Fall 2023 Exhibitions

Color, Symbols, and Texture: The Artwork of Bill Hutson

Bill Hutson’s career as an artist was distinguished. He enjoyed over twenty solo exhibitions, including the recent city-wide exhibition in his hometown of San Marcos, Texas, and participated in more than fifty group exhibitions all over the world. The artwork shown here displays only a small portion of the pieces held by the Phillips Museum. Spanning many decades, this exhibition highlights the many styles and series that Hutson is known for. Many of his artworks were inspired by the locations he lived in and the abstracted symbols give the viewer an opportunity to contemplate a deeper interpretation of the paintings.


Coming Storms: Artwork by R Scott Wright

For over forty years, landscape and our perspectives on it have been R Scott Wright’s primary subject. While human impacts on the natural world have always been central to his work, in these recent paintings he is exploring narrative to share his concerns in a new way via his art. These images take on tragic notes at times, but they are about hope and lessons learned. In this light, he recalls the words by poet Mary Oliver, “Attention is the Beginning of Devotion.”


Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Raised with the Shinto animism belief that all things in the world have spirits, when she sees discarded items on the street or thrift store shelves, she feels a deep sadness for them and is moved to make the abandoned objects happy. Ganz uses common household items to create animal forms with a sense of movement and self-awareness. She uses plastics because of the variety of curvilinear forms and colors available. She manipulates and assembles them together as brush strokes to create an effect similar to a Van Gogh painting in three dimensions.


Artist Talk with Sayaka Ganz

Listen to Ganz discuss her process and answer questions about her sculpture and exhibition Reclaimed Creations

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In Search of Meaning: Memory Becomes Us, Patricia Moss-Vreeland

My drawings, paintings, prints, artist books, poetry, and videos use metaphor and act as visual responses to what memory is and how it functions. They reside in concert with the interlacing of science texts, connecting the personal to the universal. My installation moves through ideas in art and science research as a parallel universe, manifested through a series of conversations I had with Dr. Dasa Zeithamova, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of Oregon, exploring the function of the human brain to find meaning, the different ways of knowing and self-expression, and the importance of stepping out of our silos and forming relationships. The presentation of texts and spoken word suggests the ways that language and memory are intertwined.


Common Hour : In Search of Meaning, Memory Becomes Us

Common Hour speaker and artist Patricia Moss-Vreeland discusses her methods and artwork in this lecture about memory, neuroscience, and art.

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TREMOR: Reflections on the Nature of Parkinson’s, Kristin V. Rehder

It seemed to come from nowhere—a slight tremble in my left hand in the summer of 2019. In time came the diagnosis: Parkinson’s. As a natural-light documentary photographer, I began to retreat. How could I hold and maneuver a camera while battling a constant and worsening quaking? TREMOR is the result of this ongoing quest. My tremor is not foreign to me now. It connects to nature, and nature’s movements connect back to the tremor, expanding its power and its reach. Together, these forces create their own art, converting what some perceive as a disability into the opposite—into possibility and positive energy, into a mounting sense of wonder.