The Poodle Correspondents of America GPS Correspondent Roz Crews
As the 2016-2017 Portland Poodle Correspondent, Crews will provide current and breaking news about the behaviors, lifestyles, events, and journeys of Portland’s poodle community. As a self-identified poodle theorist, Crews is interested in learning more about the ebb and flow of popular interest in the fascinating dog breed. Is the poodle one of America’s most misunderstood dog types? How has the poodle been portrayed in popular media through the last century? Who are the real owners of poodles in America? Has the poodle’s reputation recently experienced a revival of interest and admiration? These common inquiries will be explored through social-engagement, first-hand data collection, archival research, and storytelling in Portland, Oregon, and Crews’ research will be shared via the USPS and e-mail as part of the Greensboro Project Space’s initiative to share correspondence reports across the nation.
Roz Crews is an artist and dog-lover living in Portland, OR (b. Gainesville, FL). She works collaboratively to design and implement socially-engaged art and curatorial projects that examine and question traditional models for education, research, and the production of exhibitions. The projects materialize as installations, publications, exhibitions, and public presentations. Roz is the 2015-2017 Artist in Residence at Portland State University’s Housing and Residence Life department where she is currently working on a collaborative education project inspired by The Foxfire Magazine. Her art practice is supported and inspired by her role as Programs Coordinator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
She has presented work at venues including the Mildred’s Lane Complexity in Narrowsburg, NY; Bronco Gallery in Portland, OR; The Talk Shop in Kansas City, MO; Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR; Portland State University Campus Rec Center in Portland, OR; Disjecta in Portland, OR; LIKEWISE in Portland, OR; as well as libraries, alternative galleries, publications, online-platforms, schools, streets, and other public places.