MFA in Applied Craft + Design


  • Victor Maldonado

    Assistant Professor in BFA Intermedia, BFA Thesis, MFA Applied Craft & Design; Inclusion Specialist

    Victor Maldonado is a Portland-based interdisciplinary artist who creates conceptually driven multidisciplinary works drawing from his upbringing in California and Mexico in a family of migrant field workers . He is an Assistant Professor and Inclusions Specialist at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is also a freelance writer and independent curator of Northwest art. Maldonado received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art (2000) and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005) and his work has most recently been acquired by the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Maldonado is represented exclusively by Froelick Gallery, Portland OR.

  • Namita Wiggers

    Instructor, Critical Studies, Applied Craft + Design

    Adjunct Instructor, MFA Applied Craft + Design
    Director and Co-Founder, Critical Craft Forum
    Former Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft

  • Heidi Schwegler

    Chair of MFA Applied Craft + Design, Professor

    Heidi Schwegler explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Her style as an artist is a hybrid of conceptual art and craft, the objects well made and at the same time provocative and meaningful. She has participated in numerous shows, including exhibitions at Halsey McKay (NY), the Sheldon Museum (NE), Platform China (Beijing), Portland Art Museum (OR), and the Hallie Ford Museum (OR). Schwegler is a Fellow through the Ford Family, the MacDowell Colony, Oregon Arts Commission and Yaddo. She has lectured on her work at institutions such as the Burg Giebichenstein, (Germany), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan) and Kendall College of Art and Design (MI). Reviews of Schwegler’s work have been published in Art in America, ArtNews, Drain Magazine, Daily Serving and the Hyperallergic. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is represented by Upfor Gallery (Portland) and Asphodel (NYC).