Loo Bain

Textiles Instructor

Loo Bain was born into a family of artists in upstate New York. Her grandparents; musicians, her aunts and uncle; musicians, quilters, weavers and knitters and her mother; an artist/educator. (How lucky is she…) She grew up in the mountains of North Carolina before moving to Chicago to pursue her BFA.

Upon receiving her BFA from the Art institute of Chicago, Loo spent nine years in Chicago living as an artist/preparitor/framer working at various galleries including The Renaissance Society and Intuit: Institute for outsider art.

In 2009 She moved to Philadelphia to pursue an MFA from Tyler School of Art. Upon graduation, she stayed in Philadelphia where she continued to make work and show in galleries. She worked as the Fiber and Material Studies Studio Technician and taught at Tyler School of Art.

In 2016 she, her mother, and her brother (fellow artists) decided to move to Portland to live close to one another and continue to pursue working in the arts. She managed the Fibers studio at Oregon College of Art and Craft and was a mentor for the graduate program until it closed.

Loo is a multimedia artist investigating ideas of history, material, earth science, and self. She has received artist grants, most recently the Oregon Arts Commission, shown nationally in galleries, acquired private commissions, and participated in artist residencies including Arrowmont, Pine Meadow Ranch, Playa, the Icelandic Textile Center and most recently Portland State University. She has assisted and collaborated with many artists, including Michael Rackowitz, Lead Pencil Projects, Pepone Osario, Lisa Yuskavage and Ebony Patterson. She loves living in Portland where she continues to make and show work.