Artwork at the Ford Alumni Center

Artwork at the Ford Alumni Center

Living up to its pioneering reputation, Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, placing works of art in public spaces throughout the state.

Since then, the Percent for Art program has maintained a commitment to the placement of permanent art of the highest quality in public places. Committees of local citizens across Oregon make selections. The overall collection enhances the state’s public spaces and contributes to our well-recognized quality of life.

The art selection committee for the Alumni Center sought work that would compliment the modern, technology-rich Center. They looked for fine art that showed the hand of the artist in the materials and told a story of history or place through materials or a regional sensibility.

The resulting collection includes a variety of media, from painting to carving (and painted carving) to steel, copper, ink and even blackboard. In a way, the collection tells the story of our Northwest heritage in materials alone. The artists included are masters and emerging talents, teachers and students. The works themselves ask questions about how we learn, how we interact with our place, and how we succeed as individuals. What better way to reflect the new building where students will first meet the University and alumni will return to visit.


Rick Bartow
Facing The Future Eyes Wide Open, 2011
Carved wood (maple reclaimed from UO campus, red cedar, redwood) mother of pearl, metal
44” x 168” x 20”

Coming and Going Fish, 2011
Carved wood reclaimed from UO campus and mixed media
21” x 74” x 2” and 26” x 72.5” x 2”
Location: North Lobby

Rick Bartow is a highly accomplished visual artist with an extensive resume spanning three decades and four continents. His work encompasses multiple disciplines, from drawing and painting to wood carving and dry point etching.

Bartow is from the Wiyot tribe of Northern California. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally.

For the Alumni Center, Bartow was invited to select wood from the University’s inventory of fallen trees from campus. He chose Crimson King Norway Maple, milled from a tree removed from the EMU north lawn due to disease in 2009. The variations of the wood’s grain and natural shapes were the beginnings of shapes and character of the hawk and fish, installed in the Alumni Center’s main lobby.

Said the artist in his first proposal for this project: “I am guessing that we are looking at history — a history of names and patronage plus wit and wisdom... My thinking is the bird’s proximity to heaven and earth, what was and what is.”

Tallmadge Doyle '93
Contemplari Natura, 2011
21 etched, inked copper panels depicting the flora and fauna of Oregon.
Location: Susie and Randy Papé Hearth Foyer

Contemplari Natura consists of 21 etched copper panels depicting the flora and fauna of Oregon. Copper plates are etched with traditional techniques of intaglio printmaking. These techniques include line etching, aquatint, white ground etching, open bite and sugar lift processes. Printmaking inks are applied to the etched areas. After inks are completely dry a protecting polymer layer is applied that provides UV protection and inhibits oxidation. These panels are inset a 1/4” into a 29 foot hearth wall clad with Lebanon cedar. Lebanon Cedar is a light lustrous wood resembling maple. The panels are set in an asymmetrical arrangement flowing from one end of the wall up and over the 8’ fireplace and down the other side.

Born in New York City, Tallmadge Doyle currently resides in Eugene, Oregon where she has lived and worked since 1989. She received her BFA in drawing from the Cleveland Art Institute and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Oregon where she has taught Printmaking as an Adjunct Professor since 1997.

Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Print Collection, the Oregon State University Art About Agriculture Collection, the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, and the Cleveland Art Association Collection. She is represented by Augen Gallery.

John Dempcy
30” x 24”
Acrylic on clayboard
Location: First Floor North

John Dempcy’s brightly colored acrylic paintings are inspired by the fluidity and molecular structure of the sea. These brightly colored circle patterns are created by dropping acrylic paint on already wet surface, producing a psychedelic swirl of color. Dempcy received his BA from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and his AA from the Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA in 1991. He is represented by Augen Gallery.

Lee Kelly
The Professor, 2003
Welded steel, paint
36” x 96”
Location: South Entrance

Known for his monumental public artworks (such Akbar’s Garden in the Straub Quandrangle) Lee Kelly has been working as a sculptor for over 50 years. His work is represented in numerous public collections, universities, businesses, medical facilities, and private homes and gardens in the region and beyond. Kelly attended Vanport University and the Portland Art Museum School, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 1987 he was awarded a Governor’s Arts Award and in 1992 a Master Fellowship in Sculpture from the Oregon Arts Commission. Kelly is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Lucinda Parker
A Glade of Many Ages, 2011
Oil on canvas
8’ x 18’
Location: Ballroom

One of the premier painters of the Pacific Northwest, Lucinda Parker is noted for her exploration of cubism. Her abstract compositions are often in reference to the landscape, a connection more recognizable in works such as this commission, created specifically for the Alumni Center’s Ballroom. Parker notes, of the painting: “Reading from left to right, there are six very different trees. First, a lone white vertical snag with a long lighting scar; Second, a small vigorous solid green conifer; Third, a central ‘adolescent’ fir tree dancing in mid-space; Fourth, a companion trunk in grey, set back behind a diagonal sunbeam; Sixth, the dark green zig-zag foliage of a bisected conifer which frames the right edge of the painting.... This structurally diverse range of tree sizes evokes mixed age forest ecology. Also, it activates the pictoral space of the painting. And, more importantly, it symbolizes the healthy variety of ages in a University community.

