Conversation on Craft: The Return

April 27, 2019
with Brian Gillis, JP Reuer, Stephanie Syjuco & Jeanne Medina
Conversation on Craft: The Return

Visiting Assistant Professor, Fibers Department2019 Conversation on Craft
Community Forum

Join us on the OCAC Campus for the 2019 Conversation on Craft—sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation. This year's forward–thinking conversation features a Community Forum on Saturday, April 27, at 4:00 PM in the Drawing, Painting & Photography (DPP) Building, followed by a party. Be a part of a future–oriented discussion on the meaning and place of Craft in contemporary art and society. FREE + open to the public!

Please Note: The Friday Lecture has been cancelled.
Community Forum:
Saturday, April 27 | 4–6 PM
Discussion: 4–5:30 PM
Q+A: 5:30–6:00 PM
Party on the DPP Balcony: 6–8 PM

Guest Panelists: Brian Gillis, JP Reuer, Stephanie Syjuco, and Jeanne Medina
Moderator: Stephanie Snyder
OCAC Campus: Drawing + Pianting Studio; DPP Building
Stephanie Snyder
Anne and John Hauberg Director and Curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery; Reed College.
Guest Panelists:
Brian Gillis
Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics; University of Oregon
Brian Gillis examines relevant socio-cultural issues as consequent evidence of particular historic moments by exposing their genesis, chronology, and related outcomes. He is interested in history as both an archive and a mine; as that which can chronicle and act as a catalyst for the reconsideration of one’s world. Gillis's work uses a variety production strategies and conceptual approaches, which often draw content from specific sites and related institutions. He is currently the Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics at the University of Oregon. MORE >>
JP Reuer
Owner, JP Reuer, Architect PA
Founding Chair, MFA Applied Craft + Design Program
JP Reuer is Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a program collaboratively developed and offered jointly by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is a LEED accredited architect and licensed general contractor, and has lived and worked on projects in New York, Montreal, Halifax, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, and Doha, Qatar. Since establishing his own practice in 1999, Reuer has concentrated primarily on single and multi-family residential dwellings in historic, urban districts. Reuer's designs are contextually driven, responsive to vernacular architectural patterns and details, and emphasize energy-efficiency and durability. MORE >>
Stephanie Syjuco
Assistant Professor in Sculpture; University of California, Berkeley

Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. This has included starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods, presenting parasitic art counterfeiting events, and developing alternative vending economies. MORE >>
Jeanne Medina
Visiting Assistant Professor, Fibers Department
Jeanne Medina is an artist working between textile, fashion, and performance and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Fibers at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies and Post-Baccalaureate in Fashion, Body and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Award. In 2018 she was awarded the Fountainhead Fellowship in Craft & Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). MORE >>