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PNCA’s Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Release date: 09/12/12

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PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) brings bright lights from the worlds of art and design to Portland for the Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Notable artists, designers, editors, activists, educators, and theorists have been invited to lecture by each of PNCA’s five graduate programs, including the MFA in Visual Studies, MFA in Collaborative Design, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, and MFA in Applied Craft and Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft. Most lectures take place in the Swigert Commons in PNCA’s Main Building in Portland’s Pearl District and are always free and open to the public. For a complete listing of PNCA events, please visit cal.pnca.edu.

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David Shipley to Give Convocation Lecture at PNCA

Release date: 09/11/12

PORTLAND, OR – September 11, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) opens its 2012-2013 academic year with a Convocation Lecture by David Shipley, Executive Editor of Bloomberg View. Entitled, “Learning to Translate,” his lecture, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4pm in the Swigert Commons. Convocation, which derives from the Latin term for “calling together,” is an annual opportunity for the College’s community of students, faculty, staff, and board members to come together to mark the beginning of the new academic year.

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Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening

Release date: 08/24/12

PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 12, 2012 – The launch of the 2012-2013 academic year finds The Feldman Gallery + Project Space at the Pacific Northwest College of Art opening its most ambitious exhibition to date. Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening marks the centennial of John Cage’s birth by tracing the long tail of influence of Cage’s ideas on sound and chance operations in visual art. The exhibition is curated by Mack McFarland, curator of the Feldman Gallery + Project Space and opens September 5 and runs through November 17, 2012. There will be an opening reception in the Feldman Gallery on September 5 from 6-8 pm.

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TRUST: 2012 PNCA Alumni Exhibition

Release date: 08/24/12

PORTLAND, OR – August 21, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) puts its great legacy on display through the work of its illustrious alumni in TRUST, the 2012 PNCA Alumni Exhibition. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 6 and will be on view through Sunday, October 21, 2012. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, September 5 from 6-8 PM in the Swigert Commons in PNCA’s Main Campus Building at 1241 NW Johnson. The Ford Family Foundation has provided major support for this exhibition.

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PNCA Welcomes Larry Hudspeth as New Chief Financial Officer

Release date: 07/19/12

PORTLAND, OR – July 19, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Larry Hudspeth is joining the College as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With a broad thirty-year portfolio in non-profit financial and operations management, Hudspeth also brings specific experience in expansion projects just as PNCA embarks on the greatest expansion in the 104-year history of the College.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Receives Gift to Purchase Feves’ Garden Wall

Release date: 07/05/12

Portland, OR – July 5, 2012 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has received a significant $40,000 grant from The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund through the Oregon Arts Commission to acquire Garden Wall, an important work by ceramic artist Betty Feves. Garden Wall is currently installed at the entrance to Generations: Betty Feves, Museum of Contemporary Craft’s retrospective exhibition of work by this longtime influential Pendleton resident.

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Thomas Zummer Comes to PNCA for Artist Residency and Exhibition

Release date: 06/18/12

PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 12, 2012 – The Feldman Gallery + Project Space and the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art bring internationally acclaimed philospher and artist Thomas Zummer to Portland in June for a residency, lecture, and exhibition of his works entitled, a partial retrospective of works I should have done, which opens June 21 with a reception at 5:30 pm in the Gallery and runs through August 5, 2012. The exhibition spans the course of Zummer’s career with more than 30 drawings, prints, and sculptures. Zummer’s work is enriched by the fruits of his rigorous philosophical investigations and critical theoretical work focusing on continued exploration of ideas of Michel Foucault, for whom Zummer was a research assistant at Berkeley, and the history of technology including his obsession with robots.

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PNCA Receives Gift of Memory 99 for its Permanent Collection

Release date: 06/06/12

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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2012

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Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
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PNCA Receives Gift of Memory 99 for its Permanent Collection
Lee Kelly’s large-scale sculpture to be a gateway to Emerging Cultural Corridor in North Park Blocks

PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 6, 2012 – At its 10th annual gala on Saturday, June 2, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announced that it had received a gift to its permanent art collection of an important work by alumnus Lee Kelly ‘59. The Ford Family Foundation gave the College a special, one-time gift to acquire Kelly’s Memory 99 as part of the Foundation’s evolving Visual Arts program established to honor the interests and memory of one of its co-founders, Mrs. Hallie Ford. Memory 99 is intended to be installed in the North Park Blocks in proximity to PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design (511 NW Broadway) for which the College just announced a capital campaign and lead gift of $5 million from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.

