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Connective Conversations with Paddy Johnson

Apr 12 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

Free and open to the public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Thursday April 12, 2018 // 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm)

Paddy Johnson will discuss the blog Art F City and online publishing, the legacy and importance of preserving the history of artist run projects and the rise of the art podcast. Expect swears.

About Paddy Johnson Paddy Johnson is the founding Editor of Art F City. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2008, she became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards in 2010 and 2013. In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile for her work as an independent art blogger.

Paddy also maintains an active presence as a curator. In 2011 she has curated Graphics Interchange Format, a survey of animated GIFs for Denison University and in 2016 created the sequel to that exhibition, Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies for Providence College and GRIN Gallery. In 2015 she curated Mimic, a show about imitation and illusion and Floating Point, an exhibition showcasing the work of 49 columbia MFAs at Judith Charles Gallery and in 2015 and 2016 created shows for the Satellite Art Fair. She is currently working on a retrospective of the feminist artist Carol Cole with curator Emily Stamey at the Weatherspoon Gallery in North Carolina.

About Connective Conversations : The Ford Family Foundation and the UO College of Design launched Connective Conversations in 2011. The multiyear program brings professional curators and critics from outside the Northwest to conduct one-on-one studio visits with established artists, to deliver public lectures, and to join in community conversations.

In 2015, the program partnership was expanded to include the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College and the Oregon College of Art and Craft, with more recent partnerships with Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. These partnerships continue through 2019 as a key element of The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts program.The program enriches and strengthens the Oregon Visual Art ecosystem by drawing on the national and international connectivity, reputation and intellectual excellence of each and all of the partners.

About The Ford Family Foundation: The Curator and Critic Tour is one of seven program components of the Foundation’s Visual Arts Program established in memory of Hallie Ford, a co-founder of the Foundation. Principle goals are to enhance the quality of artistic endeavors throughout the state by visual artists and visual arts institutions, and to improve Oregon’s visual arts ecology by making strategic investments in Oregon visual arts institutions.

The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation and its Visual Arts Program please visit