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PNCA Announces Co-Chairs of MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes Anne Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders as co-chairs of the MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research (CT+CR). Oliver is currently Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Contemporary Theory at PNCA and Research Scholar in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Sanders has been PNCA’s Writer-in-Residence since 2009. Between them, Oliver and Sanders bring a combined 60+ years of iconoclastic research, writing, and teaching to the program.

Posted on 11/22 at 06:33 PM

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Oregon Arts Commission Awards Faculty and Alumni over $10,000

The Oregon Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Ford Family Foundation, has awarded several PNCA faculty and alumni over $10,000 in competitive Career Opportunity grants. These awards provide support to individual artists who seek to take advantage of important opportunities to advance their careers through the development of artistic, business or professional skills. The grant recipients include Carl Diehl, Sarah Farahat ‘09, M.K. Guth, Laura Hughes MFA ‘10, and Jessica Orlowski. 

The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine policies, establish long-range plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by the state of Oregon, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art and with a cultural partner grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Here are descriptions of each recipient’s project:

Carl Diehl (Faculty), media artist, $652  
To support Diehl’s participation in the &Now Conference, a festival which brings together artists in a variety of disciplines to see how the artists can work together and develop new work. Diehl has been invited to present his performance work to the participants in this festival. www.carldiehl.com

Sarah Farahat (Intermedia ‘09), Portland, media artist $1,500  
To support Farahat’s living expenses while participating in the Home Workspace Program, an 11‐month independent arts residency program in Beirut, Lebanon. The experience will expose Farahat to a year‐long intensive art dialogue and enable her to devote full time work toward a major exhibition.   

M. K. Guth (Faculty), Portland, sculptor/installation artist, $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation, $3,760  
To support the material costs associated with an invited public residency at The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, administered by The Art Production Fund in New York. Guth will travel to Las Vegas, with assistants to complete and install a site‐specific work. Additional Ford Family Foundation funds will support the costs of professional documentation of her work, travel and assistant expenses for the project. 

Laura Hughes (Visual Studies ‘10 and Faculty), visual artist, $1,455  
To support Hughes’ solo exhibition at the University of Oregon White Box Gallery in Portland, providing broader exposure to the arts community. Hughes is preparing an architecturally‐oriented installation, which will highlight her skill incorporating light and space into a dynamic vision.  http://www.laurahughesstudio.com/index.html 

Jessica Orlowski (CE Instructor), Hillsboro, sculptor, $1,500  
To support costs associated with a solo exhibition of Orlowski’s ceramic sculpture at the Harry Krug Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.  An artist talk will increase the impact of the opportunity, allowing her to more fully develop contacts outside this region.

Posted on 11/15 at 12:03 PM

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Natalia Allen lectures at the Bison Building

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design hosts designer and surf enthusiast Natalia Allen for a lecture for the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Natalia Allen brings her enthusiasm for surfing to entrepreneurship, combining green and tech to create innovative styles using environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing processes. In 2005, she founded the influential and fast-growing design firm Design Futurist. She received the highly coveted Parsons “Designer of the Year Award,” a title she shares with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler. She frequently lectures around the globe sharing her expert ideas on sustainable design.

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Posted on 11/09 at 11:02 AM

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PNCA Faculty and Alumni Selected to Attend Creative Capital Workshop

A collection of PNCA faculty members and alumni were selected to attend a Creative Capital Professional Development workshop this last weekend hosted by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). The participants included Hayley Barker, Wayne Bund MFA ‘10, Nan Curtis, Michael Lazarus, and Jane Schiffhauer MFA ‘10. These artists are fine examples of the PNCA community engaging in ongoing professional practice and growth.

PICA, in partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC), hosted a three‐day intensive professional development workshop for 24 Oregon artists. The workshop was offered by Creative Capital, a national non‐profit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists. Through this intensive course, artists from all disciplines learned from Creative Capital consultants and prior artist grantees how to manage the business aspects of a creative career. Thanks to the generous support of RACC, OAC, and the Kresge Foundation, tuition was 85% subsidized. 

