lynn ruth stephens, Images are untitled “collaborations” in a conspiracy of breathing in harmony with all beings, August 2022. Found objects, varied dimensions from one foot and up.

LRVS Thesis Exhibition Series Reception

Aug 11 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


Graduate Exhibitions

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

The Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies presents the 2022 Thesis Exhibition series, Every Corner is Alive.

Join us for an exhibition reception for lynn ruth stephens, Jenny Wilde, and Stashia Cabral on Thursday, August 11th from 6-8pm. Free and open to the public!

On view August 12–18th in PNCA’s Mediatheque, Gallery 157, and CCAC:

CONSPIRATIONS, lynn ruth stephens

A Patch in the Fabric of Knowing, Jenny Wilde

Licking Toads and Puking Diamonds: A Fairy Tale, Discomposed, Stashia Cabral

Reception: Thursday, August 11th, 6:00–8:00 PM

Thesis defenses: Friday, August 12th, 1:00 PM

Every Corner is Alive asks questions of our shared environments in a moment of grief and uncertainty: How do we approach landscapes, or the idea of a so-called natural expanses of earth, sky, water, or air, when the world itself is burning? Can we consider what writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit described as the mysterious “conjunction between time, place, and celestial body” from corners of the sky to our discrete rooms? Or do our current “scapes” of all kinds threaten to overburden, overwhelm, and overtake us? Solnit’s turning towards associational relationships—word and image, sky and location—leads us to the stories that enliven our shared environment together.

In this series of exhibitions, realized as a the culmination of the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) of Willamette University, works by Stashia Cabral, Élan Chardin, Laura Jean Foster, Amy Gibson, Ondrea Levey, Kelly Marshall, lynn ruth stephens, Devon Pardue, Jenny Wilde, and Ahuva S. Zaslavsky embody environments that query the limits and relationships of our shared space-times. Their installations, sculptures, paintings, textiles, videos, performances, ceramics, and photographs disclose disparate constellations of relationships, but articulate collective being.

Every Corner is Alive is presented by the PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Low-Residency in Visual Studies MFA and is co-curated by artist and curator, Simone Fischer and art historian, writer, and Director of Curatorial Affairs at Artspace New Haven, Laurel V. McLaughlin, with support from former Chair and Associate Professor of the Low-Residency in Visual Studies, Aeron Bergman; current Associate Professor of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Visual Studies, Ryan Pierce; Program Coordinator for Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, Erin Dengerink, and Hannah Bakken, Interim Director, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture.