PNCA Alumna Thelma Johnson Streat Honored at 10th Annual Art Hop

Pacific Northwest College of Art Alumna Thelma Johnson Streat (1911-1959) was honored by arts non-profit Art on Alberta and a range of galleries during the 10th annual Art Hop on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland.

With Streat’s family in attendance, PNCA President Tom Manley addressed the large crowd that gathered to learn more about Streat’s innovative work. Internationally known in the mid-twentieth century for her visual and performance art, Streat attended PNCA—then known the Museum Art School—in the 1930s. An innovative painter, dancer, designer, and educator, Streat was the first African-American woman to have her work collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Participating Alberta Street galleries included: Ampersand, Black United Fund, Grow, Guardino Gallery and Talisman.

Her artwork has been exhibited and collected by a number of well-known institutions and celebrities including Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Vincent Price and Roland Hayes. During her professional career as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist at San Francisco’s Pickle Factory, she worked with muralist Diego Rivera who became one of her most ardent supporters. Rivera said of Streat: “The work of Thelma Johnson Streat is in my opinion one of the most interesting manifestations in this country at the present. It is extremely evolved and sophisticated enough to reconquer the grace and purity of African and American art.”

“Art on Alberta”: is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the Alberta Art District’s distinct cultural identity through art and educational activities.

Visit the Thelma Johnson Streat “Web site”: for more information about her life and work.

_“Red Dots, Black Angel”_ 11.75"x15” by Thelma Johnson Streat

Posted on 05/15 at 03:42 PM

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PNCA Launches Centennial Year with Fundraising Gala

On May 9, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) kicked off its Centennial celebration year as the region’s leading college of art and design. Over 400 guests attended the PNCA Centennial Gala: Black Tie Birthday Bash, a testament to the College’s extraordinary momentum and its long and rich history.

With a 360-degree view of the city from the eighth floor of the Machine Works Building, PNCA’s community of supporters demonstrated their commitment to the College by giving generously to its future. 

The Black Tie Birthday Bash and the Benefit Art Auction held earlier in the spring raised nearly $500,000 for PNCA’s Centennial Campaign for PNCA+FIVE, a $32 million effort to endow scholarships, professorships, and academic programs; acquire and renovate its campus, and support ongoing operations and strategic initiatives.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, donors have contributed more than $3 million, bringing the campaign total to more than $27 million. 

At the Centennial Gala, President Tom Manley announced that Campaign Chairman Lee Kelly ‘59 has bequeathed his Oregon City studio and garden as a permanent artist and residence center for PNCA. “This is an incredible gift from the heart from one of the College’s most distinguished alumni,” said Manley.

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer were the Honorary Chairs of PNCA’s Centennial Gala and PNCA board member Kathleen Lewis served as the Gala Committee Chair. In addition, PNCA presented its first Civic Imagination Award to the Honorable Vera Katz, Mayor of the City of Portland from 1992 to 2004. The award recognized Mrs. Katz’s instrumental role in shaping Portland’s civic and cultural landscape.

“Watch the Centennial Short Film”:, produced by Portland-based golightly films.

About PNCA
Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programming that connects students to a global perspective in the visual arts. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Communication Design, Illustration, Intermedia, General Fine Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. In addition, the College offers a mentor-based MFA in Visual Studies and a new joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft. PNCA has the oldest continuously running community arts education program in the Northwest. From its base in the heart of the Pearl district, PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural programming through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and visiting artists from around the world. In conjunction with its Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE), the College is pleased to present PNCA + FIVE Idea Studios, which bring internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, philosopher Jacques Rancière, art critic Saul Ostrow, and theorist Tom Zummer. Visit on-line for a full events calendar and to learn more about PNCA’s BFA degree, MFA in Visual Studies or Continuing Education courses for all ages and skill levels.

Posted on 05/11 at 02:33 PM

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Engaging: Community Conversations

The Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and invited members of Oregon’s creative community engaged in a series of conversations in April about the anticipated integration of two of Portland’s most venerable institutions that have, in recent years, reinvented themselves to respond to changing educational and cultural needs.

Through these conversations, the community explored the broader concepts relevant to creating a more vibrant and expanded educational and cultural institution that will strengthen its contribution to the cultural voice and economic vitality of the region.

Community Conversations

Towards a New Future: Embracing the Vision
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.


The Changing Dynamics of Craft and Design
Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons

Featuring: Andrew Wagner, Editor in Chief, _American Craft_ magazine; Namita Gupta Wiggers, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft; JP Reuer, Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program, offered jointly by Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA); and Karl Burkheimer, OCAC Wood Department Head.


Strengthening the Curriculum
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons

Featuring: PNCA faculty members Rose Bond, Associate Professor, currently teaching in Time Arts and Moving Image Arts; Paul Missal, Professor, currently teaching in Observational Painting, Painting Techniques of the Old Masters; Victor Maldonado, Instructor, currently teaching in Theory & Practice: Art in Context, Professional Practices, Composition; and Bill Barrett, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).


Redefining a Museum’s Role: A Cultural and Educational Resource
Thursday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft

Featuring: Nan Curtis, PNCA Faculty, Multidisciplinary Artist and Independent Curator; Christina Olsen, Director of Education and Public Programs, the Portland Art Museum; Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College; Linda Tesner, Director, The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College.; Namita Wiggers, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft.


Creative Grid: Building Community Through Collaboration
Thursday, April 30, 6:30 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons

Featuring: Victoria Frey, Executive Director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Linda K. Johnson, Artist, Educator & Founder of the South Waterfront Artist in Residence Program; Elizabeth Leach, Owner, Elizabeth Leach Gallery; Tom Manley, President, Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Conversations begin at 6:30pm, and are moderated by Tim DuRoche, Community Programs Manager, Portland Center Stage.