In 2003, Creative Capital launched the Professional Development Program (PDP) to share with a broad community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self‐sufficiency that were initially developed for grantees. Since then, PDP has refined these methodologies and developed new ones, which it has shared with more than 3,700 artists in more than 50 communities around the country. PDP presents lessons on self‐management, strategic planning, fundraising, web strategies, verbal   communication, and promotion.

Posted on 11/07 at 11:30 AM

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Student exhibitions spread across the city

A wide breadth of PNCA students are exhibiting on campus, and throughout the city of Portland. The following is a selection of exhibitions that showcase the talent and dedication of the PNCA student body.

General Fine Arts major Rachel Ferber ’12 presents What Does The Wind Feel Like in the BFA Gallery.

The Global Studies office presents the work of seven PNCA students in International Week.

MFA in Visual Studies candidate Kei Horiuchi MFA ’12 presents STATIC in the MFA Central Gallery, with sound by Stefan Ransom and Wilson Vediner.

The MFA in Visual Studies first year candidates present a group show, Happy Hour at Allied Works.

The Intermedia Club at PNCA presents a group show called Printed by PNCA.

Don’t miss a special benefit exhibition of work by Justin Kenney ‘12 in the Wieden+Kennedy Lobby on NW 13th Avenue, either. Proceeds from the sale of his artwork go to St. Mary’s Home for Boys and p:ear.

Painting Professor Modou Dieng curated an exhibition of student work at the Painting is Dead Gallery in a show called iPainting. Artist include Mary Brossman, Kevin Champoux, and Devon Maldonado.

Posted on 11/04 at 04:40 PM

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PNCA Hosts November Iteration of Portland STOCK

This Sunday marks the November iteration of Portland Stock, a recurring public dinner event and presentation series hosted by PNCA which democratically funds Portland-area artist projects. Diners pay $10 for a homemade meal and the chance to vote for which artist proposal will receive the evening’s proceeds. The dinner’s profits immediately become an artist grant, awarded according to the vote of the diners. Winning artists present their completed work at the next Stock dinner.

Read more about this event.

Posted on 11/01 at 12:11 PM

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Typeface Documentary Screens at Museum

Making Faces, a film by Richard Kegler documenting the lost art of pantographic type making will be screened twice—at 7:00 and again at 9:00 pm, with a Q & A session with the filmmaker after each showing (doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing). The 45-minute film details the working process of the late Jim Rimmer as he designs and casts the font Stern, the only type font ever to have been released in both electronic and metal versions simultaneously. The font is a commemoration of the fine printer and type caster C. Christopher Stern, of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

The showing is a fundraiser for the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, a non-profit working museum of type casting in Portland, Oregon.

Tickets are $8 at the door (cash or card only), first come first served. Doors at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, and admission includes one drink ticket. Snacks are complimentary.

Sponsored by Extensis, KeeganMeegan & Co., Peet Kegler Design and Premier Press.

Posted on 10/27 at 12:47 PM

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A Celebration of Life for Joan Shipley

PNCA hosts a gathering on Tuesday, October 25, 5:30–7:30 pm in the Swigert Commons, to celebrate the life and works of Joan Shipley. Join us as we honor her for her unfailing support for the arts community.

Posted on 10/24 at 03:15 PM

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Philip Iosca’s “Hopefully I Become the Universe” receives acclaim

Making his debut solo exhibition, local artist/designer/poet Philip Iosca presents a touching collection of new works entitled HOPEFULLY I BECOME THE UNIVERSE in the Manuel Izquierdo Gallery. This work, in what critics such as Jeff Jahn at PORT have said is “powerful, restrained and ultimately heartbreaking,” is inspired by seven extraordinary young men from across the United States who independently and tragically ended their lives between July 9 and September 29, 2010 as a result of bullying they received for being openly gay or perceived as being gay.

