Craig Hickman’s “The Photographers”

What Evergreen’s early “experimental” days may have lacked in institutional structure and organization, it more than made up for in fostering unbridled creativity in students, faculty and staff alike. Back in the day, Craig Hickman served as both staff photographer and faculty member, before moving on to co-found the Blue Sky Gallery, creating Kid Pix and serving as professor of Digital Arts at the University of Oregon.  Craig’s images, from 1972-1979, playfully document some of the individuals that helped create a new Northwest photography aesthetic through their own works, teachings, and in the promotion of other fine photographers.

 
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Chris Rauschenberg, Terry Toedtemeier, and Craig Hickman. Together with …. they created the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland– one of the oldest and most recognized non-profit photography centers in the country.

Chris Rauschenberg, Terry Toedtemeier, and Craig Hickman, co-founders of  the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland– one of the oldest and most recognized non-profit photography centers in the country.

 

Kirk Thompson with Stewart Tilger

Faculty member Kirk Thompson with student, Stewart Tilger

Student Chris Rauschenberg
Chris Rauschenberg

Jim Blashfield with a Sony Porta Pac

Jim Blashfield with a Sony Porta Pac

Jim Felt and Terry Toedtemeier

Jim Felt and Terry Toedtemeier

Faculty member Paul Sparks makes a selfie.

Faculty member Paul Sparks makes a selfie.

Terry Toedtemeier was the former manager of the lecture halls, who went on to become the Portland Art Museum’s photography curator.

Terry Toedtemeier was the former manager of the lecture halls, who went on to become the Portland Art Museum’s photography curator.

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 Spoiler alert– look for new work by Craig Hickman in Galerie Fotoland this spring!

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