September Shows of Note

Don’t miss these exciting art shows featuring work by Pacific Northwest College of Art “alumni”: through September.

And get ready, as Portland-area and Portland Art Dealers Association galleries celebrate PNCA’s Centennial with a range of “openings”: in October.

Posted on 09/17 at 12:07 PM

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Public Art/Public Parks Lecture

What is public art? How does it happen? How can I experience it?

Please join us for a casual conversation about public art with special guests Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (“RACC”:, and Portland-based artist and PNCA faculty member Victor Maldonado as they discuss Portland’s rich legacy of public art.

Be the first to see a new map created by Maldonado—a walking map of public art featuring work by PNCA faculty and alumni in celebration of the College’s Centennial year. Receive a copy of the Public Art Walking Tour Map, produced by RACC and “Travel Portland”:

Lecture | Public Art/Public Parks
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23
“CYAN/PDX”:, Amenities Room, 1720 S.W. Fourth Avenue

Posted on 09/17 at 11:57 AM

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PNCA in The Oregonian

Read more about two exciting new PNCA projects as recently featured in The Oregonian. “Pacific Northwest College of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft finalize joint agreement”: is DK Row’s report on the formal operations agreement between PNCA and MoCC. Meanwhile, in “Design the wall, build the wall”:, Barry Johnson ruminates on the launch of the new MFA in Applied Craft and Design, jointly offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the build-out led by design/build expert Steve Badanes.

Posted on 09/14 at 05:30 PM

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Deborah Hopkinson Wins Oregon Book Award

Deborah Hopkinson, PNCA’s VP for College Advancement, is the winner of the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature, a part of the prestigious Oregon Book Awards, it was announced today. She received the award in honor of her book Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-discoverer of the North Pole (Peach Tree).

The Oregon Book Awards, sponsored by Literary Arts, are presented annually for the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers. A finalist for the awards three times, this is Deborah’s first win. She was selected as the only finalist in her category, a significant honor.

“Read more about the Oregon Book Awards.”:

Posted on 09/14 at 05:20 PM

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The Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival is Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon.

In collaboration with PICA, Pacific Northwest College of Art co-hosted a series of noontime chats with festival artists and members of the creative community, along with two exhibitions by “Brian Lund”: and “Robert Boyd”:, on view at the Feldman Gallery through October 24. In addition recent alumni Tyler Wallace ‘09 and Nicole Dill ‘09 presented a mobile performance and outdoor video installation, “Between Us”: Art collective “The Oregon Painting Society”: presented a performance at The Works. Members include PNCA alumni Jason Traeger ‘08, Liam Drain ‘08, Barbara Kinzle ‘08, Brenna Murphy ‘09 and current PNCA student Julia Perry ‘10. Faculty member Stephen Slappe presented a web project and installation, “We Are Legion”: Ethan Rose, who will present a collaborative installation with glass artist Andy Paiko at the “Museum of Contemporary Craft”: in November, presented an installation of music boxes. The work of Slappe and Rose will be “on view at The Works”: through October 18.

Photo by Heather Zinger ‘10

“Visit PNCA’s Flickr page”: or photos of TBA:09 events at PNCA, and works by PNCA faculty and alumni.

“Listen to audio podcasts of TBA:09 Noontime Chats at PNCA.”:

Posted on 09/14 at 11:08 AM

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Opening: Public Art on MAX Green Line

Join PNCA and TriMet in celebrating public art along the Mall segment of the new MAX Green Line, featuring work by PNCA faculty and alumni.

Participating PNCA artists include Daniel Duford, Chris Gander, Emily Ginsburg and Bob Hanson.

Meet many of the artists, then begin a walking tour of 13 new works and 10 re-installed sculptures along Southwest Fifth and Sixth Avenues between Union Station and Portland State University. A number of the artists will be stationed near their sculptures and available to answer questions.

Special Event | 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
Reception begins at the Mall Field Office (245 N.W. Fifth Ave.) - 4:30 p.m.
Welcome and remarks - 4:45 p.m.
Walking tour - 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Space is limited, please R.S.V.P. to or call 503-962-2244.

Posted on 09/14 at 10:12 AM

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PICA TBA@PNCA creates a unique forum for artists, designers and creative thinkers to explore this dynamic festival and push contemporary art forward.

