Friday, June 2 at 12:00pm to 7:00pm
May 22 – June 2, 2023
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m
Reception: Friday, June 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., remarks at 6:00 p.m.
The Center for Art Research is pleased to present the exhibition Dreaming Like a Beehive by Portland-based artist and UO Art professor emeritus Kate Wagle. Wagle is interested in visual practices that inform both scientific and contemplative products of knowledge; art and science – two ways of understanding the same world. She photographed the botanical environment of an iconic 1903 park in Portland, Oregon, examining it as a carefully curated collection and also researched, documented, and considered the origins of historical botanical illustrations from collections in England, France and the USA. Much of Wagle’s work is comprised of layers of pigment printed images from multiple sources, paralleling the physical process of discovery in the historical research.
Kate Wagle has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally since 1980. Her work has been the subject of numerous articles and reviews, and is included in collections in Massachusetts, Illinois and Washington among others. She was awarded a regional artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts by Wisconsin Arts. As a UO professor of art, she served as Director of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon in Portland 2008-2015, prior to that as Head of the Department of Art at UO in Eugene 1999-2008. She previously held faculty and administrative positions at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, New Mexico State University and Montana State University. She launched, with The Ford Family Foundation, Connective Conversations, Critic and Curator Tour in 2011 and managed the program until 2018.
This exhibition is made possible by the Center for Art Research, a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, and a Finrow Research Award from the UO School of Art and Design.