The Sustainable Feast

The 39th annual Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2022: The Sustainable Feast, presents artworks from Northwest artists responding to numerous topics related to food production and consumption.  Working closely with Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland, this statewide touring exhibition aims to explore the importance of sustainability, diversity, and innovation in our food system.

This year’s open call received an astounding response.  The five person blind jury (artist names removed from jurying materials) were presented with an incredible range of mediums, topics, and ideas related the theme.  With limited exhibition space, the jurors’ careful selections for inclusion in the competition and tour strives to captivate, as well as educate.

As a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences at Oregon’s Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant institution, the College of Agricultural Sciences encourages diverse points of view and for nearly 40 years has invested in visual arts as an important part of its mission.

As the founding College of the state’s land grant university, it is dedicated to serving all Oregonians. As champions of science, the College of Agricultural Sciences embraces differences to find common ground and create opportunity – committed each day to make tomorrow better.

Featured artwork:  Lisa Brinkman, Water Mandala, 2021. Eco-prints of sumac, eucalyptus, geranium, and maple on raw silk canvas, cold wax and oils. 40” x 30” 

Participating Artists

  • Crista Ames
  • Toni Avery
  • Craig J. Barber
  • Robin Becic
  • Rich Bergeman
  • A.Kimberlin Blackburn
  • Gretchen Bracher
  • Julia Bradshaw
  • Lisa Brinkman
  • Katy Cauker
  • Karen Cunagin
  • Linda Devenow
  • Tallmadge Doyle
  • James Erickson
  • Sally Finch
  • Andries Fourie
  • Tatiana Garmendia
  • Carly Garzon Vargas
  • Carrie Clegg Gilbert
  • Mabel Astarloa Haley
  • Priscilla Hanson
  • Phyllis Helland
  • Jeff Hollenbeck
  • Robin Hostick
  • Hsin-Yi Huang
  • Charlie Hyman
  • Richard Keis
  • Kitty Kingston
  • Herman Krieger
  • Betty LaDuke
  • Sheryl LeBlanc
  • Bill Marshall
  • Emily Jung Miller
  • Loren Nelson
  • Nancy Peterfreund
  • Jan Roberts-Dominguez
  • Erik Sandgren
  • Josh Sands
  • Dave Schaerer
  • Sally Sellers
  • Carol Shenk
  • Deb Stoner
  • Dee Vadnais
  • Angelyn Christy Voss
  • Liz Walker
  • Euphemia Wesley
  • Kimberly Wurster

Calendar

(All dates are subject to change due to the COVID-19 situation.)

May 10 – June 15:

Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center,
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Website
541-737-2402

Reception: Thursday May 26, 5:00 – 7:30pm

July 1 – July 30:

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
Baker City, OR
Website
541-523-5369

Reception: Friday July 1, 5:30 – 8:00pm

August 5 – September 30:

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center
Newport, OR
Website
541-265-7509

Reception: Friday August 5, 5:00 – 7:30pm

August 6 – August 27:

Supporting exhibition at Newport Visual Arts Center’s Upstairs Gallery
Newport, OR
Website
541-265-6540

Reception: Friday August 5, 2:00 – 4:30pm

Jurors

Helen Liu

Helen Liu was born in Taiwan and raised on a chicken farm in the southern part of the island. Since leaving the country with her parents in 1972, she lived in Jakarta and Bangkok and eventually came to study at the University of Oregon in 1977. Upon graduating from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, she worked in design firms in Portland and Eugene. After the birth of her daughter in 1994, Helen worked from home.

Since 2013, Helen began using waste plastic bags generated from her own household as well as coffee bags from local coffee shops like Allan Bros. and Starbucks, most of them laminates with a thin aluminum layer, which makes recycling them nearly impossible. Over the next 8 years, Helen’s art has focused on using these non-recyclable plastic waste. The largest one of the works from this period was Plastic Waste to Art Quilt, 40ft x 12ft, funded in part by the Springfield Arts Commission and displayed at the Academy of Arts and Academics in downtown Springfield on Earth Day 2021. Helen is also involved in a Plastic to Fuel project with Prof. Skip Rochefort at Oregon State University working toward creating a small-scale, neighborhood-size plastic recycling machine that will turn #2, 4, and 5 plastics into farm-grade diesel.

Helen’s project in 2021 involves locally sourced wool from small farmers whom she personally knows, and dye plants grown in her garden. The fleece is cleaned, dyed and spun into yarn with a Navajo spindle and then woven.

With Prof. Ellen Johnston Laing, Helen co-authored Up in Flames: the Ephemeral Art of Pasted-Paper Sculpture in Taiwan, which was based on Helen’s MA thesis and published by Stanford University Press in 2004.

