Chinese authorities have released controversial artist Ai Weiwei after nearly three months of detention for “economic crimes” despite outcry and many appeals from the international arts community. Ai is an outspoken dissident of Chinese government and often incorporates political commentary into his work.
Textile designer Elizabeth Whelan works in residence at Museum of Contemporary Craft in conjunction with Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Whalen will weave a prototype inspired by Herrick’s shawls.
On June 24, Illahee and PNCA present a panel discussion with the editors of Open Spaces, featuring Angus Duncan, Richard Benner and Ed Sheets, who will discuss three perspectives on regional innovation.
I Heart Art: Portland presents a special Salon Discussion on June 16 with visiting designer and journalist Jessica Helfand and local designer and illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt. They will discuss visual biography as it relates to scrapbooks, American history and pop culture.
The 2011 Thesis Exhibitions are drawing to a close this week and next. Be sure to visit the BFA Thesis Exhibition on campus, the MFA in Visual Studies Exhibition in the Goldsmith Blocks and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Practicum Exhibition at the Galleria before it’s too late.
PNCA offers two summer institutes this year. Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts runs July 19–29, and the Summer Institute in Collaborative Design runs August 15–18.
I Heart Art: Portland presents the Portland Craft Party, a celebration of all things craft that benefits Japan Earthquake Relief on June 10, in conjunction with Etsy’s worldwide 2011 Craft Party.
This year’s gala surpassed Spring fundraising records as guests contributed sponsorships and special appeal gifts totaling over $440,000 to PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft. Contributions support students, faculty, exhibitions and programs. Read the press release.
With over 80 years of combined association with The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft, the wood and metal work of three artists—Dale Larson, William Moore and Greg Wilbur—is featured for the month of June.
The 2011 gala that benefits PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft is June 4, featuring a unique format and a special After Party with dancing and special guests until midnight. Learn more about the event and order your tickets now.
MFA in Visual Studies
Departmental Award: Tyler Stuart
Thesis Exhibition Award: Daniel Glendening
Graduate Speaker: Elizabeth Malaska
Faculty Award: Elizabeth Malaska
Chair’s Award: Michael Welsh
MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Applied Craft and Design Program Award: Jason Lee Starin
Practicum Award: Julie Pointer
Graduation Speaker: Julie Pointer
Applied Craft and Design Post-graduate Fellowship: Matthew Williams
BFA Departmental Awards
The Ed and Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award in Honor of Manuel Izquierdo
The Lloyd Reynolds Award for Illustration
Dominic De Venuta
The David J. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award for Communication Design
The CS Price Award for Painting
The Intermedia Departmental Award
The Photography Departmental Award
Printmaking Departmental Award
The GFA Departmental Award
The Liberal Arts Departmental Award
Dominic De Venuta
BFA Thesis Exhibition Awards
The William Givler Fine Arts Thesis Award
The William Givler Design Arts Thesis Award
The Abraham and Anna C. Helman Thesis Award for best of show
The 2011 Liberal Arts Thesis Writing Award
PNCA awarded Doctor of Art Honoris Causa degrees to three long-time friends of the College at this year’s commencement ceremony: Al Solheim, the late Harold Schnitzer and his wife, Arlene Schnitzer. Read more in President Tom Manley’s remarks.
PNCA proudly presents the thesis work of the Class of 2011, representing the culmination of their education at the College. Over 100 students graduate this year with BFA and MFA degrees. Each exhibition will host a First Thursday reception on June 2, 6–9 pm. See below for detailed dates, times and locations.
New summer hours are now in effect. The College will be open late for the graduation and Thesis opening on Sunday, May 22.
Monday-Friday | 8am-10pm
Saturday | 9am-6pm
Sunday | 1pm-6pm
The College will be closed on Memorial Day, May 30.
The 2011 Commencement Address will be delivered by alumna Julia Fish ’76 whose Threshold paintings were featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Julia Fish is a 1976 graduate of Pacific Northwest College of Art, then known as the Museum School, and a former founding member of the longtime Portland artist cooperative Blackfish Gallery. She currently resides in Chicago, where she is Professor of Studio Arts in the School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Open Engagement conference, May 13–15, is an initiative of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA concentration. With renowned visiting artists and three days of intense programming, this year’s conference reaches throughout the Portland arts community.
Art writer Lisa Radon recently reviewed the work of PNCA Faculty member and video artist Stephen Slappe for the Oregon Arts Commission. “Slappe puts you right in the middle of it,” she writes. Slappe is an assistant professor in Intermedia at PNCA.
Samantha Wall ’11 (MFA Visual Studies) was recently awarded an MFA grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation , an honor that is annually granted to only 15 students nationwide and includes a $15,000 cash prize. Created to further the careers of MFA students, painters and sculptors, the award is meant to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation.
It is a honor for PNCA to be among the schools invited to nominate students for the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant as the foundation limits the number of schools that can nominate students. This is the second year that PNCA has nominated MFA students for the prize.
Samantha Wall was also chosen as one of twelve outstanding MFA students from across the United States to participate in First Look III exhibition at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY. In organizing the exhibition, the HVCCA arranged a curatorial team, which visited over 30 universities and close to 2000 studios. Over 90 artists were nominated for the exhibition and 12 were selected.
The Review Committee included skilled gallerists, artists, curators and collectors. HVCCA’s First Look has proven to be a must-see for collectors, galleries and international museums interested in seeing new talent, and are highly regarded among MFA students. It is distinguished by the fact that all artwork included resulted from personal studio visits and nominations.
PNCA and Literary Arts have announced a partnership on a Graphic Novel award to be presented at next year’s Oregon Book Awards. The new award comes during a week that included the Oregon Book Awards ceremony and a PNCA and Literary Arts co-sponsored Portland visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman.