Ex Libris: Collector Talk

JoAnn Pari-Mueller will speak about her collection and the world of ex libris prints on Wednesday, April 28, at 1:00 pm in the PNCA Main Campus Building, room 125.

Ex Libris: A World of Miniature Prints, is an exhibition currently on view in the Corner Gallery in the PNCA Main Campus Building.

Posted on 04/23 at 10:00 AM

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Hannah Higgins Lecture Postponed

Postponed due to family emergency, Hannah Higgins’ CraftPerspectives lecture originally slated to take place this Thursday April 22, will be rescheduled for a future date. In the meantime, sate your Fluxus curiosities with this Hannah Higgins “interview”: published today on PORT.

Posted on 04/22 at 10:27 AM

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Year in re:view

The Spring 2010 issue of re:view, the PNCA newsletter featuring recent institutional news, student and alumni profiles, and a message from President Tom Manley, is now available for “download”:

Posted on 04/19 at 12:53 PM

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An Interview with Stephen Slappe

Finn Grey ’10 speaks with PNCA faculty member Stephen Slappe, who is part of Portland 2010, a biennial of work in Portland presented by Disjecta and curated by Cris Moss.

Slappe talks about the metaphysical space of _Crossroads_, his new 4-channel video and sound installation at the Leftbank Building. Grey also talks to the artist about the interplay of nature and technology in his work; how media affects the way we interact with the world and with nature; humor as bait; and the trickster archetype.

*An Interview with Stephen Slappe*
Download audio (5 MB, MP3)


Portland 2010 takes place in a variety of galleries and warehouse spaces across Portland in March and April. The Templeton Building features work by faculty members Holly Andres, David Eckard, Damien Gilley and Jenene Nagy, as well as alumni Pat Boas ’98 and Oregon Painting Society. “Visit the Portland 2010 web site for more information.”:

*Stephen Slappe, _Crossroads_*
*On view March 20-April 25, 2010*
Artist reception: April 21, 5:30-7:30 pm

Leftbank, 240 N Broadway, Portland
Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, 12-6 pm

Posted on 04/14 at 03:56 PM

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Podcast: Shashi Caan MFA Lecture

Internationally recognized interior and product designer Shashi Caan presented a graduate lecture, Design Futures: The Art, Science and Craft, at the MFA Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building on April 1, 2010. Caan discussed previous projects, megastructures, why architects won’t take interior designers seriously and her role as an educator for design. Co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Caan is founder of the The Shashi Caan Collective, and former Director of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City. The widely published and honored Collective strives to create 
a bridge between art and science, the esoteric and the pragmatic, and between practice and education.

*Shashi Caan, Graduate Lecture Series*
Download audio (40 MB, MP3)


Slideshow photos by Heather Zinger ‘10.

Posted on 04/14 at 02:09 PM

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Podcast: An Interview with Mung Lar Lam

Finn Grey ’10 interviews Mung Lar Lam, who was in residence at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art from April 1-3.

Mung Lar Lam performs _Ironings_, a meditation on labor, gender and class, in which the task of ironing becomes the means of mark making. Lam works principally with reclaimed factory-produced textiles that she carefully steams and presses into origami-like folds. While some works remain discreet pieces, maintaining their autonomy, others are opened to expansively tile the walls, creating an environment for her performative labors. Lam recycles her _Ironings_ for subsequent performances by un-ironing and re-ironing, and inscribes dates on each piece to disclose the number of iterations it has been through and the number of memories each one holds. Working with rudimentary textile operations, and pulling from practices of drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture, Lam has been developing a new and overtly gendered discipline for herself.

For more information about Gestures of Resistance, visit the Museum of Contemporary Craft “web site”:

*An Interview with Mung Lar Lam*
Download audio (10 MB, MP3)


Slideshow: Mung Lar Lam performs _Ironings_ at Museum of Contemporary Craft, April 1, 2010. Photos by Chloe Dietz ’13.

Posted on 04/12 at 03:10 PM

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Contemporary Animated Arts to Launch in Fall 2010

The newest BFA program at PNCA, “Contemporary Animated Arts”: embraces the hybrid-moving image by combining fine art practice and digital technologies. The interdisciplinary approach inherent in contemporary moving image arts leads students to construct images from many sources including: live action, models, photography, objects and textures. Read the full “press release”:

Posted on 04/09 at 11:19 AM

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Podcast: Michael Mandiberg Artist Talk

In conjunction with The Great Recession at The Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Michael Mandiberg gave a lecture on his work at The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft on March 31, 2010.

Michael Mandiberg is an artist, programmer, designer and educator. His work varies from web applications about environmental impact to conceptual performances about subjectivity, to sculptures made from laser cut reference books.

Mandiberg’s work has been exhibited at such venues as the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York City, Ars Electronica Center in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Transmediale Festival, Berlin. An Assistant Professor of Design and Digital Media at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he is currently an Senior Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. Raised in Portland, Oregon, he rides his bicycle around his adopted home of Brooklyn.

