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 teaches Fine Arts at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. She is also the founder and coordinator for RoCA, the Reynolds Gallery of Contemporary Art, which operates out of the high school.
Katie was born in New York, and went to study art for her undergrad at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University. She earned her Masters in Teaching in Art Education at Lewis and Clark College in 2002.
She is also an artist and mom, living in Portland Oregon. You've seen her work at the annual RoCA Art Auction. She has been active in the Metro Mural community in Portland, and worked with youth to orchestrate large scale productions such as "Life of Sunflower" on North Albina Avenue.