Art on campus

Polarities and Votives

Artist
Rita Robillard
Exhibit dates
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Location
Dengerink Administration Building Gallery
“Luxuriant Vegetation,” 2016, screen print and painting on panel

Rita Robillard is a mixed-media artist and printmaker that has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest for the last 30 years. From 1986 – 1998 she taught at Washington State University and from 1998 – 2013 she was a professor at Portland State University where she chaired the Department of Art and the MFA program.

“Polarities and Votives” is a mini retrospective that includes selected works from two series: “Polarities: Patterns in Time” (2016) and “Votives for Hanford” (what to do with nuclear waste?) (1996). In Polarities, Robillard explores visual and conceptual opposites by layering 19th century found imagery of the arctic and tropics, while combining photo printmaking, painting and drawing on panel and paper. In Votives, Robillard uses scientific diagrams and religious iconography to address the invisible and incomprehensible threat from the nuclear waste generated from Hanford throughout World War II and the Cold War.

"Robillard's process is multi-stepped and idiosyncratic... While printmaking lays the foundation for the work, Robillard manipulates her surfaces in various ways: by sanding and carving into the layers of pigment and by painting or drawing between and on top of layers of print. Further depth comes from her careful overlays of flat colors against metallic or iridescent hues... Robillard's additive process laminates image over image–sometimes as many as or even more than ten layers–to coalesce a visual sensation of another time and place while simultaneously establishing the images as relics of the present." —excerpt from an essay by Linda Tesner, director, Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore.

Site Citations: A Group Show of Site-Based Wall Installations

Artist
Student work from Fine Arts 110 (Drawing)
Exhibit dates
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Location
Library Building Gallery
Details from the Site Citation, vinyl on wall, dimension variable, 2019

"Site Citations: A Group Show of Site-Based Wall Illustrations" is currently on display in the Library. The show presents installations by students in the Beginning Drawing class taught by fine arts professor Avantika Bawa. You will find a number of installations scattered throughout the Library. Some are easy to locate, while some just creep up on you.

The works were informed by the interior architecture of the library, and its function as a place of both research and rejuvenation. Each installation takes into account the site where it is installed, either by responding directly to the architecture around, or the function of that particular area. In some cases, the works are the result of an imagination gone wild, while thinking of an alternative purpose for that location. Simply put, each installation ‘cites its site’ through a careful choice of form and content.

Included in the show are works by Alyona Bobrick, Alaina Bocci, Matthew Gisby, Roxy Hong, Robin Hunt, Shayla Lam, Seleny Calixto Luna, Alexander McAllister, Kaylee Pham, Sabrina Polehn, Natalie Quinn, Acoya Rehak, Megan Robb, Elaina Sundwall, Lilly Tan, Andrew Templin and Madiera Vath.