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WELCOME TO GDGAI

The George D. Green Art Institute (GDGAI) provides traveling exhibits, workshops, tutorials and guided tours of the Institute’s collection.


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THE INSTITUTE

We take some of the best paintings in the country, and show them first to kids and communities that are disadvantaged by geography or social circumstance.

We believe it is critical to expose people to the act of creating art. We fill the space with pictures, you fill the room with kids, and then we show up and talk with the kids where all ideas are explored and questions answered. And if desired, we present eccentric and amazing drawing classes!

The Institute has a robust program of traveling exhibits, in-person seminars with the artists, and curated public shows. Interested schools and public groups can apply to have a show and artist workshop come to their community.

 



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The Artist

George D. Green


George D. Green is a fifth generation Oregonian and a founding member of the Abstract Illusionists. He has had 160 national and international exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, and his work is represented in 60 museums. After a 30-year tenure in NYC, George returned to Oregon where he now lives and works.

In 1974 George Green, with his wife and daughter Amber, moved into SoHo, which was soon to become the art center of the world. We welcome you to READ AMBER’S ACCOUNT of those years and how it inspired her. She currently divides her time between Thessaloniki and Athens, writing on culture and art internationally, and sharing the richness of urban Mediterranean lifestyle. Explore her writing on PROVOCOLATE.COM.

“I’ve never seen my daughter so excited and involved.” These are the words of one parent after her child attended a GDGAI workshop. The impact of this creative experience opens up young minds to limitless possibilities.

Our initial event was held at Northwest Academy in Portland, Oregon. Our second and larger show was held in Hillsboro in partnership with the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD), where well over 400 children attended. This closely followed by our exhibition and workshops in March 2017 with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, the largest attended event for them to date. With a second successful year of the George D. Green Art Institute now complete, we’re looking ahead to future events.

 

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Support Us

Your help with contributions is vitally important in keeping this powerful momentum moving. We need to be able to finance the transportation and installation of the art. Additionally, we have significant expenses involved with printed materials that promote the shows. Your assistance will make a difference. The George D Green Institute is a 501 C-3 charitable organization that depends on the support of donors, business sponsors and schools. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

George D. Green’s original painting of ROUGH & TUMBLE is 17 x 8 feet and is stunning to see. We have created a high-quality poster of this work at 36 x 19 inches—signed by the artist—available for sale for $25 which includes the cost of handling and shipping.

Rough & Tumble poster

 

George D. Green Art Institute’s first catalog, ROBUST EXUBERANCE TO CONTEMPLATIVE REVELATION, is now available. The 67 page, 10 x 8.5-inch catalog handsomely displays a representation of George’s work from 1979 to 2017. The publication is high quality—signed by the artist—and is available for sale for $15, which includes the cost of handling and shipping. You can order multiple catalogs by changing the quantity on the PayPal transaction page after clicking the BUY NOW button. If you are interested in a large quantity, please CALL US DIRECTLY so we can give you a discounted price based on volume and provide an estimate for shipping.

You can see SAMPLE PAGES OF THE CATALOG here.

Visual Magic catalog cover

 





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Portfolio

Over a long career, George has produced a body of work that continually stands apart. Here on the Institute’s website, we have featured eight paintings. You can view a more complete body of George’s work displayed on his ARTIST WEBSITE.


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“No matter how closely viewed, the illusion never breaks down.”      — George D. Green


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our board

The board is a mixture of professionals in the art world combined with business executives and media professionals. This combination assures that the Institute will remain focused on providing opportunities for people to experience how art is created.


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JERI
HISE

Executive Director

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Jeri Hise is a widely exhibited artist, educator and founding member of Inkling Printmaking Studio, Portland, Oregon. She taught in Tribecca, NYC and the print studios at Smith College. Attended UofO and graduated with a BFA from Smith College.
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Dan
Biggs

Board Chair

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Dan Biggs was the Past Chairman of the Board of the Portland Art Museum and Past Board member of the Portland Opera. He is also the founding president of Millennium Pictures and a co-founder of the Portland Creative Conference.
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Barbara
Corden

Board Member

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Barbara is a philanthropist, political and community activist and collector of contemporary art. She is the manager of four businesses and oversees and interacts with over fifty University students as tenants of her properties.
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Ned
Preble

Board Member

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Ned Preble is a business consultant and is on the Faculty of Capella University, teaching in the Business School courses in Change Management, Strategy and Planning. He has lectured at Yale, Harvard and U of Chicago. He is a managing partner at Synectics Corporation.
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JANE
RAMSEY

Board Member

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Jane is a retired elementary and art education teacher. With a BS from Oregon State University, she went on to Western Oregon University where she specialized in early childhood and art education. Jane has a diverse background of work experience beginning with working for a graphic designer.
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Reagan
Ramsey

Board Member

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Reagan Ramsey, New Media Developer and Television News Executive (former news director at KGW). As a leading innovator in Interactive Media, Reagan has been responsible for the design and creation of campaigns for broadcast media clients.
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ANDREW
THALER

Board Member

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Recently retired Chief Financial Officer for a regional distribution/assembly company with retail/wholesale operations in Oregon, Washington Idaho and California. He was the Treasurer/Finance Director for Multnomah County; practicing CPA with KPMG/Peat, Marwick; and served on various citizen advisory committees.
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our advisors

Our advisors are an eclectic group of prominent professionals including celebrated regional and international artists, educators, designers, legal experts and community leaders.