Don’t miss the last upcoming PICA TBA@PNCA events:

“Inside/Outside: Back to Back Theatre”: on September 11

“Theme and Variation: Raimund Hoghe”: on September 12

“PICA’s TBA Festival”: ends September 14.

Posted on 09/10 at 11:18 AM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture: Steve Badanes

Renowned design build specialist Steve Badanes delivers the first lecture presented by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Badanes is a founding member of Jersey Devil, a design/build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures. He is also a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Architecture.

This lecture took place in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on September 2, 2009.

Listen to a Podcast of “Steve Badanes”:

Posted on 09/10 at 11:05 AM

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MFA Studio Open House

Join Oregon College of Art and Craft and PNCA for a public studio open house and a performance by Grammy-nominated alt-country singer Tift Merritt, celebrating the launch of the joint MFA degree program.

Merritt creates “a uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country,” according to her fan site. Her 2008 album Another Country garnered four stars by the British music magazine MOJO.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a unique graduate program designed for students eager to explore the fusion of tradition, innovation, and practice, with design theory and hands-on making. The event will showcase the collaborative efforts of its students, who built their own studio space with renowned design/build specialist Steve Badanes, founding member of Jersey Devil.

Learn more about the program through the eyes of its students—visit the “MFA in Applied Craft and Design blogs”:

MFA Studio Open House and Celebration
8 p.m. Saturday, September 12
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building
421 N.E. 10th Ave. and Glisan St.

Posted on 09/09 at 12:37 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture: Steve Badanes

Renowned design build specialist Steve Badanes delivers the first lecture presented by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and PNCA.

Badanes is a founding member of Jersey Devil, a design/build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures. He is also a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Architecture.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Steve Badanes
6:30 p.m. | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave. (corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and Glisan Street)

Posted on 09/03 at 04:56 PM

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Artist Sandow Birk Talks to The New York Times

Sandow Birk talked to The New York Times about his series “American Qur’an.” Birk will be exhibiting a series of prints commenting on the debaucheries of contemporary warfare this November in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery.

Printed in collaboration with master printer Paul Mullowney of HuiPress in Makawao, Hawaii, “Depravities of War” features traditional woodblock printing techniques on Japanese paper and imagery that follows the course of war – from the recruiting and training of troops to the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.

Read The New York Times article on Sandow Birk, “Personal Meditations on the Koran”: by Jori Finkel.

Exhibition | Sandow Birk’s “Depravities of War”
November 1–December 31
First Thursday Opening | 6:30 p.m. November 5, 2009
PNCA Main Campus Building, Feldman Gallery + Project Space, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 09/02 at 12:23 PM

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Writer Barry Sanders Delivers 2009 Convocation Address

PNCA Faculty member and writer Barry Sanders delivers the 2009 Convocation address on September 1, one of four Cornerstone lectures that also includes Homecoming, the Edelman Lecture, and Commencement.

Sanders is the author most recently of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. In 1998, Sanders was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by the publisher HarperCollins for his book Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man’s Land, 1619-2000.

Convocation | “Ha He Hi Ho Hu: A Very Brief History of Laughter”
12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 1
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

The event will also feature an informal centennial celebration, marking the day the doors first opened at PNCA (formerly the Museum Art School) in 1909.

Posted on 08/31 at 02:50 PM

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PNCA and Incubate win Merit Award from How Magazine

Pacific Northwest College of Art’s collaboration with Portland-based design studio Incubate on the redesign of its BFA recruitment materials has earned a Merit award in HOW magazine’s 2009 Promotion Design Awards.

The dual entry features a viewbook, expanded materials and envelope that together highlight PNCA’s vibrant culture, featuring work by PNCA students and alumni including illustrations and photography. The set also shows the College’s commitment to sustainability—it was printed with all soy-based inks and 100% recycled FSC-certified paper.

The College submitted its BFA recruitment materials along with “Incubate”, an award-winning design studio led by Brian Acevedo, PNCA Faculty and Dylan Nelson. 

“HOW”: is an influential graphic design magazine that “provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technological tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design,” according to its Web site.

