Maude Kerns Art Center

colorful image of three tall orange hollyhocks
Gallery photo by permission of MKAC, Sandy Brown Jensen


This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program. Have you ever been walking through one of Oregon’s beautiful forests and been amazed by an old log patterned with bark beetle tunnels? Everyone always exclaims about how much those elaborate squiggles look like some kind of writing--Viking runes, maybe, or Eygptian hieroglyphs.  Artist Jim Frazer thinks so, too, and you can see his large patinated copper leaf on wood wall sculptures based on these shapes at the current show at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene. 

Art piece of Frida Kahlo
By permission of MKAC



This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC”s Arts Review Program. Ernest Hemingway once famously defined courage as “grace under pressure.”If there’s a “Grace Under Pressure” award, I want to hand it to Maude Kerns Art Center for the explosively inventive way their creative team has risen to the COVID 2020 challenge.

Portrait of artist Sarkis Antikajian
Artist Portrait by Sandy Brown Jensen


  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.


The emergency relief fund called Artist Relief has released the results from a new survey assessing how artists are impacted by COVID-19.


Sarah-Kate Sharkey

Hundreds of artists are coming to Eugene to take part in Visual Arts Week, kicking off this Friday.

Analee Fuentes, one of the many talented artists in this years Day of the Dead exhibit at Maude Kerns Art Center, talks about the roots of this now pan-Hispanic celebration
Sandy Brown Jensen

Mexican-American Artist Analee Fuentes Celebrates Day of the Dead at Maude Kerns Art Center

Welcome to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Day of the Dead Show at Maude Kerns Art Center. Local Mexican-American artist Analee Fuentes has deep roots in this tradition.

"Day of the Dead is something that was celebrated as [sort of] a harvest ritual, and also a celebration of this cycle of life and death in Mexico, although it is celebrated in other Latin American countries."

Carla Crow and one of her paintings currently showing at the Maude Kerns Art Center
Sandy Brown Jensen



Maude Kerns Art Center Presents, “Weaving With Nature: Donna Sakamoto Crispin, Deb Curtis, Patricia Montoya Donohue, Mariana Mace, & Sheri Smith with Carla Crow”

Exhibit Dates: May 25 - June 22

Today we’re at the Maude Kerns Art Gallery talking to painter Carla Crow who, along with several weavers, is in a show called “Weaving With Nature.”  Carla gets her inspiration for her repeating patterns from a most surprising source:

Sandi O'Brien, Infrared Photographer
Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City was privileged to interview Sandy O’Brien, Infrared Photographer on Feb. 27, 2018 regarding her current show at the Maude Kerns Art Center, "In a Different Light: Infrared Photography: Paul Barden, Rich Bergeman, Phil Coleman, Jack Larson, & Sandi O’Brien." The exhibit dates are February 23 - March 23

Karen Perkins, Clay Artist
Sandy Brown Jensen












Viz City Interviews Clay Artist Karen Perkins

Date of Interview: Tues. Jan 16, 2018

Date of Broadcast: Wed. Jan. 24, 2018

Sarkis Antikajian in his painting studio in Cheshire, Oregon
Sandy Brown Jensen


Viz City interviewed Sarkis Antikajian (pronounced “ANTI-CAGE-IAN”) on Thur. Nov. 16, 2017 for broadcast on Wed. Nov. 22, 2017

RE: Maude Kerns Art Center Presents, “Art for All Seasons: Annual Membership Show & Club Mud Ceramics Sale”

Exhibit Dates: November 17 - December 15

Beverly Soasey, head shot
Sandy Brown Jensen

Show: Viz City

Title: “Wired Differently”

Subject: Bev Soasey, Multi-Media Artist

Date of Interview: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Date of Broadcast: 3/ 22/17

Script: Sandy Brown Jensen

Sound Engineer: Terry Way

NARRATOR: Have you ever met somebody who is just wired differently? This afternoon Viz City talks to Eugene multi-media artist Bev Soasey. She has a piece currently at the Maude Kerns Art Center called “Wired Differently,” so we asked Bev about the name.