Thomas C. Buell taught writing, literature and mixed media at Portland State University. Now Emeritus Professor of English, he continues to write, read and make things in his studio on Penridge Road in Portland, Oregon.

His earliest shows were on the PSU campus, Gallery 299. He exhibited pieces at the Portland Art Museum (“Oregon Biennial,” “Mainly for Children”). His work has been shown and is owned by individuals around the country. He was a member for ten years and exhibited regularly at Gallery 114, a co-op space in Portland’s Pearl District. Twice he has shown jointly with Tom Cramer, and he has shown several times with his wife, Joan Strong Buell.

Mainly Tom works in mixed media, found objects, assemblage, whatever comes to hand. He works in the tradition of Duchamp and Arp, enjoying the play of words, the crossing of disciplines.

An actor throughout his life, he was a member for three years of the American Theatre Company in Portland, and sees a certain amusing continuity in that he was for a year Acting Head of Department and later Acting Dean of Undergraduate Studies at PSU.

You can read about Joan’s reflections about their lives together on her blog, which can be found at https://joanstrongbuellblog.wordpress.com/.

Art Is, Letters AreA collection of Tom’s works has recently been published, called Art Is, Letters Are. For a PDF version, which will open in a separate window, go to Art Is – Letters Are.