Joellyn Loehr

I come at painting from the wrong way around. I do not set out to illustrate anything – not an object, a scene, nor an idea. The painting is a record of events in the studio and of experiments both intuitive and calculated – with color, with the physical properties of paint on a surface, and with random shapes and gestures. Throughout most of the process, the subject of the painting is the painting itself. Marks, colors, and shapes accumulate, are modified, are erased by abrasion or layering, are consolidated and connected to one another. Over time a working surface is built, destroyed, and rebuilt.


Bachelor of Fine Arts—Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

Master of Arts—Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Bachelor of Science—Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti MI; 1971-2; Design I, Interior Design I, Housing the Family

New Hampshire Institute of Art; Manchester NH; 1980-1; Design I


Works of Faith—First Presbyterian Church; Portland OR; May–June 1998 (Juror’s Award)

PNCA at OHSU—Oregon Health & Sciences University; Portland OR; March–April 1999

Recent Graduates—Selected by instructors to represent PNCA; Blackfish Gallery; Portland OR; July 2000

Emerging Artists—Catlin Gabel School; Portland OR; October–November 2000

Gifts of the Spirit—First Presbyterian Church; Portland OR; December 2000–January 2001

New Members Show—Blackfish Gallery; Portland OR; January 2001

Blackfish at PCC—Northview Gallery, Portland Community College; Portland OR; Feb. 2001

Montana Art Gallery Association

Paris-Gibson Square Museum of Art; Great Falls MT; November 2001–December 2001

Liberty Arts Center and Gallery; Chester MT; May 2002–June 2002

Western Montana College Museum; Dillon MT; September 2002–October 2002

Expressions West 2003—Coos Art Museum and SWOCC; Coos Bay OR; May–June, 2003

Natural Abstraction—Mirror Pond Gallery; Bend OR; October 2003 (Jurors’ Award)

Around Oregon Annual II—Corvallis Arts Center; Corvallis OR; June 2004

New Work—Blackfish Gallery; Portland OR; August 2001, April 2003, May 2004, July 2004, April 2005

Portland Art Dealers Association—Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theater, December 2005

Expressions West 2006—Coos Art Museum and SWOCC; Coos Bay OR; May–July, 2006;

First Place Purchase Award, Ed Musante, Juror

North Bank Artists’ Gallery—Abstraction; Vancouver WA; August 2007, Judy Cooke, Juror

Group Show—BICA Gallery, Bend OR; December 2009, February-March 2010

Sisters Art Show 2003, 2005, 2008—Sisters OR; (Judges’ Award – Painting)


Arts and Culture Council, City of Marquette (MI)—November 2006


Guest speaker—Oregon Society of Artists, Portland OR; October 2005; “ ‘My Four-year-old Could Do That’—History, Ideas, and Processes in Abstract Art”

Guest speaker—Black Butte Art Guild, Sisters OR: March 2008; “Why Abstract Art Matters”

Guest speaker—Art in Action, Continuing Education, COCC; October 2010


Private Collections—United States, France, Germany

Corporate Collections

Parsons, Farnell, and Grein Attorneys

The Gregory Condominium Association

Portland Community College – Cascade Campus

Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, Texas


Willamette Week, Richard Speer recommendation, Nov. 12, 2003

Bend Bulleti Go! Magazine, Feature article: “Beauty in Chaos”, December 25, 2009