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International Panel: Fresh Design Perspectives

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.

Posted on 03/22 at 03:29 PM

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Podcast: Daniel Joseph Martinez MFA Lecture

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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Posted on 03/18 at 01:05 PM

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Podcast: Interviews with Jenene Nagy and Holly Andres

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.

Posted on 03/17 at 06:13 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Program Welcomes Susan Brandeis

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

Posted on 03/15 at 05:10 PM

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PNCA Radio Interview Explores Contemporary Animated Arts

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.

Posted on 03/15 at 05:07 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Program Presents Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez

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

Posted on 03/15 at 05:01 PM

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PNCA Announces Affiliation with Princess Grace Foundation

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.

Posted on 03/11 at 01:32 PM

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William Gilbert Explores “Land Arts of the American West”

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

Posted on 03/08 at 09:25 AM

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Multimedia: Edelman Lecture Featuring Speaker Alan M. Kapuler

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.

Posted on 03/04 at 07:09 PM

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Podcast: Mary Weatherford MFA Lecture

Los Angeles painter Mary Weatherford presented an MFA Visual Studies lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Craft on February 25, 2010. She is a painter with a long career of exhibitions at spaces dedicated to artistic and cultural experimentation. Solo exhibitions include P.S. 1 Museum, New York, Orange County Museum of Art, Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Debs & Co., New York, and Sister, Los Angeles.

In his introduction, MFA in Visual Studies chair Arnold Kemp states, “Mary’s paintings are challenging, they are informed by history, philosophy, literature and music, and activities of the heart and mind. But they also embody a rugged, rigorous clinging to contemporary concerns for increasingly rare places of contemplation. In this way, they lodge themselves into a discourse of dirty abstraction.”

Mary Weatherford, Graduate Lecture Series
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Posted on 03/03 at 05:40 PM

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Podcast: An Interview with Anthea Black

Finn Grey ‘10 interviews Anthea Black, who is in residence at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art from February 19–March 10.

Black, a Canadian printmaker known for her subversive postering campaigns, produces an edition of two-sided posters deployed across Portland in collaboration with local printmaking students and queer youth. Black designed the poster with collaborator Wednesday Lupypciw to be produced as an edition with the printmaking students of Christy Wyckoff at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). On one side of the poster is the text “CALLING ALL NEXXXT GENERATION MIND INFLUENCERS:” On the other side of the poster is the text “ARE YOU READY TO SERIOUSLY EFF WITH PUBLIC DECENCY?!?”

In this interview Black talks about her collaboration with Christy Wyckoff’s printmaking class; activism and labor; using craft in public spaces; public decency; queer art and appropriation; rewriting the story; and postering in Texas.

Anthea Black will be performing at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 Northwest Davis Street, during First Thursday, March 4, 6—8 pm. Free and open to the public.

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 Anthea Black
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Slideshow: Anthea Black collaborating with students in Christy Wyckoff’s printmaking class. Photos by Chloe Dietz ‘13.

Posted on 03/03 at 05:01 PM

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Hybrid Gallery Presents Incubate


Visit the Hybrid Gallery, dedicated to diverse works in contemporary practice.

The latest exhibition, Incubate, features work by former Intermedia Department Artists in Residence: David Cipriano, Fei Disbrow, Cris Moss, Julie Orser ’99, Patrick Rock, Stephen Slappe and Intermedia Department Scholarship Alumni Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Tyler Jackson, Claire LaMont, Mack McFarland, and Nickolaus Typaldos. Representing artists from New York City, Vancouver BC, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest.

Exhibition | Incubate
March 5–May 1, 2010
Opening | Friday, March 5, 6–9 pm
Hybrid Gallery / Indigo @ Twelve | West
430 SW 13th Ave., Portland
Gallery hours: 6–8 pm Thursdays; 5–8 pm Fridays and Saturdays
Free and open to the public

The Hybrid Gallery is a Gerding Edlen Project with Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Image courtesy Julie Orser ’99.

Posted on 03/01 at 09:26 AM

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PNCA and Etsy Host I Heart Art: Portland

I Heart Art
Etsy, PNCA, Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Portland Etsy Team welcome Portland’s vibrant community of makers, PNCA students, local craft guild members and the general public to connect during I Heart Art: Portland.

The event is a great opportunity for Portland-based makers to network and learn more about this burgeoning partnership and future opportunities for professional development. Featuring light food and drink, music, button making, Gocco printing and more.

I Heart Art: Portland
Connecting Portland’s Vibrant Community of Makers
Hosted by Etsy.com, Portland Etsy Team, Pacific Northwest College of Art & Museum of Contemporary Craft
Friday, February 26, 6:30 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St.
Free and open to the public

Read the full “media release”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/772/pnca-and-etsy-join-forces.

Read the “Etsy blog”:http://www.etsy.com/storque/etsy-news/i-heart-art-portland-6962/.

Posted on 02/25 at 03:28 PM

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PNCA Welcomes Founding Father of the Organic Seed Movement Alan M. Kapuler


Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to present molecular biologist and public domain plant breeder Alan M. Kapuler Ph.D., delivering the 2010 Edelman Lecture on Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 pm. 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.

