Events - Rock Creek Campus

Come and join in the celebration: May 7 - May 11, 2012

Rock Creek CampusLocated at 17705 NW Springville Rd., the Rock Creek Campus is a spacious, 256-acre campus in the high-tech corridor near Hillsboro

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Rock Creek Annual Student Exhibition

Bldg 3, Helzer Gallery, M-F 9am - 5pm

Please visit the Helzer Gallery to view the work of Rock Creek art students in our annual juried exhibition. Awards ceremony and reception will be held Thursday at 3pm.

Monday, May 7

Mark Andres and Chris Knight - Collaborative Painting Demonstration

10am - 2pm, Bldg 2 Commons

Rock Creek Art faculty Chris Knight and Mark Andres create a large collaborative painting in public from scratch over the course of three days using a diverse range of source materials and modes.

Opening Reception

1:30pm - 2pm, Bldg 3 Commons

Come celebrate the opening of Art Beat at Rock Creek with light refreshments followed by Featured Artist Yuji Hiratsuka's lecture and presentation of the Featured Art to the campus at 2pm.

Yuji Hiratsuka - Featured Artist Presentation

2pm - 3pm, Bldg 3 Forum

Join as this year's Featured Artist Yuji Hiratsuka discusses his intaglio printmaking process involving etching, drypoint, softground and roulette on a copper plate. Hiratsuka states, "Although my artwork is mainly considered representational, I deal with more metaphorical aspects rather than realistic physical evidence. The human bodies which are often simplified, exaggerated, and /or distorted along with other elements-- fruit, vegetables, furniture, animals, etc.--have been my most recent focus. I am interested in expressing human conditions such as mood, feeling and thought through ambiguous and whimsical figures."

Yuji Hiratsuka was born 1954 in Osaka, Japan. He was first educated in art at Osaka Ichiritsu Kogei High School (Osaka Municipal High School of Art & Industry) and then Tokyo Gakugei University (Tokyo Teachers' University). After receiving a B.S. in Art Education from the University in 1978, Hiratsuka taught art at several high and junior high schools in Osaka. In 1985 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate degrees in printmaking at New Mexico State University (MA) and Indiana University (MFA). Since 1987 Hiratsuka has been teaching printmaking and drawing at several universities. He currently serves as a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Hiratsuka's graphic work has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has received numerous awards in international competitions including most recently the Equal Prize at Majdanek 2000, VI International Art Triennial, Lublin, Poland. During the last five years he has had 13 solo shows in the United States, and international solo shows in Seoul, Korea; Quebec, Canada and Lisburn, N. Ireland.

Hiratsuka's work is in included in many public collection including The British Museum, UK; Tokyo Central Museum, Japan; Panstwowe Museum, Poland; The House of Humor and Satire, Bulgaria; Cincinnati Art Museum and Cleveland Art Museum, OH; Portland Art Museum, OR; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C;. and New York Public Library, NY.

Tuesday, May 8

Mark Andres and Chris Knight - Collaborative Painting Demonstration

10am - 2pm, Bldg 2 Commons

Rock Creek Art faculty Chris Knight and Mark Andres create a large collaborative painting in public from scratch over the course of three days using a diverse range of source materials and modes.

Visual Arts Fair Featuring Michael Robinson, Nancy Prior, Michelle Liccardo, and Richey Bellinger.

10am - 2pm, Bldg 3 Fountain Mall

Michael Robinson: Portland based ceramicist Michael Robinson demonstrates his "Urban Wood-fire Kiln." His hand-built kiln uses wood ash and salt to create beautiful one-of-a-kind surfaces. Tuesday the kiln will be loaded and fired all day. Wednesday afternoon, stop by to see the results.

Nancy Prior: Stop by to try your hand at printmaking with local artist Nancy Prior. She will be demonstrating intaglio (etching) printmaking and chine colle (collage) techniques. Nancy is the proprietor of No. 2 Print Shop in SE Portland and has had a recent solo exhibition at The Alexander Gallery in Oregon City.

Michelle Liccardo: Join in the fun as Michelle Liccardo creates a sculpture of the Musicians of Bremen, a Brothers Grimm folktale based on the story of four animals who leave their homes to live without owners and to become musicians. Visitors are welcome to participate in the construction.

Richey Bellinger: Join PCC Rock Creek Ceramics instructor Richey Bellinger for a wheel throwing demonstration. Richey has been working in clay for more than 40 years and is represented by The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon.

The Randy Porter Trio - Lunchtime Music

12:30pm -1:30pm, Bldg 3 Fountain Mall

Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, "Porter has built a reputation as a musician's musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…"

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their "Sing in Swing" tour.

Porter has toured Europe with bassist David Friesen and has performed on several recordings with Friesen. Friesen's 2001 Trio CD, Name of a Woman , received 4 stars from Downbeat in June of 2002 and featured Porter as pianist and composer. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli; Porter's pianistic contributions can be heard on Vannelli's CD's, Yonder Tree, Slow Love and Canto.

Forum on the Arts

Featuring Jason Palmer, Ben Buswell, Elizabeth Knight, Randy Porter and Andrea Niemiec

2pm - 3pm, Bldg 3 TLC Room 102

Join artists, writers and musicians for informal discussions about their craft and professional practice. Tuesday: "The Myth of the Artist's Life", a discussion on the difference between the myth and reality of the artist's life. Panelists: Jason Palmer - Musician, Elizabeth Knight - Writer, Randy Porter - Musician, Andrea Niemiec - Musician and Ben Buswell - Visual Artist.

