All aboard the EmX art line! LTD, while currently in the budget process, is looking at proposals for art to be installed along the new EmX line to West Eugene. “The delightful news is that these are all artists local to the Eugene-Springfield area,” says Lisa VanWinkle, communication coordinator for West Eugene EmX. “The art will be functional to the station platforms.” Each station on the new EmX strip will have at least one art feature. VanWinkle says that making art part of the transport system is a good investment because it “provides more durability to our facilities over time,” adding that there have been very few incidents of vandalism to previous EmX art installations. LTD will announce the winners this autumn, and VanWinkle projects that the art will be installed in 2016.
With autumn comes a wave of new exhibits you’ll want to mark on the calendar: The Gallery at the Watershed opens The Elegant Nude Sept. 26, for which they put out the gallery’s first worldwide call to artists, and it was juried by Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick; botanical printmaker and painter Tallmadge Doyle shows new work at Karin Clarke Gallery Oct. 1 through Nov. 8; Springfield hosts its 22nd annual Mayor’s Art Show Oct. 3-31 at the Emerald Art Center with an artists’ reception 5:30 to 7 pm Friday, Oct. 3; Animal House of Blues, a 2013 behind-the-scenes documentary by Katherine Wilson, is the theme of an exhibit Oct. 10 through Nov. 22 at the Jacobs Gallery in partnership with Eugene International Film Festival and Talent Pool; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opens its first blockbuster exhibit of the season, Ryo Toyonaga: Awakening — the first major museum exhibition of Toyonaga, a contemporary interdisciplinary artist (think painting, ceramics and papier-mâché) from New York City.
The Lane Arts Council is bringing back the UO ArtWalk for a third go-around Wednesday Oct. 8. The crawl, hosted by Jordan Schnitzer curators Johanna Seasonwein and Danielle Knapp, will explore work in the Schnitzer, Erb Memorial Union and the public art sprinkled across the campus grounds, such as Bruce Beasley’s 2003 treated metal sculpture, “Encounter.”