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.
MFA in Applied Craft and Design student Laura Allcorn recently participated in the “HUMAN+ exhibition”:http://www.sciencegallery.com/humanplus/human-pollination-project at Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. Allcorn’s Human Pollination Project brings attention to the human reliance on the pollination services provided by honeybees.
PNCA is greatly saddened at the passing of civic leader, philanthropist and friend of the College Harold Schnitzer. Just last week, PNCA’s faculty voted unanimously to award Doctor of Arts Causa degrees to Harold and Arlene Schnitzer at this year’s Commencement ceremony on May 22. The honorary degrees, the highest PNCA or any art institution may offer, are in recognition of the extraordinary vision, leadership and support they have given the College and, more fundamentally, the broader artists’ community.
“PNCA has lost a great friend,” said President Tom Manley. “Harold consistently offered keen advice and generous support and no one has been more direct, sincere and on point than his counsel. I realized early on in my tenure that for Harold the success of PNCA was personal.”
“Personal because so many of our students, as they moved on in their careers, became part of the larger Northwest arts community that Harold and Arlene cared for deeply.”
MoCC artist-in-resident Mackenzie Frère leads a workshop for PNCA Continuing Education about using locally harvested plants for fiber dyeing. This introductory course runs April 30–May 1, and registration is still open.
Longtime PNCA faculty member Nan Curtis is the recipient of the 20th “Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award”:http://www.oregoncf.org/resources/news-pubs/press-releases/current-press/twentieth-annual-bonnie-bronson-fellowship-award.
PNCA’s writer-in-residence Barry Sanders was recently profiled in The Oregonian. The articles details his upbringing, journey through life and longtime desire to be a stand-up comic.
Join weavers and family members of Laurie Herrick and the exhibition’s curator for a guided tour of Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow this Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
On Sunday, April 3, Ai Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. He has not been heard from since that date. The international arts community has launched a petition to gain his freedom, and PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft invite you to add your signature. Ai Weiwei’s work was the subject of Dropping the Urn at Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2010 and PNCA students visited his studio in Beijing last year with faculty member Hseuh Wei.
In response to Ai Weiwei’s arrest, PNCA faculty member Ryan Pearce and students designed posters to call attention to this assault on independent thought and artistic freedom. They invite the general public to show solidarity and support by downloading and printing the images for display.