University of Oregon

White Box



Sara Huston, White Box Manager  

Sara is an artist, designer, educator and curator residing in Portland, Oregon.  She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  Over the past 5 years she has taught for University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University and mentored for the MFA in Applied Craft and Design a joint program between Oregon College or Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art,  Over the last several years, Huston has curated and designed exhibitions for multiple venues including the White Box.   She is one half of The Last Attempt at Greatness, an interdisciplinary avant-garde studio founded in 2008 with her partner, John Paananen.  Huston’s work explores subjects of progress, expectation, liminality, categorization, perception, value and the intersection and language of art and design. Her work is aimed at provoking discourse and contemplation in the viewer or user in an endeavor to disrupt conventional ways of thinking, induce reflection and challenge the boundaries of what is known.

Kate Wagle, professor of art and White Box Advisory Committee Chair, is Administrative Director of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon in Portland. She exhibits her artwork internationally, lectures and leads workshops throughout the country and in Asia. Her work has been the subject of numerous articles and reviews, and she was awarded a regional artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She also writes for periodicals in her field, and serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Prior to her appointment in Portland, Professor Wagle served from 1999 to 2008 as Head of the Department of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She taught previously at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, New Mexico State University, Montana State University, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, and Portland State University. She received her graduate degree in art from Arizona State University.