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April 30, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Artist Ray Komer

Saturday, April 30, 2016

An illustrated talk by UO's Jack Ryan.

In connection with an exhibit of Ray Komer’s work at Pacific Sky Exhibitions, Jack Ryan will give a free illustrated talk about this local, under-recognized artist. Komer left an impressive collection of drawings, paintings, collages, and sculpture. This talk will touch on his life and times, present a visual survey of his art, and locate his work in a historical context.


Born to a young single mother who could not keep him, Ray Komer was raised as an orphan, including time spent at Father Flanagan’s famous Boys Town. Komer found his way out of an abbreviated stint in the US Navy and headed to California where he lived and traveled up and down the coast. In the early 90’s, he moved to Portland and then later became a long time resident of Eugene where he found a welcoming environment to produce huge volumes of his art. His work was shaped by his idiosyncratic personality, outsider identity, and later his research into European and American modernism. Komer died in 2000 while out dancing in downtown Eugene.


Jack Ryan is an Associate Professor of CoreSTUDIO in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon, the director of Pacific Sky Exhibitions, and a member of Ditch Projects. Ryan is an artist and independent curator whose own works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has received fellowships for residencies in Iceland, Djerassi, and the New Media Institute in Banff, Canada. Recently he was awarded a Precipice Grant administered by PICA and supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Calligram Foundation.  He received the Hallie Ford Fellowship in the summer of 2015.

This event is presented in partnership by Eugene Public Library and the University of Oregon Department of Art.