Christine Bourdette and Prudence Roberts: In Conversation

Stagger , 2017 graphite, Flashe, pastel and colored pencil on paper 22 x 30" paper

Stagger, 2017
graphite, Flashe, pastel and colored pencil on paper
22 x 30" paper

Please join us at Elizabeth Leach Gallery for an engaging conversation between Christine Bourdette and Prudence Roberts who will be discussing the work on view in the current exhibition, Erosion. Bourdette's work in the exhibition explores vulnerability, resilience and the human condition through sculptures and drawings that mimic the colors, textures and shapes of nature.

Christine Bourdette is a visual artist whose  practice includes sculptures, drawings and installation. Her meticulously crafted artworks comment on social, political, or human predicaments through a three-dimensional vocabulary that incorporates a wide repertoire of materials. Bourdette received her BA from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR) and has exhibited in the United States and France, including solo exhibitions at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR), The Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX), Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), Klein Art Works (Chicago, IL), The Alexandria Museum, (Alexandria, LA), and Galerie L’Aire du Verseau (Paris, France). Her sculpture and drawings are in many public and private collections nationwide and her art has been featured in Sculpture magazine and reviewed in Art in America, Artweek, and Visions Quarterly. She has been featured in three Oregon biennial exhibitions and has permanent public artworks in Portland, OR, Tempe, AZ, Seattle, WA and many other locations. Bourdette was the first recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award in 1992.

Prudence F. Roberts recently retired from Portland Community College, where she taught art history and was the curator of the collections and gallery at the Rock Creek campus. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum. She continues to work as a freelance curator and writer, most recently focusing on work by Terry Toedtemeier, Ben Buswell, Brenda Mallory, Ryan Burkhardt, Amy Bay, and Jim Lommasson.

Roberts serves on the board of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts and is a member of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.