One of Oregon’s best-known artists, Frank Boyden turns the magic and meaning he sees within nature into his artwork. Where the Salmon River empties into the Pacific Ocean under Cascade Head, Frank gleans inspiration for his printmaking and ceramic work. His art celebrates this rich landscape and reflects upon the ways nature can illuminate the human condition. He and his wife Jane founded Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 1970 and the Margery Davis Boyden writing residency program in 1991. Boyden’s artistic practices reflect his lifelong interests in the environment and the biological sciences. He received degrees from Colorado College and Yale University.
Boyden’s work resides in over 100 major museum and university collections including the Portland Art Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art in Los Angeles, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia. In 2017, Frank and his wife Jane, were awarded the Regional Award of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement by NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts).
Frank Boyden, a potter, and Jane Boyden, a musician, founded Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 1970 on the Oregon coast at Cascade Head. Combining ideas from ecology with the arts was a new pursuit and Sitka remains a pioneer in this ever-expanding way of educational perception. Sitka offers classes to approximately 1000 students each summer and the center is dedicated to art and science residency programs for the rest of the year. Many regional ceramics are displayed at its annual Art Invitational. Sitka is the crucible of thousands of positive caring people