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Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize & Exhibition
Oct. 23, 2013
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The PSU College of the Arts + Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize will be awarded tomorrow, October 24, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

The Schnitzer Prize was created this year with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to help raise awareness of the quality of art education at Portland State University and to honor Arlene Schnitzer's leadership in the arts. The jury for the prize included PSU School of Art + Design faculty William LePore, Julie Perini and Briar Levit, as well as community representatives including: Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson from the Portland Art
Museum, contemporary art collector and lumber room founder Sarah Miller-Meigs, Don Rood of Felt Hat Design, and Martha Lee from the Laura Russo Gallery.

Patricia Vázquez, an Art + Social Practice MFA student, was selected as the first place winner and will receive a $5,500 cash prize. Jordan Hoagbin, a sophomore studying graphic design, will receive the $4,000 second place prize.

The jury commended the quality and breadth of Vázquez’ submission, which included painting, video, and live events. Gomez’ work addresses social issues with sensitivity and courage, focusing on personal, particular stories to examine the larger human condition. One of her pieces was a two-year
video project in which the graduate student chronicled the life of an immigrant mother and her relationship with three children she left with family in Mexico. Jurors commended Gomez for “thoughtfully engaging with complex topics while providing participants with ways to engage with
one another as fully emotional, political, and social beings.”

Jordan Hoagbin describes his approach to design as “meticulousness, anxiety, and a love for the overwhelming world of visual culture.” Jurors saw this aptitude for visual communication in Hoagbin’s portfolio and were impressed by the breadth of approaches and solutions he employed,
writing that “it is clear that he has no one style or go-to visual solution, but instead, he approaches each brief as a unique challenge.”

The award ceremony will take place in the university's Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, 724 SW Harrison St., 2nd floor, room 210.  The exhibition continues through November 1, Monday-Friday, 10-5 p.m., or by appointment.

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