Jahn writes “[t]he resulting effort is probably the most emotionally moving visual art exhibition I’ve encountered since moving to Portland 11+ years ago. I’ve never seen anyone tear up at an art show, like I observed at the opening on First Thursday, but that is an indication of the strength of this show. It is truly beautiful, very well considered and deeply sad memento mori.” Go here to read Jahn’s review.  HOPEFULLY I BECOME THE UNIVERSE is up until Thursday October 27.

Philip Iosca is a visual artist, award-winning designer and occasional poet. Most recently he published a book of poems entitled Ballad of the Sad Young Men with Publication Studio. Previous exhibitions include Watersports at 12128, curated by Sam Korman; Everything Matter All the Time at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, curated by Azsa West; Catch All at PDX Across The Hall; Amsterdam Biennale, curated by Matthew Stadler and Publication Studio in Amsterdam and Portland; as well as an invisible monument for Car Hole Gallery last summer.

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Posted on 10/21 at 01:56 PM

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Richard Heinberg lectures on “The End of Growth”

As part of the MFA in Collaborative Design, Richard Heinberg, author and Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, speaks about the “new normal” in economic growth, on Friday October 21 in the Swigert Commons.

His book The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality argues a heavy diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in our economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

Will the convergence of financial instability, the end of cheap oil, and climate change usher in an era of contraction? In other words, do we have to adapt to a “new normal”? Traditional economic growth is not the best measure of human health and welfare. How might we pursue improvements in education, the arts, health, well-being, freedom, and happiness without depending upon ever-expanding consumption? What does a transition to a new economy look like that doesn’t depend on a model of growth based on cheap energy, reckless consumption and financial speculation?

Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He is the author of ten books including: End of Growth (August 2011), The Post Carbon Reader (2010) (editor), Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009), Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007), The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, and Powerdown: Options & Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004).

This event is co-sponsored by Illahee.

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Posted on 10/20 at 10:57 AM

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Nikki McClure Lectures About Her Life and Work

Well-known paper cut artist Nikki McClure, who is the subject of a Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibition, visits PNCA on October 20 at 6:30 pm for a joint CraftPerspectives/Applied Craft and Design lecture. Read more…

Posted on 10/13 at 05:01 AM

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Tom Prochaska Exhibition Marks Final Year of Teaching at PNCA

On October’s First Thursday, the Froelick Gallery opens At Last, an exhibition of PNCA faculty member Tom Prochaska’s black and white oil paintings. The exhibition marks not only Prochaska’s 40 year career as an artist but also comes at the conclusion of his 23 years as a faculty member at the College. The Gallery’s website calls the body of work “the result of a visual search in which the artist explores the basic interaction between medium and surface, applying strong foundational elements of value and form in what is firstly an exercise in masterful composition and expressive markmaking. Prochaska considers the works in At Last to be the pinnacle of his more than 40 career as an artist; the truest expression of the art he aspires to create.”

PNCA faculty member Tom Prochaska joined the College’s Printmaking Department in 1988 and is retiring this year—along with Printmaking Department Chair Christy Wyckoff who has taught at PNCA since 1978.

Posted on 10/07 at 12:08 PM

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Faculty Member David Eckard’s Midcareer Exhibition

David Eckard: Deployment is a midcareer survey that covers 20 years of the artist’s career with over 40 artworks, including new paintings, sculpture and performances, and a selection of past sculptures, drawings and documentation. The exhibition, at Marylhurst’s Art Gym through December 11, is accompanied by a catalog with an essay by fellow PNCA faculty and artist and writer Daniel Duford. Included in the catalog are illustrations of more than 60 of the artist’s artworks, many of which no longer exist or existed only briefly in installations or as props for performance. David Eckard: Deployment is part of Portland’s 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowships—which includes an retrospective exhibition on the PNCA Campus of Bonnie Bronson’s work.

