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Fueling a Studio Practice: Cultivating Curiosity and Uncertainty

Jun 24 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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


Alumni Events

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Join us for an invigorating conversation with artists Kendra Larson ‘04 and Amy Bay exploring questions of curiosity and uncertainty within an art practice.

This event is hosted by Professional Artists Coming Together (PACT) with support from the PNCA Alumni Council.


Kendra Larson grew up in Salem, OR. She received her MFA in Painting at University of Wisconsin, Madison and has shown her work in venues including Swarm Gallery (Oakland, CA), the University of Minnesota’s Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Boise State University (Boise, ID), Overture Center for the Arts (Madison, WI), and bG Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Her work explores contemporary notions of place and touches on historical ideas of the Landscape. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Bear Deluxe and Tree Sap Magazine. Larson is a past Signal Fire, Caldera (Sisters, Oregon), Sitka Center (Otis, Oregon), and New Pacific Studios (Masterton, New Zealand) artist-in-residence. She teaches at PNCA and PSU and is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland, OR.


Amy Bay (b. Elkhart, IN) is a painter based in Portland, OR. Bay holds a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Winchester School of Art. She also completed the London-based Turps Banana Correspondence Course for painters. Bay’s heavily worked paintings use motifs and imagery that draw from decorative sources. She values the subjective, the emotional, error and mishap. She is interested in the mutability of the picturesque and conventional feminine imagery. Bay has exhibited her work at venues in the Pacific Northwest including UNA and Occasional Gallery as well as throughout New York City at Peninsula Art Space, The Painting Center, The Drawing Center, Printed Matter, Brooklyn Public Library, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has shown internationally in group and solo shows and has been awarded grants and projects from the Regional Art & Culture Council, The Lower East Side Printshop, Dieu Donné Papermill and Women’s Studio Workshop. She teaches at Portland Community College and Village Home Education Resource Center. Bay will have a solo exhibition at Melanie Flood Projects in August of 2018.


Professional Artists Coming Together (PACT) is an event series developed for artists and by artists and centered around invigorating and inspiring conversations about art practices and careers. PACT strives to create opportunities for artists to connect with each other in an open and supportive environment. Event are hosted by the PNCA Alumni Council, but all artists are welcome to attend.