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We’re revealing the rug design chosen last spring by our panel of competition judges.

Come see the winner, now handwoven into a stunning 8 x 10 by world-renowned Rug Star.


Unveiling at 5pm, with remarks by Bruce Guenther

at Christiane Millinger Handmade Rugs, 2037 NW Lovejoy Street


— Judges —

BYRON BECK is a Portland, Oregon-based journalist and blogger who contributes to both local and national publications as well as to radio and television.

LISA BINGHAM DEWART is the features editor for Luxe Interiors + Design’s Southern California and Pacific Northwest markets. A veteran design writer and editor, Lisa has also worked at Architectural Digest and FORM Magazine. A devotee of design and architecture from her earliest years, she received a master’s degree in the decorative arts, design and culture from the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan.

HENRY BROWN has been an interior designer in Portland for over 30 years.

BRUCE GUENTHER is the former Chief Curator and the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum where he served from 2000–2014. He has written extensively on the art of the last one hundred years. A popular lecturer on contemporary art, Guenther is a frequent juror for regional and national exhibitions and serves as a peer panelist for the GSA Art in Architecture Program.


Formerly a curator at the Seattle Art Museum, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, he has organized monographic and thematic exhibitions related to artists and cultural forces shaping contemporary art, such as Disquieted (2010), Object, Site, Sensation: New German Sculpture (1989), and States of War (1985).


His numerous publications include In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy (2014), Lee Kelly (2010), Hilda Morris (2006, with Susan Fillin-Yeh), Clement Greenberg: A Critic’s Collection (2001, with Karen Wilkin), Richard Deutsch: Sculpture (2001), Tony DeLap (2000), The Essential Gesture (1994), Guy Anderson (1986), and 50 Northwest Artists (1983).

MICHAEL HOWELLS is a Portland-based architect and interior designer specialized in single-family residential work. His projects have been featured in Portland Monthly, The Oregonian, Dwell, Homestead, Better Homes & Gardens, and on Design Sponge, Remodelista and Houzz. Recently completed projects include an apartment in Chicago’s Drake Tower, a residence and guest house in Jackson Hole, and a writing studio for a Portland author. More information can be found on the Howells Architecture + Design website.

DENISE MULLEN is the President of Oregon College of Art and Craft and has an extensive background as a leader in higher education, including prior positions at Alberta College of Art + Design; Corcoran College of Art + Design; Purchase College, State University of New York; and Pratt Institute. As an advocate for arts education on a national level, Mullen has been an active volunteer with ArtTable, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, and the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts. She has served on the Boards of the College Art Association, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Council of Arts Administrators, Business and Culture for the Arts in Portland, Oregon, and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and is currently President of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and Vice President of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.


Mullen is also an avid art collector and practicing artist with work included in major public and private collections.

JOELLE NESEN is a trained professional with over 28 years in the Interior Design field. Joelle is the creative vision behind top Oregon firm, Maison Inc., and leads a team of six talented designers with a candid and colorful communication style. Collaboration is the key to Maison Inc.’s success, bringing aesthetically stunning, functional and inviting custom interiors to their distinctive clientele.

— Sponsors —

If you have any questions about the competition or party, please contact Christiane at xiane@comcast.net or 971.444.2440.

Join our judges and sponsors as we raise a glass to creativity, and congratulate the first winner of the 8 x 10 design competition. Our judges made a hard decision; come ponder what it takes to design a successful handmade rug while viewing all the creative entries. Refreshments will

be served.


Showroom hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-4, or by appointment   /   971.444.2440



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