AiR Studios Exhibition 2020/2021

A Culmination of the 2020-2021 Artists in Residence

February 11– March 27, 2021

The Arts Center is delighted to showcase the work of the 2020 – 2021 Artists in Residence artists in the Corrine Woodman Gallery

  • Jess Felix
  • Cora Freyer
  • Eileen Hinckle
  • Jill Myer
  • Citlalmina Rios
  • Caitlin Rose

The Artist Accelerator Program, in its 3rd year, brought together these six emerging artists in residence.
The Artists Residency is a 16 week supportive and interdisciplinary professional development program. Through it, artists gain business and professional confidence through lectures, critiques, art-making, and one-on-one coaching. AiR Studios Exhibition 2020/2021 is the culmination of their residency.
We have so enjoyed watching these artists grow over the last few months and look forward to following their careers for years to come. I hope you will join me in congratulating our residents for working through a tough curriculum, persevering during COVID closures, and creating exciting new works.
Please come by the gallery to view this one of a kind exhibit!
A Glimpse of the Exhibit
Artists in Residence Artists Talk

Resident Interview with Artists Citlalmina Xochitl Rios & Eileen Hinckle
Resident Interview with Artists Cora Freyer & Caitlin Rose

Caitlin Rose | Dance & Choreography

Caitlin Rose is a dance instructor and choreographer who creates dance for the stage, film, and site-specific works. Rose began her technical dance training at the age of seven, and at the age of sixteen she started choreographing small recitals and plays. In 2018, she received her Bachelors of Science in Dance from Western Oregon University (WOU) and three awards in academic excellence for choreography and research in dance history.

For her artist residency, Rose is choreographing and directing a short dance film about religious trauma. Working with a cast of eight dancers, she commissioned original compositions by Thomas Leinonen and Suzy Herbert. The piece depicts the experience of indoctrination, shame and its lasting effect on women through the use of religious symbolism, combined with contemporary movement.
Rose draws from the technical and compositional training she received at WOU and throughout her dance career to invent new movement vernacular for each work she creates.

Citlalmina Xochitl Rios | Photographer and Poet

Citlalmina Xochitl Rios is an Indigenous photographer and poet. Rios is also a Marine Corps Veteran, from the San Gorgonio Pass and San Bernardino areas of California. She pulls her focus from what she knows as a veteran, a mother, and from the socioeconomic and cultural experiences of her youth. She received her first camera in middle school and used that camera to document life throughout her adolescence and while in the Marine Corps.

Rios blends documentary style photography with poetry to tell a larger story and further convey emotions. She uses her work therapeutically to address personal traumas as well as those of others.

Rios has shown and performed work at Vanguard Art Gallery and The Marks Center for Art at the College of the Desert. She participated in University of Oregon’s World Poetry night in 2019 and 2020 and in The Art Center’s Arts Alive 2020. A poem of hers will be published in the next edition of The Sand Canyon Review, and in 2021, she will study photography while attending the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.

Cora Freyer | Painter

Cora Freyer, born in Dusseldorf, Germany, has been a professional artist since 2005. She holds a B.F.A from the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Freyer exhibited at Museum Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf and presently her paintings are at the Austin City Hall, TX.

Freyer’s focus centers on painting, drawing, and digital-image-alterations. She uses a variety of media including oil and water-based paint, ballpoint pen, and chalk/charcoal, usually working on large canvases kept in a traditional format. She frequently applies thick layers of paint, repeatedly sampling royal blues, oranges and yellows.

Cora enjoys working in Series, and the titles are often wordplays alluding to multiple meanings. Freyer’s background consists of traditional techniques, but currently explores work on small, paper surfaces displaying ideas in a “notation-style” language. Cora’s landscapes paintings fuse elements of graffiti-art and cubistic components while her figurative work centers around the depiction of the female and her roles in society.

Eileen Hinckle | Painter

Eileen Hinckle has been working as a mural artist since 2012. She grew up in the Willamette Valley and is currently based in Corvallis, Oregon. Her painting style is influenced by the seven years she spent in South America, where she participated in the diverse communities of muralism and street art. Hinkle earned a psychology degree from Northwestern University and pursued art education in Chicago, Chile, Peru, and most recently in Barcelona, Spain, earning a degree in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques from EINA University of Design and Art.

Over her career, she has painted 60+ murals across three continents, including five-story buildings. Additionally, she participated in international mural festivals and worked as a facilitator of participatory murals with children.

Hinckle draws inspiration from growing up in nature, and especially from her time spent in forests and the jungle. Her artwork is a visual exploration of the reconnection between humans and nature. By drawing on different recurring shapes and patterns found in nature, her work speaks to the underlying concepts of interconnectedness, harmony, and diversity, which are all vital parts of a functioning ecosystem.

Jess Felix | Ceramicist

Jess Felix has been making and working as a visual artist for 20 years. Felix earned her BFA in Sculpture in 2004 from Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Exploring clay as a modeling material in school opened her to the world of experimentation and love for ceramics. She has exhibited in galleries around Melbourne and in various shows in the U.S.

Felix’s series of ceramic sculptures pays tribute to women climate activists which emphasize a message of interconnectedness and urgency. She also makes functional pottery that incorporates drawn designs, carved textures and appendages which lend her pieces a fun, tangible dialogue. Felix teaches visual art and clay classes for kids and teens around Corvallis, OR.

Felix works primarily with slabs, building forms to make both sculptural and functional work, she experiments with layered glazes and molds taken from natural objects to capture an earthy imperfection. Designs she uses on the surface of clay begin as drawings, often rhythmic contours and narrations of organic landscapes. In her current work, Felix explores the intimate relationship between the spirit of the landscape and one’s body as a vessel.

Jill Myer | Painter

Jill Myer is a visual artist whose work explores natural landscapes through the use of mediums such as plant matter, wool, bees wax and watercolor pigment. Myer works with watercolors for their simple beautiful layers and subdued color palette, but also dives into bright, full-textured and tactile encaustic paintings.

Myer grew up in Montana and received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Montana in 2000 with an emphasis in painting and photography. After living in Alaska for many years, Myer now lives in Newport, OR with her husband and their dog, Simon.

Myer’s encaustic work uses the fluid nature of the wax medium to represent the natural world. Myer uses thin layers of pigmented wax to build an image, often using objects found in nature to add depth, dimension, and a sculptural quality. Living on the coast in the Pacific Northwest, Myer’s current work reflects the soft, soothing gray coastal days and explores the changing of seasons and the beauty of nature even in death, as it prepares for the rebirth of spring.

The Artists Accelerator Program, (AAP) is a unique opportunity for artists, interested in learning more about arts businesses. In addition to educational programming, AAP presents Arts Alive, an annual celebration of the creative process. Through it, artists share and participants learn a wide range of skills needed to produce the visual, music and literary arts.

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Our thanks to these organizations for providing support for the arts in our community:

  • Oregon Arts Commission
  • ArtWorks
  • City of Corvallis, Parks & Recreation
  • Downtown Corvallis Association
  • Literary Arts Fund of The Arts Center Endowment Fund