Radius Studio is a community space offering workshops, facilities, and services for anyone serious (or curious) about art. Working to accommodate both the beginning and experienced artist, we offer professional facilities and instruction of several art disciplines in a supportive and creative environment.
Founded in 2002 by Kim McKenna and Mark Brandau (two practicing artists and art-educators), Radius Studio began with a few after-school drawing workshops in a small apartment. Seeking to create a more dynamic art space for the community at large, the studio expanded into a warehouse/creative space in the rapidly developing inner-SE of Portland in the summer of 2003. With the extra space, a modest ceramics studio and printing press were added along with additional curriculum in super 8 filmmaking, oil painting, and figure drawing. By late 2003, however, the warehouse was slated for redevelopment and after only 6 months Radius Studio was forced to find a new home.
In February 2004, Radius Studio re-opened in its second location (formerly a rambling warehouse filled with bird-feeders & doorstops in the thriving Division/Clinton neighborhood). The studio was able to thrive in that space for three and a half years, expanding its workshop offerings and serving as a production space for 16 members (ceramicists, painters, and printmakers). In the spring of 2007, the owner sold the building to a development company and Radius was forced to find yet another home.
In the summer of 2007, the studio secured a long term lease in its original neighborhood of inner-SE Portland. With this new space, Radius essentially doubled in size. This allowed us to add private studios to our roster of offerings and we built 10 spaces into the existing floor plan of the (two story) building. Since that moment, the studio has been working to become a comprehensive resource for artists of all levels – a community space where artists can create, learn, and grow in a variety of media.
In the summer of 2014, Korin Schneider took over management of the studio, as Mark and Kim stepped back to raise their family and focus on other work projects. Korin gave Radius a fresh coat of paint and added some new equipment and learning opportunities to the studio agenda. Currently, Radius Studio serves as production space for 50+ members and is the home of many practicing artists whose media include painting, ceramics, fashion design, sculpture, leatherwork, fibers, illustration, printmaking and more.