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Answers Without Words in Oregon Arts Watch

Program alum Anke Schüttler’s project Answers Without Words was featured in an article by Oregon ArtsWatch.

“What changed you in prison and are you happy about that?” question by Sara Lamens from Belgium, answer by Ben Hall in collaboration with Ben Turanski and Joshua Wright, photographed by Ben Hall

PSU Social Practice named in Top 15 MFA programs in US.

Artsy featured the PSU Social Practice Program in a list of the top 15 MFA programs in the US.

KSMoCA International Art Fair & Summer Artist Residency

Announcing open enrollment for a summer session hosted by Art & Social Practice in collaboration with the King School Museum of Art! Students and artists interested in participating in the summer artist residency program can find enrollment information below.

Are you interested in how contemporary art intersects with everyday experiences in a public elementary school? Join the KSMoCA summer residency program and participate in a fun and socially-engaged collaborative art project.

Over the course of 4 weeks, participants will act as Artists In Residence at KSMoCA to produce the KSMoCA International Art Fair through a collaborative, experiential learning process. The art fair will include a group of 25 elementary school student “docents” and art institutions in Portland including: PICA, UpFor, Newspace Center for Photography, PNCA, and more! The KSMoCA International Art Fair will take place August 11-13, 2017 as part of Converge 45.

The program is almost full, sign up now!

Open to non-artists and non-PSU students. Enrollment instructions can be found by clicking here

Dates: July 24 – August 17 (M-Th), 12-4 PM
Credits: 4 (undergraduate or graduate)
Cost: $624 (Resident), or $2,092 (Out-Of-State)
Art 410 (Undergrad): CRN #81699
Art 510 (Grad): CRN #81700

Questions? Email


Art & Social Practice in the NY Times


Social Practice Degrees Take Art to a Communal Level

Harrell Fletcher and alumni Molly Sherman, Nolan Calisch, and Carmen Papalia are highlighted.

Likewise Fridays!

Social Practice Tuesday's at LikewiseA weekly event for people and pets interested in Art & Social Practice; a casual place to share projects, learn about other people’s projects, discuss best practices, be critical but chill.  These get-togethers take place during the 2015-2016 school year.

Art and Social Practice is an artistic approach that emphasizes collaboration, shared authorship, public participation, site-specificity, and interdisciplinarity. It is often presented in non-art locations, and has no media or formal boundaries.  If you want to present your work to a social practice interested audience, contact to arrange.

Hosted at Likewise from 5(ish)-8(ish) PM
3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Lexa Walsh celebrates Dias de los Muertos with Oakland Museum of California

Alumna Lexa Walsh has been working with OMCA to dig through twenty years of archives and photos to create an installation celebrating their twenty year anniversary of Dias de los Muertos at the Museum. Walsh wanted to share not only the colorful history of offrendas and rituals and the heartfelt community input, but also and the piles of mundane paperwork, planning and hard work that went into each year’s celebration. She interviewed longtime stakeholders and shares selections of the archives, juxtaposed into a diorama-meets- offrenda. The show opens October 10th and runs through early January 2015.


Alum Katherine Ball receives Fulbright Award!

Congratulations to Katherine Ball for receiving the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Denmark!

“Katherine Ball is a habitat for fungi and bacteria located on planet Earth. Just as waves move an ocean, our collective movements swirl with experiments in alternatives to the dominant discourse, which have included: bicycling across the US to interview Americans working on small-scale solutions to the climate crisis, coordinating a national day of action to halt business at banks and corporations unduly influencing state laws, living in an off-grid floating island building mushroom filters to clean a polluted lake, and studying the behaviors of various species acting as the ecological counterpart to civil disobedience. An amateur in the best sense of the word originally from Detroit, Michigan, Katherine strives to give more energy to our dreams than our fears.”


To find out more about Katherine Ball’s practice, please visit

Congratulations again, Katherine!


(from Katherine Ball’s website,


Lexa Walsh performs Fever Songs at Walker Art Center

Alumna Lexa Walsh spent a week at the Walker Art Center doing a number of activties with the Education and Community Programs department. She did workshops with tour guides and students, met with local Socially Engaged artists, and performed Fever Songs, a public songwriting project with Walker visitors and local musicians John Munson, Jerry Brownrigg, and Richard Medek, in a ‘cabin’ made by local artist Chris Larson. The group and the public made songs about the long Minnesota winters. Look & Listen here:



All About Beer…and Eric Steen

PSU Social Practice Alum and current Adjunct Professor Eric Steen has two of his projects prominantly featured in the current issue of All About Beer, America’s leading beer magazine. To quote the author Don Tse, “Perhaps nobody has combined art and beer more succesfully than Eric Steen.”


Check it out here!

Mapping the Archive: Lexa Walsh

PSU Alumna Lexa Walsh is an Artist Fellow at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.  In this yearlong program, highly regarded community arts organizations join forces with the de Young in presenting artist fellows who create new work to share at the de Young, other local venues, and online.

Lexa Walsh is collaborating with Oakland Museum of California and cultural workers from local institutions large and small, as well as individual artists and archivists to develop a process-oriented map and archive of remarkable and sometimes underrepresented Bay Area art projects, venues, and opportunities, both institutional and DIY, as well as local organizations’ existing archives.  As funding becomes tighter, we are seeing archives reprioritized. What does an archive mean to each of us? What tools do we use? How is it shared? What is its afterlife?

The project’s goals are to preserve & promote local culture, create networks among organizations, share practices among organizations & the public, expand ideas of what an archive can be, curate, organize & create a taxonomy from archived materials and ephemera, locate and legitimize under-recognized activities, and propose more public access to archives, offering valuable resources to local artists, scholars and the general public. As the project is collaborative and research-driven, it ultimately opens itself to discovery.

Walsh’s process includes research, roundtable discussions, interviews, and site visits to existing archives. With information in hand, Walsh is developing an online map and, yes, archive, of her collective findings, along with an exhibition of the work in progress in May 2014 at the deYoung’s Kimball Education Gallery. This month will feature public workshops and events with professionals about research, archiving and resource-sharing, connecting the deYoung and the public with the current, past and future art & cultural scene.


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