3 – Featuring Heidi Schwegler, Avantika Bawa, and Matt McCormick

Heidi Schwegler, Separation Anxiety_03, 2014, Pillow, paint, 7” x 12” x 15”

Heidi Schwegler, Separation Anxiety_03, from Visibility Near Zero, 2014, Pillow, paint, 7” x 12” x 15”

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Heidi Schwegler, Visibility Near Zero

Avantika Bawa, flood.control

Matt McCormick, The Great Northwest

For its spring exhibitions, the Schneider Museum of Art is presenting the first of a two-part exhibition of the Southern Oregon Site Project, generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation.  The project features two installations created in response to the site: the Museum, Southern Oregon University, and the greater Rogue Valley.

Avantika Bawa, an artist, curator, and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, is “interested in transforming the act of drawing into sculptural gestures that react formally and also conceptually to architectural spaces and their history.” In flood.control, Avantika Bawa uses the history and geography behind the formation of Emigrant Lake as the conceptual parameters from which her installation has been created.

As an artist, Heidi Schwegler states that she “is drawn to the peripheral ruin, modifying discarded objects in order to give them a new sense of purpose.”  Her latest installation, to be premiered at the Schneider Museum of Art, is entitled Visibility Near Zero.  She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is Associate Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft + Design, a joint Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art program.

In addition, the Museum is showing The Great Northwest, which includes single-channel video, Chromira prints, and ephemera by Matt McCormickThe Great Northwest, according to McCormick is an “experimental documentary based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip through the Pacific Northwest made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook… Fifty years later, Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick found their scrapbook in a thrift store, and in 2010 set out on the road, following their route as precisely as possible and searching out every stop in which the ladies had documented.”

Please join us on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for the opening reception for 3Quady North Wines is generously donating and pouring wine for the reception. The exhibition runs from Friday, April 4 through Saturday, May 31.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.