Lucinda Parker’s work is included in most major museums, and in public and private collections in the Northwest. She is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.

Terri Warpinski
Landmarks: Trees, 2010
20” x 56”
(Triptych) archival inkjet prints face-mounted on Plexiglas.
Location: At Entrance to Ballroom

Terri Warpinski creates imagery that reflects her reverence for the natural environment and her interest in the traces of human connection embedded in the landscape. In recent work she has been drawing on imagery from travel through the Middle East, Western Europe and China, while also continuing to address her home landscape from the coastal rainforest to the sage plain of the high desert. Warpinski has been exhibiting nationally since 1979, and is represented in many public, corporate and private collections.. Her work has been published in Northern Lights, Many Mountains Moving, Northwest Review, and Edging West. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is also currently a Professor of Art, Photography Area Head, former Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and former Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Community and Engagement at the University of Oregon.


Stephen Hayes
Plain Valley, 2007
30” x 60”
Oil on panel
Location: Second Floor Library

Stephen Hayes’ paintings capture the essence of the landscape, rather than its particulars. Hayes describes this work as, “a way to remember the potent poetry of our land. I walk in it, witness weather and atmosphere, see grass undulate, hear birdsong, and try in my own way to pin these ‘qualities’ down.” He has been represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, for over 20 years, and has shown throughout the region and internationally, including Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, WA; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; the Art Gym at Marylhurst University and the Portland Art Museum (including Oregon Biennials in 1987, 89, 91, 93 and 95). In 2011, Hayes received the prestigious Hallie Ford Fellowship, a recognition program established by The Ford Family Foundation to honor the late Hallie Ford’s passion for the visual arts.

Whitney Nye '90
All the Presidents are Men, 2011
24.25” x 36.5”
Metal on wood panel
Location: Second Floor Orientation Room

Whitney E. Nye is a painter, sculptor and installation artist based in Portland, Oregon. Working in different mediums and sizes, Nye consistently examines patterns of repetition. Paintings by Nye contain a rich and complex style of layering, achieved through the incorporation of contrasting surfaces, as well as by sanding, carving, and the use of different paints. Nye is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and a former Artist-in-Residence at the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. She is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.

Joe Thurston
Relatively Young- Extraordinarily Individual, 2008
35.75” x 35.75”
Relief painting on panel
Location: Second Floor Orientation Room

Joe Thurston is a painter and sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Thurston began as a traditional figurative painter but more recently moved into the realm of abstraction. His pieces are characterized by a synthesis of abstract splatter painting and carving on wood panels. He received his BA in humanities from Marylhurst University in 1994. Thurston is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR.



Tom Cramer
Poppy, 2008
29” x 29”
Oil on carved mahogany
Location: Third Floor Conference Room 303

Tom Cramer is one of the Northwest’s most recognizable artists, well-known for his intricately carved and painted wood reliefs, as well as bold graphic painting that has included studio work, custom cars, murals and set designs. Cramer has exhibited widely throughout the region and the United States since the 1980s. He is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.

Anna Gray &
Ryan Wilson Paulsen

Standing Chalkbox, 2010
4’ x 4’ x 4’ plus base
Wood, chalkboard paint

A Limited Anthology of Edits, 2010
Text for artist-taught class “Art & Editorship”
Location: Third Floor Sitting Area

Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen are an artist team whose work often explores literature, art history and aesthetic presentations of information.

The young duo’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including PICA’s TBA, UO’s White Box, Portland; Disjecta; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University and PSU’s Autzen Gallery. They are represented by PDX Contemporary Art.

Standing Chalkbox and A Limited Anthology of Edits were both included in their 2010 exhibition “The Classroom” at PDX Contemporary Art. A Limited Anthology of Edits is an annotated reader that weaves together a variety of texts, artworks, and original commentary by the artists, which relate to the intersection of art and editing. It was designed as a textbook for a 16-week course to be taught by the artists, called Art & Editorship.

Visitors to the Alumni Center are encouraged to read the Anthology and to write on the Chalkbox with chalk provided.