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PNCA Spring Gala Raises More Than $465,000

Release date: 06/03/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2012

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PNCA Spring Gala Raises More Than $465,000
Pacific Northwest College of Art 2012 Gala | Transformation

PORTLAND, OR – June 3, 2012 – On Saturday, June 2, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) held its 10th annual Gala, Transformation, and successfully raised more than $465,000 in sponsorships and special appeal gifts. These contributions provide vital support for PNCA’s students, faculty, and programs. In addition, the event helps support programs and exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Craft, which has operated in partnership with PNCA since 2009.

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PNCA Launches Campaign in Support of Campus Expansion

Release date: 06/03/12

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June 3, 2012

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PNCA Launches Campaign in Support of Campus Expansion
$15 million philanthropic effort supports strategic move to historic building on North Park Blocks

PORTLAND, OR – June 3, 2012 – At its 10th annual gala on Saturday, June 2, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announced the launch of a $15 million philanthropic campaign, CREATIVITY WORKS HERE, in support of its strategic move to renovate the historic former federal post office at 511 NW Broadway and to anchor the PNCA campus on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland.

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PNCA Alumni Exhibition Call for Entries

Release date: 05/22/12

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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces a call for entries to alumni for the 2012 PNCA juried alumni exhibition, For Life, which opens September 4 and runs through October 22, 2012.

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2012 PNCA Graduates Honored with Commencement Address from Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Release date: 05/14/12

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May 13, 2012 – PORTLAND, OR – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) proudly presents students in nine undergraduate and two graduate programs—including those in the MFA in Visual Studies and MFA in Applied Craft and Design programs—for Commencement on Sunday, May 20.

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PNCA HOSTS PORTLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM

Release date: 04/24/12

Portland, OR – April 24, 2012 – Portland has a reputation as a center for creativity, technology, and design. From software to apparel to green technology, the opportunities for developing a vibrant creative economy are expanding. What specific actions can the City of Portland and our next mayor take to support and enhance Portland’s science, technology, and creative communities? Join the Pacific Northwest Science and Technology Foundation and the MFA Collaborative Design program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) for a forum with mayoral candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith. MFA in Collaborative Design Chair Peter Schoonmaker moderates a conversation on what Portland’s next mayor should and can do to support the science-tech-creative sector in Portland.

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PNCA and the Powell Family Collaborate on ArtHouse Student Housing on North Park Blocks

Release date: 04/19/12

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Portland, OR – April 19, 2012 –
The Powell Family in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is set to build ArtHouse, a new student community on the Powell-owned property adjacent to the North Park Blocks in Portland, Oregon. Powell’s Bookstore is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. PNCA is a growing cultural and educational force located in the heart of Portland’s downtown Pearl District, with 10 undergraduate and five graduate programs. PNCA’s enrollment has doubled since 2004 to nearly 600 students and is expected to reach 1000 by 2018. The Powell Family, PNCA, and project^, the developer, are currently working out the details of the arrangement for this dedicated student housing.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Welcomes Five New Board Members

Release date: 03/29/12

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Portland, OR – March 28, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes five new members to its Board of Governors: Rick Caskey, Mark Cushing, Jennifer Bruml Lemelson, Bob Packard, and Aric Wood. Between them, these five new board members bring a wealth of communications, business, and marketing savvy plus non-profit board experience to the governance of PNCA.

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The Collins Foundation Awards PNCA $30,000 to Support Student Persist and Thrive Initiative

Release date: 03/13/12

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Portland, OR – March 15, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has been awarded a $30,0000 grant from The Collins Foundation in support of PNCA’s Persist and Thrive initiative to increase enrollment and retention of students and to support core student services. Persist and Thrive is a collaborative effort that reaches across PNCA offices critical to all aspects of student engagement. As targeted efforts to recruit students from underserved communities intensify, PNCA is working to improve academic assistance, increase counseling and mentorship capacities, offer meaningful opportunities for students to connect with peers, and ultimately, ensure academic success for students of all abilities and backgrounds. Through Persist and Thrive, PNCA aims to shape a student body that is talented, diverse, and thriving, thus building alumni who can become key participants in their creative and business communities.

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Day Job at Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA

Release date: 02/29/12

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PORTLAND, OR – February 28, 2012 – The Drawing Center, New York presents Day Job, on view at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, from April 5-May 15, 2012. Comprised of work by 21 artists, the exhibition looks at the relationship between an artist’s “day job” and his or her creative practice. Although the term “day job” may be cast as something that steals time and focus from an artist’s practice, a generative relationship can also exist. Rather than subscribing to the idea that having a job is by definition disruptive, Day Job looks at the ways in which the information, skills, ideas, working conditions, or materials encountered on the job can become a source of influence. This exhibition explores the ways in which artists relate to and choose their day jobs, or conversely, how one’s job may serve as an impetus for creating artistic work.

