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

Education


Portland State University
Post-Baccalaureate, Art History, 2020
Key Modules:
• Art History Methodology
• Byzantine Art History
• Romanesque Art History

University of Dundee
Master of Design in Comics and Graphic Novels, 2016-2017
2017 Duncan of Jordanstone Comics Prize Recipient 
Fully funded by the Principal’s International Excellence Scholarship and the Discover Dundee Scholarship
Highest Distinction
Key Modules:
• International Comics Cultures
• The Pictured Page
• Creating Comics
• Comics Production

Portland State University

Post-Baccalaureate, Comics Studies, 2016
Key Modules:
• Comics History
• Comics Theory
• Creating Short Comics
• Autobiographical Comics

Portland State University

B.S., Arts and Letters, 2014-2016
Minors: Medieval Studies, English and Art History
Summa Cum Laude
Thesis Project: Girl!Power! A student-led series of zine-making workshops with girls ages 10-17 in 
Portland, OR culminating in the creation of an anthology of the participants work.

Memberships


o Comics Studies Society 

o Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The RUMBLE-LUMP Collective
o Assessment Committee, Art, Portland Community College
o Digital Drawing and Painting Chair, Portland Community College

Honors and Awards


o Carol A Tilley Travel Grant Recipient for the Comics Studies Society Conference, 2019

o Awesome Portland Micro-Grant recipient on behalf of Miss Anthology Comics, May 2019
o Partial Educator Scholarship recipient for PNCA's Educator Summer Intensive, 2018
o Duncan of Jordanstone Comics Award, 2017

o Principals International Excellence Scholarship, 2016-2017
o Discover Dundee Scholarship, 2016
o Simon Benson Art History Scholar, 2015-2016
o Schwenn Family Scholar, 2015-2016
o Blick Merit Scholarship, 2015-2016
o Dean’s List, 2014-2016
o Presidents List, 2012-2015
o Honorable Mention, Northview Gallery Student Exhibition, 2014
o Senior Artist of the Year, 2006

Professional Experience


o Portland State University, Instructor, 2019-Present (Comics Theory)

o Portland Community College, Instructor, 2018-Present (Comics Art & Literature, Visual Arts, Understanding Architecture, History of Graphic Design) 
o Miss Anthology, Assistant Director & Graphic Designer, 2018-2019
o Rose City Comic Con, Panels and Programming Lead, 2017-Present
o "Process" group exhibition curator at Sequential Art Gallery, April 2019 
o Artist & Crafstman Supply North, December 2018-March 2019
o One With Heart, Front Desk and Social Media Manager, 2017-2018
o Marvel, Trades and Special Projects Intern, 2016
o Research Assistant to Dr. Anne McClanan 2015-2016
o Sequential Art Gallery, Curatorial Intern 2014-2016
o Dirce Moroni Toulan Library, Library Attendant, Portland State University 2014-2016
o College of Urban and Public Affairs, Lab Attendant, Portland State University 2014-2016
o College of Urban and Public Affairs, Dean’s Office Assistant, Portland State University 2014-2016
o Portland State University Box Office 2015-2016
o Contract Writer, Portland State University Vanguard 2015
o Mesnard & Olinger Studio, 2013-2014
o Blitz Pearl, Assistant Manager, Arts & Events Organizer, 2009-2011

Teaching Experience


o Spring 2020, ART 101: Understanding Architecture, Portland Community College

o Spring 2020, ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts, Portland Community College
o Spring 2020, ART 214: History of Graphic Design, Portland Community College
o  Winter 2020, ENG 496: Comics Theory, Portland State University  
o Winter 2020, ART 217: Comics Art and Literature, Portland Community College
o Winter 2020, ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts, Portland Community College
o Creative Honors Thesis Adviser, Portland State University, 2019-2010
o  Fall 2019, ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts, Portland Community College
o Fall 2019, ART 101: Understanding Architecture, Portland Community College
o August 2019, Comics History (Youth Summer Camp), Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland, Or
Summer 2019, ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts, Portland Community College
o Spring 2019, ART  217: Comics Art & Literature: Banned!, Portland Community College
Spring 2019, ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts, Portland Community College
o Fall 2018, ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts, Portland Community College
o December 2018, Digital Inking Comics Workshop, Portland Community College
Spring 2018, ART 217: Comics Art & Literature: Auteur Creators, Portland Community College
March 2016, Mini-Comix Workshop with Andrew Paris, Portland State University
o Summer 2015, Grrrl Power! Zine Workshop, Portland State University


