Duke Riley combines populist myths and reinvented historical obscurities with contemporary social dilemmas, connecting past and present, drawing attention to unresolved issues. Riley earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a MFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is noted for a body of work incorporating the seafarer’s craft with nautical history, as well as for hosting a legendary series of illegal clambakes on the Brooklyn waterfront for the New York artistic community. Riley told the Village Voice that he has “always been interested in the space where water meets land in the urban landscape.”

About Portland State University Art and Social Practice MFA Lecture Series

Organized by PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA students in coordination with associate professor Harrell Fletcher, this series includes a wide variety of lecturers including artists, writers, farmers, educators, curators, and administrators whose work in someway relates to the field of art and social practice. PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA, which is co-directed by Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes, is constructed as a “flexible residency” so that students can choose to live in or away from Portland during the three year program. This year eight of the nineteen MFA students will be living remotely, and each of them will host a lecture in their own location which will be broadcast via the internet to Portland. All of the other thirteen lectures will take place at PSU. Sign up for our PSU Lecture email list to stay informed on these weekly Monday lectures and the occasional Wednesday night PSU Studio Art Lecture Series.

The lecture series is sponsored in part by Dave and Erika Cianciulli, The Platt Family, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.