Creative Growth Artists Featured | Flying Like A Rock | Self Taught Artist Fair | Portland, OR

September 7 – 28, 2017

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA and Public Annex are proud to announce the first annual Self Taught Artist Fair, Flying Like A Rock, hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) on view in the Commons Gallery from September 7 – 28, 2017.  Included in the fair are 6 Creative Growth artists: Juan Aguilera, Lulu Sotelo, Marion Bolton, Paulino Martin, Susan Janow, and Terri Bowden.

As a non-profit organization in the Portland area, Public Annex’s mission “is to break down systemic barriers that prohibit marginalized populations from inclusivity by building a community around accessible farming and art programming.” Public Annex currently offers weekly art classes, urban farming, lectures and workshops, and artist representation. In an extension of this programming, PA is excited to launch The Self-Taught Artist Fair, which draws together artists from a myriad of backgrounds and practices beyond an institutional art community.

Flying Like A Rock, the first exhibition under this umbrella, aims to include works from artists who identify as ‘self-taught,’ who make work independent from formal training in the arts, and whose work resonates with this year’s theme. The title, Flying Like A Rock, comes from a Portland-based artist who coined the phrase to describe his feeling of being unseen by society at large. He urges us all to make eye contact. This show seeks work that makes contact as an expression of how the artist wants to be seen, touched, heard, or felt as an individual flying in full self-expression.

Lulu Sotelo, 2016, work on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Susan Janow, 2015, work on paper, 11 x 15 inches

Terri Bowden, 2008, work on paper, 15.25 x 22.25 inches

Juan Aguilera, work on paper, 22.5 x 29.8 inches

Paulino Martin, 2013, work on paper, 11.25 x 15 inches

Marion Bolton, 2012, work on paper, 15 x 22.5 inches

Self Taught Artists Fair 2017: Flying Like a Rock
Organized by Public Annex at PNCA-Portland OR
511 Building – Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209