Press Release

Russo Lee Gallery is pleased to present Alchemy of Tears by Dana Lynn Louis. For this exhibition, Louis continues her pursuit of engaging architectural space, glass, light, and shadow through a variety of mediums. In this new body of work, both the large-scale installations and the intimate, domestic-scale pieces explore the connective layers of the natural world. Weaving together life and work, Louis’ installations are a direct response to energetic ties between us all.


Opening Reception | Wednesday, July 3rd, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Artist Talk | Saturday, July 13th, 11:00 a.m.

Dana Lynn Louis 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. Louis received a Career Opportunity Grant from The Ford Family Foundation for a six-week residency at Thread in Senegal, West Africa and is the Founding Director of Gather:Make:Shelter in Portland, OR. Her work has been reviewed by numerous publications including Sculpture Magazine, Artweek, and the German periodical Glashaus. Louis was named one of ten artists selected for the Oregon Arts Commission's 2024 Visual Artist Fellowship, and was the winner of the 2023 Bonnie Bronson Visual Arts Fellowship. Selected collections that hold Louis’ work include the Portland Art Museum, the Regional Arts & Culture Council for the City of Portland, and the Bonnie Bronson Collection at Reed College, Portland, OR.  Louis has created numerous public commissions, including works for Portland’s TriMet transit system, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR, Oregon State Hospital in Junction City, and Northgate Library in Seattle, WA, among others.