The collection, rather than being a survey of Tad Savinar’s four-decade studio practice, focuses on two bodies of his work: prints, paintings, and sculpture created between 1994 and 2011; and works conceived in Florence, Italy, in 2014 and others that followed into 2016. As described in Pictures that Talk, a book about the exhibit written by Hoffman Gallery Director and Curator Linda Tesner and funded by the Ford Family Foundation:

Each piece delivers a sucker-punch to the viewer (albeit with a velvet glove), and asks viewers to engage with the work and the artist in a dialogue about the complexities of the human experience, both sacred and profane.

I am interested in creating a dialogue between the work and the viewer. Not a one-way diatribe but a genuine back-and-forth conversation. In order to achieve this, I use the tool of beauty to bring the viewer closer, language to engage them, content that is relevant to their lives, and irony to soften the blow.
— Tad Savinar


installation photos of youniverse: past, present future, selected works by Tad Savinar // credit: Deann Orr


January 22

  • Reception for the Artist, Hoffman Gallery, 3—5 p.m.

February 26

  • Panel Discussion: “Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World”, Miller 105, 3 p.m.

Moderator: Randy Gragg, director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies, University of Oregon


Samiya Bashir, poet and assistant professor of creative writing, Reed College
Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music and director of musicology, Lewis & Clark College
Jon Raymond, novelist and screenwriter
Tad Savinar, artist
Luan Schooler, director of new play development and dramaturgy, Artists Repertory Theatre