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

Along with teaching this term, I am taking an experimental media course. It is all online, but it is a way to engage with other creative individuals and build community. Our first project was to include images of transportation, an animal, and an item of sentimental value. Along with the photos, creative text was encouraged to accompany each image. 

My project was to show unity and variety, a singular polyhedron composed of multiple facets. My images, on the left, are all polaroids, tangible objects that signify a moment in time. The first, my transportation image, is my feet. I greatly enjoy walking, and during my travels I often would wander, no set course. The second image is of my childhood pal, Dancer, my horse. Many years were spent together, rodeoing, Wrangler girls, herding cattle. My best memories are on a horse, and the most painful, from passing pals to broken bones. The text is tracing paper over a won buckle and my bling belt, all the rage when I was in that world. The final photo is a stack of comics, the academic field I have built my career around. All different, yet all a part of me.