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Current MFA CD Students
Olivia Guethling was born in Berlin in 1987.
Olivia Guethling graduated with honors in Visual Communication Design on the University of Applied Science in Potsdam. In 2011 she was at Bahçesehir University Istanbul as exchange student and lived one year in Istanbul. Olivia got scholarships from the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom (B.A) and the Fulbright Commission. Currently, she studies Collaborative Design in Portland, Oregon on the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Olivia works as a freelance photographer and designer, as executive producer and event manager and realized diverse projects like the Magazine-Project “Honesty”. Olivia worked as graphic designer for the agency Triad Projektgesellschaft in Berlin. Based on an enormous amount of material her conceptual artwork “Awakening” transforms a personal stream of consciousness into a interdisciplinary narrative artwork which is made of but not limited to graphic design, performance and audio-visual works (see: http://www.kunsthalle.com/berlin/report/awakening-border-madness-in-mirrors)
Jake was born and raised near Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Intermedia Sculpture and a minor in Business Administration. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he attends the Pacific Northwest College of Art as an MFA candidate in Collaborative Design. During his most recent years he worked on an introspective body of work inspired by the death of his mother and his attempt to cope. This series titled, Transformed into Omnipresence,explored the dichotomy and coexistence of absence and presence through symbols of motherhood, memory, Catholic ritual and nostalgia. Jake’s retrospection of this work uncovered a fascination for the interconnectedness of events and systems in his life. During undergrad he also participated in several collaborative ventures and became fascinated with group identity superseding autonomous ego.
Jake aspires toward institutional change through the harnessing of intervention, innovation and systems thinking. He is interested in looking at institutions of various scales from a zoomed-out perspective in hopes of discovering and exposing the unseen elements of the affected systems. He finds power in the unknown and misunderstood.
Alicia Navarrette obtained her BA from Portland State University in Art History and Studio Practices in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, she was exposed to every medium of art discipline and the method practiced behind each of them. Alongside studio practices, she studied the history and the people behind innovations in each practice. Alicia is interested in the world around her, loves to travel and explore other cultures. Alicia moved to Portland from the Adirondacks in New York State in 2001. She has collaborated with Portland musicians, working on various projects and performances playing bass guitar.
After a four years of working with Portland area non-profit art organizations and galleries, Alicia applied for the Collaborative Design MFA. Her curiosity about the future of urbanization, biomimicry and the systems involved further fuelled her interest. She hopes to work as a consultant working with companies trying to establish their impact on urbanization and biomimicry.
Shannon Paine received her Bachelor’s in Digital Art at the University of Oregon. She also took the time to minor in Chinese and Computer Information Technology. She is looking to pursue work in the Graphic Design and Interactive Design fields. She has a wide array of interest in her undergraduate work but is always looking for a holistic way to explore her interests. She always sees her work as an expression of who she is but she still wants to put her stamp on the world.
Jake Richardson is a freelance graphic artist and photographer in Portland, Oregon. Be it art exhibitions or corporate work, Richardson creates dynamic images focusing on geometry and vivid color. Jake received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI, where he has taught Typography II as an adjunct professor. As an experienced screen printer and print artist, Jake finds himself designing and creating anything from a limited run T-shirt or poster design, to an identity system and collateral for a diverse clientele. His photography projects range from fine art and fashion, to architectural and product photography. Currently he is enrolled in the Collaborative Design MFA program at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Jessica Riehl is a professional self taught freelance photographer with a focus on conservation photography. She holds B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She has photographed internationally in Malaysia and Chilean Patagonia and photographed children, families, business identity, climate change, sustainable farming, urban forestry, children in nature, renewable energy, energy use, recycling and environmental activism around the country. Acceptance into PNCA’s Masters of Fine Arts Collaborative Design program has allowed her to realize she unconsciously been trying to use the design approach to look at specific areas of concern. Formal training as a designer will allow a her to more fully develop her process to engage in different ways. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.jessicariehl.com.
Crystal Rome is interested in what makes change happen.
In 2008, while finishing her BA at the University of Colorado in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology, she wrote her honors thesis on Colorado water law and its roots in ancient Rome. During this process, she became fascinated by the intentional incorporation of Roman legal ideas into modern law codes and the unintentional ramifications of that action. She began reconsidering where she wanted to dedicate her professional energies, studying the past or actively engaging in the present.
Rather than pursuing archaeology, Crystal opted to explore the world around her. As experience accumulated, a clear thread emerged: systems at many levels are breaking down. This driving idea, combined with a desire to pursue a creative practice, led Crystal to the Collaborative Design program at PNCA.
She believes firmly that thinking critically and thoughtfully about the future is the best way to improve the present.
Melody has always felt the need to explore other cultures, belief systems, and diverse backgrounds. Combined with an increasing awareness of systems design and her role in society has a female designer, her approach to design has expanded into identifying a vast network of interconnecting areas of concern, thus evolving her area of interest from cultural studies into feminist systems thinking. As she delves into this complicated system of interconnectedness, she is also becoming more aware of the effects community design in developing countries. Could a feminist approach to community design create an appropriate dynamic for these emerging communities? These questions lead Melody into the field of ethnographic design. As an ethnographic designer, Melody hopes to develop a method of exploring and understanding un/intentional relationships between genders and community design to generate a better understanding of societal systems. She plans to apply her research within innovative designs while considering gender boundaries as well as the ethics of community disruption in diverse cultures.
Emilie came to Portland, OR by way of North Carolina back in 2007. She holds her undergraduate degree in the Fine Arts from Appalachian State University where she concentrated in fiber arts, printmaking and metalsmithing.
Emilie has worked within the non-profit sector since arriving in Portland and has spent the past four years at a local youth development organization nestled in North Portland. A hard worker with a “get the job done” kind of attitude, she has found herself wearing the hats of graphic designer, data analyst, strategic planner, fundraiser, event planner and marketing manager at any given moment.
Raised by an artistic mother and an engineer father, Emilie has always been split between a life of creative pursuit and one rooted in logic and practicality. PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design is the perfect program, allowing for the these seemingly juxtaposed practices to work together, finding the much needed common ground for creative exploration in the realm of harsh realities and complex problems.
Jessica was born in the great suburbs of Walnut Creek, California. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in 2009 she worked for a variety of educational organizations, including: The Portland Children’s Museum, The Boys & Girls Club, Foodworks, and The Sun School. She hopes to hone her artistic skills in painting and design at PNCA. She is interested in discovering more about how we come to view our connection with nature and how our physical environments shape our communities. She has studied yoga for years and continues to weave lessons from her mat into how she lives her life.
I am a multi-talented artist/designer with a broad range of experience in the fine arts and design, event planning, and social and entrepreneurial collaboration. I believe art should be a part of everything we do; not just in aesthetics, but in the fundamental ways in which we use resources, build systems, and interact with each other and other species in our world to the betterment of all.
My philosophy is to promote design and systems thinking in the creation and practice of more thoughtful, sustainable, and socially and environmentally responsible ways of living. My goal is to work as a collaborative designer in a forward looking organization to make a positive impact on wicked problems.