Previous Distinguished Alumni Award recipient art on display

An art exhibit featuring Luther alumna Phyllis Yes is on display through Oct. 13, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther College campus. The exhibit, titled "God's Flowers," features six large acrylic paintings on canvas of colorful flower bouquets in a variety of clear glass vases.

A gallery reception and artist talk will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Kristen Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery.

Yes is a 1963 Luther graduate and a recipient of Luther’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned a doctoral degree at the University of Oregon and is a full professor of art and acting chair of the Art Department at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., where she has also served as Dean of Humanities.

Her artistic medium ranges from painted canvas to video tape, furniture, clothing and jewelry. Her work has been featured on Public Broadcasting TV, ASAHI National Network in Japan, ABC's Faces and Places, KGW-TV's "PM Magazine" and numerous national and international publications including "The Wall Street Journal," "Glamour" magazine, "L.A. Times," "San Francisco Examiner" and "Chicago Tribune."

Yes traveled to Bali and New Guinea on a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to study gender related art forms. Throughout her career she has been a champion for women’s equality, and in the 1970’s her lace-covered Porsche received widespread recognition and helped place her firmly within the genre of feminist art.

She has received many awards including the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, the Oregon State University Foundation Grants and a Barbara Deming Foundation Grant, and has won several national competitions.

Over the years, Yes has had more than 125 exhibitions including notable shows in Nishiazabu Asacloth in Tokyo, Japan, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in New York City and Virginia Breier Gallery in San Francisco.

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"Peaceful Lilies" is one of six canvas paintings that is part of the "God's Flowers" exhibit on display through Oct. 13 at Luther College.