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CLA This Week — 9/23/19


Monday, Sept. 23

CLA Day 2019 — Program, 3-5 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Reception, 5-6:30 p.m., SEC Plaza. Please join us!

Tuesday, Sept. 24

OSU Marching Band — “Friends and Family Show” will take place at 7 p.m. at Reser Stadium. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 26

Vocal Masterclass — With soprano Yvonne Redman. 7 p.m., Community Hall 303, 1650 SW Pioneer Place. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 27

The Vocal Instrument and Best Practices — A guest lecture with soprano Yvonne Redman. Community Hall 202, 1650 SW Pioneer Place. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Visiting Writers Series Jia Tolentino, author of “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” (Random House, 2019), will read at The Black Box Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 


Shepard (Shep) Levine, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, died peacefully at his home of sixty years in Corvallis, Oregon on June 4, 2019. He was 92. He began teaching at Oregon State College (later University) in the Art Department in 1954. Spurred by his passions for education, painting and people, he would remain an active and esteemed member of the faculty for 37 years. He will be lovingly remembered as a caring husband, father and grandfather, and for his remarkable contributions as a teacher, mentor, friend and irrepressible storyteller. He leaves his daughter, Kate, and son-in-law Marc; his son, Josh, and daughter-in-law Annette; and his grandsons, Samuel and Dorian Poitau-Levine. Read more about Professor Levine here.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Music instructor Jan Michael Looking Wolf was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by One World Music Radio in early-September. He was one of 20 finalists for the award, which was decided in part via a worldwide vote. 

Music intructor Allison Johnson’s composition “This Is Me in Transition” for flute and piano was performed by the Calliope Duo (Elizabeth McNutt and Shannon Wettstein Sadler) in June at the China-ASEAN Music Festival at the Guangxi Arts University in Nanning, China. 

Professor of Music Steven Zielke and music instructor Nicola Zielke lead a tour of 352 high school student musicians from more than 100 Oregon high schools on a European tour as part of the Oregon Ambassadors of Music program, with band and choir concerts in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. Prior to embarking on the tour, the students rehearsed for several days on the Oregon State University campus.

The “Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West” exhibition at the High Desert Museum in Bend, which included music instructor Dana Reason’s recent composition “She Breathes Water” was awarded the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence from the Western Museums Association. The exhibition, which is on display through September 28, also features works by Bend Creative Laureate Jason Graham (a.k.a. MOsley WOtta), Klamath Modoc visual artist Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, and the Eugene-based mixed media art collective Harmonic Laboratory. 

Guitar instructor Cameron O’Connor had a busy summer concertizing across North America. O’Connor performed in concert with Ensemble Ari and Ensemble Demitasse in Los Angeles; as a featured guest artist at the Ventura County Guitar Society in Ventura where he premiered his “Perturbation Variations”; in Ottawa, Canada where he performed his “Three Northwestern Scences” at the 21st Century Guitar Symposium; recitals in San Diego and Los Angeles with flutist Michael Matsuno; a duo recital in Ashland, Oregon as part of the Treehouse Concert Series; and on banjo, mandolin and bass in a production of “Chicago” at the Golden Performing Arts Center. Awards and accolades include his “Perturbation Variations” being chosen as Outstanding Winner at the 5th International Composition Competition at the Changsha Guitar Festival in Changsha, China and his early music ensemble L.A. Camerata being chosen as winner of the Beverly Hills National Audition.

Flute instructor Jill Pauls and clarinet instructor Carol Robe performed in the orchestra for 16 shows of the Broadway tour of “Wicked” at the Hult Center in Eugene.

Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts Charlotte Headrick gave a presentation as part of the WIC 25th Teaching Showcase, “The Writing Intensive Program:  Transforming my Teaching” on May 21 at the Memorial Union. Additionally, she was the narrator for a new performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” with a live orchestra with the Willamette Apprentice Ballet at Corvallis High School on June 1.

