The Legendary Art Gym Comes to Oregon College of Art and Craft

July 27, 2018

Effective October 1, Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) will be the new home of the storied Art Gym (TAG). With the closing of Marylhurst University, all Art Gym operations, collections, and upcoming exhibitions will move to the OCAC campus.  Most importantly, the mission and intellectual property of TAG and its staff will move to OCAC to continue the long-standing commitment to artists in the region.  

“We at OCAC are extremely proud to integrate the mission of the Art Gym into the cultural life of our campus and to continue the Art Gym’s rich history of supporting the artists of the Pacific Northwest,” said Denise Mullen, President of OCAC.  The Art Gym mission fits perfectly with OCAC’s historic educational mission to reflect current trends and conversations in the visual arts and expand the critical discourse around craft, art and making for the community at large.  

To ensure the continuity of mission and purpose, The Art Gym staff will move to OCAC. “Directing The Art Gym at Marylhurst University has been a tremendous privilege,” Ashley Stull Meyers, Director and Curator of TAG, said. “Although we are sad to leave this historic space behind, I very much look forward to continuing The Art Gym’s mission and legacy in Portland for years to come with OCAC’s invaluable support.” 

OCAC’s Hoffman Gallery, named for Julia Hoffman, who, in 1907, founded the precursor of today’s Oregon College of Art and Craft, has a tradition of featuring the work of regional, national and international artists and makers, including special exhibits featuring students and faculty.  On October 1, the Hoffman Gallery will become The Art Gym. After that date, all future exhibits will be held in the newly relocated Art Gym, and a full calendar of events will be posted at www.ocac.edu/galleries/ArtGym.

 

About The Art Gym
The Art Gym is nationally recognized as a vehicle for the contemporary art practices of the Pacific Northwest. Its ambitious exhibitions by emerging and established artists have created the standard for culturally significant art in our region, primarily focused on (but not limited to) the makerships of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Our mission is to support a diverse group of artists working in thoughtful, experimental, and critically engaged ways through exhibitions, performances, publications and adaptable opportunities for public engagement.

The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial arts venue that supports artists in creating ambitious and risk-taking projects at various stages in their careers. The diverse exhibitions and projects produced for The Art Gym provide a context for the region’s makership through public programs and catalogs that situate them among national conversations in contemporary art. Examples include the production of new bodies of work, group exhibitions that broaden and deepen connections for Pacific Northwest artists, and the presentation of installation or processed-based works that unfold over an a-typical duration.

Art Gym catalogs are one of the greatest historical records of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest. Accessible to historians, students and the public, this body of knowledge contributes to an invaluable archive of ingenuity and craftsmanship throughout the region. In addition to producing custom printed catalogs for each exhibition, our website offers free downloads of all publications. The Art Gym is committed to making knowledge accessible and connecting artists and community. We host public receptions, lectures, forums, and tours led by professional artists, curators, and critics in order to create a platform for viewers to engage in discussions of contemporary art.

 

About OCAC
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has earned a reputation as a leading college of art and craft in the United States. Known for its exceptional faculty of artists, writers and makers, the uniquely small, mentor-based community is comprised of 150 to 200 students who pursue full-time Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree programs, in addition to the 2,500 to 3,000 students enrolled annually in youth and adult offerings and the special programs. The College also serves 50,000 visitors each year through lectures, presentations and exhibitions in the Hoffman Gallery. Founded in 1907 by Julia Hoffman, today OCAC is a principal center for learning and engaging the Portland ethos of the small batch, hand-made, environmentally sound, and ethically entrepreneurial.