PVAC is pleased to announce that a neo-baroque floral design by Portland, Oregon artist Deb Stoner, chosen from nearly 200 international entries, is now installed on portions of the exterior facade of our campus. The wrap is supported by the RLES Burke Artist Residency Program and was printed and installed by Los Angeles large format printers CR+A Custom. Their treatment of our first wrap, featuring iconic portraits by Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland, was named by Big Picture magazine one of twelve Best of Wide Format Awards this year. Deb Stoner’s design, featuring her plant photography captured by scanner, inspired our Fall exhibitions featuring architectural surface design. Deb Stoner will be present at the Fall exhibitions opening reception on September 7, 2019.
Deb Stoner’s work in still life photography involves making complex visual constructs using the flora and small fauna of specific places. She is drawn to imperfections in the natural world and seeks tiny ephemeral events to choreograph in real-time. Composed on a flatbed scanner, the lush, neo-baroque compositions examine highly magnified details of natural forms.
Deb holds an MFA in Applied Design from SDSU, a BS in Geology from UC Davis, and has enjoyed a decades-long teaching career at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Recently she presented lectures on photography to the Yuma Symposium, the Portland Art Museum, the SPENW Regional Conference; had numerous solo shows and group exhibitions; juried purchases in the permanent public art collections at University of Oregon, OHSU, PCC, and Portland International Airport; is the recipient of grants and a recent residency; and sells work to enthusiastic collectors.