CCC Art Department Presents America is a Great Place to Live:  Paintings by Justyna Kisielewicz

The Clatsop Community College Royal Nebeker Gallery will open its 2018-2019 exhibition season with the Au Naturel solo show award exhibit entitled America is a Great Place to Live, a collection of paintings by California-based artist Justyna Kisielewicz.   

The show will run from September 24th through November 1st, with a reception for the artists scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.  

Justyna is originally from Poland and received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.  Her work has been featured in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Business Insider, Juxatopoz, Supersonic Magazine and Paint Pulse Magazine. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Warsaw, San Francisco, Sydney and Berlin, and she has also presented her work at art fairs in Hamburg, Germany and Maastricht, Netherlands. Most recently Justyna’s work has been acquired for the permanent collection of the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland. She was also granted an EB1-1 visa (Green Card) for Extraordinary Abilities in Arts.

Justyna describes the body of work that she will be exhibiting in this solo show as a jigsaw puzzle in which she pieces together the many aspects of her creative vision, conveying her own personal interpretation of American mythology combined with images of her journey through this country altered by the filter of her imagination.    

The paintings included in the exhibit tell the story of her life journey, beginning with her childhood fascination of and longing for America, a far-away place that at the time seemed so impossibly exotic and inaccessible. Justyna’s visual narrative then moves on to her arrival in America after the lifting of the iron curtain. In this series, she often incorporates self-images in which she represents herself as popular American heroes or other well-known characters. She explains that her work reflects the typical American trait of “naïve individualism and freedom to be yourself however tacky it may look” as well as “the desire in American culture to celebrate youth and stop the clock of aging.”

Justyna is also inspired by the vast American landscape. “America for me is about clean water, forests, wildlife, birds, flowers and plants,” she explains. In her mind, the landscape represents a “captivating faith in the original order of things.” She also points out that her work is not meant to be about “politics or the complex identity of America,” but rather her own “imaginary and real journey through a great place.” She emphatically states that she feels “privileged and honored to call America a great place to live and paint.”

In conjunction with this exhibit, Justyna will conduct a workshop entitled Unteaching Art that will provide participants with insights and actual hands-on practice of her unique perspective and approach to artmaking. This workshop will be held on Friday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.  “In the workshop I want to present my personal attempts at unlearning art going back to my experience at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, Poland, where I was faced with expulsion from the school for disrespecting religion, art and cultural icons,” she explains.  “In addition, I want to illustrate the concept of ‘unlearning’ by examining the works of Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Leon Tarasewicz. Finally, I want to show how we may ‘unteach art’ in art schools by demonstrating a new teaching methodology for painting studios with illustrations from my formal academic experience.”  The workshop will take place in Room 112 of the Drawing/Painting Studio of the CCC Art Center and is free to CCC students enrolled in fall term art classes and open to the general public for a $25 fee. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For further details, a materials list, and to register, contact Kristin Shauck by phone (503-338-2472) or e-mail  

The CCC Royal Nebeker Gallery and the Drawing/Painting Studio are ADA accessible. Both are located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria. The gallery hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment only. For more information, please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472.

Photo: Painting titled Cinderella by Justyna Kisielewicz


Non-Discrimination Declaration It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Hall, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer, Towler Hall, Suite 110, sends e-mail) 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Lisa Deneen, is located in Towler Hall, Suite 312B, sends e-mail) 503-338-2474.

Accommodations Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110,  Phone (503) 338-2421 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Please send special needs and accommodations requests here. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


Declaración de no-discriminación Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, sexo, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Hall, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en Towler Hall número 110, sends e-mail) número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Lisa Deneen, se encuentra en Towler Hall, numero 312B, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

Ayuda a personas discapacitadas En cuanto a las personas discapacitadas, se les pide que se comuniquen con JoAnn Zahn, la Vice Presidente de Finanzas y Operaciones en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110, sends e-mail) número teléfonico (503) 338-2421 o a TDD (503) 338-2468. Haga el favor de notificar a la oficina para que se le pueda proporcionar apoyo. La comunicación debe tomar lugar por lo menos dos días de trabajo antes del evento por el cual se requiera tal ayuda. Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español.

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