November 25, 2013
Trygve Faste recognized as UO Sony Scholar for outstanding work

Assistant professor Trygve Faste of the University of Oregon Product Design Program was honored recently with a Sony Scholar award.

The annual award recognizes outstanding junior faculty who have shown promise or demonstrated achievement in instruction, research or both. The faculty selection committee also factors in the potential impact of the award on the faculty member's ability to further demonstrate achievement in teaching and/or research.

Award recipients receive a technology package from Sony Corporation and The Duck Store. This year's award package includes a VAIO Touch laptop, a camera, Microsoft Office and accessories needed to work effectively. Through these tools, faculty recipients are much better equipped to engage in outstanding research and instruction.

Prior to joining the program in 2010, Faste instructed design drawing, rendering and sketching at California State University, Long Beach. He has more than eight years experience working as a product designer at IDEO, FakeSpace and WET Design. He was the design lead for the water features at MGM’s new CityCenter Project in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Along with his design work, Faste is an exhibiting artist who has shown his work internationally, most recently at Nine Gallery at the Korean International Art Fair in Seoul, South Korea, in October. In August, he exhibited two furniture projects (one a collaboration with Product Design Program Director Kiersten Muenchinger) at Salão Design: Casa Brasil, in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil.

Earlier this year, Faste received an Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to help support travel to and shipping costs for two solo exhibitions—at the David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in July, and at Cheymore Gallery in Tuxedo Park, New York, in August.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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