Literary Arts is currently accepting nominations for the new Oregon Book Award in Graphic Literature, a new award sponsored by PNCA which honors outstanding published work by Oregon cartoonists and graphic novelists. The award was created in April 2011 amid a week that included a visit to Portland by award-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, author of Maus. In addition to speaking for Literary Arts, Spiegelman visited the PNCA campus, meeting with students and holding a conversation with Portland-based graphic novelist Joe Sacco on Tragedy, Comedy and Truth in Comics.
PNCA’s increasingly popular illustration program emphasizes a strong interdependence between timeless technical mastery and contemporary marketplace savvy.
The deadline for submissions for the Oregon Book Award in Graphic Literature is Friday, August 26 at 5 pm.
Portland lost one of its most respected and versatile artists and educators when alumnus and faculty emeritus William James “Jack” McLarty ‘40 passed away on July 10.
McLarty, who graduated in 1940 from PNCA, then the Museum Art School, was an avid supporter of the Portland art scene. Many of his relationships with other young artists around the city were formed during his 35 years of teaching at PNCA. He influenced and mentored generations of students including such local artistic giants as George Johanson. In 1961, he and his wife Barbara opened the first artist’s cooperative gallery in Portland, the Image Gallery, which was dedicated to showcasing young and local talent.
During his career, McLarty explored themes and motifs specific to Portland, invoking the city’s people and places including the Willamette and its many bridges. A diversely talented artist, McLarty incorporated different media and materials into his work from found architectural pillars to different papers for woodcuts and prints. His largest public work, a woodcut mural, is on display in Portland City Hall.
A memorial for Jack McLarty will be held in the PNCA Swigert Commons at 2 pm on Friday, August 12. A retrospective of his artwork entitled, Jack McLarty: Prints and curated by Tad Leflar has been mounted for the month of August in the Corner Gallery and will include woodcuts and engravings spanning over forty years of McLarty’s career. One of McLarty’s personal proof presses, now a much-used staple of the printmaking department at PNCA, will also be included in the exhibition.
Join Carl DiSalvo, Tad Hirsch, Cathrine Kramer and Sarah Wylie for the four-day Institute in Collaborative Design, August 15-18. Each day-long workshop will introduce design strategies and methods for stakeholder engagement.
The I Heart Art: Portland project has teamed up with Etsy to bring a one-day conference on small business and sustainability to PNCA on September 17. The event coincides with a parent conference in Berlin and satellite events in four other US cities, including Brooklyn, New York; Washington, DC; San Francisco, California; and Los Angeles, California.
This year, Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) named PNCA Alum Eric Stotik ’85 as their 2011 Fellow in Visual Arts. The prestigious fellowship includes an award of $20,000.
“It’s a huge, super honor,” said Stotik. “It’s a huge responsibility, a heavy weight.”
Stotik plans to use his award monies to rent a studio and work on some large-scale artwork, perhaps on giant rolls of paper, beginning at one end and working his way through the year to the other end. Stotik’s work is usually small, and is meticulously painted. Seen in person, his paintings almost glow, so masterfully does Stotik manipulate his materials.
His work is a dark exploration of the human form and pathos that borders modern surrealism. Despite the fantastical nature of his paintings, his inspiration arises from nonfiction books, photos and old etchings rather than dreams. Stotik uses contemporary events as a narrative thread through his paintings, which often explore themes of identity, loss, war, interconnection and the human condition.
“Eric Stotik is one of our community’s most extraordinary artists,” said Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC in the press release. “His unique paintings are compelling because they are intelligent and mysterious. We are delighted to extend Eric this recognition and we thank him for his contributions to the visual arts in Portland.”
The RACC fellowship is one of the largest and most prestigious grants to be awarded to individual artists in the Pacific Northwest. The prize rotates between four artistic disciplines: Performing Arts, Media Arts, Literature and Visual Arts. To qualify, artists must have been practicing their craft for ten years and have spent the past five years in the Portland area. Stotik, who moved to Portland when he started at PNCA, is part of a rich community of artists in town and has been represented over the years by such galleries as PDX Contemporary and the Jamison-Thomas Gallery. He is currently represented by Laura Russo Gallery in Northwest Portland.
When asked what experiences or resources he draws on most from his time at PNCA, Stotik instantly responded: “Friends. There’s a high attrition rate [in the visual arts]. It’s important to surround yourself by supportive people.”
In being named RACC’s 2011 Fellow in Visual Arts, Stotik joins the ranks of such Portland luminaries as Michael Brophy, Judy Cooke, Henk Pander and former PNCA writer-in-residence, Kim Stafford.
Stotik is currently working on a December show for Laura Russo Gallery.
This August, artist Nikki McClure brings her meticulously produced sculptural paper cuts to the walls of Museum of Contemporary Craft. McClure, who is a native of Washington State, embodies the independent spirit that continues to bring national attention to creative activities in the Northwest. Her illustrations, which can be found on t-shirts, books, album covers, and posters as well as in her wildly popular annual calendar, insist quietly but forcefully that people sit up and take notice of the world.
“As far as ‘calling out to the world,’ the calendar does that in two ways,” McClure says. “The first is, ‘Hey, I’m here! I make pictures!’ and it has opened doors for me and adventures have been offered because of that call. It is my calling card and portfolio. The second call is, ‘Wake Up!’”
McClure’s self-made career is a model for young artists everywhere. In each piece, her message is clear: Take action. Make your own life. Pay attention.
McClure celebrates the moments, both large and small, that that fill our daily lives. Her work documents her life, family and community, showing real people engaged in activities that have happened for thousands of years: picking berries, sharing meals, swimming in rivers.
McClure recently explained, “My work is about hope and optimism—by using humanity’s strengths, we can fix the mess we’re in.”
The exhibition at MoCC reveals how an artist can be an active, successful, engaged maker using only simple materials and tools. As with everything she does, McClure models a self-sustained life, built on her own terms.
Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996-2011 opens at Museum of Contemporary Craft on August 18. McClure will teach a workshop sponsored through PNCA Continuing Education in September and will give a lecture as part of the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series on October 20.
I Heart Art: Portland hosts the third iteration of its unique speed-networking event, the Mixer Match, on August 17. Artists interested in “speed-dating” with local shops and boutiques are invited to apply by July 22, and PNCA students and alumni are entitled to a waived registration fee.
Institute scholar Norman Klein lectures July 18 on “Dismantling the American Psyche” at 6:30 pm as part of the 2011 Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.
Diane Gilleland, editor-in-chief of CRAFT, returns this summer for a second I Heart Art: Portland workshop about Social Marketing, giving advice on how to be interesting without being overwhelmed. Register now.
Illahee founder and environmental scientist Dr. Peter Schoonmaker was appointed Chair of PNCA’s new MFA in Collaborative Design. “Let’s face it,” Schoonmaker says, “science and policy are stuck with regard to many environmental and social challenges. We need help from art and design.” Read the press release.
The Feldman Gallery + Project Space in conjunction with Boundary Crossings hosts Intermation, an exhibition examining the relationship between the animated image and the screen, including examples of still photography and interactive installations based on the mechanisms of video games.
Students from the MFA in Visual Studies celebrate their first year of studio and course work in an exhibition featuring sculpture, performance, painting, video, installation and more. Opens July 9, 6-9pm at DISJECTA.
In recent articles on Design Observer and Bookforum, Portland’s tiny but powerful Publication Studio is the subject of great interest, including an interview with founder Matthew Stadler and a look into internship-turned-job for PNCA alumna Antonia Pinter ‘11.
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.