CCA Exhibit: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Exhibition November 5 – 26, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday November 5th from 5-7pm
Mark Rothko worked as an elementary school teacher. Mickalene Thomas worked as a coffee house waitress. Jackson Pollock worked as a babysitter, Keith Haring worked as a busboy, Yayoi Kusama sewed and fabricated parachutes and Barbara Kruger worked as a graphic designer. Artists are everywhere. And they are working.
What does it mean to be an artist who is also a worker? How does a worker find ways to develop their art while also keeping food on the table and a roof over their head? How does a person manage the compulsion to create art within the context of the day job workday? And what does that do to the artist, and to the art? This split existence can often be a painful experience, but sometimes a rewarding one and a source of the energy behind an artist’s work.
For this show, Columbia Center for the Arts is seeking to showcase the art and the stories of artists with day jobs, or other daily concerns that provide the resources needed to survive – food, shelter, healthcare, transportation. We hope to present an immersive experience of what it is to make art, to create artistic expression, when sales of artworks are not the artist’s sole source of income.
About the Curator:
Guest curator Genevieve Scholl is an artist with a day job that has been working and living in the Gorge since 1996. She graduated from Portland State University in 1997 with a degree in Art History and was a founding board member of Columbia Center for the Arts. She is currently working as Special Projects Manager at the Port of Hood River while developing her art practice painting the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest working in oils, alkyd, wax and charcoal. With her husband, Travis, she is also raising a teenager and building a house in Cascade Locks. She is usually exhausted, but passionate about the arts and about people who live with the compulsion to create art under any circumstances.


Nov 05 2021


11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

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