The Center for Art Research (CFAR) is a collaborative, artist-run platform for experimentation and exchange rooted in art making. The Center cultivates diverse modes of engagement related to the practices of contemporary artists by supporting speculative Research, Discourse, Exhibition, and Publication. CFAR is directed by the faculty in the University of Oregon’s Department of Art, and is sustained by the contributions of individuals and institutions from around the world.
Research – CFAR brings together artists and scholars from around the world to catalyze unexpected connections and outcomes related to the practice-based research of affiliates. CFAR takes an expanded view of art research by supporting individual and collaborative projects, residencies, and a variety of initiatives that happen within and outside of studio practice. CFAR research responds fluidly to dynamic currents in society and culture that are relevant to a range of people and communities.
Discourse – CFAR challenges, synthesizes, and expands engagement with contemporary art through diverse approaches that include studio dialogue, public lectures and symposia, experimental gatherings, and more focused seminars and workshops. By approaching art practice as a catalytic mode of inquiry, center affiliates also work with colleagues from adjacent fields to develop transdisciplinary discourse that is relevant to broad constituencies.
Exhibition – CFAR makes visible the work of contemporary artists through the Center and with partners by facilitating exhibitions and alternative forms of public display in local, national, and international spheres. Activities range from gallery exhibitions and site-responsive installations to experimental screenings, performances, and social actions.
Publication – CFAR publications vary in form and content, proliferating art thinking related to the experiences and conditions of contemporary life. Publications, authored by center affiliates and others, are both printed and web-based, and include essays, monographs, periodicals, public archives, editioned art multiples, and other experimental forms.
CFAR endeavors to serve artists, arts workers and communities by creating space and agency for a range of practices, voices, and experiences in ways that are equitable and inclusive for all people regardless of ethnicity, heritage, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic position, political viewpoints, cultural beliefs and traditions.