Ralph Pugay

Ralph Pugay collaborates to present Portland Tropical Garden

In a new project on the edge of Director Park, Ralph Pugay takes on the role of director for Portland Tropical Gardens, created in collaboration with MFA students from PSU's Art and Social Practice program. The project builds on Pugay's interest in finding creative ways to address what is commonly called Seasonal Affective Disorder, first manifested in the 2016 project S.A.D. Park, created in collaboration with Ariana Jacob for a Houseguest Residency.

Pugay and his students recently spoke to April Baer about Portland Tropical Garden:

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Pugay, who’s best known for his witty, affecting paintings centering on emotional and cultural propriety, has become part of the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University. It’s a home for all kinds of projects that make our interactions with each other the subject and object of artists’ work.

Portland Parks Bureau came to the college to find out if artists would be interested in using some of the bureau’s temporarily vacant spaces.

So Pugay and four of his students filled the building with plants, but also with activities designed to soothe depression, loneliness and other modern conditions.
— April Baer for KOUW
Source: http/kuoworg/post/portland-tropical-garden...

Gallery artist Ralph Pugay awarded Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency

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More good news: the Joan Mitchell Foundation recently announced that Ralph Pugay was selected for their 2018 Artist-in-Residence program in New Orleans. Congratulations, Ralph! A selection of his works are on view in our office for another week - come take a look.

Read Joan Mitchell Foundation's announcement here.

View available works by Ralph Pugay here.

Srijon Chowdhury and Ralph Pugay projects awarded Precipice Fund Grants

 Photo courtesy PICA via Facebook

Photo courtesy PICA via Facebook

Chicken Coop Contemporary, a project space run by artist Srijon Chowdhury and partner Anna Margaret, and the Schemers, Scammers and Subverters Symposium, a one-day event planned for 2018 and conceived by artists Ralph Pugay and Roz Crews, were awarded grants from the Precipice Fund.

The Precipice Fund, which is administered by the PICA as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Re-granting Program, focuses awards on projects that emphasize community engagement over individual achievement. Chowdhury and Pugay, parallel to and often within their individual practices, regularly experiment with ways to engage, collaborate and thoughtfully support their communities. These projects don't typically mesh with a commercial gallery model, which is one of the many reasons why granting programs like the Precipice Fund are vital to the arts.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Grant Recipients!

Source: http://pica.org/precipice-fund/2017-grant-...