MHCC Visual Arts Department Presents ‘Stories from the River’

Posted: February 28, 2014

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Visual Arts Gallery presents a solo exhibition featuring the work of Toma Villa.  The show, titled “Tmnanaxt Nchi Wanakni” — “Stories from the River” in the Columbia River tribal language of Sahaptin, will feature paintings, sculptures, wood carvings and prints.

Villa was born in Oklahoma, raised in Portland and is a registered member of the Yakima Nation.  A former Mt. Hood Community College student, he currently attends Portland State University in pursuit of his bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Drawing inspiration from his culture and heritage, he has found a sense of identity through art by combining a traditional Native American style with his background in graffiti. "This body of work is inspired by my passion for the river and the fisherman experience on the Columbia River,” says Villa.

The exhibition will be on display March 3 – 27.  A reception will be held in the Visual Arts Gallery March 7, 5 – 8 p.m.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.  For more information, please contact Miles Browne at 503-491-7309 or

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or Please contact the office at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of Community Engagement 503-491-7204 or

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