Critical Conversations


Critical Conversations is a nexus space between artists and those who reflect upon and present their work. Our critical writing initiative specifically engages Oregon’s arts writers and cultural producers around currents in society, our region, and the field of art. Commissioned writing comes from a range of perspectives and creative practices, and vary in form from speculative essays, art reviews, and interviews, to photo essays, annotated bibliographies, ekphrastic poems, and editioned multiples. All of this work can be found on the Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project and some appear in print in our annual thematic publications.

Recent Submissions

  • Noon 
    Center for Art Research, University of Oregon (2023)
    Noon may be the least romanticized phase of a day. Not a beginning or an end, but a quiet tipping point. The lighting does not swoon as dawn and dusk, the energy does not pulse. But one can move without the deep shadows ...
  • Figuring 
    Center for Art Research, University of Oregon (2021)
    By holding space for both indeterminacy and latent form, Figuring conjures histories and possible futures, lived experiences, and propositions for ways that ethereal matter might exist concretely or be allowed to endure ...
  • Center for Art Research, University of Oregon (2022)
    Critical Conversations encourages exchange and inquiry. The partners above facilitate a year-round calendar of studio visits for Oregon artists by prominent visiting curators and arts writers who present public lectures ...