Though it's still uncertain when the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House may reopen to the public, the Oregon City historic resource is looking forward to hosting an artist residency program.
Beginning June 1, Paul Trapp was the first of four artists taking up residence in the Stevens-Crawford's private 10-foot-by-6-foot enclosed sun porch studio. Each artist will be granted a $300 stipend and is required to volunteer for 20 hours at the Heritage House during their monthlong residency.
The funding for this Clackamas County Historical Society program in partnership with Art in Oregon was made possible by a grant from the Clackamas County Arts Alliance.
The studio is available to the resident artist 24 hours a day, and includes access to a kitchen, bathroom and courtyard garden (room and board not included). Artists will conclude their residency with a public showing of the artworks created during their stay at the Heritage House, on display in the upper level of the house.
Mainly working in acrylic, Trapp is known for depicting distorted domestic spaces with doors and windows that open up to sea and landscapes.? He has taught at colleges in Minnesota, Illinois and Oregon.
Resident artists are not limited in the scope of work they produce, but are encouraged to explore ideas carrying some relationship to Oregon City and/or the Heritage House. This could include historical events; current social, political, or statistical data; materials, structures, natural landscapes unique to the area, etc.
Trapp earned his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011 and has exhibited at venues in Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Italy and Malaysia. His work is on permanent collection at Penang State Museum & Art Gallery and Bethany Lutheran College.
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