In 2010, David Eckard received the Bronson Fellowship. The artist has received a number of prestigious awards including the Artist Trust Fellowship (Seattle, Washington, 1998), the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship (Portland, Oregon, 2010) and the Ford Family Foundation’s Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts award (Roseburg, Oregon, 2010). David Eckard will also perform at numerous locations in the Portland metro area this fall, he performed his new work ©ardiff at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival in September. This is followed by performances of ©ardiff or other works at Lewis & Clark College, Marylhurst University, Reed College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Art Gym is also collaborating with White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland on a satellite exhibition focusing on 2D work—paintings, drawings and video. David Eckard: The White Box Deployment continues through Saturday, November 12.

Posted on 10/05 at 05:08 PM

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Curator Walkthrough: It’s All A Blur

Visiting curator Justin Hoover of SOMArts Cultural Center leads a walkthrough of It’s All A Blur in the Feldman Gallery on October 5 at 12:30 pm. Read more…

Posted on 09/29 at 05:32 PM

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Oregon Manifest Exhibits Winning Bikes

The winners of the 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge—a competition to build the best utility bicycle—will be exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Craft from September 27–October 29, along with two public programs. Learn more…

Posted on 09/24 at 09:55 PM

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Democratizing Electricity

Founder of SELCO India dispels the myth that poor people in developing countries cannot afford solar technology. Listen to him speak at the first MFA in Collaborative Design lecture of 2011 on September 21. Read more…

Posted on 09/19 at 11:05 AM

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2011–2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

PNCA is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, presented by ZGF Architects LLP and supported by PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education). Unless otherwise noted, Visual Studies lectures are held in the Swigert Commons at the PNCA Main Campus Building, Applied Craft and Design lectures are held at The Bison Building in the Applied Craft and Design Studios, and lectures begin at 6:30 pm. For the most up-to-date information about each lecture, visit the PNCA Calendar.

Focused on experiential learning, knowledge sharing and cross-disciplinary exchange, PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artist program is a dynamic and essential part of each graduate program’s curriculum. Throughout the year, artists, scholars, designers, curators and critics from around the globe are invited to engage with students and the community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops and studio visits. These visiting artists contribute to, challenge and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the possibilities for innovative instruction and learning.

Posted on 09/14 at 11:53 AM

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PNCA Talent Shines at TBA:11

It’s that time of year again—new students are flooding Swigert Commons, classes have just begun and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)’s ninth annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) is only one week away. Each year, the TBA Festival jump starts the school year with a challenging and inspiring lineup of contemporary performance, dance, film, monologue, new media and visual arts. It draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary art in Portland. The Festival is presented September 8–18 at venues around town, with visual arts exhibits running through October at Washington High School.

Pacific Northwest College of Art partners with PICA and TBA to offer a series of noontime chats, classroom visits and workshops with some of the leading thinkers and makers in contemporary art. These conversations transform the campus into a laboratory, and invite students, professors and community members to actively engage in contemporary art criticism. In addition, PNCA students receive special passes to TBA events, allowing them to attend events and report back on them in their coursework.

This year, the talents of several PNCA faculty and alumni contributed to the production of and mounting of TBA:11. Practicing the art of curation behind the scenes, PNCA alumni Val Hardy ’11 worked as the Curatorial Assistant and Gallery Manager, and Kent Richardson ’06 acted as the Principal Preparator and Exhibition Designer. PNCA community members showcased on stage or in the galleries include:

Anna Gray ’08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ’08, Don’t Worry We’ll Fix It

Gray and Wilson establish a production office to examine the ways that the institution of history is continuously built up and broken down. The artists will produce the publication September and work on-site to correct, revise and compile errata from previous editions of the paper.

Opening reception: September 8, 2011, 8–10 pm
On Sight Salon, October 2, 2011, 2 pm
WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
531 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

PNCA presents Disorientalism: Ready Mix

Curated by Mack McFarland, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Disorientalism is an ongoing collaboration between Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim. Through live performance, video and photographic projects, the artists explore how technologized labor, junk culture and consumerism mediate race, gender and bodies.

