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

Part fashion, part charcoal, part Nick Cave influence.
Stemming from the ideas of reuse and transformation, I was inspired to create a second necklace. Gathering and charring yard debris, I used burnt twigs and vines to use as weft reinforcement for a woven choker.  The yarn material used to create the choker is from second-hand scraps (from SCRAP), again, based on this notion of transforming and re-contextualizing an object/material(s). It is very messy to wear.