*Michael Mandiberg Artist Talk*
Download audio (70 MB, MP3)


Slideshow photos by Chloe Dietz ‘13.

Posted on 04/07 at 05:37 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Program Welcomes Natalie Chanin

Natalie ChaninMFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Natalie Chanin
“Craft, Identity and Commerce”
Thursday, April 15, 6:30 pm
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building
421 NE 10th Ave. and Glisan St.
Free and open to the public.

PNCA/Cyan PDX Cultural Resident Natalie Chanin will lecture at PNCA as part of the Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Chanin is an Alabama-based artist and designer creating projects that reflect a wide range of disciplines, from sustainable clothing and home furnishings to a limited edition jewelry line. Natalie Chanin is best known for her work as co-founder and designer of Project Alabama, which became known for elaborately embellished and completely hand-sewn garments, made from recycled materials by local artisans and sold in stores around the world.

Her design collective, Alabama Chanin, describes itself as “a lifestyle company that focuses on creating an array of products through focusing on slow design and sustainability.” They craft limited-edition products for the individual and for the home. Their products are hand-made, utilizing a combination of new, organic and recycled materials. Natalie sees herself as a perpetuator of what she calls the “Living Arts.” These Living Arts consist of craft and traditions that have been passed down through generations of women and men — connecting us to our roots, our past, our community, and consequently to our present.

Posted on 04/07 at 02:30 PM

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PNCA Faculty Member David Eckard Awarded Bronson Fellowship

David Eckard, Associate Professor and Chair of the PNCA Sculpture Department, was recently awarded the 19th annual Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. His practice as a visual artist includes exquisitely fabricated sculpture, drawings, prints, and installations. The Bronson Fellowship is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding Pacific Northwest artist.

Posted on 04/07 at 11:16 AM

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Multimedia: Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck PNCA / Cyan PDX Cultural Residency

PNCA hosted internationally respected journalists and design critics, Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck, who visited Portland as part of the PNCA / Cyan PDX Cultural Residency Program in Spring 2010. Lasky and Beck engaged in a series of public events, discussions and exchanges with members of Portland’s art and design community, as well as students and faculty at PNCA.

*Social Innovation-The Designer’s Voice*
March 29, 2010, Jimmy Mak’s
A Conversation with Julie Lasky, Editor of Change Observer, and Ernest Beck, Journalist and Editorial Director of 2009 Aspen Design Summit. Moderated by Randy Gragg, Editor-in-Chief, Portland Monthly. The Bright Lights series is presented by Portland Monthly magazine.
Download audio (10 MB, MP3)


*3BY10 IDSA Series: Design and Social Change–What are the critical questions?*
March 31, 2010, Design Within Reach, Portland Studio
Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck reflect on the critical conversations that designers and design educators need to engage. Moderated by Carl Alviani and presented with Art Institute of Portland and Industrial Design Society of America Oregon Chapter.
Download audio (10 MB, MP3)


Video excerpts from these programs will be available soon.

Slideshow photos by Heather Zinger ‘10.

Posted on 04/06 at 03:43 PM

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Podcast: An Interview with Frau Fiber

Finn Grey ’10 interviews Carole Lung aka Frau Fiber, who was in residence at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art from March 18–27. Grey also speaks with project assistant and PNCA Intermedia student Austin Adkins.

Frau Fiber, itinerant textile worker, addresses Portland’s garment culture by “hacking” a Columbia Sportswear design for rain gear and sewing multiple sets of the garment using a bicycle-powered sewing machine constructed specifically for this project. High Performance Apparel Production (HPAP) is a two-person apparel micro-manufacturing unit consisting of Frau Fiber (operating the sewing machine) and volunteer citizens (providing power by pedaling the bike). The synchronized efforts of this Production Team are necessary to accomplish daily manufacturing goals of two pieces of high performance apparel each day, for seven days. Manufacturing takes place throughout Portland’s shopping districts and items are for sale at prices based on local wages at Columbia Sportswear manufacturing locations. A Manufacturing Code of Conduct for KO Enterprises are developed and posted on the machine.

For more information about Gestures of Resistance, visit the Museum of Contemporary Craft “web site”:

*An Interview with Frau Fiber*
Download audio (10 MB, MP3)


Slideshow: Carole Lung in residence in Portland. Photos by Heather Zinger ’10 and Leslie Vigeant MFA ’11.

Posted on 04/06 at 10:43 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Visiting Artist Renny Pritikin

Renny Pritikin, Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California Davis and former Chief Curator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, will visit PNCA for the MFA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The lecture will be held on April 8, 6:30pm in the Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Pritikin has received numerous awards including a Fulbright Fellowship
to lecture in museums throughout New Zealand. Pritikin gave early support to such noted artists as Nayland Blake, Nancy Rubins, 
Fred Tomaselli, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson, and many others.

Posted on 04/02 at 01:09 PM

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BFA Juried Show

Outside art professionals Helen Hiebert and TJ Norris selected work for this year’s “BFA Juried Show”: The exhibition highlights select work by students from the Communication Design, General Fine Art, Illustration, Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture departments. PNCA students Zachary Combs and Mona Superhero coordinated the exhibition. The exhibition is currently on view in Swigert Commons in the PNCA Main Campus Building.

