Across Every Reason a Movement | Vicki Lynn Wilson, Emily Nachison + Matt Leavitt
November 4 - 25, 2015 | Littman Gallery
Reception: Wednesday November 4, 2015 | 5 - 7pm
Curated by Maggie Heath
With my hands I must beckon: somebody please come. Here is what I have and what I owe, please listen to the count, the story, and the sound”
across every reason a movement is a group exhibition with works from Vicki Lynn Wilson, Emily Nachison, and Matt Leavitt.
Vicki Lynn Wilson currently works in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA from PNCA and an MFA from PSU, both in Sculpture. Vicki grew up in Virginia and, at age 16, began a three year apprenticeship to a noted Native American bronze and stone sculptor, Retha Walden-Gambaro. This experience still influences her themes of nature, spirituality and the connections between all living things. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for a year of Foundation Art before moving to Oregon to finish school. After receiving her BFA, Vicki worked for theatrical prop and costume shop, Michael Curry Design , and was a member of Blackfish Gallery for 5 years. At Blackfish, Vicki curated the 2004 show “The Locals”, and had a solo exhibition, “Love in the Wild,” in 2006. Vicki’s work has been shown in Portland at Gallery Homeland, Froelick Gallery, Tryon Creek State Park and the Portland Building Installation Space. Nationally her work has been shown in NYC, Boston, Indianapolis and Knoxville. Vicki has been collaborating on public and private commissions in cities and neighborhoods with her husband, John Larsen, for over a decade. Vicki taught Sculpture, Drawing and Design at Portland area colleges for 11 years and is now focusing on her studio art practice full-time.
Emily Nachison, born in San Diego, California, received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010 and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. Nachison has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows across the country. She has lectured nationally at institutions such as the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Nachison is currently the Fiber Department Chair and a Visiting Faculty member at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.
Matt Levitt is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.S. in Civil Engineering, ‘05) and the Pacific Northwest College of Art (MFA in Visual Studies, ‘13). In between attending these two institutions, Matt moved to Portland, left the engineering field, and studied at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. Since that time, he has developed an interdisciplinary creative practice with a range of influences including religion, science, and architecture. His work has most recently appeared in Vice, Art In America, and at Portland’s T:BA Festival.