Jess Nickel is a featured speaker at the Scalehouse Voices presentation to be held at OSU-Cascades.

Nov 21, 2022

Oregon State University - Cascades and Scalehouse, a Bend-based arts collaborative, will host artist and independent curator Jessica Nickel who will talk about a series of art exhibits she curated in Portland and her experience as an artist.

The talk “Finding Space, Curating the Inbetween,” is part of the “Scalehouse Voices” series and will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. in the atrium of Edward J. Ray Hall. The event is open to the public. Registrants can attend for free or pay on a sliding scale

Nickel will share her curation of an exhibition series called SATOR. The curated shows currently underway feature a range of artists and artistic mediums.

She will also talk about the challenges of pursuing a personal creative practice that doesn’t produce financial benefit and the lessons learned as she developed her own practice.

Nickel is an independent curator, writer and arts producer based in Portland. She received bachelor’s degrees in fine art focused on painting and in literature from the University of Oregon.

In 2011, Nickel was awarded a year-long residency with Engage Studios in Galway, Ireland where she curated a series of pop-up exhibitions in vacant spaces throughout the city. Since then, she has worked with arts institutions, including For-Site Foundation in San Francisco and Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, Upfor Gallery, Newspace and Converge 45 in Portland.  

In addition to leading SATOR, Nickel is a co-owner and business development director of ADBusch, a furniture design and custom manufacturing studio.

Scalehouse Voices talks feature the fresh voices, perspectives and ideas of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, designers and scholars.

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About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by 2.5 million acres of mountains and high desert, OSU-Cascades offers small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and engages in top tier research as part of Oregon State University. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.

Scalehouse is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts center convening diverse thinkers for in-depth discussions, artistic collaborations, exhibitions and events, including Bend Design Week, Scalehouse Gallery, Patriica Clark Artist in Residency Studio, Art+Words Literary Fest and Scalehouse Voices. Scalehouse believes our shared future presents complex challenges and opportunities, not just benefiting from creativity but requiring it, and is committed to programming that’s accessible, provocative, extraordinary and inclusive — always with an eye toward a better future.