Lest you thought the Blazers were the only action in town, we’ve got some updates. Oregon claims the only Northwest artist selected for this year’s Whitney Biennial. (Can Cindy Sherman jerseys and thundersticks be far behind? You bet your $10 beer.) A much-beloved film center makes a dream match with a new incoming director. But the story of the week (and possibly the year) is the end of a 112-year-old institution, close to the heart of Oregon’s creative identity. We mark the occasion with a look into why craft still matters and always will.


Amy Dotson was chosen as the executive director for the NW Film Center, starting in September 15th.

Amy Dotson was chosen as the executive director for the NW Film Center, starting in September 15th.

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Amy Dotson Arriving This Fall To Lead NW Film  — 02:18

The NW Film Center has swiped right and matched up with a dream candidate for its next executive director. Starting on Sept. 15, Amy Dotson takes over after 13 years as deputy director and head of programming for the venerable Independent Film Project (IFP). It’s the longest-running and largest indie film center in the country for independent filmmaking, and helped launch Oscar winning careers. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do.


Adam (left) and Jason (right) Gorske, the owner's of Portland's DIY Bar, where crafters drink and make with equal enthusiam.

Adam (left) and Jason (right) Gorske, the owner’s of Portland’s DIY Bar, where crafters drink and make with equal enthusiam.

April Baer/OPB

A Brief History Of Craft — 11:44

This Sunday, May 19, Oregon College of Art and Craft celebrates its final commencement. Oregon’s art and industries have been shaped by OCAC in a thousand ways. We’re taking some time this week to trace back the history of how craft came to occupy its place in the modern world — from medieval guilds to the Bauhaus to the maker meccas of the present day — as well as the pressures bringing the craft community to a crossroads.


The campus of OCAC, a former orchard, was donated to OCAC by the Howard and Jean Vollum family in 1978.

The campus of OCAC, a former orchard, was donated to OCAC by the Howard and Jean Vollum family in 1978.

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A Eulogy For OCAC — 23:29

OCAC is about to close, but it won’t soon be forgotten by anyone who attended classes, taught, or created there. We hear four voices from OCAC’s past, talking about what made its culture unique and what they’ll miss. Contemporary artists Fernanda D’Agostino, Horatio Hung-Yan Law, Roberta Lavadour and Kristin Mitsu Shiga.


Marcus Fischer has released a number of recordings on the New York-based 12k label.

Marcus Fischer has released a number of recordings on the New York-based 12k label.

Courtesy of Marcus Fischer

Marcus Fischer At The Whitney Biennial — 35:55

Marcus Fischer’s musical compositions are skillfully constructed — they can sound like they’re on the edge of falling apart and move you into a sort of hyper-consciousness as you listen. Created mostly on a laptop, Fischer’s intimate headphone mixes end up filling rooms of all sizes, either they be venues, museums or galleries. This year in fact, the prestigious Whitney Biennial has picked him as one of only 75 artists, and the only Northwest artist, to be featured in its exhibition running from May 17 to Sept. 22.


Music Heard On 'State Of Wonder'

A Spotify playlist to share all the music we feature on our show and anything else that inspires us while we’re making it.