We will be exhibiting new works by Portland artist Dana Lynn Louis in an exhibition titled Thread, her second gallery exhibition since her return from several years pursuing a variety of projects including major public art commissions and the establishment of a cultural center in Bamako, Mali. In it, she presents a mixed media installation of digitally embedded photography as well as mixed media sculpture, which is based in acts of drawing and seeks to transport viewers to new mental and physical landscapes as they move amongst the work.
Additionally, Dana Lynn Louis is among a total of seven winners selected for The Portland Art Museum's Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, an awards exhibition celebrating contemporary art created in the greater Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana). An exhibition of the award winners’ work will be featured at the Portland Art Museum in October of this year.
Dana received her MFA from Ohio State University and came to Portland in 1988 as an artist in residence at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. For two decades she has maintained a rigorous studio practice that engages architectural space, glass, light and shadow among numerous other materials. The results fluctuate between intimate domestic-scaled pieces, to interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and large-scale public works that energize and alter one’s experience of their environment. Louis’ work is influenced by her travels, her many collaborative experiences as an artist and also by her practice and study of yoga. Her work explores the connective layers in all of these experiences. Sculpture Magazine, Artweek and the German periodical Glashaus, among other periodicals have reviewed her work. In addition to awards from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Louis is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, a recent residency at Caldera in Sisters, OR and an upcoming residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. She has shown her work in exhibitions at the Art Gym, Marylhurst College, OR, and the Berkeley Art Center, CA, among others. She most recently had a solo show in 2014 at the Hoffman Gallery, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.