Art Gym names new director, curator
Ashley Stull Meyers assumes a key role in Portland's art community
For The Review, Tidings
Ashley Stull Meyers has been named the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of the Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University.
Stull Meyers is a writer, editor and curatorial collaborator. Her interests include the research of marginalized histories, site-specificity and exploring the boundaries of traditional media.
She describes her curatorial methods as being "invested in the queering of public space by alternative models for exhibition (including use of digital platforms and print media publications) and the centering of artists of color."
Stull Meyers has curated exhibitions and programming for the Wattis Institute and Eli Ridgway, both in San Francisco; the Oakland Museum of California; the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland; and Bridge Productions in Seattle.
Most recently, Stull Meyers was an adjunct lecturer at Wichita State University and outreach coordinator for the artist-in-residence program at c3:initiative in Portland. She is currently the Northwest editor for Art Practical and has contributed writing to Bomb magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ.
"I'm deeply committed to the Art Gym's regional focus and look forward to expanding our geographic and art-historic conceptions of the Pacific Northwest as a region," Stull Meyers said, indicating that showcasing artists from Alaska and British Columbia is one way the Art Gym may redefine the region it serves.
"Arts in the Northwest have been deeply influenced by oft-forgotten histories of indigeneity, social practices and the diaspora of makers of color," she said. "Marylhurst as a progressive educational institution is uniquely positioned to host artists working within these legacies"
Stull Meyers says she hopes to increasingly host artists on the Marylhurst campus for site-specific events and installations. She brings an academic perspective to her art programming; research-oriented and historically minded, she has completed academic residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha and the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. She completed her Master of Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Widely known for its diverse programming and support of regional artists, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University has been at the forefront of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest for nearly four decades. It is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists pursuing ambitious, risk-taking projects at key stages in their careers.
The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications and public engagement. It has showcased the work of more than 300 artists, produced hundreds of exhibitions, hosted as many public conversations and published more than 77 exhibition catalogs and books.
The Art Gym is located on the third floor of the BP John Building on the Marylhurst campus, 17600 Pacific Highway in Marylhurst. Admission to the exhibits there are free.