This collaborative exhibition between the JSMA and the George D. Green Art Institute celebrated recent work by forty-five artists who began their creative careers in Oregon during the 1960s and ’70s. This exhibition showcased how this generation of artists continued to represent the highest levels of artistic statement and creative accomplishment while maintaining commitments to personalized styles. Sixty years after their careers started in this state—in many cases, as students of the University of Oregon’s M.F.A. Program, at Oregon State University, or at Portland’s Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art)—these artists continued to create art that inspires and expands this state’s artistic landscape.
While the exhibition ran, from mid-January to early May, featured artists took part in gallery talks that gave the viewing public a chance to understand how different artists approached their expression in color and technique. Particularly interesting was the Curator’s lecture, where Danielle Knapp elaborated on how artists were chosen to be a part of Visual Magic and to expand on their education and activities in the 1960s and ’70s.