Visiting Artist Residency:
May 1 – 30, 2019
Carla Bengtson is an artist whose speculative projects between art and science ask what might be seen and what might be said between species. Recent projects include attempting to teach monkeys to point at snakes – the precursor to human language, learning the embodied language of fence lizards, and partnering with crows to give nonhuman animals a voice in climate change politics.
Bengtson is an internationally exhibiting artist and a faculty member in the Art Department and in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. She has received numerous awards, including residencies at MassMoCA, Massachusetts; Ucross, Wyoming; Djerassi, California; Signal Fire, Oregon; and Tiputini, Ecuador; as well as awards from the Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, and an NEA Individual Grant to Artists. Exhibitions include the Portland2016 Biennial, Oregon; Gridspace Gallery, New York; POP, Queensland, Australia; Art Fair Miami, Florida; RKL Gallery, New York; Holter Art Museum, Montana; and the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, an MFA from Yale School of Art, and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program.