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  • Why Visual Arts
  • Careers
  • Origins of the Color Blue
  • Why Should You Get This Degree?

    We live in a visual world and studying the visual arts opens up numerous opportunities. When you study art, you develop crucial communication and critical thinking skills. As a student, you are asked to solve complex problems throughout the curriculum in project-based classes that help to build your decision and implementation skills. As you progress through the program, you will develop skills in spacial awareness and compositional design while heightening visual literacy. Understanding the images in our lives is important not just as artists or designers but as people who navigate visual environments on a daily basis. Studying art enables you to become highly effective at understanding and interpreting images and in turn allows you to create more effective visual environments. You will also be asked to continuously critique your own work as well as the work of your peers, creating an environment of constant improvement and assessment. All of these skills are important in today's economy and will allow you to work in a number of fields as a thoughtful, articulate, and visually proficient professional.

    Black and white hand drawn face of a woman
    Pastel drawing of a lily in pink and blue
    Canvas painting of a pitcher and a plant
  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.

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  • Origins of the Color Blue

    Of all the colors, blue is the most liked by both men and women. It's no surprise, then, that many artists have expressed preference for it. According to psychologists, the popularity of the hue may take root in our evolutionary development. In the hunting-and-gathering days, those drawn to positive things-like, say, clear skies and clean water-were more likely to survive, and, over time, this preference for the color blue may have become hard-wired.

    This is an excerpt from A Brief History of Blue Sarah Gottesman -

    Click on a point of interest to learn about a pigment of blue!

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Renee is an Ohio native where she studied at Ohio State University, earning her BFA in Ceramics. She then went on to receive her MFA from the University of New Mexico where she lived and worked as an artist in the enchanting landscape of the Southwest. Renee now calls Oregon home where she is an active national and internationally shown artist and ceramic faculty at LBCC.
Renee McKitterick
Lewis is a graduate of Corvallis High School and has lived within the region for a good share of his life. He graduated from LBCC in 1995 with an AAS in Graphic Communications and an AS in Fine Art. His BS in Graphic Design is from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and he is working on his MFA in Graphic Design. He has worked for several design firms and spent several years with Diamond Multimedia. He is a freelance designer and Mac consultant in his free time. Lewis has been teaching in the Graphics field since the Fall of 1996
Lewis Franklin
Perhaps what attracts me most to art is its connectivity. It provides little inlets to almost every subject of study, sends out philosophical hooks that lead to deeper conversations, and has a merciless sense of humor. The thing that I didn't realize as a student was just how much exploration, learning, and growth can happen as a teacher. Everyone has a unique vantage point to offer, a wealth of personally amassed knowledge, and distinct value within their work.

Anne Magratten Personal Site

Anne Magratten
Andrew is an Oregon artist whose studio practice is drawing focused with elements of installation and sculpture. His recent awards include a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to travel, create work in residence, and install an exhibition in the Slovak Republic as well as a Ford Family Foundation sponsored residency at Playa. Andrew received his MFA from Portland State University. He currently teaches at OSU and LBCC.

Andrew Myers Personal Site

Andrew Myers
Studying art at Oregon State University and art history at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany has strongly influenced Luke's interests and professional knowledge of the visual arts. Even though art and art history continue to occupy much of his time, he does actually spend a lot of time outside the library and the museum. Oregon has enchanted and spoiled him with its great outdoors. He loves to ski, snowboard, sled, camp, hike, fish, crab, raft, windsurf, surf, kayak, skydive, swim, disc golf, golf, fly kites, and cave amongst other activities.
Luke Peterson
Isabelle hails from San Francisco. She recently moved to Oregon after nearly 15 years living in Delaware and Massachusetts. She received her BA in Art History and English from Brandeis University and her MA in Art History from the University of Delaware, where she is now completing her PhD. While Isabelle loves all periods of art, she focuses on modern art and the history of photography. Her interests include art and science, urban planning, and visual culture. She enjoys traveling, cooking, taking photos, and reading and plans to spend the next chapter exploring the history and natural beauty of Oregon.
Isabelle Havet
Maddison is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Eugene. Originally from Washington State, she earned an AA from Spokane Falls Community College in 2006, a BA from Whitworth University in 2008, and an MFA from Brigham Young University in 2013. She has since participated in residencies at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, worked as a graphic designer, and taught at BYU and LBCC. Her work focuses on themes of ecology, built environment, and communal knowledge.
Maddison Colvin
Katherine instructs printmaking and foundations courses at universities and non-profit art organizations and is currently instructing foundations courses at LBCC. She has recently served as a part-time instructor at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Katherine Spinella Personal Site

Katherine Spinella
Matthew's work is internationally shown, including such recent cities as Los Angeles, Berlin, Chicago, New York, Denver, and Phoenix. Currently, Matthew resides in Oregon where he is faculty in the Art and Visual Communication Departments at Oregon State University and LBCC.
Matthew Williams
Mandy Keathley received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of North Texas, and an MFA in Art from the University of Oregon where she currently resides and teaches. She has shown her sculptural work nationally, and has recently participated in several artist residencies, including the Corwin Physics Lab Residency and AiR Sandnes in Norway. When she is not making or teaching art, she spends time rock climbing, backpacking, and exploring wilderness spaces.

Mandy Keathley's Personal Site

Mandy Keathley