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Leigh
Behnke

Advisor

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Ms. Behnke is a celebrated NY painter, art educator (School of Visual Arts, NYC). Her work is extensively written about and in the collections of numerous museums. She is represented by Fischbach Gallery, NYC, and Plus One Gallery, London. Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.
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Don
Eddy

Advisor

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World-renowned painter. Widely shown in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and Europe, in the collections of many museums throughout the world. Is the subject of numerous books and publications. Represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NYC.
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Heather
Hall

Advisor

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Owner, Interior Design firm for 25 years. She has been influenced by the uniqueness of individual perception and expression in the Arts and Architecture in creating rich personal spaces. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oregon.
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Nancy
Lindburg

Advisor

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Ms. Lindburg is a painter. Director of the Salem Art Association and Artist Services Coordinator for Oregon Arts Commission. Represented in numerous collections, Governor’s Arts Award,1995. She is a graduate of Mills College and Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA.
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Terry
Melton

Advisor

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Painter, poet, critic. Executive Director: Yellowstone Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, McAllen Int’l Museum, Oregon Arts Commission, Western States Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts. Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts. Recipient numerous awards.
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John
Mullaney

Advisor

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Tax attorney, former IRS Appeals Officer. Currently District 2 Councilor City of Braintree, MA, Chairman Ways & Means Committee, Rules &Ordinance Committee. Served on the Braintree Finance Committee, United Way Oversight Committee. Graduate Boston College, Suffolk University School of Law.
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Annie
Painter

Advisor

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Award winning elementary principal, exhibiting soft sculptor, curriculum specialist, middle and high school fine arts teacher, arts administrator and arts consultant Galef Institute, Los Angeles. Trustee for the Northwest Academy, a rigorous secondary school of arts and academics in Portland, Oregon.
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Patti
Webb

Advisor

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Manager of the McMinnville Downtown Association. Produced concert series, steering committee and downtown farmers market, recruited several new businesses and doubled the business memberships. McMinnville, second Best Main Street in America sponsored by Parade Magazine, 2014.
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CREATING
VISUAL MAGIC

Eccentric opportunities lickety split:

1 — Stage the largest, most comprehensive exhibit by Oregon Artists of the 60’s at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

2 — Create a traveling exhibition of George’s work and the work of other distinguished artists that will travel to small communities throughout Oregon. This exhibition’s goal is to educate and inspire young people to build a passion to understand, create aand appreciate art.

3 — Provide opportunities for students to discuss Mr. Green’s Art (trompe l’oeil Abstract Illusionism). These efforts will foster an understanding of, and appreciation for the process of creating art.

4 — Artist-guided tours of the Institute’s permanent retrospective collection and work in progress. Individuals and small groups by appointment only.

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Education & Outreach

The Institute provides an alternate approach and eccentric view to arts education. School seminars, designed for individual class groups, give the students direct contact with George and the creative process. Equally important, are the young artist workshops that will be presented regionally in areas that have limited opportunities in traditional school programs. Initial programs will include:

1 — George has always believed that it is critical to expose young people to the act of creating art. By giving them an experience where they can view the process as well as seeing and understanding the finished product, their minds will be opened to new and unimagined possibilities. The Institute has a robust program of traveling exhibits, in-person seminars with the artist, and curated public shows. Interested schools and public groups can apply to have a show and artist workshop come to their area by completing the form contained on this site

2 — Create a traveling exhibition of Abstract Illusionism Art that will travel to small communities throughout Oregon.  This exhibition will include seminars in schools and will partner with local artists in each community with the goal of educating and inspiring young people to build a passion within each of them for understanding, creating and appreciating art.

3 — Conduct a seminar with George Green for students to discuss Mr. Green’s Art (trompe l’oeil Abstract Illusionism). The seminar will endeavor to foster an understanding of, and appreciation for the process of creating art.

4 — Artist guided tours of the Institute’s permanent retrospective collection and of the current studio work. Individuals and small groups all by appointment only.

5 — Mount occasional guest exhibitions of exceptional painters whose work is not otherwise available to northwest audiences.

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ART MUSEUMS
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EXHIBITS

Traveling Exhibit — The exhibit will be making regular visits to selected schools and public venues throughout the year. The exhibit’s central focus highlights George’s work in abstract illusionism and work of special distinguisned artists who have achieved the highest level of professional prominence and artistic achievement.

Contact us to schedule an exhibit in your area.

Visual Magic Exhibition catalog

The Institute has a central objective of creating educational experiences in all that it does. School seminars, designed for individual class groups, give the students direct contact with George and the creative process. Equally important, are the young artist workshops that will be presented regionally in areas that have limited opportunities in traditional school programs.

Mount an Exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon featuring Oregon Artists who lived, worked or were educated in Oregon during the 60’s and early 70’s.

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Contact Us

We welcome inquiries about the George D. Green Art Institute and the work we do. Learn about our workshop and exhibits. We want to make sure the next generation of artists will have an opportunity to experience art and art creation first hand.

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