Spring 2024


Midori Yamanaka

Letter from the Editors

Nina Vichayapai, Lou Blumberg, and Clara Harlow

Microscopic Puddles and New Pen Pals

Luz Blumenfeld with Hollis Blue Hawkins Wood and Shelley Hawkins


Gilian Rappaport with Midnite Seed Abioto and LaQuida Landford

The Mother-Daughter Connection

Olivia DelGandio with Lauren DelGandio

We take our time. We'll get better

Lou Blumberg with Simeen Anjum

A Thousand Hands Behind Every Practice

Nina Vichayapai with Monyee Chau

Winter 2024

Fall 2023


Luz Blumenfeld

Letter From the Editors

Luz Blumenfeld and Olivia DelGandio

Sapporo - San José via PDX  

Manfred Parrales with Midori Yamanaka

The Magic of Neighborliness

Nina Vichayapai with Amanda Leigh Evans

Life of Art and Artists

Midori Yamanaka with Hisashi Shibata

A Million Ways To Color A Tree

Clara Harlow with Ross Carvill

The Eyes Don’t Deny It: An Interview with my Dead Grandmother

Olivia DelGandio with MariAna Zachary/Michael DelGandio

A Pause Anywhere is a Gift

Luz Blumenfeld with Judy Blumenfeld

Keeping the Keepsakes Alive

Simeen Anjum with Simi Malhotra

A Community is a Rocking Chair

Adela Cardona with Limei Lai

Much Love to You Dearest Gilian

Gilian Rappaport with Violet Baxtor

We Can't Extricate Culture From Liberation

Lou Blumberg with Jasmine Araujo

Spring 2023


Luz Blumenfeld

Letter from the Editors

Olivia DelGandio, Caryn Aasness, and Luz Blumenfeld

Intimacy and Ritual

Luz Blumenfeld with Miranda July

I Was a Hero and Loved 

Nadine Hanson with Nate Hill

I Did It, So I Know I Can Do It 

Morgan Hornsby with Pernell Fults

Sari, I Crossed Your Boundaries 

Gilian Rappaport with Sari Rubinstein, Alana Miller, and Mississitti Rivaaah

Peeling the back the layers

Kiara Walls with Jodie Cavalier

Việts on Venus

Lillyanne Pham with Kim Dürbeck

Getting to Know Each Other While Doing Things

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Chemi Rosado-Seijo

Obsession in Itself is Interesting

Becca Kauffman with Jeremy Deller

Care Tactics

Caryn Aasness with Janet Aasness

Listen to the Subject

Laura Glazer with Nina Katchadourian

Winter 2023


Luz Blumenfeld and Gilian Rappaport

Letter from the Editors

Caryn Aasness, Luz Blumenfeld, Becca Kauffman

A Space of Belonging

Marissa Perez with Dr. Kacy McKinney

Is Everyone Having a Good Time?

Becca Kauffman with Victor E. Viking, Portland State University mascot

Can We Have a Dance Party Here?

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Taravat Talepasand

Trash Talk

Caryn Aasness with Dr. Christa McDermott

I Learn a Lot By Asking Questions

Luz Blumenfeld with Olivia DelGandio, Morgan Hornsby, Ashley Yang-Thompson, Marissa Perez, and Caryn Aasness

A Shame That I Own

Ashley Yang-Thompson with Joaquin Golez

How to Make an Artist

Morgan Hornsby with Emily Fitzgerald

The Classroom is Everywhere

Lillyanne Phạm with Dr. Amara H. Pérez

A Sankofa Moment

Kiara Walls with Dr. Kiara Hill

Talking About Death Doesn’t Make it Happen Sooner

Olivia DelGandio with Dr. Tina Burdsall

How Studying Abroad Can Change Your Life

Midori Yamanaka with Anri Zama

My Body Relates To This Body

Gilian Rappaport with Linda K. Johnson

Role Playing For Life

Nadine Hanson with Albert Spencer

The Poop Speaks

Ashley Yang-Thompson with Ruby Bontrager

Let the City Serve Knowledge

Laura Glazer with Dr. Susan Jeffords, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Portland State University

Fall 2022


Gilian Rappaport and Luz Blumenfeld

A Sense of Unexpectedness

Marissa Perez with Tia Kramer

A Closeness To Life

Nadine Hanson with Salty Xi Jie Ng

Small Things Become Huge

Becca Kauffman with Avalon Kalin

Visual Intentions

Laura Glazer with Eliza Gregory

Moving Slowly to Move Intentionally

Morgan Hornsby with Rebecca Copper

After We Die

Midori Yamanaka with Amanda Leigh Evans

A Starting Point

Manfred Parrales with Patricia Vázquez Gómez

Risks in Public with People

Gilian Rappaport with Constance Hockaday

When You Have a Baby

Lillyanne Pham with Carlos Reynoso

The Internet Made Me Think About My Grandmother

Caryn Aasness with Mark Menjívar

To Understand Each Other

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Illia Yakovenko


PSU Art + Social Practice

Interviews - Spring 2022


Gilian Rappaport and Laura Glazer

On Vulnerability

Olivia DelGandio with Roz Crews

Gardens in Canoes

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Yolanda Chois and Michelle Szejner