Kapuler has been saving seeds and breeding plants for over 30 years from his farm in Corvallis, Oregon. He is also the president of “Peace Seeds”:http://www.ps02.cn/ and the co-founder and retired research director of “Seeds of Change”:http://www.seedsofchange.com/, one of the world’s leading providers of organic seeds.

“Heritage seeds are essential to our heart chakra,” Kapuler said. “They are important not just because they produce a high quality crop or grow fast, but because they carry the message of the people. They are important for the same reason life is important.”

Kapuler’s philosophy remains at the heart of the current discussion on where our food comes from and how it is produced. For more information on Alan M. Kapuler, visit the PNCA Charles Voorhies Library “microsite”:http://library.pnca.edu/research/edelman-lecture-alan-kapuler.

In recognition of the 10th Anniversary Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA, the College presents the book Alfred Edelman: The Studio Prints. It will be released on March 2, 2010 and available for sale at The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft or online. The book, with essays by Edelman’s daughter Jeana Edelman ‘85 and photographer and art critic Chas Bowie, will also be for sale at the lecture.

Alfred Edelman Lecture | “Ecosanity: Ongoing Discoveries About Life”
Featuring Alan M. Kapuler, President, Peace Seeds
Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St.
Free and open to the public

PNCA Alumni: Enjoy a small reception before the Alfred Edelman Lecture!
Tuesday, March 2, 5:00–6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Gallery 214 (second floor)
1241 NW Johnson St.

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.

Photo by Heather Zinger ’10

Posted on 02/25 at 03:18 PM

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PNCA and Etsy Join Forces

I Heart Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Etsy.com announce their intentions to develop an ongoing relationship to foster opportunities and offer support for the local Do-It-Yourself|craft community.

This new relationship — the first ongoing commitment for Etsy with a school of art and design — seems appropriate in Portland, Oregon, nationally recognized as the hub of American DIY youth culture enriched by PNCA’s vibrant student body and alumni community.
 
Etsy and PNCA will also work directly with a group of local artists — the Portland Etsy Team — to host bi-monthly meetings at the College’s Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Please join us for the Friday, February 26th event.

I Heart Art: Portland – Friday, February 26th @ 6:30 pm
Hosted by Etsy.com, Portland Etsy Team, Pacific Northwest College of Art & Museum of Contemporary Craft

Connecting Portland’s Vibrant Community of Makers

Swigert Commons
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 Northwest Johnson Street
Free and open to the public


“Read the full press release for more details.”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/771/pacific-northwest-college-of-art-and-etsy-join-forces-to-support-and-advocate-for-the-diycraft-movement-in-the-pacific-northwest

“See coverage and response to the announcement on the Etsy Storque blog.”:http://www.etsy.com/storque/etsy-news/i-heart-art-portland-6962/

Posted on 02/25 at 03:18 PM

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Multimedia: Patty Chang MFA Lecture

Brooklyn-based artist Patty Chang presented an MFA Visual Studies lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Craft on February 18, 2010. Chang’s work has been exhibited in international institutions and museums, such as The New 
Museum for Contemporary Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Moderna Museet, 
Stockholm, Sweden, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Patty Chang, Graduate Lecture Series
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Posted on 02/24 at 04:09 PM

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Artist Mary Weatherford Delivers Upcoming MFA in Visual Studies Lecture


The MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes Los Angeles-based Artist Mary Weatherford in a free public lecture, 6:30 pm Thursday, February 25 in The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Mary Weatherford is a painter with a long career of exhibitions at spaces dedicated to artistic and cultural experimentation. Among her many exhibitions are solo exhibitions at P.S. 1 Museum, New York; Orange County Museum of Art, California; Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich; Debs & Co., New York; and Sister, Los Angeles, among others.

Since the 1990s, her paintings have borne the influence of Ojai mysticism, California seaside craft and souvenir art, landscape painting of the American Symbolist movement and New York School Abstraction.

Of her work, painter “Stephen Westfall”:http://www.brooklynrail.org/2006/4/art/stephen-westfall-with-john-yau has written: “Like a true Symbolist her gaze wanders out across an ocean horizon, confronts a looming rock or cave, or plunges deep into a thicket of vines and weeds. Light and shadow confound and dazzle, sometimes sending off overlapping shards reminiscent of Feininger. Other historical stylistic models include Burchfield, Munch, and Friedrich. The Pop element comes from a “knowingness” with regards to style and how it can be essentialized into a compact shorthand that reflects the constructed nature of the paint surface as much or even more than the represented source, which is often itself a mediated source. Her paint surfaces are often astonishingly beautiful. Painted in Flashe vinyl paint over a heavy ground sanded smooth, they are both fluid and matte, with the chromatic richness of oil and the delicate, mineral grain of gouache.”

The lecture is part of PNCA’s “Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/704/pnca-graduate-visiting-artist-lecture-series.

