Kimberly Sutherland – PSU Art & Social Practice

Kimberly Sutherland

Kimberly Sutherland is an artist and graphic designer exploring the interconnections between us and the natural world. Her work examines relationships and creates opportunities to connect and reconnect with the environments and systems we move through and are part of. She has worked at The New York Times Magazine and Project Projects with clients ranging from The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University, Phaidon, and Gagosian Gallery. She has a BDes from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is currently pursuing her MFA in Art & Social Practice at Portland State University. Raised amongst the Canadian Cascades, Kimberly Sutherland currently lives and works between Brooklyn, Portland, OR, and Vancouver, BC.

Creek College

Creek College

Creek College is an experimental school that bridges art, education and conservation. It offers free art classes in exchange for barters that aid in the restoration of a waterway. Developed in collaboration with Adam Carlin and Kristina Dutton, our first session was held along the Johnson Creek in Portland, OR in October 2016 and offered 6 classes taught by 8 local artists. These site-specific classes ranged from sculpture, sound mapping, bookmaking, performance, intervention and a conversation around homelessness and houselessness along the creek.


Our second session will take place in 2017 along the Columbia Slough in Portland, OR and will be co-authored with NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center) and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Thank you to the Precipice Fund, Calligram Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support in this year’s programming.

More information about Creek College is available on our website.



Backyards was a walking tree tour and music show in Northeast Portland with longtime resident, arborist, and musician, Paul West.

Participants joined Paul on an educational walk around his block exploring local trees, their medicinal qualities, and their role in urban space – our collective backyard. Following the walk was a neighborhood music show and BBQ in Paul’s backyard. Part of our exchange was business cards that I designed and printed for Paul’s company.