ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former Miss America pageant winner has scored another honor.

The Miss America Foundation announced Monday that Katie Harman Ebner has been named the inaugural recipient of its new Former Miss America Discretionary Scholarship.

The scholarship was established to help former pageant winners who still need financial assistance in completing their education after their 10-year scholarship window expires.

Ebner was Miss America 2002. She will receive up to $10,000 in scholarship assistance to continue her studies at Southern Oregon University’s renowned Oregon Center for the Arts.

Ashland Daily Tidings
Posted Aug. 21, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Free screenings of a series of six film noir classics in the garden at Hearsay Restaurant in Ashland kick off Tuesday, Aug. 23, with “Scarlet Street,” a 1945 film directed by Fritz Lang starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea.

The series, dubbed “Trigger Warnings: A Celebration of Film Noir,” is hosted by Southern Oregon University professor of noir literature Bobby Arellano. Austin Gurwell, a former student of his, co-curates.

Learn more about “Trigger Warnings” on the full article.

LA Weekly

Posted Aug. 9, 2016

Lora Schlesinger Gallery presents Flowers from Mars, a series of small-scaled paintings by Laurel Bustamante. Like Persian miniatures, Bustamante’s paintings are elaborate and enticing. Flowers from Mars combines carefully painted human-interpreted flora with otherworldly environments.

Learn more about ‘Flowers from Mars” on the full article.

Ashland Daily Tidings

Posted Jul. 29, 2016

The Schneider Museum of Art is taking part in what has been dubbed “Oregon’s largest art show.” The museum on Southern Oregon University’s Ashland campus is exhibiting the diverse work of five artists through Sept. 17 as part of “Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art.” Previous biennials were staged in Portland. This year, organizers have expanded the reach of the exhibit of 34 emerging and established Oregon artists and artist teams to stretch from Astoria to Ashland and as far east as La Grande.

Learn about the upcoming art show on the full article.

Mail Tribune

Posted Jul. 29, 2016

The moods of Crater Lake, from the explosive sounds of its creation to the gentle stillness of a winter morning, were evoked this morning in the world premiere of a musical composition called “Natural History.” The setting couldn’t have been more natural, the open spaces at The Watchman, which overlooks Crater Lake, the focus of the work by New York City composer Michael Gordon. The work was commissioned by Britt Music & Arts Festival, and Gordon spent time visiting Crater Lake National Park last summer and winter to develop an appreciation for the lake and its history.

Learn more about the ‘Sounds of Crater Lake’ on the full article.

Ashland Daily Tidings

Posted Jul. 21, 2016

As the Schneider Museum at OCA moves from strength to strength, most recently with its participation in the prestigious, statewide Portland Biennial, Scott Malbaurn has moved from his interim position as executive director of the museum into a permanent position. Quills and Queues caught up with Malbaurn to ask him about his vision for the future.

Learn more about the new museum Director on the full article.

Source Weekly

Posted Jul. 20, 2016

Established in 1902, Crater Lake is the fifth oldest national park and Oregon’s only national park. Its stunning blue water has inspired awe in nature enthusiasts, artists, and photographers from all over the world. On July 29, the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams will introduce music lovers to the majesty of the park with the world premier of Michael Gordon’s composition, “Natural History.”

Learn more about the National Park Service Anniversary celebration on the full article.

Ashland Daily Tidings

Posted Jul. 14, 2016

Curator Michelle Grabner drove 1,800 miles and visited more than 100 studios as she scoured Oregon for artists to include in a state biennial exhibition. Rather than show her selections in a centralized exhibit in Portland, her finds are on display throughout Oregon. To further mix the pot, the work of Portland artists has been sent far afield to sites that include Pendleton and Ashland, while pieces by outlying artists were brought to Oregon’s biggest city.

Learn more about Michelle Grabner’s curated show on the full article.

Ashland Daily Tidings

Posted Jun. 16, 2016

I caught up with Dr. David Humphrey, who, as director of the Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA) at Southern Oregon University, is responsible for spearheading a multidisciplinary arts behemoth here in the Rogue Valley. He shared his thoughts with Quills on his direction and vision for the OCA.

Learn more about Quills & Queues on the full article.

Portland Monthly

Posted Jun. 13, 2016

The current Portland art scene is a lot of things: broad-based, eclectic, somewhat high-strung, and often high-concept. But easy to access? Not so much. How do you take the pulse of something so ragged and rangy and hard to pin down? How about a singular, galvanizing crash course in the best (or, at least, most provocative and striking) contemporary art the city and state have to offer right now? That’s what the Portland Biennial sets out to do, pulling from Oregon’s creative landscape a selection of artists whose work will inevitably inspire debate.

Learn more about the art scene exhibit on the full article.