 

Yelena Nowak

As the head of the Oregon Trawl Commission, Yelena represents the interests of Oregon trawl fishermen, working to enhance the image of the industry and increase opportunities for its profitability. With a Masters degree in International Management from Portland State University and a background in both public and private sectors, Yelena's experience is centered around various areas of business, including trade development, marketing, global supply chain management as well as international trade and compliance. Prior to joining the commercial fishing industry, Yelena worked at the Oregon Department of Agriculture in its Market Access Program.

 

Dr. Dave Stone

Dr. Dave Stone is a Professor in Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University.  His expertise is in emerging food technologies, food safety and risk analysis. Dr. Stone Directs the OSU Food Innovation Center, an agricultural experiment station in downtown Portland with the mission to support food and beverage companies across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Dr. Stone is engaged with diverse clients across the globe to develop advance sustainable agriculture and safe foods. He has served on several regional and national expert panels to address topics on food safety, community development and toxicology. 

Amanda Triplett

Using primarily recycled textiles, Amanda Triplett creates craft-based fiber sculpture, performance, and installation about human relationships to biological and cultural narratives. Amanda studied art and art history at Sarah Lawrence College, graduating in 2004.  She shows her work all over the West Coast including The Bush Barn Art Center (Salem, OR), Museum of the Oregon Territory (Oregon City, OR), the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, COCA (Seattle, WA), Art House Gallery (Berkeley, CA), Ford Gallery (Portland, OR), Paragon Gallery (Portland, OR).

Amanda was a 2016 Glean artist-in-resident, where she was given access to the Portland dump to glean waste materials to make sculpture and installation. She was awarded the 2020 Betty Brose and Margaret Hogg Art About Agriculture Purchase Award for her piece Cell Wall. In 2021, she received a RACC MAKE|LEARN|BUILD grant to create an installation about climate change. She is the 2022 Artist in Residency at Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, WA and is a member of Shift Gallery in Seattle. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

 

Ana Varas

Ana Varas, PhD in Art History, specializes on tracking community-driven art practices that address pressing socio-political and ecological. Her research aims to understand the different levels in which engaged art operates in relation to aesthetic imperatives, institutional demands, socioeconomic and environmental ramifications and its political efficacy. She currently works as the Arts Project Coordinator for Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture (PMRCAA) where she oversees the Artist in Residency program. Operated by the Roundhouse Foundation, PMRCAA is a working ranch that strives to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures to find creative solutions to unique challenges and foster positive change. Its residency program invites artists, scientists, and scholars to explore nature, land conservation, historic preservation, agriculture, and community building while staying at and contributing to the ranch.  The Roundhouse Foundation supports Oregon rural communities and the creativity, problem solving, and economic success that fosters positive change for sustained sense of place.

Ana Varas, PhD in Art History, specializes on tracking community-driven art practices that address pressing socio-political and ecological. Her research aims to understand the different levels in which engaged art operates in relation to aesthetic imperatives, institutional demands, socioeconomic and environmental ramifications and its political efficacy. She currently works as the Arts Project Coordinator for Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture (PMRCAA) where she oversees the Artist in Residency program. Operated by the Roundhouse Foundation, PMRCAA is a working ranch that strives to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures to find creative solutions to unique challenges and foster positive change. Its residency program invites artists, scientists, and scholars to explore nature, land conservation, historic preservation, agriculture, and community building while staying at and contributing to the ranch.  The Roundhouse Foundation supports Oregon rural communities and the creativity, problem solving, and economic success that fosters positive change for sustained sense of place.

Thank you Donors, Patrons, and Volunteers!

Tina Green-Price and Mary McKillop
The LaSells Stewart Center / Giustina Gallery

Jerri Bartholomew, Gretchen Bracher, Mary Corp, Heidi Happonen, and Russell Karow
2022 Art About Agriculture Advisory Council

Betty Brose
The Betty Brose Art About Agriculture Fund

Gene and Cande Buccola
The Gene and Cande Buccola Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

Stella and James Coakley
The Sheldon L. Ladd Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

William Cook and Gwil Evans
The Roy D. Nielsen Art About Agriculture Award Fund

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Brenda and Gordon Hood
The Brenda and Gordon Hood Art About Agriculture Fund

Margaret Hogg
The Margaret Hogg Memorial Art About Agriculture Fund

Lamb Foundation
The Paul and Reese Lamb Memorial Art About Agriculture Award Fund

Helen Liu
Juror

Newport Visual Arts Center

Yelena Nowak
Juror, Oregon Trawl Commission

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Lincoln County Historical Society

Roundhouse Foundation
The Roundhouse Foundation Purchase Award

Staci Simonich
Office of the Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

David Stone
Juror, Food Innovation Center, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Gayle Strome
The Carey L. and Glen S. Strome Agricultural Art Memorial Purchase Award Fund

Amanda Triplett
Juror

Ana Varas
Juror, Roundhouse Foundation