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.
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.
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*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.
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Video excerpts from these programs will be available soon.
Slideshow photos by Heather Zinger ‘10.
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”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/index.php?f=2010_01_gestures.
*An Interview with Frau Fiber*
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Slideshow: Carole Lung in residence in Portland. Photos by Heather Zinger ’10 and Leslie Vigeant MFA ’11.
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.
Outside art professionals Helen Hiebert and TJ Norris selected work for this year’s “BFA Juried Show”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1476&list_type=04&cat=1&year=2010. 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.
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*
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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*
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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”:http://www.af-oregon.org/ or the “PDXplore web site”:http://www.pdxplore.org
*Columbia River Crossing: An evening with members of the CRC Project Team*
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*
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.
Shashi Caan will deliver a “lecture”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1448&list_type=4&cat=1&year=2010 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.
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.
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.
PDXplore hosts an international design panel to investigate the development of the Columbia River Crossing and the role of design in the urban planning process this Thursday, March 25, 6-8 pm in Swigert Commons at PNCA.
Join moderator Ethan Seltzer as he leads a provocative discussion about the Columbia River Crossing with international experts in the fields of Design, Culture and Urban Planning. Panelists include: Boston Globe architecture critic, Robert Campbell; artist, Ed Carpenter; outgoing National Endowment for the Arts Director of Design, Maurice Cox; Toronto architect and urban design consultant, Ken Greenberg; and author of The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River, Stanford University Professor Richard White.
Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Joseph Martinez presented an MFA in Visual Studies lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Craft on March 11, 2010. Fifteen years after his indelible first appearance in the Whitney Biennial in 1993, Martinez continues to create work that unapologetically probes uncomfortable issues of personal and collective identity, seeking out threadbare spots in the fabric of conventional wisdom. A strategic provocateur with a keen intelligence and a wicked sense of humor, he deploys the full range of available media in his practice, having used at various times (and in various combinations) text, image, sculpture, video, and performance to construct his uniquely tough-minded brand of aesthetic inquiry.
*Daniel Joseph Martinez, Graduate Lecture Series*
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Finn Grey ’10 speaks with two PNCA faculty members who are part of Portland 2010, a biennial of work in Portland presented by Disjecta and curated by Cris Moss.
Instructor in Foundation “Jenene Nagy”:http://www.jenenenagy.com talks about her site-specific installation, _Destroyer_, opening at the Templeton Building. Nagy talks about the transition from Tidal, her recent large-scale work at Disjecta; the color pink; how site has informed her last two installations; and the relationship between illusion and reality.
*An Interview with Jenene Nagy*
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Photographer and PNCA instructor “Holly Andres”:http://www.hartmanfineart.net/artist/gallery/121 talks about two triptychs based on real life stories of mothers engaged in heroic acts to protect their children. These six photographs are from a larger series of work in which real-life subjects and their stories form the basis of staged narrative photographs depicting the secret lives of fictitious families.
*An Interview with Holly Andres*
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Portland 2010 takes place in a variety of galleries and warehouse spaces across Portland in March and April. Two exhibitions including work by PNCA faculty and alumni wil open on Saturday, March 20. 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. Faculty Stephen Slappe presents a solo exhibition at the Leftbank building. “Visit the Portland 2010 web site for more information.”:http://portland2010.disjecta.org.
Susan Brandeis, Fiber Artist and Educator at North Carolina State University, College of Design will deliver an MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture this Thursday, March 18 at the Bison Building.
Susan Brandeis holds a Master of Science degree in Art Education from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design from the University of Kansas. Since 1982, she has taught at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. At NCSU, she coordinates studies in Fibers and Surface Design and the Anni Albers Scholars Program, teaching classes in textile design and fiber art, which focus on weaving, screen printing, dyeing, fibers materials and processes, off-loom structures, pattern, color, textile history, and design fundamentals. She serves as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Art and Design. Brandeis works with a wide range of students whose interests span the spectrum from designing textiles for mass production to creating one-of-a-kind art works. She is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. Her work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally, including Europe and Asia.
