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Libby Dawson Farr, Ph.D.

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Department of Art, Music & Creative Arts Therapies


Ph.D. in Architectural History, University of Oregon
MA in Liberal Studies/Art and Architecture History, Reed College
BA, University of Oregon

Classes Taught

History of Architecture and Interiors
Architecture Today
Art and Cultural Transformation: Nineteenth-Century Art

Co-Director: HI:EUROPA study abroad program

Selected Presentations
2012 SSHS Society, Portland. The Career of Pietro Belluschi in Portland and in the East, including the Belluschi Pavilion

2011 The Tikkun Olam (תיקון עולם‎) Organization. Belluschi Pavilion and Pietro Belluschi's Architecture 

2010 Marylhurst University. "When a House Needs a Home," Griffith House by Pietro Belluschi, FAIA, and its new site on Marylhurst University Campus, as a Design and Study Center for Art and Interior Design Departments

2008 Watzek Memorial Lecture. Lewis & Clark College. Portland. 40th Anniversary of the Watzek Library. "The Art Within the Architecture: Paul Thiry and the Respectful Integration of the Pacific Northwest's Cultural and Natural Environment at Lewis & Clark College and Beyond"

2006 National Conference. National Trust for Historic Preservation. "Pietro Belluschi's Architecture and Northwest Modernism." Portland

2006 Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco Milligan Foundation. "Pietro Belluschi's Architecture in Oregon and Beyond." Portland

2004 Interior Design Department Accreditation Site Visit. Marylhurst University. "Regionalism Revisited: Pacific Northwest Art and Architecture." Marylhurst

2001 Walking Tour and Lecture for Women's Architectural League, Portland. "Four Historic Churches Along Portland's Park Blocks"

2001 St. Philip Neri, Portland, OR. (Designed by Belluschi). "Belluschi's Design for St. Philip Neri Church." Church Restoration Lecture

Selected Publications
2005 Jay Shore, Restrospective. Catalogue. Gottlieb Gallery, Portland

2002 "Pietro Belluschi." "DeNorval Unthank". Chapters in Architects
of Oregon, A Biographical Dictionary of Architect Deceased by
Richard Ritz.

1999 "Pietro Belluschi: The Late Churches." Exhibition Catalogue. Portland Chapter. American Institute of Architects. Portland

1994 "Museums as Bridges Over Time: The Architecture of Four Collegiate Art Museums of the 1980s." Doctoral Dissertation. University of Oregon, Department of Art History, Eugene

1993 "Living in Class: Schools to Condos." Architectural Design and Northwest Living. Spring 1993. pp. 8-13

1991 "Pietro Belluschi's Design of the Portland Art Museum." Belluschi
Wing Renovation Project Celebration. Portland Art Museum. Portland

1979 Nine Oregon Churches by Pietro Belluschi. Exhibition Catalogue.
Contemporary Crafts Association. Portland

2011 Co-director and producer of film on Griffith House, by Belluschi which is being re-assembled on Marylhurst University campus. Filming completed, beginning the editing process

2004 Associate Producer, Videographer. "Something to Make Life Happy – The Art of Portland's Immigrant and Refugee Community." IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. Portland

1993-1996 Associate Producer, "No Perfect Answers: The Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi." Feature-length ddocumentary film

1990-1991 Architectural Consultant. "Pietro Belluschi." A Film Produced and Directed by Sharon Genasci, Rainbow Productions, Eugene


2009 to present. Organizing committee: Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University
College Art Association
Pacific Northwest Society of Architectural Historians (Marion Dean Ross Chapter)
Architectural Heritage Center and Bosco/Milligan Foundation
Portland Art Museum
Friends of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon


2010 Recipient of The Sally Lawrence Award at PNCA

2005 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Marylhurst University

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Belluschi Pavilion Featured in Preservation Magazine

The Belluschi Pavilion, a mid-century modern house moved to the Marylhurst campus, was featured in the fall 2015 issue of Preservation Magazine.

Blake Shell Joins RACC Award Panel

Blake Shell, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director & Curator of The Art Gym & Belluschi Pavilion, was invited to be a panelist for selecting the 2015 Individual Fellowship Award for The Regional Arts & Culture Council.


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October 04, 2015 – December 05, 2015

Kartz Ucci Retrospective at The Art Gym

The Art Gym will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of Kartz Ucci, a talented and prolific artist who passed away in 2013 at 52 years o...


October 07, 2015 – December 16, 2015

The Planets: Paintings by Sarah Anne Burns

Sarah Anne Burns, BFA ’07 will present hundreds of watercolors in her series: The Planets. The paintings are a departure from Burns' other bodies...


November 28, 2015

Art Therapy Counseling Programs Information Session

You are invited to meet members of the Art Therapy Counseling faculty and learn more about the MA in Art Therapy Counseling program at Marylhurst U...


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