National Identity: January 30 – February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: First Friday, Feb. 1, 6-8pm Artists illustrate their emotional and intellectual responses to their sense of a nation as a cohesive whole in Columbia Center for the Arts’ exhibition National Identity. This invitational exhibition represents distinctive traditions, culture, and personal and social identity. How we define national identity is complex and often unsolidified. It can be both realist and subjective. Is it a pattern of behavior, a belief, or a way of doing things? Is it a common language, ancestry, or ethnicity? Columbia Center for the Arts encourages viewers to explore the role of art in reforming collective ideas of national identity; and challenges individuals to create dialogue around their own sense of who we are as individuals, as a society, as a nation. Please join us at National Identity’s opening reception on First Friday, February 1st from 6-8pm. National Identity Participating Artists: Kecia Florendo, Anita Jackson, Anita Davis, Brianna Stacon, Edward Heath, Paul Rowley, Roya Mahjour, Ghazal Mahjour, SEPALI Artisans, Francisco Bautista, Laura Bautista, David Bautista, Cinthya Bautista, Teri-Jo Yazzie, Kayla Jones, Brutis Baez, James Greeley, Unique Bryant, Greta White Elk, Shayleen Eagle Speaker, Wiona Strong, Beaulah Tsumpti, Emily Courtney, LaMinnie Caldera, and Jason Smartlawit. Featured in the CCA Lobby: Hood River Valley High School’s Gold Key Award Winners. 136 entries in 2-D, 3-D art and video received Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention Scholastic Art Awards at the state level this year. Students who have won Gold Keys will be honored at an award ceremony at the gallery during the opening reception at 6pm. Hood River Valley High School Participating Artists: Erika Anderson, Emma Berens, Claire Bokovoy, Elieana Bounds, Alexandra Buckles, Melissa Campos-Medina, Grace Clute, Ayva Sunshine Levin, Teddy Parkinson, Sandra Piatt, Nate Schutt, Grace Skakel, Ellen Sova, Kelsey Stewart, Daniela Valle (Senior Portfolio Gold), and Zane Yinger (Senior Portfolio Gold). - - - Located in downtown Hood River, Oregon, the mission of the Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is to cultivate the arts in the Columbia River Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect, and spark conversation. CCA supports a community that values and participates in the arts.