Corvallis Art Guild, Oregon

Date: November 2, 2020

Time: 7 PM

Location: Zoom

Contact: Corvallis Art Guild


Listening to the Forest, Detail, Douglas-Fir Mid Bole, 20, Leah Wilson 20 of 27

Detail: Listening to the Forest, 2020, Leah Wilson

What is an “episodic lifetime artist in residence?”

Corvallis Art Guild will feature a discussion with Eugene artist Leah Wilson, a multi-media visual artist and writer in Eugene. Her presentation will focus on Place as Collaborator.

After earning her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003, she pursued making art and teaching whitewater kayaking in Nevada City, California, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. There, she created a project during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s relicensing of the the South Yuba River watershed’s hydropower facilities. Her attention to art, science, and whitewater experience continues to shape her creative process. Since 2012 she has pursued an “episodic lifetime artist-in-residency” at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the McKenzie River watershed.

Leah’s work looks for patterns (and changes in patterns) over time. Often the most evident elements of her work are repetition, rhythm, and pattern.

Leah helped convene a group of Oregon artists to form Gray Space, which explores how art influences place and place influences art.

Her installation, Listening to the Forest can be seen in Oregon State’s University’s new Forest Science Complex in the Peavy Hall atrium.


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