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Susan Brandeis
Thursday, March 18, 6:30 pm
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Ave. and Glisan Street
Tune into a podcast from “PNCA Radio”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/inline/604026.mp3 featuring faculty members Rose Bond and Modou Dieng discussing the emerging field of hybrid moving images. On the heels of debuting new work in England, Rose Bond is working on a new BFA Program in Contemporary Animated Arts for PNCA.
In response to the growing interest in frame-based artwork that stretches the concept of animation, Bond is currently working with PNCA on the development of a new BFA program in Contemporary Animated Arts, anticipated for fall 2010. This interdisciplinary program will be the first of its kind in the United States and will provide a platform for students to expand the boundaries of moving image work.
“Animation has long existed outside the codes and conventions of the studio cartoon, traversing the terrain of space, time, and form,” said Bond. “The curriculum being developed for PNCA’s Contemporary Animated Arts program offers a framework for students to re-imagine and create frame-based work that is supported and enriched by research and innovation.” An article in PNCA’s online magazine “Untitled”:http://untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/656/ features Bond’s recent work for the 2010 Animated Exeter Festival.
PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies program presents artist Daniel Joseph Martinez, delivering a free public lecture on March 11, part of the College’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Fifteen years after his indelible first appearance in the Whitney Biennial in 1993, Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Joseph Martinez continues to create work that unapologetically probes uncomfortable issues of personal and collective identity, seeking out threadbare spots in the fabric of conventional wisdom.
A strategic provocateur with a keen intelligence and a wicked sense of humor, Martinez deploys the full range of available media in his practice, having used at various times (and in various combinations) text, image, sculpture, video, and performance to construct his uniquely tough-minded brand of aesthetic inquiry.
MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | Daniel Joseph Martinez
Thursday, March 11, 6:30 pm
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.
Free and open to the public
PNCA is pleased to announce that the College was recently appointed to nominate undergraduate students for the Princess Grace Film Award. This is a significant recognition as the College moves towards developing a BFA in Contemporary Animated Arts. Read “more”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/794/pnca-announces-affiliation-with-princess-grace-foundation.
Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents William Gilbert, delivering the CraftPerspectives Lecture “Land Arts of the American West,” 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 10 at PNCA.
Gilbert will discuss shifts in contemporary understanding of the genre of Land Art, tracing connections from his own study of ceramics in Montana with Rudy Autio to the innovative “Land Arts of the American West” program he co-founded with Chris Taylor. He is the Lannan Chair in Land Arts of the American West, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico.
CraftPerspectives Lecture: William Gilbert
“Land Arts of the American West”
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 pm
PNCA Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St.
Free and open to the public
Pacific Northwest College of Art presented molecular biologist and public domain plant breeder Alan M. Kapuler Ph.D., who delivered the 2010 Edelman Lecture, “Ecosanity: New Discoveries About Life,” on Tuesday, March 2. Kapuler is the President of Peace Seeds and the Co-Founder and retired Research Director of Seeds of Change, one of the world’s leading providers of organic seeds.
Introduction by Tom Manley, President, and Tracey Cockrell, Foundation Department Chair. Moderator: Tim DuRoche.
2010 Alfred Edelman Lecture: Alan M. Kapuler
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Kapuler has been saving seeds and breeding plants for over 30 years from his farm in Corvallis, Oregon. In February 2010, Heather Zinger ‘10 documented a visit to Kapuler’s Farm in Corvallis. View the slideshow below.
*About the Alfred Edelman Lecture*
When the late Portland architect and photographer, Alfred Edelman, taught three-dimensional design at PNCA he challenged his students to consider the principles of engineering, kinetics, physics and other subjects seemingly dissimilar to art. In doing so he brought the outside world into his classroom. Founded by Carol Edelman, the Alfred Edelman Lecture was created to enhance the student’s understanding of the visual world by presenting timeless and/or unique ways to examine and manipulate three-dimensional space; and to be a catalyst for lively discussions in the classroom at PNCA.