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PNCA Welcomes Mark Takiguchi as New Academic Dean

Release date: 02/29/12

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PORTLAND, OR – February 29, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased welcome Mark Takiguchi as the College’s new Academic Dean. Takiguchi comes to PNCA from California College of the Arts (CCA) where he was Associate Director of Fine Arts and prior to that, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. As PNCA continues to grow both in size and influence, with five new graduate programs in as many years, an increasingly international engagement, and a campus expansion slated to begin later this year, Takiguchi’s deep experience in building programs is key. This year alone, the College launches the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research and the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies as part of the Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE). The PNCA community has doubled in size since 2004, and growth projections show another 50% increase in the student body in the next two years. This is one reason why the College finds itself finalizing schematic designs for the linchpin of its campus expansion project, the renovation of the historic 511 building on Portland’s North Park Blocks this spring.

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PNCA Benefit Art Auction Raises More Than $100,000 for Student Scholarships

Release date: 02/24/12

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Portland, OR—February 23, 2012—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) exceeded its fundraising goal, raising more than $100,000 in support of student scholarships at the 4th Annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams on February 22 at The Nines Hotel.

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PNCA Awarded $50,000 for Planning Expansion

Release date: 02/07/12

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PORTLAND, OR – February 6, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for the planning of its campus expansion onto Portland’s North Park Blocks. Specifically, the grant supports planning for the upcoming renovation of the historic, former United States post office at 511 NW Broadway. For PNCA the planning grant represents an investment by the Foundation in values it shares with the College, including transforming lives, nurturing the arts, creating knowledge, and fostering innovation.

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Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping: New Work by Shawn W. Creeden

Release date: 01/25/12

PORTLAND, OR – January 24, 2012 – Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping is an exhibition of new embroideries and sculptures by Portland-based artist Shawn W. Creeden opening February 2, 2012 in PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, 825 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The works explore the complex and often adversarial relationships between humans, animals and landscape during the conquest of the American West.

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Joanna Berton Martinez to Deliver 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA

Release date: 01/25/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 25, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in partnership with Cascade AIDS Project welcomes artist and public health activist Joanna Berton Martinez (aka Teresa Dulce) to deliver the 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm. Martinez, who has for 20 years used art and performance in the service of activism will deliver a talk entitled, “Made in Form! Using self as canvas and stage,” on the transformation of self as medium in her public art works.

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PNCA Announces New BFA Program in Video and Sound

Release date: 01/06/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 6, 2012 – In recognition of the fact that moving images and sound have become central modes of communication and self-expression in the 21st century, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces its tenth BFA program, Video and Sound, launching Fall 2012.

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Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery

Release date: 01/06/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 6, 2012 – Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz is a two-person show presenting major new works by two important contemporary artists. Dealing in the complexity and specificity of color and material, Xylor Jane’s and B. Wurtz’ artworks are rigorously executed translations of environment and experience. B. Wurtz (b. 1948) makes sculptural assemblages from string, socks, buttons, household implements and plastic bags. Xylor Jane (b. 1963) draws on numerical series including the Fibonacci sequence and prime numbers to make intricately patterned paintings, finding hidden curiosities and subtle patterns amidst swarms of numbers. This exhibition, curated by MFA in Visual Studies Chair, Arnold J. Kemp, represents the first time work by these two artists has been shown together, offering a unique opportunity to consider complimentary practices by two artists of different generations whose bodies of work are outside of the mainstream museum and gallery fare. The exhibition is the first major showing of the work of both artists in the Pacific Northwest and follows on the heels of the summer 2011 retrospective of B. Wurtz’ work at Metro Pictures, New York.

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PNCA Welcomes D. Jean Hester as New Director of Admissions

Release date: 01/05/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 3, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome D. Jean Hester as its new Director of Admissions. Hester comes to Portland from Los Angeles, where she has lived for the past two decades working in education and the arts as well as doing web development for NASA and Fortune 500 companies. With her breadth of experience, Hester brings a unique perspective to the recruitment and retention efforts that will be her purview. As an educator, having taught at institutions including California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and Loyola Marymount University, she has first-hand knowledge of the student experience and challenges. At the same time, she has a solid background in strategic and tactical use of technology as a marketing tool, having recently developed marketing strategies and an interactive touch-screen information booth for the Web Design and Interactive Media program at the Art Institute of California, where she has taught for the past five years.

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