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'3' at Schneider Museum of Art

Exhibits by three Pacific Northwest artists showcase different aspects of the region with the spring exhibit of the Schneider Museum of Art's "3."

The exhibit is the first of a two-part exhibition at the museum on the Southern Oregon University Campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, by the Southern Oregon SITE Project, which features art by six different artists that responds to the site — the museum, SOU and the greater Rogue Valley.

Avantika Bawa, an assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, examines Emigrant Lake with her installation, "Flood.Control." Bawa uses the history and geography behind the formation of the lake as parameters for the concept of her installation. Bawa's installation investigates the links between drawing, sculpture and the constructed and natural landscape.

Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick combines photographs, ephemera and a 70-minute documentary for his contribution, "The Great Northwest."

In 1958, four Seattle women took a 3,200-mile road trip throughout the Pacific Northwest and thoroughly documented the experience in a scrapbook. McCormick found the scrapbook in a thrift store 50 years later and, in 2010, set out to follow their trip as closely as possible. He searched out every stop the women documented, and he filmed the trip. The exhibit's installation version is a part of the Tacoma Art Museum's permanent collection.

In "Visibility Near Zero," artist Heidi Schwegler is drawn to peripheral ruin. She modifies discarded objects in order to give them a new purpose or cause viewers to see them in a new light.

"3" runs through Saturday, May 31, at the museum. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

'Yellowstone' by Matt McCormick from 'The Great Northwest.' - Photo courtesy of Tacoma Art Mus