Raised on a cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Jay Olinger is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar residing in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at Portland Community College and Portland State University.

Jay received a B.S. in Arts and Letters from Portland State University with Minors in Art History, English, and Medieval Studies; as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in Comics Studies and Art History. After holding a position at Marvel in the Special Projects Department in 2016, she pursued graduate studies in Scotland, where she graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Dundee with a Master of Design in Comics and Graphic Novels, fully-funded by the Principal’s International Excellence Scholarship. Jay’s graduate project, Prompt(ed), was awarded the 2017 Duncan of Jordanstone Comics Prize. Prompt(ed) was an interdisciplinary project that combined research and hands-on application that explored the intersection of media application in Fine Art and Comics.

Along with teaching, Jay presents her research at international conferences, curates group exhibitions, and creates short comics. She welcomes opportunity for research, teaching, workshops and collaboration in any form.

Cancelled COVID Events: Transitions 9 in London, UK; Pop Conferences at DePaul University, Chicago, IL

September 2020-December 2020: Understanding Architecture (2) and Understanding the Visual Arts at Portland Community College

January 2021-March 2021: Portland Community College

March 2021-June 2021: ENG 300: Visual Narrative at Portland State University

Event Archive

July 30, 2020

Finished up an 11x14" Fantomah rug/wall-hanging/patch. I am learning a lot in each project that I attempt, the biggest being HIGH CONTRAST. Holding up yarn to make color choices, I feel that they are different enough side by side, but the separation can be lost when tufted. For example, in Fantomah, there is tiny orange details in her hair that are barely visible--I tried to accentuate them with grey, but this is something to keep in mind for the next project. 

Back of the work--clearer detail.

Front--loop pile of varying heights.

Different colors pop against a different background.