View work by Mary Weatherford at “Kathryn Brennan Gallery”:http://www.kathrynbrennan.com/artists/view/42.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | Mary Weatherford
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.
Free and open to the public

Image courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 02/19 at 03:37 PM

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PNCA Benefit Art Auction Results Exceed Expectations

Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to announce that the second annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams & Butterfields raised nearly $125,000 for student scholarships at PNCA.  Under the leadership of Honorary Chair Jordan Schnitzer and event co-chairs Elizabeth Leach and Kathleen Lewis, an impressive group of 32 lots were donated for auction.  A total of 215 guests participated in this event to raise needed funds to support students at PNCA; more than 85% of the College’s students receive financial aid.  Auctioneer Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams & Butterfields, led the auction at The Nines Hotel, which included pieces by current Whitney Biennial artists Storm Tharp and Martin Kersels, sculptures by Ken Shores, Mel Katz, and Henry Hillman, Jr.; and a rich selection of works from artists and designers including Brad Cloepfil, Robert Mangold, Sally Haley, Thomas Struth, and others.

In memory of arts supporter and gallery owner Laura Russo, the proceeds from the sale of a painting by Louis Bunce will be used to establish the Laura Russo Scholarship at PNCA.

Members of the 2010 Benefit Art Auction Committee are:  Elizabeth Leach, Co-Chair, Kathleen Lewis, Co-Chair, Sheryl Acheson,Tori Bryer, Gregg Fletcher, Wendy Wells Jackson, Arnold Kemp, Selby Key, Linda Taylor McGeady, Rod Pulliam, and Namita Wiggers.

PNCA is also grateful to the following for their support of this event: Laura King Pfaff, Chairman of Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, Fred Kleisner, General Manager of The Nines Hotel, Chris Erickson, General Manager of The Heathman Hotel, Robert Ames, Board of Directors, Bonhams & Butterfields, Al Solheim, Chairman of the Board of PNCA, Dan Kvitka, Dan Kvitka Photography, and
Todd Putnam, Framing Resource.

Posted on 02/19 at 09:05 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Program Welcomes Artist Patty Chang


The MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes Artist Patty Chang in a free public lecture, 6:30 pm Thursday, February 18 in The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Patty Chang is both a performer and image-maker living and working in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Her performances, or time-based sculptures, are examinations of the female experience that are often visceral and humiliatingly vulnerable. Characterized by physical and often enduring challenges, her performances are a brash confrontation of the metaphoric and erotic.

“Chang”:http://pattychang.com/ is well known for her earlier performative works, which deal with themes of gender, sexuality, language and empathy. Her recent work, “Shangri-La” (2005), which was shot in Shangri-La, China, investigates how cultural knowledge becomes produced, adapted and re-appropriated for consumption. In 2008, Chang was a nominee for the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum, NY). In fall 2008, Chang was the “Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow” at the American Academy in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in international institutions and museums, such as The New Museum for Contemporary Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | Patty Chang
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 pm
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Chang’s lecture is part of the Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which brings national and international artists to the College. Lectures are an integral part of PNCA’s two graduate programs, the MFA in Visual Studies and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Learn more about the “series”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/704/pnca-graduate-visiting-artist-lecture-series.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 02/17 at 10:43 AM

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Laura Russo ’75, Gallery Owner and PNCA Alumna, Dies at 66

We are saddened by the loss of a respected member of our art community, a friend to PNCA, and distinguished alumna, Laura Russo ’75.

Below is the official press release, as announced today by Laura Russo’s family and the Laura Russo Gallery.

“PORTLAND, OR, FERUARY 12, 2010: Laura Russo died last night, February 11, 2010, at the age of 66, after a valiant battle with cancer.  Before she died, there were many people to whom she wished she had more time to say goodbye, but her death came more suddenly than expected. She wanted everyone to know that the Laura Russo Gallery will remain open under the able direction of her trusted and longtime manager, Martha Lee, who is dedicated to carrying on the legacy that Laura has left behind.  She wished to express to all the artists her great admiration for who they are and the work they do, and the hope that they will remain dedicated to the gallery.  She wanted all the gallery’s customers to know that they are wonderful and should continue coming to the Gallery to appreciate and support the artists.  And she wanted her staff to know how very special they are and that their hard and excellent work made the Gallery possible.  She was entirely confident that after her death The Laura Russo Gallery will continue to operate as it has for the past 23 years, providing support to local and regional artists and a nexus between the public and those artists.

Laura will be missed by many, and her family wishes to express deep gratitude for the great outpouring of love and support that came to Laura in the past several months.  Just before her death, Laura received a special Governor’s Arts Award, an Award for Service from the Portland Art Dealer’s Association, and the Laura Russo Distinguished Alumni Award was established in her name by the Pacific Northwest College of Art.  She was honored to receive these awards and wished to thank all those responsible for making them possible.

Laura was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on March 7, 1943.  She is survived by her daughter, Maia Lawrence, her son, Dylan Lawrence and her longtime companion, Michihiro Kosuge. Further biographical details may be obtained by contacting the Laura Russo Gallery at 503-226- 2754 or at artists@laurarusso.com.  The public may contact the gallery for further details on a memorial service in the near future.  Donations in Laura Russo’s memory can be made to The Pacific Northwest College of Art or the Portland Art Museum.”

Posted on 02/12 at 02:30 PM

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