Come Together In Joy

Gilian Rappaport with Nellie Scott

The Tapes, Conversation III

Rebecca Copper and Marti Clemmons with Cindy Cumfer, Katharine English, Gilah Tenenbaum, and Pat Young

People Are Art

Laura Glazer with Melodie Adams

Tobacco, Time, and Tarot: Connections to Youth Partnership

Lillyanne Phạm with ridhi d'cruz and Jackie Santa Lucia

Practices as Old as Time: Worker Co-ops

Marina Lopez with Sonia Erika

Gathering the News, with Integrity

Justin Maxon and H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams PhD with Wydeen Ringgold 

Three Generations in Oakland

Luz Blumenfeld with their grandmother, Yolanda Ronquillo

The Art We Value

Shelbie Loomis with Benita Alioth 

Anyone Can Do This

Becca Kauffman with Crosswalk Collective LA


Kiara Walls with Kenny Walls


Mo Geiger with Dr. Jennifer Klin

Can I Borrow a Feeling?

Caryn Aasness with Charlie Brewer


PSU Art + Social Practice

Interviews - Winter 2022

Letter from the Editors

Caryn Aasness, Luz Blumenfeld, Becca Kauffman

To Understand Each Other

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Illia Yakovenko


Gilian Rappaport and Laura Glazer

Letter from the Editors

Caryn Aasness, Becca Kauffman, and Emma Duehr Mitchell

Breathing Its Own Magic

Gilian Rappaport with Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo 

The Unexpected Host

Becca Kauffman with Fernando Perez

The Bacons

Justin Maxon with Leon Patterson and H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams PhD

Dreams to Reality

Kiara Walls with Harrell Fletcher 

The Tapes, Conversation II

Rebecca Copper with Marti Clemmons, Gilah Tenenbaum, and Katharine English

Nice to Re-meet You

Caryn Aasness with Wesley Chung

Teaching Compassion

Olivia DelGandio with Barbara Caulfield

How It Works to Be Curious

Laura Glazer with Jessica Cline

ISO: Mentors of Color

Lillyanne Phạm with Karena Salmond 

Uncomfortable Conversations: Money Stories

Marina Lopez with Jose Marcos Lopez

The Art We Value

Shelbie Loomis with Chris Emery 

It’s Hard to Imagine Myself as a Curator

Mo Geiger with Abigail DeVille


PSU Art + Social Practice

Conversations on Everything: Interviews Fall 2021


Designed by Laura Glazer

Touch the Things, Make the Sounds

Laura Glazer with Elsa Loftis

They Call Me 'The Mayor' at Riis Beach

Gilian Rappaport with Ralph Hopkins  

Uncomfortable Conversations: Money

Marina Lopez with Caroline Woolard

Immigration, community, and a play about war / Імміграція, спільнота та п’єса про війну

Illia Yakovenko with Elvin Rzaev / Илья Яковенко и Эльвин Рзаев

A Love Letter to Brown and Black MFA Seedlings

Lillyanne Pham with Aram Han Sifuentes

Be in the Play That You're In

Becca Kauffman with Jibz Cameron

I’m Curious About You?

Justin Maxon with Desire Grover and H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams PhD

Living Language

Mo Geiger with William Padilla-Brown

The Art We Value

Shelbie Loomis with Michelle Grimes

Healing in Practice

Kiara Walls with Darrell Grant

Process, Pop, and A/Temporality

Luz Blumenfeld with Alex Olive

The Tapes, Conversation I

Rebecca Copper with Marti Clemmons and Gilah Tenenbaum

We Did This

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Jesús “Bubu” Negrón


PSU Art + Social Practice

Conversations On Everything: Interviews Spring 2021


Salty Xi Jie Ng

Editor's Note: The Source Commissioner Speaks

Salty Xi Jie Ng with Harrell Fletcher

Going the Extra Mile (Luis Insists on Hardcover)

Becca Kauffman with Luis Orlando Beltran

A Book for the Travel Ritual

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Reyna R.

Agnes Varda Forever

Laura Glazer with Jennifer “JJ” Jones

Is This Your Card?