Posted on 04/02 at 01:06 PM

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Podcast: Susan Brandeis MFA Lecture

Susan Brandeis presented an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture at the Bison Building on March 18, 2010. Susan Brandeis is a fiber artist and Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Art and Design at North Carolina State University, where she also coordinates studies in Fibers and Surface Design and the Anni Albers Scholars Program. Her work is in numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. This lecture was co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

*Susan Brandeis, Graduate Lecture Series*
Download audio (35 MB, MP3)


Posted on 04/01 at 02:23 PM

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Podcast: April 2010 exhibitions

In a monthly series Finn Grey ’10 speaks with PNCA students, faculty and alumni exhibiting in Portland and beyond. This month, Grey interviews Lydia Rosenberg ’10, whose work will be in the BFA Gallery through the month of April.

*Finn Grey ’10 Interviews Lydia Rosenberg ’10*
Download audio (5 MB, MP3)


Posted on 04/01 at 02:03 PM

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Podcast | PDXplore: Crossing the Columbia River

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) and designers from PDXplore present Crossing the Columbia River: What Does it Mean for Our Region?, a two-phase forum in February and March 2010 at PNCA. Featuring exhibitions and public programs, the forum drew attention to the current status of the Columbia River Crossing, increasing citizens’ recognition of the project’s profound scope and impact, and inspiring broad discussion about its potential for excellence. For more information about the forum, visit the “Architectural Foundation of Oregon”: or the “PDXplore web site”:

*Columbia River Crossing: An evening with members of the CRC Project Team*

Download audio (50 MB, MP3)


Representatives from the Columbia River Crossing and the cities of Portland and Vancouver detailed progress made thus far on the project and discussed next steps. The panel spoke about the efforts being made to improve safety, extend light rail, add bicycle/pedestrian paths and support smart community growth. CRC staff also reported how community input has thus far informed bridge, transit and interchange designs.

*International Panel: Fresh Design Perspectives*

Download audio (60 MB, MP3)


Moderator Ethan Seltzer led a provocative discussion about the Columbia River Crossing with international experts in the fields of design, culture and urban planning. Panelists included: Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell, artist Ed Carpenter, outgoing National Endowment for the Arts Director of Design Maurice Cox, and Toronto architect and urban design consultant Ken Greenberg.

Photos by Ingrid Hain ‘13.

Posted on 04/01 at 11:11 AM

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MFA Graduate Visiting Artist Shashi Caan Lectures at PNCA

Shashi Caan will deliver a “lecture”: this Thursday about her professional practice as an internationally recognized interior and product designer and educator, founder of the The Shashi Caan Collective, and former Director of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Posted on 03/30 at 11:05 AM

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Zimbabwean filmmaker Saki Mafundikwa presents Shungu at PNCA

Filmmaker Saki Mafundikwa will screen his documentary film Shungu: The Resilience of a People on Sunday, April 11 at 4 pm in the PNCA Main Campus Building.

Shungu is a compelling narrative of the strategies ordinary people use to survive in Zimbabwe today. Lyrically photographed, the filmmaker takes us on a personal journey offering a rare, intimate insight as the country experiences political turmoil, economic meltdown and health care collapse. We are drawn into the lives of a 30-something metalsmith and opposition supporter running his small business while facing political violence, a middle-aged widow who is a staunch government supporter trying to run a farm she took over from a white farmer, a doctor working amid health care collapse while trying to maintain her middle-class lifestyle. Interwoven throughout is the tumultuous political power struggle and eventual reconciliation between President Robert Mugabe, and his nemesis opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. The film gives voice to the hopes and challenges of ordinary people, revealing life under one of Africa’s last “strongmen,” as Zimbabwe undergoes profound change.

Shungu was an official selection at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and The Thessaloniki Film Festival.

About Saki Mafundikwa
Saki Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), a design and new media training college in Harare. Mafundikwa was educated in the United States with a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He worked for a dozen years in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design instructor before returning home to Zimbabwe in 1998 to found ZIVA. His book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa was published in 2004. Not only historically important, it is also the first book on Afrikan typography.

Mafundikwa has been shooting documentary shorts in Zimbabwe, chronicling the vibrant arts and culture heritage over the past decade. His first documentary feature, Shungu: The Resilience of a People, had its world premiere at Independent Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam last November and was very well received. The film is an objective, in-depth look at the causes and effects of Zimbabwe’s political and economic decline through the voices of ordinary Zimbabweans.

Posted on 03/29 at 03:22 PM

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PNCA Welcomes Cultural Residents Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck

PNCA is proud to host internationally respected journalists and design critics, Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck, who will visit Portland as part of the PNCA/Cyan PDX Cultural Residency Program. They will engage in a series of public events, discussions and exchanges with members of Portland’s art and design community. Read the press release for more information and a schedule of events.

Posted on 03/22 at 04:19 PM

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