Rock Creek Faculty Reading

7pm -8:30pm, Bldg 3 TLC Room 102

Join as Rock Creek's creative writing faculty members read from their recent works. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, May 9

Mark Andres and Chris Knight - Collaborative Painting Demonstration

10am - 2pm, Bldg 2 Commons

Rock Creek Art faculty Chris Knight and Mark Andres create a large collaborative painting in public from scratch over the course of three days using a diverse range of source materials and modes.

Visual Arts Fair

10am - 2pm, Bldg 3 Fountain Mall

Featuring Roxanne and Mike McGovern, Nora Lehmann and Petra Sairanen, Brad McLemore, and Michael Robinson

Roxanne and Mike McGovern: Stop by to see local printmakers Owl Cat Ink as they create mixed media mono-prints focusing on relief processes combined with other 2D media. Owl Cat Ink is the collaborative printmaking team of Roxanne and Michael McGovern who combine diverse aesthetics, concepts, and processes. Pulling from a large library of images, Owl Cat Ink explores ideas of memories, mortality, spirits, ghosts, family, and cultural history.

Nora Lehmann and Petra Sairanen: Join painters Nora Lehmann and Petra Sairanen in the playful Surrealist parlor game "Exquisite Corpses". Drop by and collaborate in creating large drawings of strange beasts and curious creatures. No drawing experience necessary.

Brad McLemore: Join artist and teacher Brad McLemore for a clay casting and handbuilding demonstration. Brad has exhibited locally and nationally and has been featured in Clay Times magazine.

Michael Robinson: Portland based ceramicist Michael Robinson will be demonstrating his "Urban Wood-fire Kiln." His hand-built kiln uses wood ash and salt to create beautiful one-of-a-kind surfaces. Tuesday the kiln will be loaded and fired all day. Wednesday afternoon stop by to see the results.

RhodaRhoda Fleischman - Ceramics Demonstration

10am - 12pm, Bldg 3 Room 125

Rhoda Fleischmann demonstrates her unique process of combining wheel thrown and hand built clay elements in her sculptural and functional vessels. Rhoda has exhibited regionally and internationally and is currently the President of the Oregon Potter's Association.

Dialeto Brasileiro - Lunchtime Music

12:30pm -1:30pm, Bldg 3 Fountain Mall

Dialeto Brasileiro is a Brazilian Jazz Trio that fuses bossa-nova, samba and baiao in a "jazzistic" play. They formed in mid-2002 in the city of Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their initial idea was simply to improve their own musicianship. But, by the following year, the group enrolled in the Rio de Janeiro phase of the National Instrumentalists' Contest and then went on to win the Cascavel Jazz Festival.

Dialeto Brasileiro has come to be well known for its solid work in the Rio de Janeiro instrumental music scenario and for its work in instrumental music events and MPB shows in several Brazilian cities as well.

After moving to the U.S. in 2009, bassist Wagner Trindade and pianist Cassio Vianna have re-formed Dialeto Brasileiro with drummer Jason Palmer, a native Oregonian.

Forum on the Arts Featuring

Jessica Johnson, Ryan Burghard, Wagner Trindade, and Cassio Vianna

2pm - 3pm, Bldg 3 TLC Room 102

Join artists, writers and musicians for informal discussions about their craft and professional practice. Wednesday: "Community and Collaboration," a discussion on the value of working with other artists to develop their work and refine their craft. Panelists: Jessica Johnson - Author, Ryan Burghard - Visual Artist, Wagner Trindade - Musician and Cassio Vianna - Musician.

Thursday, May 10

The Eventuals - Lunchtime Music

12:30pm -1:30pm, Bldg 3 Fountain Mall

The Eventuals' songs range from sludgy power pop to orchestral ballads. Most build from a foundation of psychedelic folk. The Eventuals employ instrumentation such as cello, trumpet, classical guitar, percussions and synthesizers. Their lyrics are often surreal and allegorical. The Eventuals formed in 2010 to give a full live sound to Christopher Buckingham's self produced songs. They have performed at Swift Lounge, The Waypost, Backspace, Someday Lounge, Launchpad Gallery, Jade Lounge and a number of alternative spaces in Portland, OR.

Forum on the Arts Featuring

Loretta Stinson, Mark Andres, and Richey Bellinger

2pm - 3pm, Bldg 3 TLC Room 102

Join artists, writers and musicians for informal discussions about their craft and professional practice. Thursday: "Originality and Influence", a discussion on the influence of other artists and how one's individual artistic sense is defined. Panelists: Loretta Stinson - Author, Mark Andres - Visual Artist and Richey Bellinger - Visual Artist.

Rock Creek Closing Reception

Award Presentations and Choir and Club performances

3pm - 5pm, Bldg 3 Commons

Join Rock Creek faculty and students as we wrap up Art Beat 2012. Come see the Rock Creek Student Art Exhibition, performances by the Rock Creek choir and student clubs as well as readings by student writers. Yearly awards for Music and Visual Arts will be presented and refreshments will be served.


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