Instructors

Cathy Denning

CATHY DENNING received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon, where she specialized in contemporary art, critical theory, and visual culture.  Though her scholarship is quite eclectic, she writes most frequently about performance, photography, socially engaged art practices, American cultural politics, and issues of race, class, gender and sexuality.  While a graduate student, Cathy worked as a teaching fellow in her department and as a curatorial fellow at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Clay, Liz

Liz Clay is an internationally renowned textile artist who specializes in handmade felt for haute couture and other high-end niche markets. Featured in Vogue and textile publications worldwide, her knowledge and research development of fine felt fabrics is sought by fashion houses in Paris and London.

Collaborations include: Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane for their couture collections.

Collins, Sterling

STERLING COLLINS formed his woodworking practice, Hew, in 2013 where he primarily makes furniture and small wares.  His work is focused on creating handmade, quality pieces to last through the ebb and flows of trends and daily use.

Before he formed his studio practice, Collins practiced architecture at an international firm based in Chicago. There he worked on the design teams for several of the tallest buildings in the world. Collins received a BArch from Iowa State University in 2008 and graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2014 with a degree in furniture.

Conyers, Beth

BETH CONYERS is a photographer and visual artist living in Portland, Oregon.  Beth has a strong interest in both digital and historic photographic processes.  The knowledge of both practices opens up the world of photography to their complementary aspects.   Beth is a graduate of OCAC’s BFA program with a concentration in photography.

Danger, Tayja

TAYJA DANGER is the metalsmith behind Stone Anvil. She hails from the Pacific Northwest - originally from Alaska but now calling Oregon home. She has received her BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. In her fine art practice, Tayja endeavors to creative contemporary jewelry that speaks to social issues and popular culture. Though she often makes pieces about political and feminist issues, you can also see strong botanical influences from the natural world in her work.

Eaton, Sarah

Portland based Artist SARAH EATON received her BFA cumulatively from the School of the Art institute of Chicago and Pacific Northwest College of Art. She received her MFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft, and has shown her work nationally in Washington, Vermont and Oregon. Sarah’s work delves into the hybrid spaces between media, interjecting the categorization of art through an interplay of painting, fiber, sculpture, and installation, with the use of transparent and layered media and imagery.

Fernandez, Eduardo

EDUARDO FERNANDEZ is inspired by the effects of color and light, direct observation, imagination, and a love for oil painting and drawing.  He has exhibited in several Northwest venues and was the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Portland’s University Club.  Notable portrait commissions include Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Medal of Honor Recipient Lt Cl Stan Adams and OHSU Neurosurgeon Dr.

Fitzhugh, Judilee

JUDILEE FITZHUGH, is a textile artist who specializes in natural dye processes.  She combines an innovative interpretation of traditional methods, handweaving, surface design techniques, and couture construction details to create a line of wearable garments, accessories, and original art pieces that portray a single moment in history.