48th Annual

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Event dates: June 24, 25 & 26 2011

Lake Oswego, Oregon USA


2011 Special Exhibit: The Language of Sculpture

Juried Exhibit:

Part of the Language of Sculpture exhibit will feature a juried exhibit open by application to all sculpture artists.This portion of the exhibit will be juried by Mel Katz, Bonnie Laing-Malcomson and Michihiro Kosuge


 About the Jurors 


Mel KatzSculptor Mel Katz continues his always evolving exploration of shape and contour. Starting with the drawn line, he translates his ideas into sculptural objects that encourage thought about the concepts of two and three dimensional space. Using bold and contrasting colors, Katz plays with positive and negative shapes. This show features wall sculptures made of machine cut, anodized aluminum. The images that result are simple yet exuberant, made with a clear energy and vision that has been developing for decades. Katz is a 50 year veteran of his craft. His work is fresh, clean, and modern, refined by years of technical expertise and aesthetic consideration.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Mel Katz graduated from the Cooper Union Art School in 1953. He moved to Portland in 1963 and became well known in the early 1970s as one of the founders of the nationally reputed, Portland Center for the Visual Arts. Katz taught art at Portland State University until retiring in 1998. He has been exhibiting his work since 1956, which includes a retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1988 and the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition “Still Working,” in 1994. Selected collections include; the Portland Art Museum, OR; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; City of Seattle; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland; Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR; and Safeco Insurance, Seattle, WA. 

Click here for a sampling of Mr. Katz's artwork at the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon. 



Bonnie Laing-MalcomsonLaing-Malcolmson is the Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum.  She is responsible for the Museum’s distinguished collection of Northwest art from the late 19th century to today. Her duties will include the research, documentation, and building of the collection and presenting exhibitions based on the collection and the work of artists living and working in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.

Most recently, Laing-Malcolmson served as the president of Portland’s Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). She has also served in a variety of leadership and curatorial positions at numerous regional arts organizations including the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Fall, Montana, The Beall Park Art Center in Bozeman, Montana, and Portland’s Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Laing-Malcolmson received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Montana State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has extensive experience as a teacher and curator for a variety of institutions and galleries including Montana State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Dancing Colors Gallery, Haynes Fine Arts Gallery, and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.



Michihiro KosugePortland sculptor Michihiro Kosuge creates sculpture out of polished and rugged granite or basalt, manipulating the stone into a range of organic and geometric forms. His work reflects an interest in the relationship between man and nature seen in influences of both architectural form and the natural environment. In this exhibition, Kosuge's sculptures explore aspects of transformation. His treatment of each piece prompts reflection on what it may have been like before the artist's hand and mind transformed the stone into something new. Using drills, blowtorches and grinding wheels, each stone surface is thoughtfully honed, shaped and polished, or sometimes left pristine. The result is a beautiful combination of solemnity and spirituality. The initial understated presence of this work rewards close looking with a rich and profound experience

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Michihiro Kosuge first studied architecture at the Tokyo Sumida Technical School of Architecture and then went on to receive his MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970. He began teaching art at Portland State University in 1978, becoming a full professor in 1989, and after serving three years as the Chair of the Art Department, retired in 2003. Exhibitions of his work include the Oakland Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Seattle Art Museum. Major commissions include Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA; the River Point Education Center, Spokane, WA; Kaiser Permanente Foundation, Vancouver, WA; the Little Tokyo Mall, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, OR; and the Washington County Justice Center, Hillsboro, OR. Most recently, Kosuge completed an extensive 5-piece commission for the Portland TriMet Transit Mall.

Click here for a sampling of Professor Kosuge's artwork at the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon. 

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