Raised on a cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Jay Olinger is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar residing in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches Understanding the Visual Arts and Comics Art and Literature at Portland Community College, and Comics Theory at Portland State University. Along with teaching, Jay presents her research at international conferences, curates group exhibitions, and creates short comics. Jay received a B.S. in Arts and Letters summa cum laude from Portland State University with Minors in Art History, English, and Medieval Studies; as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in Comics Studies, which led to a position at Marvel in the Special Projects Department. Her graduate studies took her to 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, which explored the intersection of Fine Art and Comics through media application.
September - December 2019: Teaching ART 102: Understanding the Visual Arts at Portland Community College.
January - March 2020: Teaching ENG 496/596: Comics Theory at Portland State University.
January - March 2020: Teaching ART 217: Comics Art & Literature at Portland Community College.
September - December 2019: Teaching ART 101: Understanding Architecture (CRN 42612) at Portland Community College