Current Residents

Fall 2014

Scott Conary

Scott Conary (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design) is a painter living and working in Portland, Oregon. His work can be found in private and public collections across the United States from Portland City Hall to the University of Maine's Museum of Art. His best known paintings, those of meat, are inspired by both its visual complexity and our complicated relationship with animals. Larger format landscapes suggest forgotten histories and our shared experience with the land. His newest series of work, of the simple weed, is inspired by his daughter's battle with complicated heart defects. All are driven by a love and curiosity of the natural world and how we live within it. Learn more about Scott.

David Armstrong

Scott Conary

Heidi Grew

Heidi Preuss Grew is an artist and educator living in Salem, Oregon. Preuss Grew taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago prior to her appointment in 1999 to the faculty at Willamette University, where she is currently Associate Professor of Art. Heidi earned BA and BFA degrees in Art History, Germanic Languages and Literature, and Crafts from the University of Illinois and her MFA from Ohio University. She has participated in international symposia, residencies, and exchanges in Japan, Denmark, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania and has presented lectures and workshops widely. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia, and Europe. She is the recipient of a 2014 Lighton International Artist Exchange Program grant, an Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in 2010 (also in 2002), and was honored in 2007 with election into the International Academy of Ceramics. Learn more about Heidi.

Heidi Grew

Heidi Grew

Sabina Haque

Sabina Haque is an artist of South Asian descent raised in Karachi by her American mother and Pakistani father. Haque received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University, and teaches Fine Art at Portland State University, Oregon. Haque was awarded the 2014 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and Artist in Residence TEDxMtHood in May 2015. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the, Bowery Gallery in NYC, Boston Contemporary Art Center, and Los Angeles Arts and Cultural Center, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, and South Asian Visual Arts Center, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada. Haque's solo exhibit was held at Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. Her artworks are in numerous private and public collections including the Gordon Gilkey Print Center at the Portland Art Museum and the Jordan Schnitzer Collection and City of Portland's Public Portable Art collection.  Learn more about Sabina.

Sabina Haque

Sabina Haque

Caitlin Maling

Caitlin Maling is from Western Australia. She has published poetry and nonfiction in Best Australian Poems, Australian Poetry, cordite, Westerly, The Australian, Green Mountains Review, ThreePenny and Going Down Swinging among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston, an MPhil in Criminological Research from Cambridge University and is a previous recipient of the John Marsden Poetry Prize. Her first collection Conversations I've Never Had is forthcoming from Fremantle Press.

Caitlin Maling

Caitlin Maling

Justin Messina

Justin Messina works with both acoustic and electronic means to create works that explore the expressive nature of sound.  These works range from large orchestral compositions to electronically created sound installations. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, this summer was spent at Channel Islands National Park making field recordings of everything from sea caves to humming birds. While at Sitka Justin will create a multichannel sound installation based on these sounds. His most recent album Shortwave Artifacts investigates the mysterious nature of radio. His work in the world of popular electronic music led to collaborative performances with techno legends Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald. His orchestral work Abandon, premiered at Carnegie Hall by the American Composers Orchestra, is an homage to the first generation of techno artists from the empty streets of Detroit.Justin received a doctorate from the Juilliard School in 2009.  He has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Art 342.

Justin Messina

Justin Messina

Marie Watt

Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Born in 1967 to the son of Wyoming ranchers and a daughter of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation (Iroquois / Haudenosaunee) Watt identifies herself as "half Cowboy and half Indian." Formally, her work draws from indigenous design principles, oral tradition, personal experience, and Western art history. Her approach to art-making is shaped by the proto-feminism of Iroquois matrilineal custom, political work by Native artists in the 60s, a discourse on multiculturalism, as well as Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Like Jasper Johns, she is interested in "things that the mind already knows." Unlike the Pop artists, she uses a vocabulary of natural materials (stone, cornhusks, wool, cedar) and forms (blankets, pillows, bridges) that are universal to human experience (though not uniquely American) and noncommercial in character. Learn more about Marie.

Marie Watt

Marie Watt