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

June 2020-August 2020: Teaching Understanding Architecture and Understanding the Visual Arts at Portland Community College

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

Event Archive

Comics History Presentation for the Independent Publishing Resources Center.

*Click on the right-side of the presentation to advance slides.

Artist presentation on Italian creator, Sergio Toppi (2017).

Presentation exploring the intersection of opera and comic art utilizing David Shenton's adaptation of Salome (2016).

Historical presentation on Fletcher Hank's 1930s superheroine, Fantomah. Originally presented in 2017, further development for 2018 presentation at the Comics Arts Conference at San Diego Comic Con. 

Formalist presentation on Becky Cloonan's The Mire, presented at CSU-N Comics Conference in 2016.