistently been the space to attract the attention of artists. After a recent visit to MAM, Miller enthusiastically accepted the challenge to create a new work that will draw inspiration from and interact with the large, multi-level space.
“For the Missoula Art Museum the galleries’ use of movement both in structure and metaphor fascinated me. The gallery, with two sets of stairs running at longitude and latitude through the space, has an architecture that felt like a type of precipice of sorts, a division between spaces that one has to integrate into, step up and onto. This became a really exciting opportunity to connect two separate spaces with one sculpture, one line,” states Miller.
Miller’s aesthetic is unique and honest, drawing equally from her art education and passion for fashion design. The artworks are an innovative amalgam of fiber, fashion design, and contemporary largescale sculpture. The sculptural forms are architectural in scale and express figurative movement.
Further advancing the perception of a living figure in the forms is the vinyl covering that is the surface of the work. Evoking clothing or skin, the vinyl wrinkles and stretches, it sags or gathers, and it also holds the work together. Vinyl is shiny and slick; the smooth surface is expressive and seductive, and nostalgic of a certain sex appeal. The structure of the sculpture is constructed with lumber and then skinned by wrapping the armature with vinyl that is held together by a continuous zipper.
She builds the form and sews the “skins” simultaneously; it is an intuitive process that Miller says is akin to drawing for her. The final piece is never fully realized until the last zipper tooth is zipped into place. For Miller, the zipper is a decisive element in work both metaphorically and as a crucial physical structure. She states, “it facilitates order in my sculptures in a structural, engineered way being that it is a single line that fuses stitched marks and vinyl into a whole, unified object. A zipper creates identity. So it is a threshold of sorts.”
New York, NY, April 28, 2014 – The American Academy of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce its exhibition of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, video, and photographs; architectural models and renderings; and original manuscripts by newly elected members and recipients of honors and awards. Works will be on view from May 22 through June 15, at the Academy galleries located on historic Audubon Terrace.
In 1986, the Academy received a bequest from Addison M. Metcalf, son of the late member Willard L. Metcalf (1858 – 1925), for an award to honor young artists of great promise. The Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art is a biennial award of $10,000.
The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, celebrating the artists and creative community in the five-state greater Northwest region. This year’s six exceptional artists showcase the wide-ranging, disparate practices in the region: Anne Appleby (Montana), Karl Burkheimer (Oregon), Isaac Layman (Washington), Abbie Miller (Wyoming), Nicholas Nyland (Washington), and Trimpin (Washington). In addition to having their work featured in the Museum’s special exhibition galleries, accompanying catalogue, and related programming, one recipient will be further recognized with the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize.
Regional arts professionals were invited to nominate up to three artists on the basis of quality, innovation, relevance to community or global issues, continuity of vision, and dedication to studio practice for award consideration. After reviewing 176 submissions, 28 finalists were selected by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, and guest advisor, Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Berkeley Art Museum. Ms. Laing-Malcolmson conducted studio visits with the finalists to determine this year’s six award winners.
The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition program was created to highlight and support established and emerging artists from the five-state region of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Now in its third year, CNAA reflects the Museum’s dedication to engage and promote the Northwest’s visual arts community.
Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art. Supported by the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Fund for Northwest Art, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Mary Chomenko Hinckley and Greg Hinckley, Jim and Susan Winkler, Richard and Deanne Rubinstein, Laura S. and Roger S. Meier Flower Fund of OCF, Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery, and Dave Holt/Dalla Terra.
With generous contributions from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland and Multnomah County, and Work for Art, including contributions from more than 60 companies and 1,600 employees in the region.