MK Guth

Associate Professor, Interim Chair

MFA 2002 New York University 
BA 1987 University of Wisconsin-Madison (Sociology/Psychology)

MK Guth is a visual artist working in video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive-based exchange projects. Her work has been discussed in periodicals including The New York Times, Flash Art, New Art Examiner, and Art in America. She has exhibited with numerous galleries and institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art; Boise Art Museum; The Melbourne International Arts Festival; Nottdance Festival, Nottingham, England; Swiss Institute, NYC; Cristin Tierney Gallery, NYC; White Columns, NYC; Artists Space, NYC; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gallery Pfeister, Gudhjem, Denmark. Guth is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Shawna Lipton

PhD 2016 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Literature and Cultural Theory)
MA 2008 Portland State University (English)
BA 2006 Dalhousie University (English/Gender and Women's Studies)

Shawna Lipton received her PhD in Literature and Cultural Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on intersectional feminism and gender and sexuality studies. Her research and teaching interests include feminist theory, queer theory, transformative justice, visual culture, and academic writing.

Shawna has presented at international conferences and received awards and fellowships, most recently from the Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work has been published in New Cinemas and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.

Current Projects:
"Redressing Radclyffe Hall: The Critical Legacy of The Well of Loneliness"
"Girls Like Us: Transgender Girlhood in the Autobiographies of Jazz Jennings and Janet Mock"

Gitti Salami

Associate Professor

PhD 2005 University of Iowa (Art History)
MA 1999 University of Iowa (Art History)
BA 1997 San Francisco State University (Studio Art/Art History)

Brigitte Salami is Associate Professor of Art History. Prior to joining PNCA in 2012, she taught at Southern Methodist University, Dallas (2000), DePaul University, Chicago (2002-04), the University of Illinois, Chicago (2004), and the University of Kansas (2004-2011).

Her specialization is in African Art. She has conducted extensive field research in the Middle Cross River region of Nigeria (1998, 1999, 2001-02, 2006, 2011), where Yakurr and their neighbors celebrate elaborate new yam festivals. These give rise to performances practices, processions, masquerades, body arts, etc. Her interests further span modern, contemporary, and transnational African art. Much of her thought is rooted in postcolonial theory.

Brigitte is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a FLAS (Foreign Language and Areas Studies) Fellowship (1999), the Distinguished Master Thesis Award of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (2000), a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship (2001-02), a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute with residency at the National Museum of African Art (2010), a West African Research Association Fellowship (2011), and a Sainsbury Research Center Visiting Fellowship at the University of East Anglia (2011). Her coedited Wiley Blackwell volume (2013), A Companion to Modern African Art, received ACASA’s (Arts Council of the African Studies Association) Honorable Mention for the 2014 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award.

Selected Publications:

The Materiality of Cement in the Cultural Matrix of the Middle Cross River Region .” African Arts 49:3 (Autumn 2016), 32-47.

A Companion to Modern African Art, Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History Malden, MA and Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013, co-edited with Monica Blackmun Visona.

“Writing African Modern Art into Art History,” co-authored with Monica Blackmun Visonà, In A Companion to Modern African Art, Blackwell Companions to Art History, edited by Gitti Salami and Monica Blackmun Visonà, 3-19. Malden, MA; Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013.

“Concrete Aspirations: Modern Art at the Roundabout in Ugep.” In A Companion to Modern African Art, Blackwell Companions to Art History, edited by Gitti Salami and Monica Blackmun Visonà, 572-592. Malden, MA; Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013.

“Intersection of Traditional and Modern Art.” Palace Newsreel: Celebrating Royalty and Cultural Heritage 4:37 (2012), 34-38.

“Towards ‘Radical Contemporaneity’ in African Art History: The ‘Glocal’ Facet of a Kinship-based Artistic Genre.” Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture 3/4 (Spring 2009): 78-99.

“Calabar Ancient Terracottas in Nigeria.” In African Terra Cottas: A Millenary Heritage in the Barbier-Mueller Museum Collections, edited by Floriane Morin and Boris Wastiou, 206-19, 436-8. Milan: Five Continents Editions, 2008.

“Umor Revisited: A Diachronic Study of Sacrosanct Principles embedded in the Yakurr Leboku Festival.” African Arts 41:3 (Autumn 2008), 54-73.

“Ubi Artist: Tribute to a Yakurr Artist from Mkpani,” Yakurr X-Ray 2:16 (2002), 8 and 2:17 (2002), 8.

Justin Taylor

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, The New School, 2007.

B.A. in English with a minor in theories and politics of sexuality, magna cum laude, University of Florida, 2004.

Justin Taylor is the author of Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Tin House, and Bomb. He is the fiction editor for The Literary Review and lives in Portland, OR.


Flings (HarperCollins, 2014; paperback Harper Perennial, 2015)

The Gospel of Anarchy (Harper Perennial, 2011)

Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever (Harper Perennial, 2010)


The Word Made Flesh (co-editor; Harper Perennial, 2010)

The Apocalypse Reader (editor; Thunder’s Mouth, 2007)

Come Back, Donald Barthelme (guest editor of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #24, 2007).

The Agriculture Reader (co-editor with Jeremy Schmall)

Selected Short Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

“So You’re Just What, Gone?” — fiction, The New Yorker (May 18, 2015).

“How the Icelandic Goat Almost Went Extinct” — reported nonfiction, Pacific Standard (February 11, 2015).

“After Ellen” — short fiction published in The New Yorker (August 13 & 20, 2012), and named a Notable Story in Best American Short Stories 2013 (Elizabeth Strout, ed.).

“In My Heart I Am Already Gone” — short fiction in Canteen #4, named a Notable Story in Best American Non-Required Reading 2010.

“The Jealousy of Angels” — short fiction, Del Sol Review; included in Best of the Web 2008 (Steve Almond, ed.).

“Fort Smith, Arkansas—A Monologue” — nonfiction first published in Barrelhouse, was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2007 (David Foster Wallace, ed.).

“Estrellas y Rascacielos” — short fiction first published in Userlands (Akashic, 2007) and featured at NPR.org, June 2007.