Caryn Aasness with Shannon Hunter, Steph Luke, and Adrian Pants Messado

A Bear in the Forest

Kiara Walls with Jordan Williams

Dinosaur Death Books

Shelbie Loomis with Lucille Linville

Moments of Blackness Matter

Justin Maxon with H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams

Surfing in Maine

Brianna Ortega with Tess from Maine

The Candy Project

Emma Duehr Mitchell with Carter Collins

The Whole Thing Done Changed

Nolan Hanson with Carl Westbrooks


PSU Art + Social Practice

Conversations On Everything: Interviews Winter 2021


Laura Glazer

Letter from the editor

Salty Xi Jie Ng

Talking About Trans Boxing

Nolan Hanson with Trans Boxing & Portland State University students

A City of Newcomers

Caryn Aasness with Ethan Seltzer

On the Other Side of the Fence

Mo Geiger with Danielle Moser

Becoming Black

Brianna Ortega with Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr.

Illustrations: The Ordered Steps of a Cultural Worker

Justin Maxon and H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams with Desire Grover

What Qualifies You to Do What You Do?

Emma Duehr Mitchell with Brianna Ortega


Diana Marcela Cuartas with Moe and Nikki Hall

Have a Nice Day

Becca Kauffman with James Blount

Talking Books

Laura Glazer with Laura Moulton

Art, Education, and Social Realms

Rebecca Copper with Nato Thompson

Diversity In Art

Kiara Walls with Darryl Ratcliff

Taking Up Brown Queer Space con Dorian Wood

Carlos Reynoso with Dorian Wood

Naming the Trickster

Jordan Rosenblum with Elario Andreini


PSU Art + Social Practice

Conversations On Everything: Interviews Fall 2020

Letter from the Editor

Salty Xi Jie Ng

What’s One Other Thing?

Nolan Hanson with Gavilán Rayna Russom

Abandonment issues

Caryn Aasness with Jon Aasness

Considering Utility

Mo Geiger with Mary Mattingly

Identity and Spaces

Brianna Ortega with Soheila Azadi

Social Practice and Equity

Justin Maxon and H. "Herukhuti" Sharif Williams

Research Is Constant

Emma Mitchell with Roz Crews

On art fairs, strikes, grants and building audiences

Diana Marcela Cuartas with Espacio Odeón

Jennifer Vanilla Goes To Therapy

Becca Kauffman with Adolfo Profumo

To Whom It May Concern

Laura Glazer with Rita Glazer

If Images Could Speak

Rebecca Copper with Adrian Rosser

Cultivating Community

Kiara Walls with Rachel Rushing and Emily Riggert (Sunset Art Studios)

The Cascade of Possibilities

Shelbie Loomis with Enrique Martínez Celaya

Issue 5: Pedagogy

Issue 4: Exchange

Issue 3: Recreation

The Radical Imagination Gymnasium

Patricia Vazquez Gomez, Erin Charpentier, Travis Neel, and Zachary Gough

Physical Education

keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lu Yim and Takahiro Yamamoto

Guns, Money, Mud, and Play

Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. and Katie Shook

An Interview with Jen Delos Reyes

Spencer Byrne-Seres in conversation with Jen Delos Reyes

The Portland Museum of Art and Sports

Lauren Moran and Anke Schüttler

Letter from the Editors

Spencer Byrne-Seres, Eric John Olson, and Tia Kramer

Issue 2: Perception

Create More Space Than You Take Up

Tia Kramer in conversation with Maria del Carmen Montoya

Art Education & Public Programming within Art Institutions

Brianna Ortega in conversation with Jennelyn Tumalad

What is notMoMA?

Sara Krajewski

Where Social Work Meets Art and Social Practice

Brianna Ortega in conversation with Dr. Laura Burney Nissen

Artist Matoska's Interview with a Parapsychologist

Matoska with Deborah Erickson, PHD and Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr.

Our Daughter, the Artist

Hue Boey Kuek with input from Say Cheong Ng


Elissa Favero

Letter from the Editors

Spencer Byrne-Seres, Eric John Olson, and Brianna Ortega

Issue 1: Civics


Spencer Byrne-Seres, Kimberly Sutherland, and Eric John Olson

Justice in History

Gerald Scrutchions

Life: Through the Eyes of a Hobo

Jesse F. James AKA John Paul Young

The Social Forms of Art (SoFA) Journal is a publication dedicated to supporting, documenting and contextualising social forms of art and its related fields and disciplines. Each issue of the Journal takes an eclectic look at the ways in which artists are engaging with communities, institutions and the public. The Journal supports and discusses projects that offer critique, commentary and context for a field that is active and expanding.

Created within the Portland State University Art & Social Practice Masters In Fine Arts. Program, SoFA Journal is now fully online.

Conversations on Everything is an expanding collection of interviews produced as part of SoFA Journal. Through the potent format of casual interviews as artistic research, insight is harvested from artists, curators, people of other fields and everyday humans. These conversations study social forms of art as a field that lives between and within both art and life.

SoFA Journal
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