Image (scan) courtesy of How Magazine

Posted on 08/21 at 05:18 PM

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Meet the Artists of PNCA: George Johanson

Meet the Artists of PNCA: George Johanson
2-4 p.m. Saturday, August 8

PNCA Faculty Emerati George Johanson will capture the essence of jazz duo Panorama in a portrait of the musicians as they play. Panorama features Fred Hard on bass and Jason Okamoto on guitar. Johanson moved to Portland from Seattle in 1946 to attend PNCA, then called the Museum Art School. He taught at the school and served as head of the printmaking department until his retirement.

The event is held in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s PNCA At 100 exhibit, now through September 13.

For more information, visit the “Portland Art Museum”

Posted on 08/07 at 12:40 PM

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Boundary Crossings Podcasts + Slideshow

Pacific Northwest College of Art was the setting for an innovative two-week institute, Boundary Crossings: An Institute for Contemporary Animated Arts.

The institute featured a range of public programs featuring internationally recognized animation scholars Prof. Dr. Suzanne Buchan, Paul Vester and Paul Wells, led by PNCA Intermedia Faculty and artist Rose Bond.

Listen to a Podcast of ““Interpreting Live Bait””:

Listen to a Podcast of the lecture ““Re-Imagining Animation””: with Author Paul Wells.

Listen to a Podcast of the panel discussion ““Beyond the Box””:

Boundary Crossings was made possible in part by PNCA+FIVE.

Posted on 08/03 at 12:13 PM

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Summer of Making Slideshow

PNCA’s Continuing Education program, Summer of Making, featured a range of workshops and lectures, including a lecture by internationally known quilter, textile designer and artist Denyse Schmidt. View the above slide show and discover the fun.

Posted on 07/28 at 03:56 PM

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Boundary Crossings Video Excerpt: Interpreting Live Bait

Watch an excerpt of the Boundary Crossings panel discussion Interpreting Live Bait, featuring Joe Arredondo, Director of Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art and Kirk Kelley, Creative Director, LAIKA/House. Moderated by Paul Wells, Director of the Animation Academy in the School of Art & Design at Loughborough University.

““Live Bait” Video Excerpt”:

Posted on 07/28 at 03:37 PM

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Remembering PNCA Faculty Emeritus Manuel Izquierdo

PNCA Faculty Emeritus Manuel Izquierdo, who passed away July 17, is remembered by the PNCA community for his career as an artist and art educator.

Izquierdo taught at the College for 46 years. He was also an alumnus of the College, graduating from PNCA in 1951.

Along with his legacy of work as a sculptor, his pieces can be found throughout Portland’s parks and public spaces, and as a printmaker, Manuel has shaped Portland’s cultural landscape through teaching and mentoring generations of artists.

His sculptures, where welded metal takes on lyrical, abstracted forms, can be seen in many public spaces including Pettygrove Park between Market and Harrison where his large sculpture “The Dreamer” has its 30th anniversary this year. PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery is named in his honor and continues his presence in the PNCA community by educating the community on trends in sculptural work through exhibitions of three-dimensional work by local artists.

Posted on 07/27 at 09:41 AM

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Boundary Crossings: Explore the Future of Animation Arts

From July 13 through July 24, animation artists have gathered on the PNCA Campus for
Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.

The two week institute culminates in a show of work throughout PNCA’s campus, centered on new and hybrid media. Learn more about Boundary Crossings through this exhibition and discover the future of animation arts.

Boundary Crossings Closing Reception
Friday, July 24, 5:30pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art Main Campus, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Posted on 07/27 at 09:35 AM

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Artist-in-Residence Jin-Man Han's Work at Museum Through July 29

PNCA Artist-In-Residence and landscape painter Jin-Man Han presents recent works at the The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft through July 29.

Many of these expressive paintings reflect the scenery of the Portland area, while others were inspired by his ascent of Mount Everest in 2008.

Jin-Man Han was born in North Korea in 1948. His family later emigrated to Seoul Korea in 1951. Han currently teaches at Hong-Ik University, where he received his BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting. He has had 12 one-person shows in Korea and China, and has participated in more than 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Han’s paintings are featured in major collections throughout Asia. He currently resides in Seoul, Korea.

Jin-Man Han, PNCA Artist-in-Residence
Through 29, 2009
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Posted on 07/24 at 02:35 PM

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