Artist shares nostalgic view of Oregon's landscapes in new exhibit on campus

An exhibition featuring the works of Oregon artist Kendra Larson is on display through May 13 in the Roger W. Rogers Gallery at Willamette University’s Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Larson’s paintings examine the nostalgic lens through which people view the mythical landscape of the West. The works, painted from photographs or sketches of Oregon sites Larson has visited, embody the idea of landscape as a reflection of personal memory. While they aim to record the physical appearance of the state’s mountains and forests, they also convey the sense of childlike awe and wonder experienced in wild places.

Larson, a visiting assistant art professor at Willamette, received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has shown her work at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., the University of Minnesota’s Nash Gallery in Minneapolis and the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Her paintings have appeared in publications such as The Bear Deluxe and Tree Sap Magazine.

The Roger W. Rogers Gallery is located in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center on the Willamette University campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular semester. Admission is free. The exhibition is organized by Assistant Art Professor and Faculty Curator Andries P. Fourie.