In the Hour Before: This Land...


Please join us at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery for a conversation with Stephen Hayes, Linda Tesner and Tad Savinar on Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 am. The discussion will center on Hayes's current exhibition In The Hour Before: This  Land…, which includes a series of paintings that depict American landscapes imprinted with the tragedies of gun violence.

Stephen Hayes has shown his work locally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), The Art Gym (Marylhurst, OR), Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (Spokane, WA), American Culture Center (Sapporo and Nagoya, Japan) and The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC). He has been commissioned for several public art projects in the region, and his work can be found in numerous private collections in addition to the public collections of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), New York Public Library (New York, NY), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (Portland, OR). In 2011, Stephen Hayes was named a Hallie Ford Fellow, and in 2018 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Linda Tesner is the interim director and curator of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University. Previously, she served as director and curator at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College for the past two decades (1998-2019). She was formerly the assistant director of the Portland Art Museum and the director of the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Oregon and her MA in History of Art from Ohio State University.

Tad Savinar is a conceptual artist who has maintained an active studio practice for over 40 years. His work has been exhibited widely across the country and is included in numerous public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Smithsonian (Washington, DC) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). As an urban designer, Savinar directed or was a team member on scores of large scale urban development and transportation projects. Savinar participated in the design of the Columbine High School Memorial, the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, the John Callahan Garden and other places of remembrance. His next exhibition will be at the Oregon Jewish Museum opening in June of 2020, scheduled to coincide in content and timing with the 2020 elections. Savinar is represented by PDX CONTEMPORARY ART.  


Stephen Hayes
Livingston, TX 2-11-19
, 2019
oil on canvas over panel
60 x 60"