Presentations, Workshops and Interviews

o Culturally Responsive Online Teaching Cohort, 2020

o  Review of the Designing Comics Courses Workshop, (CSS 2019 Review
o Intersectionality Series Cohort, Winter 2020
o Poe-nography: From Gothic to Erotic, Comics Studies Society Conference, Toronto, CA, July 2019 
o Designing Comics Courses, Comics Studies Society Conference, Toronto, CA July 2019
o Comics Community Panel at Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 2019
o Guest Speaker, PSU Comics History with Diana Schutz, May 2019
o Online Faculty Summit at Portland Community College, May 2019
o Decolonizing the Classroom Workshop at Portland Community College, May 2019
o Creating Community in the Classroom Workshop at Portland Community College, April 2019
o Eco-Justice Pedagogy Workshop at Portland Community College, April 2019
o Bridge 13 Empathy Training Cohort at Portland Community College, April 2019
o Guest, Geek in the City Radio, March 27th 2019.
o Guest Speaker, PCC Sylvania, March 2019
o ECCC Professional 2019
o Cohort, Equity and Open Educational Resources, Portland Community College, Fall 2018
o Presenter, ComiqueCon, Detroit, MI, October 2018
o Cohort, Online Instructor Training, Portland Community College, Summer 2018
o Guest speaker, OCAC's Summer Sketchbook Intensive, hosted by Jonathan Hill, 2018
o Presenter, Comics Arts Conference at San Diego Comic Con, 2018.
o The Graphic Novel Educator Workshop Participant at PNCA, 2018.
ECCC Professional, 2017.
PSU Comics Studies Interview, October 2016.
o Presenter, Comics and Visual Art Conference, California State University Northridge, February 2016.
o Guest, Geek in the City Radio, Portland, OR. Interviewed July 2015 discussing “Munchies” exhibition.


Volunteer Experience

o Thought Bubble Volunteer, 2016

o MDes Student Representative, 2016-2017
o University of Dundee Archives Volunteer, Comics Collection, 2016
o Aquathon Marshall, October 2016
o Ian Kennedy Masterclass Facilitator, October 2016
o Lakes International Comic Art Festival Volunteer, 2016
o PSU Comics Studies Booth Exhibitor, 2016
o Reading Frenzy, 2015
o Rose City Comic Con, 2013-2014
o Stumptown Comics Fest, 2011-2013
o Portland Audiences for Cultural Exploration, 2014-2015
o Portland Art Museum, 2009-2011

Skills and Software


o Adobe Photoshop

o Adobe InDesign
o Adobe Illustrator
o ClipStudio
o MadeFire
o Wordpress (see CosmoRayRay.com and MissAnthology.com for website samples)
o Comfortable working with Mac and PC OS


Select Publications


o Miss Anthology 2019, March 2020 
Miss Anthology Tips Zine, February 2020
Rumble-Lump Club #15, August 2019.
o  Miss Anthology 2018, December 2018.
o Miss Anthology Teaser, November 2018. 
o Cosmic Cowgirl #1. (Mini-Comic, 16pps). Self-pulished November 2018. 
Funny Ha-Ha. (Comic-book, 16pps). Self-published, October 2018
Making Connections. (Comic anthology). PNCA Summer Intensive, June 2018
Prompt(ed). (Comic-book, 52pps).  Graduate project, August 2017. 
"Art Therapy." (Single-page Comic). Rally Zine, Vol. 3. April 2017.
o New Moon. (Comic-Book, 24pps). 24-Hour Comics Day, October 2016.
o “Boss Babe.” (Illustration). Basement Babes, Issue 10, March 2016.
o “Style.” (Illustration). La Sangrona #3: Fashion Issue, March 2016.
o “Punk Fashion.” (Illustration). La Sangrona #3: Fashion Issue, March 2016.
o "Solitary Studies." (Editorial Comic). Pacific Sentinel, March 2016.
o “Creature of Comfort.” (Aquatint print). Pathos Literary Magazine, No. 10 Vol. 2, Winter 2016.
o Munchies. (Coloring book, 16pps). Self-Published, July 2015.
o Lessons Learned. (Comic-Book, 24pps). Self-Published, July 2015.
o “On Fleek.” (Chapter Illustrations), Girl!Power, Vol. 86, Summer 2015.
o Sissy Pants Collection. (Comic-Book, 28pps). Self-published, April 2015.
o Tired. (Comic-Book, 16pps). Self-Published, April 2015.
o "Fees, Fees and More Fees." (Article). Portland State University Vanguard, Vol. 66, Issue 31, April 2014.
o Comic Class 2014 Anthology. (Comic-Book). Self-Published, Portland State University, December 2014.

Select Exhibitions


Solo Exhibitions:

o "Thanks, Fletcher Hanks!" Common Grounds, Portland, OR, July 2018.
o “Munchies.” Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, OR, July 2015.
o “Winter Women.” Hawthorne Hideaway, Portland, OR January 2015.
o “Woodcuts V.2.” The Waypost, Portland, OR, May 2014.
o “Fan Girl.” The Little Gallery, Portland, OR, May 2014.

Group Exhibitions:

o "Process." Sequential Art Gallery + Studio, Portland, OR, April 2019. 
o "Portraits." Artist & Craftsman North, Portland, OR, Jan.-Feb. 2019.
o "Day of the Dead." Spendorporium, Portland, OR, October 2018.
o Chris Haberman and Jay Olinger, Henry Higgins Foster, September 2018
o "Super Salon." Gallery 101, Portland, OR, September 2018
o The Graphic Novel Pop-Up Show at PNCA, June 2018
o "Once Upon a Time." Splendorporium, Portland, OR, April 2018. 
o “Captain Picard Day.” Floating World Comics, Portland, OR, July 2015.
o “Bill Murray Show.” GOOD: A Gallery, Portland, OR, December 2014.
o “Vinyl.” Future Shock, Portland, OR, December 2014.
o “Geeks and Giggles.” Fleeting States Gallery, Portland, OR, June 2014.
o “The Gun Show.” Pinky’s, Portland, OR, May 2014.
o “Printmaking & Photography.” Splendorporium, Portland, OR, April 2014.
o “In Bloom.” Milepost 5, Portland, OR, April 2014.