September 1–October 22, 2011
PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART, Project Space
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

PNCA presents It’s All A Blur

Curated by Justin Hoover, SOMArts Cultural Center

It’s All A Blur focuses on three West Coast masters—Guillermo Gómez Peña, Dale Hoyt, and Tony Labat—who have pioneered an intellectual, multifaceted approach to identity and art as means for social justice in the post-Bush era. Their work deals with levels of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current status of the American Dream.

September 1–October 22, 2011
PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART, Feldman Gallery
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

David Eckard, ©ardiff

PNCA Faculty Member David Eckard returns to the streets with his sideshow pitch and a roaming rumination on the Cardiff Giant’s long, lingering shadow.

September 9–18, 2011
Various locations, visit pica.org for details.

Tesar Freeman ’09, Gadsden

A contemporary reenactment of this pre-Betsy Ross flag, altered by the bias of current events and the slow revisions of time, will fly from Washington High School’s flagpole.

September 8–October 30, 2011
WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
531 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

Michael Reinsch BFA’01, MFA ’09, Gallery Walk

Wearing a constructed gallery costume, Reinsch wandered throughout Portland accompanied by a gallery assistant as a living personification of the site of exhibition. During open hours, the gallery/man presented temporary exhibitions and spewed the poetry of the artist statements and didactics that we rely on for context and understanding when viewing art.

September 1, 2011, 6–9 pm
PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART, Feldman Gallery
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

Posted on 09/02 at 04:41 PM

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In Memory of Joan Shipley

The PNCA community is deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Shipley. Her consistent dedication to the local arts community and her unfaltering support of PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft made her one of the most valued art patrons in Portland.

Tom Manley, PNCA’s president, in writing to the College community about the news, remarked:

“In losing Joan, we have lost a great community treasure and champion of the arts. Joan exemplified the very best qualities of civic involvement and leadership. Hers was a thoroughly humanist vision and no one worked harder, more gently, more quietly or with greater ultimate effect than she. Speaking on behalf of the College—just one institution of the dozens Joan Shipley helped to make better—and my family, I send our deepest condolences to her husband John and their family at this terribly sad time.”

Joan was no stranger to the PNCA community. She was a board member of Museum of Contemporary Craft (when it was called the Contemporary Crafts Association) from 1975 to 1979. She served as a voluntary interim gallery director during this time, when the Museum was without an appointed director.

President Manley mentioned as well the leadership and generous support of other members of the Shipley family to PNCA, in particular John Shipley who as a past board member helped to guide the school’s transition to the Peal District campus and helped to found the Philip Feldman Gallery and Project Space and Thomas Shipley, John and Joan’s son, who currently serves on the PNCA Board of Governors.

There are hardly any organizations in town with which Joan Shipley did not have direct involvement. In addition to PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft, Chamber Music Northwest, Literary Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, where Joan was a founding member, and the Sitka Center, to name a few, can attest to the depth of positive contributions the Shipleys have made to the Oregon arts community. In recognition of her efforts, Joan was a recipient of the 2004–2005 Governor’s Arts Award as well as the Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA) Award for Service to the Visual Arts in August 2011.

Shipley’s love of art and her belief that creativity is the gateway to good citizenship are the cornerstones of the legacy she leaves behind. Joan Shipley will be remembered for working endlessly, gently and often anonymously to elevate the prominence of art, culture and civility.

The College will announce plans for a remembrance in honor of Joan once details become known. In addition, PNCA will publish a memorial article about her contributions to the arts community on Untitled in the coming weeks.

Posted on 09/02 at 12:55 PM

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First Thursday, September 1

A myriad of exhibitions open Thursday, September 1, including It’s All a Blur, Disorientalism: Ready Mix, Bonnie Bronson: Works 1960–1990 and many student shows. Visit the PNCA Calendar for more information.

Posted on 08/31 at 11:14 AM

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