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Geschke Residency, Faculty Promotion

Geschke Residency, Faculty Promotion

: Erik Geschke, "Accretion" (detail) 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

It’s been a busy year for art alum Erik Geschke (AR ’93): a promotion to associate professor with tenure, an installation at SAM, and now, a Ford Family Foundation fellowship.

The joy is great for a college faculty when its students grow into colleagues, greater still when they go on to join a faculty themselves. This past spring, Erik Geschke, a 1993 graduate of the Cornish art department, was promoted to Associate Professor of Art with indefinite tenure at Portland State University. Almost as a demonstration of the abilities that garnered him that appointment, he just closed an installation at the Seattle Art Museum and is currently working in California on a Ford Foundation fellowship which is funding a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program.

Erik Geschke was one of four Oregon artists selected to receive a Ford Family Foundation Fellowship for Oregon Artists at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Located 40-miles south of San Francisco, Djerassi is situated on 583 acres in the Redwood forested Santa Cruz Mountains of California’s Coastal Range. Geschke is an artist-in-residence at Djerassi through November 13. 

“Participating in the Djerassi Resident Artist Program will allow me the ability to create a new body of artwork, increase exposure of my work and expand my professional network,” says Geschke. “First and foremost, this residency will provide a period of uninterrupted time to focus on my creative practice as a visual artist while working in a place of unparalleled natural beauty.”

From September 5 through October 3 of this year, Erik Geschke was honored with a window installation at the Seattle Art Museum. “Accretion ponders issues surrounding classicism, function and solidity,” writes Geschke, “It depicts a neo-classical sculpture plinth that is both engaged in the process of creating itself while simultaneously being stripped of its function. This piece considers the fallibility of certainty.”

Professor Geschke is currently entering his seventh year at Portland State, where he acts as coordinator of the sculpture area in the School of Art and Design. “I enjoy having intertwined careers as both an artist and art educator,” says Geschke, “Full-time academic appointments are few and far between these days, so I feel very fortunate to have this position. Receiving tenure is a great honor and I look forward to my future at Portland State.”


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