Professional Artists Coming Together (PACT) is a new series of events for artists to meet and have conversations about art practices and careers. Each month a new topic will serve as the springboard to start a dialog about ideas and issues that impact our lives. PACT is about creating an opportunity for artists to connect with each other in an open and supportive environment. Events are hosted by the PNCA Alumni Council, but all artists are welcomed.

In this first event guests, James Minden and Carolyn Cole will open the PACT series with a conversation that asks the questions are you on the right path in your art practice? Are you making the same kind of art you always have or are you in the middle of a turn towards a new path? When was the last time you stopped to evaluate the direction you are heading in your art? Join us for a conversation around taking stoke of where we are right now and how to move forward in 2018.

James Minden was born in Portland, received a degree in art from Portland State University, lived and worked in New York City in the 1980’s, and returned to Portland in 1991. His practice has focused on two-dimensional works, primarily painting and printmaking, but more recently he has developed what he calls light drawings, which are handmade specular holograms, and hybrid paintings, which include specular hologram elements as well as paint, made on plastics and aluminum. He is represented by Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York, Guthrie Contemporary in New Orleans and Augen Gallery in Portland, where he will be having a show in April titled Resonant Hybrids.

Carolyn Cole finds her voice within the rich traditions of abstraction and creates a cohesive body of work that translates into a language of intense color, sumptuous textures, and organic compositions. Color plays an important role in describing the emotional value and mood of each work. Her forms are instinctually achieved through the process of applying multiple layers of pigment, and her textured surfaces result from this process.

An honors graduate of Portland State University in 1977, her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Seattle Art Museum and Portland Art Museum, as well as in London and in Dubai. She spent ten years as an artist in New York City, where she exhibited extensively before settling back into the Northwest in 1991. She is represented by art galleries in Chicago, Carmel, Portland, Palm Desert, and Santa Fe. Her paintings are included in numerous private and public collections including former Vice President Al Gore, Gordon Seigel, president of Crate & Barrel, former Presidential Chief of Staff John Podesta, Disney Productions, Zale Corporation, IBM Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, RNM Properties, Salton, Inc., TRW Corporation, American Express, Campbell Soup Company, and the Heinz Corporation.

This is a family-friendly event.  Coffee and pastries provided. Organized by Art in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest College of Art Alumni Council.