Fairbanks Gallery will feature work by John Baldessari (b. 1931), a renowned American conceptual artist who works with text and photographic images. Often drawing from popular culture and mass media, Baldessari questions received meaning and challenges viewers to interpret their own meaning for unique or unlikely combinations.

Prints from three of Baldessari’s renowned series are included in the exhibition. “I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art” resulted from a project that Baldessari assigned to art students at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1971. The dutiful pledge, repeated to inscribe it into muscle memory, transforms a form of grade school punishment into a challenge for art students. The series “Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts)” (1973) is a visual documentation of a seemingly impossible task, documented visually against the bright California sky: whimsy becomes intertwined with the thrill of the miraculous. The prints in the series “Hegel’s Cellar” (1986), use found imagery to evoke ideas about mass obedience against the place of the individual within collective formations.

The Centro Cultural César Chávez, 691 SW 26th Street, will feature prints by Enrique Chagoya (b. 1953), a Mexican-born painter and print-maker. His subject is the changing nature of culture.

The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 S.W. 26th Street, will have works by Joe Feddersen (b. 1953), a Colville, Washington sculptor, painter, photographer and mixed-media artist. He is known for creating artwork strong in geometric patterns reflective of what is seen in the environment, landscape and his Native American heritage.

The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 100 S.W. Memorial Place, will present work by Mildred Howard (b. 1945), an African-American artist known primarily for her sculptural installation and mixed-media assemblages.

The Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, 2695 SW Jefferson Way, will feature pieces by Hung Liu (b. 1948), a renowned Chinese-born American contemporary artist and one of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the West.


Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray discusses the importance of the arts at the opening of 'Cultural Conversations' a collaboration between OSU and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Special thanks to the OSU Production department.
Join noted Oregon collector Jordan Schnitzer to experience art by some of the most important artists of our time. April 5 - May 3, 2017 at Oregon State University CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS is an exhibition of prints from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family Foundation, taking place at campus cultural centers and the Fairbanks Gallery.

"There can be no great research university without great programs in the arts." - OSU President Edward J. Ray

A peek into the arts programs at Oregon State University and the important reminder that collaboration between the arts and sciences spark new insight and further a culture of creativity.

This video was shown during the announcement of plans for a new art center and $25 million donation to the campus on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.


Opening reception for Cultural Conversations on April 5, with remarks by Jordan Schnitzer, OSU President Edward Ray, Dean Larry Rodgers, and Curator, Kirsi Peltomäki.

An informal, self-guided tour of the exhibition followed at the Fairbanks Gallery and each of the campus Cultural Centers. //  Photo credit: Deann Orr

Bexel Hall - Reception

Fairbanks Gallery - John Baldessari

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center - Mildred Howard

The Asian and Pacific Cultural Center - Hung Liu

Native American Longhouse Eena Haws - Joe Feddersen

Centro Cultural César Chávez - Enrique Chagoya