Volunteers sought for “Social Objects” exhibit at c3:initiative

Deadline April 14, 2017

c3:initiative is in need of volunteers for our upcoming spring exhibition, Social Objects. The exhibition is performance and event heavy, and the small c3:initiative team needs a hand! Please be in touch if you are available to gallery attend any Saturday March 18 – April 14, from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. If your interest is primarily in events-based assistance, please by in touch for a list of associated public programs. These will take place primarily in the evenings between 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

About the Exhibition

In partnership with the Socially Engaged Craft Collective (SECC), c3:initiative invites you to join us for Social Objects, an exhibition highlighting the intersection of socially engaged art and the ceramic medium. The opening reception will feature a variety of clay­based interactive projects, performances, and games that focus on collaboration with communities in Portland. Social Objects runs concurrently with the 2017 National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), from March 23 ­- April 14.

This exhibition includes works from 14 members of the SECC who represent a wide range of practices and approaches. Works include Holly Hanessian’s Touch Sensorium, an installation work which invites visitors to explore tactile sensations through clay, Forrest Sincoff Gard’s Waffle Toss, a participatory pay­to­play game involving ceramic waffles and a foam toaster, Amanda Leigh Evans’ From and To Dust, a long­term collaborative urn project exploring death and dying with individuals in the greater Portland area, and M.C. Baumstark’s Menstrual Cup Project, a fun, de­stigmatizing performance with cocktails and souvenir ceramic menstrual cups to casually approach menstruation and its cultural connotations. Other works will move beyond c3’s physical location such as Nicole Seisler’s Studio Souvenirs, a series of pressed porcelain blocks that record specific moments in the artist’s visit to Portland, Jeni Hansen Gard and Lauren Karle’s Weaving Dialogues, a tea and conversation project that invites strangers to share an intimate conversation though a guided question left behind from the previous conversation, Anna Metcalfe’s Upstream, a cup exchange project exploring the Willamette River Watershed, and Nicole Gugliotti’s 10690 Wild Flowers, honors the story of each person accessing abortion services in Oregon (10,690 individuals last year) and raises money for those who are denied access. The exhibited artists include Mary Callahan Baumstark, Henry Crissman, Hamilton Poe, Amanda Leigh Evans, Nicole Gugliotti, Holly Hanessian, Jeni Hansen Gard & Lauren Karle, Anna Metcalfe, Cheyenne Rudolph, Nicole Seisler, Forrest Sincoff Gard, Michael Strand, Juliette Walker, and Summer Zickefoose.


The Socially Engaged Craft Collective (SECC) is an expanding network of artists who create a wide range of socially engaged art projects that are rooted in the history of craft objects and materials. The SECC aims to promote artists and to expose other artists, educators, and those who are interested to the wide spectrum of socially engaged craft. In addition to highlighting artists and their artwork, the SECC hosts an online platform (https://sociallyengagedcraftcollective.org/) that is an open resource of knowledge, news, and professional opportunities.

About c3

c3:initiative is a platform for critical inquiry, dedicated to societal wellness through the production of contemporary art and integral conversation. We holistically support thinkers from various disciplines through the full arc of the creative process, prioritizing nascent and transitionary stage endeavors. Through use of two distinct campuses (one urban, one rural), c3 connects disparate communities and makerships through adaptive residency programs, a project incubator, community partnerships, and integrative public programming.

By providing various modes of infrastructural support for process-driven artist and academic projects, c3 offers forward-thinking models for collaboration and resource sharing. Our flexible programmatic calendar is committed to facilitating artistic partnerships, fostering community exchange, and developing educational opportunities through dialogue and increased visibility. c3’s interdisciplinary approach to curiosity is committed to a freedom from quantifiable outcomes. Instead, c3:initiative proposes the radical space-making and flexibility necessary to illuminate community potential.

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