Admissions Staff

Katie Dunbar


Admissions Counselor

Katie Dunbar currently works at PNCA as an Admissions Counselor. She is an alum of the MFA in Visual Studies ’11 program, and received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. Her art practice investigates common material items encountered daily, to recreate moments of discovery and recognition. Through sculpture, video, installation and painting she hopes to offer viewers a new connection with particular items that are frequently overlooked.

She also enjoys: long hikes, spending time with her family, viewing art, riding her bike, sewing, hot rods and classic cars, sriratcha, camping, jogging, comedy, and watching the sun set. To view her work, visit:

Carolyn Hopkins


Admissions Counselor

Carolyn Hopkins is an admissions counselor at PNCA. Carolyn graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work questions the traditional cultural roles of the feminine and masculine as well as the tamed and untamed and creates outposts from which to re-examine a recognizable terrain. Her studio practice is an ongoing expedition into familiar territories in search of new frontiers from which to draw. Carolyn has collaborated with Mark Dion and Spurse, and has been an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, Brush Creek, as well as Mildred’s Lane. Her work has been exhibited at the Cranbrook Art Museum, PUNCH gallery in Seattle, Soil Gallery in Seattle, PS122 Gallery in New York, the Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga CA, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ, and has been published in Sculpture Magazine.

Lauren McCall


Admissions and Financial Aid Assistant

Prior to moving from Philadelphia to Portland in the fall of 2009, I studied sculpture at the PA Academy of the Fine Arts and received my BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. My artwork combines elements of sewing with imagery in a variety of media including installation and sculpture.
Few things in life beat a bike ride or hike on a crisp, sunny fall afternoon, sharing a home cooked meal with loved ones or finding a nicely worn pair of Frye boots at a second hand shop. I get home sick from time to time and despite the rain, I have grown to love Portland and intend to make it my home for a long, long time.

Bill Watt


Assistant Director of Admissions

Before the call of the “West” planted the seed of change in me, I was working and living all over New England. I received my BFA from the Maine College of Art in 2001, soon after I began my professional art career. I first worked for a number of years as a photo journalist, I still miss the fast pace. I re-entered academia in 2003 working as a photo technician and teaching continuing education classes. I found myself in Oregon doing business consulting, where I fell in love with the livability of the Northwest, which lead me to a permanent home in the PNCA admissions office.

I advise students from:
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire,Up State New York, Oregon [(Southern, Central, Eastern, West Linn, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, McMinnville, Milwaukie, Tigard/Tualatin, Portland (Grant)], Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington (Seattle, Tacoma), West Virginia