Events - Southeast Campus

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

Southeast CampusLocated at 2305 SE 82nd and Division, the Southeast Campus is a modern, new facility that was built with bonds approved by district residents in 2000.

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Monday, May 7

Speaker MindsSpeaker Minds - Hip Hop Music Performance

11:30am -12:30pm, Mt. Tabor Great Hall

Prepare to get your groove on with Speaker Minds' soulful, high energy brand of Hip Hop. The band features 6 diverse musical talents including Portland's own veteran emcee Diezel P and the lovely vocal stylings of LeNeya Luck.

Tuesday, May 8

Bottom Line Duo - Music Performance

11:30am -12:30pm, Mt. Tabor Great Hall

With humor bordering on outright comedy Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland deliver a program with roots in chamber music and an amazing repertoire of modern and popular sounds. As the only full-length bass and cello duo show in the world, these accomplished artists prove chamber music is accessible to all by breaking down common stereotypes.

Mike CrockerMike Crocker - Photography Presentation and Discussion

2pm - 3pm, Mt. Tabor 146

Mike Crocker's photography explores the central theme of impermanence. One of his primary intentions with his imagery is to capture sights typically considered banal or grotesque, and present them in a manner that instead arrests and entices the eye.

In addition to his personal work, Mike has produced images used in album art for a variety of bands and has shown his photos in galleries throughout the Portland area. He will be presenting selections from his portfolio as well as discussing the philosophies behind his approach.

Wednesday, May 9

Kate FenkerMulti-Disciplinary Art Demo Fair

11am - 1pm, Mt. Tabor Great Hall

Featuring Yuji Hiratsuka, Richard Brandt, Ben Bush, Kate Fenker and Patrick Gracewood

Five talented visual artists from a variety of disciplines will demonstrate their process in an informal fair in the Great Hall. Come ask questions, chat with the artists or just watch them do their thing.

Art Beat's 2012 Featured Artist Yuji Hiratsuka demonstrates 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.

Richard Brandt's demonstration will break preconceptions about clay, art and the role of the artist's body in creation and expression. He will explore the idea that curiosity is more valuable than creativity to the student, artist and scientist. Stepping outside the ranks of the predictable and the redundant is the artist's job. How else can we avoid the mistakes of the past? Who else will discover the way?

Zinester Ben Bush will demonstrate the process of inking a penciled comics page and making corrections. See all the stages to produce a completed comics page from start to finish. Completed original art and zines will also be on display.

Kate Fenker works in stop-motion animation and abstract artworks from fashion materials. Fenker will be showing stop-motion animated video, and related mixed media sculpture. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at animatable objects, and see them come to life in video, as well as non-animating sculptures which suggest process and movement by the way they are made. She is happy to talk about the work and invites the viewers to ask questions.

GracewoodSculptor Patrick Gracewood will demonstrate his nature-inspired carving and guide participants in creating their own intaglio relief on a blank plaster stamp. Those who join get to take their stamp home with them!

Thursday, May 10

Gemini - Salsa Lesson

10:30am -11:15am, Mt. Tabor Great Hall

Gemini has a deep passion for salsa music and dance. He grew up watching his mother dance salsa and learning from her. He has been traveling and competing internationally since 2004 and is the undefeated Portland salsa champion. Come learn the basic salsa moves and then stay for the band at 11:30!

Cuba Ache - Music Performance

11:30am -12:30pm, Mt. Tabor Great Hall

The infectious rhythms of Cuba Ache bring an authentic Cuban dance party to PCC. With Aquiles Montas on timbales, Chris Azorr on piano, Jaime Johnson on congas, and Isa Perez on lead vocals, it is impossible to sit still. Take the salsa lesson just before and then try out your new moves!

Ismet Prcic - Literature Discussion and Workshop

1:30pm -2:30pm, Mt. Tabor 125

"In human matters everything is fiction." This is the theme of Izmet "Izzy" Prcic's Art Beat discussion. He will read from his recent novel Shards and discuss his writing process. Participants will take part in an exercise to help them discover ways to express their own stories.

Izzy was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina and immigrated to the US in 1996. He was the recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction and is also a 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellow.


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