Lo Moran creates interdisciplinary projects that are often participatory, collaborative and co-authored. They aim to experiment with and question the systems we are all embedded in by organizing situations of connection, openness and nonhierarchical learning.
Lo desires to develop sites for accessibility, and reimagined ways of being together. A graduate of the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University, they spent 2018-19 as Artist in Residence at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where they researched concepts of community. Lo is also a member of the nonprofit/collective Public Annex, and performs experimental music as soft fantasy.
Lo has recently presented work at Fusion Festival (Lärz Germany), as part of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize exhibition at Portland State University (Portland OR), the Columbia Center for the Arts (Hood River OR), King School Museum of Contemporary Art (Portland OR), Portland Art Museum (Portland OR), a series of neighborhood block parties (Portland OR), Greensboro Project Space (Greensboro NC), Abteilung für Alles Andere (Berlin Germany), Art in Odd Places (New York, NY), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Port City Gallery (Portland, OR), and the El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, TX).
Patricia Vázquez Gómez
Patricia Vázquez Gómez works and lives between the ancient Tenochtitlán and the unceded, occupied, stolen and colonized lands of the Chinook, Clackamas, Multnomah, and other Indigenous peoples. Her art practice investigates the social functions of art, the intersections between art, politics and ethics and the expansion of community based art practices; and she uses a variety of media to carry out her research: painting, printmaking, video, music and socially engaged art projects. The purpose and methodologies of her work are deeply informed by her experiences working in the immigrant rights and other social justice movements in the US and Mexico.
Photo credit: Vi Son Trinh
Born in Westchester California, Steve Brown began exhibiting in San Francisco’s Mission district during the late 90s. He then retreated to the mountains of North Carolina for the first decade of the 21st century, where he concentrated on life performances and sound. His paintings and videos have often been concerned with the performative creation of new realities. He has been featured in exhibitions at Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles CA), Scene/Escena and Adobe Books (San Francisco CA), The Asheville Art Museum (Asheville NC), Ditch Projects (Springfield OR) and Disjecta (Portland OR). He has contributed to such publications as Great God Pan (Los Angeles CA) and Pazmaker (Mexico City MX).
Brittney Connelly is a sculptor and photographer living in Portland, OR. She received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.F.A from the University of Houston. Her work is influenced by critical theory revolving around the photographic medium and often mines imagery that is widely accessible on the internet. Her large-scale photographs are constructed from low-res jpegs and studio artifacts built in real space, her work is then photographed, flattened and digitally manipulated relishing in the low-quality editing tools of photoshop. Her work has screened at museums, galleries and film festivals, such as COCA Seattle, The Blaffer Museum, Site:Brooklyn, FOTOFEST and The Cranbrook Art Museum.
Alongside exhibiting her work, in 2018 Connelly co-founded Carnation Contemporary, a contemporary arts space located in Portland, Oregon.
Learn More: www.brittneyconnelly.com
Hello, my name is Spencer. I’m an artist and art worker based in Portland, OR. I am a graduate of the Art and Social Practice at Portland State University. I also serve as the Exhibitions Director at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. I make site specific collaborative projects that carve out space within institutions and communities to facilitate uncommon conversations, critical dialogue, and poetic reimagining.
I’m currently working to facilitate an ongoing artist residency for incarcerated artists at a minimum security men’s prison. I also produce socially engaged print publications under the imprint Sunday Painter Press.
Learn More: www.spencerbyrne-seres.info
Lori Gilbert is an artist and educator who lives and works in Portland, OR. Gilbert explores language and nature in her drawings and prints. In addition to drawing, she enjoys working with process, typography and multiples. Gilbert is fascinated with the translation from digital formats to analog, and vice versa. In her free time, she cares for her indoor plants, vegetable garden and chickens, and also is an avid hiker, backpacker and climber.
She received her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art Practice at Portland State University and her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Sonoma State University.
Learn More: www.lorirgilbert.com
Zeph Fishlyn (pronouns they/them) is a multidisciplinary visual artist dedicated to personal and collective storytelling as nonlinear tools for reinventing our world. Zeph’s participatory projects, drawings, objects and installations nurture alternative narratives by questioning, dreaming, distorting, celebrating and demanding. Their most recent work explores absurdity, embodiment, intimacy and playfulness as sources of resilience and creative subterfuge.
Amanda Leigh Evans
Amanda Leigh Evans was raised in the Inland Empire and in rural Nevada County, CA. She lives in Portland, OR. Evans and her neighbors co-facilitate The Living School of Art, an artist collective and alternative art school centering around ancestral and domestic creative practices, which is located in their apartment complex in East Portland, OR. She also manages programs at the King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA), a contemporary art museum run by kids in a Pre K – 5th public school. She also teaches social practice, foundations, and professional practices courses at Portland State University (PSU).
Evans has been a member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, and Play the LA River, a year-long project chronicling the politics of a public space and nature in Los Angeles. She has presented work and publications at MOCA, the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She is the recipient of Artplace America, the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize and the Precipice Fund. Evans holds an MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University and a Post-Bac in Ceramics from Cal State Long Beach.
Learn more: www.amandaleighevans.com
Anna Gray has worked in an artistic collaboration with Ryan Wilson Paulsen since 2009. Together they make project-based work, using art as an extended form of study and a testing ground for ideas about language, politics, and social life. Utilizing a range of media and contexts, their pieces and projects are often grounded in translating the individual act of reading into a collective and visual one. Their work has appeared in many public places as well as at institutions such as The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL); The San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA); SPACES (Cleveland, OH); Locust Projects (Miami, FL); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); and on the pages of NOON Literary Annual.
In addition to teaching at PSU, they enjoy growing things and spending time with their son, (a sometimes chipmunk by the name of Nutmeg Elements Bridger).
Learn more: www.ryannaprojects.com