Assembly 2020

As part of this year’s Assembly we created a companion publication that includes project descriptions and interviews with artists in residence and related programing.

Conceptual Art in Prison

Conceptual Art in Prison documents three years of collaborations between incarcerated artists at Columbia River Correctional Institution, and students in the Portland State University Art and Social Practice Program. Contributors include Harrell Fletcher, Roshani Thakore, Anupam Singh, Richard Lundquist, Jetcet, Anke Schüttler, Ben Hall, Spencer Byrne-Seres, Jacob Diepenbrock, Tom Price, Mark Arnold, Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr., Queaz Otti, Armon Poostpasand, Salty Xi Jie Ng, David “Homer” Edmunds, Robert “Flex” Gibson, Jason Melcado, Joshua “Lone Wolf” Tonkin, Michael “HM” Lovett, Carlos Cotto, Larry Loftin, Joseph Rosenberger, Richard Sanders, Sam McKever, Edgar Perez, Alec Gonzales, TJ Harris, Shawn Ashley Camp, and Phillip Jerov.

You can download a PDF of the book here.

It Can Change As We Go Along

It Can Change As We Go Along is a publication documenting the first ten years of the Art and Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University, including a conversation with the first-year cohort and a second conversation with the tenth-year cohort. The book includes a survey of photos, including documentation of Open Engagement, Assembly, Shine a Light, visiting scholars, and student projects. Edited by Amanda Leigh Evans and Harrell Fletcher.

Social Forms of Art Journal

The Social Forms of Art (SoFA) Journal is a bi-annual publication dedicated to supporting, documenting, and contextualizing socially engaged art and its related fields and disciplines. Each issue of the Journal focuses on a different theme in order to take a deep look at the ways in which artists are engaging with communities, institutions, and the public. The Journal seeks to support writing and web based projects that offer documentation, critique, commentary and context for a field that is active and expanding. 

The SoFA Journal is published in print and PDF form twice a year, in June and December by the PSU Art & Social Practice Program. In addition to the print publication, the Journal hosts an online platform for ongoing projects.

Graduate Publications

Each student from the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program completes a graduate publication about a socially engaged project. The following are examples of past and recent publications.

some light, shades of support in our current art ecosystems
Roshani Thakore
June 2020

This publication examines the support systems created by artists and organizers BECAUSE of the systems that continually fail us. Made during the global pandemic of 2020, some light comes in the form of an inverted rainbow packet mailed to each recipient to pause, reflect, and examine the shades of support in our current art ecosystems.

some light was produced by nůn studios: an emerging print co-operative and affordable print resource in NE Portland. nůn creates artist books and community organizing curriculum for global solidarity movements, centering BIPOC womxn, femmes, GNC and non-binary folks.

You can receive a printed version with sliding scale funds that will go towards the cost of production as well as support nůn studios. Just complete this form.

The Grandma Reporter – Issue Two: Intimacy
Edited by Salty Xi Jie Ng, 2019

The Grandma Reporter is a collaborative publication project about senior women’s culture across the Earth. Issue two was a collaborative project by Betty, Crystal, Ellen, Erika, Jacqui, Maureen, Mildred, Pamela, Roshani, Salty Xi Jie, Sharon, Susan, Tammy & Valerie, made in partnership with the Hollywood Senior Center in Portland, OR.

What is the relationship between intimacy, aging, and being a woman? Intimacy is a human need, entangled with notions of desire and loneliness, as well as considerations of mental, social, and physical health. And yet it is a taboo subject, especially from an aging perspective. In this issue a team of women aged 22 to 84 explored intimacy over a few months through conversations and multidisciplinary projects. This publication presents perspectives that are playful, humorous, celebratory and poignant. Purchase or download it here.

Can art inspire me to think critically about…? Art and Social Practice in Public Education
Edited by Roz Crews, 2017

Can art inspire me to think critically about…? is a collection of assignments and essays reflecting on the ways that art intersects with higher education, museums, and social life in the United States. It features assignments co-written between artist Roz Crews and five liberal arts professors who teach in Portland State University’s First Year Experience program as well as ten short essays written by distinguished artists, educators, and curators working in or around the field of socially-engaged art. Essays by: Roya Amirsoleymani, Ariana Jacob, Sheetal Prajapati, Coco Fusco, Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed, Ralph Pugay, Yaelle Amir, Kristan Kennedy, Libby Werbel, and Stephanie Parrish. All the students, professors, and art-workers who participated in making the book received a free copy. It was designed by James Casey. Purchase it here.

Reference Points

The Reference Points book series is produced by students from the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA program to focus on important people and issues in the discipline of art and social practice. The first ten books of the ongoing series have featured Wendy Ewald, Pablo Helguera, Luis Camnitzer, Ben Kinmont, John Malpede, and Temporary Services, among significant others. The series is overseen by Julie Ault and Harrell Fletcher, designed by Molly Sherman, and published by Publication Studio in Portland, Oregon.