Marylhurst alumni and faculty in the music therapy program took an active role in the planning and presentation of the 2014 Western Regional American Music Therapy Association conference in Portland.
A painting by Marylhurst alum Marlana Stoddard Hayes is featured on the cover of the Portland Art Dealers Association October 2013 issue.
Stoddard Hayes will exhibit paintings at Butters Gallery in downtown Portland in October. She will attend the First Thursday opening on October 3 and give an artist's talk on October 19.
Her works are based on careful observation of natural life, with the painting structure built up in glazes of thin color over a period of months. They reflect a relationship to her contemplative garden, developed over 15 years. She views the painting process as behaving like stem cells, full of potential, but choosing their path as time progresses or thoughts change.
An Iowa native, Marlana Stoddard Hayes was accepted into the foundations program at the Kansas City Art Institute. She went on to acquire the usual art degrees, BFA and MFA, embarking on a college teaching career at age 25.
"Pursuing another graduate degree, after an MFA, was not a hard choice," she says when asked why she earned her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Marylhurst in 2002. "I had a curious dissatisfaction with how art pedagogy worked, and wished to add more dimension to the practice. In many ways, contemporary art is quite bankrupt of deeper spiritual reasons for making work, and I always sensed that unease."
She learned about Marylhurst University after relocating to Oregon as a resident with the Neskowin Coast Foundation. "Looking at the catalog, I felt it was the holistic approach I needed to craft a broader understanding of what art practice could be."
Marlana Stoddard Hayes earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Marylhurst, developing systems for teaching drawing that use spiritual methods
in the delivery of concepts. She will teach a new class, Spiritual Dimensions of Creativity, spring term 2014.