Assistant Professor Emily Yates-Doerr and Associate Professor Kenneth Maes, both of anthropology, have co-authored an entry on “Global Health” for the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology (online/open-access). Available at: http://www.anthroencyclopedia.com/entry/global-health

Yates-Doerr has also authored a public opinion piece on school shootings for the magazine “Sapiens.” You can read this at this link: https://www.sapiens.org/body/gun-research-ban/

Instructor of History Linda Richards organized and participated in this year’s Peace Gathering Memorializing the Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombings and Pacific Northwest Interfaith Walk for Global Nuclear Disarmament. She was also involved in collaboratively writing the language for the Senate Joint Memorial 5 (SJM 5) that was approved by Oregon’s House of Representatives on June 24. The Memorial helps to align Oregon with the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Associate Professor of History Stacey Smith won the inaugural American Historical Association/Pacific Coast Branch’s Distinguished Service Award. Part of the award is a lifetime membership to the AHA as the prize.

Professor of Philosophy Shari Clough and student Sophia Betts received the Honors College DeLoach Scholarship for their work on peace literacy workshops this summer.  

The 2019 Ideologies and U.S. Foreign Policy Conference organized by Associate Professor of History Christopher McKnight Nichols was featured in OSU’s The Stater.

Associate Professor of Art Julia Bradshaw has work in four exhibitions. At the Truckenbrod Gallery in Corvallis, Bradshaw is exhibiting her new work “Survey” which is an imaginative response to historical astrophotography images and the use of scientific annotations and language. In addition, she is taking part in three group exhibitions. Her artist book “Flying” was selected for the First Annual Photobook Exhibition at the Los Angeles Center for Photography. Her work was selected for the exhibition Alternative Visions at Lightbox Gallery in Astoria. And she is taking part in the Society for Photographic Educators Northwest regional photography exhibition in Fairfax, Alaska. 

Art instructors John Whitten and Katherine Spinella have work in an exhibition called “Thunderstruck,” at Carnation Contemporary in Portland,  September 7-29. This exhibition has been funded at various stages of the project by an Oregon State University CLA Faculty Research award, and grants from the Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Oregon Arts Commission. 

Assistant Professor of Photography Kerry Skarbakka’s new piece is discussed by Art in America contributing editor, Eleanor Heartney, in her essay for the exhibition catalog, “Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” at the Toledo Museum of Art. Skarbakka’s work, “American Muscle: 2010 Dodge Challenger” © 2018, is a life-sized photograph of the undercarriage of the same make, model, and year of car driven by the white supremacist who ran down Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, VA during the Unite the Right Rally in 2017.

Theatre instructor DeMara Cabrera is the Costume Designer for Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s production of “The Cake,” which runs from September 27- October 13.  

Art Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art History Kirsi Peltomäki has a plate essay in the recent book “Among Others: Blackness at MoMA.” This publication by the Museum of Modern Art in New York features nearly 200 works in the Museum’s collection by 132 black artists from around the world, as well as a selection of works by nonblack artists dealing with race and race-related subjects. Peltomäki’s text discusses Fred Wilson’s “Art in Our Time” (1998), a site-specific artwork that Wilson made for the 1999 exhibition “The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect.” 

Art instructor Michael Boonstra organized a collaborative Gray Space Project event in August that featured his own creative work, writing from “Carbon” (a Signal Fire publication), artist talks from Leah Wilson and OSU faculty Andrew Myers, and an installation by OSU student Hunter Keller. The event took place on public land in the Fall Creek Recreation Area, on the edge of the Clark Fire burn site, and focused on our relationship to landscape and fire. More information about Gray Space Project and Signal Fire can be found here.

Professor of Art Julie Green’s mid-career retrospective opened last week at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in LA county. “Flown Blue” runs through February and includes 800 plates from “The Last Supper,” selections from “First Meal,” “My New Blue Friend” and “Fashion Plate.”  In addition, “First Meal” paintings are on view at Upfor Backroom in Portland through late September. Green presented artist talks at AMOCA on September 14 and at Upfor on August 8. “First Meal” began when Green was as a 2018-2019 Center for the Humanities Fellow in collaboration with The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University.

Art instructor Andrew Myers has a show, “Drawing Constructions,” at CEI ArtWorks Gallery, 408 SW Monroe, Corvallis, September 19-October 14.

Professor of French and Francophone Studies Nabil Boudraa is a guest on BBC’s program “The Forum” devoted to the life and works of the French-Algerian writer, Albert Camus. This show, “Albert Camus: Embracing life’s absurdity” on the intellectual journey of Algeria’s great novelist and philosopher  is now live and will air for the next few days.

Hundere Chair Courtney Campbell’s new book “Bearing Witness: Religious Meanings in Bioethics” is now available from Cascade Books.

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