Rod is an Art teacher at Reynolds. You've probably seen his work for sale at the annual RoCA Art Auction.
An unequivocal emphasis on relationship connects my work as an artist, photographer, and storyteller. In my practice I consciously engender direct participation and allow individual response to shape the process and outcome. I utilizes video and photography, and apply socially engaged form and theory to create visual art where collaboration, co-authorship and ethical-representation is primary. My work explores the nuance and complexity of personal identity and its relationship to family, community and culture. I seek to build empathy and inspire intimacy, introspection and reflection.
My photographs aim to reveal our relationship to each other, reflected through a single moment caught in time. Photography has taught me to meet my subjects as they are and explore the space between us, as full or empty as it may be. In important ways, even my landscape photography is about humanity and strives to bring awareness to the way in which humans influence the natural and constructed world.
Consulting work at: worksprogressagency.com
PGF's owner/founder, Britt Howard is honored to be named one of Portland Business Journal's 2017 Women of Influence! PGF celebrated this amazing achievement at the award luncheon surrounded by a room full of inspiring women (and the men that were there to cheer them on!). Portland Business Journal awarded this honor to 25 Portland women, from mental health professionals to architects, food entrepreneurs, and many more. Needless to say, it was a invigorating event full of stories about successes and failures, and the necessity of taking risks to find your passion.
One of the highlights of the event was Governor Kate Brown's spot on speech about supporting diversity in our workplaces and communities. Even as we see more women of color and more people from the LGBTQ community enter government seats and executive level positions, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all voices are heard. Governor Brown echoed Michelle Obama in saying ''...when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed." Words to live by!
Katie Sullivan is the founder and former coordinator for RoCA, the Reynolds Gallery of Contemporary Art, which operates out of the high school. Katie now teaches Fine Arts at Ida B Wells High School in Portland, Oregon.
"Teaching in the painting and drawing studio has always influenced my art and encouraged me to explore a lot of styles and mediums that are representational to more abstract. Lately, I find my own paintings to be more personal. Having recently moved my home and studio, I have been thinking a lot about materialism and my relationships to objects with the stories and attachments they inherit."
I have spent nearly twenty years working with artists, co-ops, curating shows, producing creative interventions, while also being a teacher, artist, mother and partner. I painted with Metro Murals, earned two RACC grants, ran a gallery out of my storefront apartment. In my teaching, I incorporated Gallery Management as a class for students to earn credit for curating working artists, and get hands on experience running a creative business. Students also recorded a monthly podcast "Art Talk Bus Stop" interviewing artists about how to make a living. The gallery exposed the community to current, affordable art and converted people into true art patrons. Gallery students created art for Stephanie Syjuco's notMoMA, a work of social practice art that engages local high school students for the Portland Art Museum.
I grew up in New Jersey and moved out west to study art for her undergrad at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University, and later earned a Masters in Teaching at Lewis and Clark College in 2002. I also taught in the graduate schools for education at both Lewis and Clark and PSU, and was awarded a summer residency at the Minnesota College of Art and Design.
You can see my work annually at the RoCA Art Auction. I am available for commissions. If you would like to connect contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.