“Museum of Contemporary Craft”:, 724 NW Davis St.
“Pacific Northwest College of Art”:, Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Posted on 05/07 at 01:09 PM

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New Book Featuring PNCA Students and Faculty Work Explores The Green Zone

Learn more about the new book The Green Zone, a collaborative effort by Pacific Northwest College of Art Faculty Barry Sanders, Pacific Northwest College of Art President Tom Manley and PNCA Communication Design students.

In the book’s preface, “As Far as the Word Can See,” President Manley describes how PNCA collaborated with Sanders on the project and how the book affected the greater Portland community.

“While I was not surprised that so many PNCA faculty and students responded to Barry Sanders’ text (and even more enthusiastically to Barry Sanders) with seriousness and commitment, the prairie-fire sweep of their involvement and the growing momentum of the efforts did impress me,” Manley states in the book’s preface.

In conjunction with curricular studies inspired by early drafts of The Green Zone, PNCA hosted a “Focus the Nation”: conference in Spring 2008. PNCA “Communication Design”: students also contributed artwork, which appears in the book.

The Green Zone explores the environmental consequences of militarism and is “the first book to provide a comprehensive examination of the relationship between militarism and ecological destruction,” according to “AK Press”:, the book’s publisher.

“Read President Manley’s Preface”:

Posted on 05/01 at 11:07 AM

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PNCA Remembers Faculty Emeriti Douglas Lynch

Pacific Northwest College of Art mourns the loss of one of its influential faculty members and one of Oregon’s great artists and arts educators—Douglas Lynch—the designer of the Portland city flag and a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist who designed and created The Timberline Lodge’s legendary linoleum carved murals.

In 1946, Doug Lynch was hired to develop and establish a program of study in graphic and commercial design at PNCA (then known as the Museum Art School). He taught in the commercial design department at the College for 30 years—which has evolved over the decades into what is now the College’s Communication Design program.

PNCA faculty emeriti, Doug Lynch led a remarkably creative life and influenced the creative lives of many of the region’s top designers and artists. Many in the city’s creative industries can trace their design lineage back through Doug Lynch and PNCA’s design department.

Read the “Oregonian article”:

Caption: PNCA faculty emeriti Douglas Lynch with the Portland city flag. Photo courtesy of Fritz Liedtke.

Posted on 04/22 at 09:41 AM

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Lights Over the River

Native Portlander Hap Tivey visited Pacific Northwest College of Art on the evening of April 11 to meet several PNCA students for a large outdoor light installation. A group of BFA and MFA students assisted Tivey with the project involving various spaces along the Eastbank Esplenade between the Morrison and Hawthorne bridges. Large cement culverts were illuminated with glow sticks visible from the West side of the Willamette river.

Visit Hap Tivey’s Web site for more information on his recent light exhibitions.

Posted on 04/13 at 02:05 PM

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Podcast: FATE Lecture with Okwui Enwezor

Award-winning international curator and artistic director Okwui Enwezor delivered the keynote address on April 3 for the CONFLUENCE 2009 Foundations in Art: Theory & Education (FATE) Biennial Conference.

Pacific Northwest College of Art professor and FATE conference co-chair Mary Preis delivered the keynote introduction.

FATE is a national association dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio and art history.

Listen to Enwezor’s lecture entitled “Studio, Lab, Study and the World: Art and Education in a Global World.”


Download (85 MB, MP3).

Read PORT’s April 24 “interview”: with Enwezor.

Posted on 04/13 at 10:43 AM

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Podcast: David Yow

The Pacific Northwest College of Art Communication Design program hosted an interview and presentation with musician and designer David Yow on April 8 in the PNCA Swigert Commons.

After an introduction by Aaron Draplin of “Draplin Design Co.”: Paul Anthony of “Rumblefish”: interviews Yow on Yow’s past as the frontman of Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard and Qui and his transformation to “the best photo-retoucher in the world.” Afterward, Yow gives a lively presentation of his photo retouching portfolio, accompanied with audience snacks.

To promote the event, PNCA Communication Design student David Roos and Draplin collaborated on a custom poster screenprinted by Pete McCracken of “Crack Press”: Yow autographed the posters for audience members following the interview.

Listen to a podcast of “Talk: An Intimate Evening with David Yow.”


Download (66 MB, MP3)

Posted on 04/13 at 10:36 AM

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Art Prize in Honor of W.J.T. Mitchell

Pacific Northwest College of Art recently held an Idea Studio Art Prize Competition in honor of the iconology and visual studies scholar W.J.T. Mitchell. Professor Mitchell lectured on “The Future of the Image” for a PNCA+FIVE Idea Studio.

A total of 12 students submitted their artwork for consideration for the Art Prize. Matthew Wilson, MFA in Visual Studies ‘09, was chosen to present his illustration piece entitled “Surrogates #4” to Professor Mitchell at the conclusion of the lecture.

Watch the full video (206 MB, Quicktime Video) of Professor Mitchell’s lecture and art prize award.

Posted on 04/09 at 09:01 AM

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Designer for Obama Administration Talks with PNCA Marketing Class

Portland-based designer Aaron Draplin recently spoke with PNCA Communication Design students about his work for the Obama Administration.

Learn more about Draplin and his work. He is currently featured in _Creativity_ magazine, read “Heavy Industry”:

He also recently collaborated with PNCA students on the design of a poster for the upcoming lecture featuring musician and designer “David Yow”:

_Photo by Leah Bobal_

Posted on 04/03 at 09:14 AM

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Watch and Listen: 2009 Edelman Lecture with Kathleen Dean Moore

Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomed environmental writer Kathleen Dean Moore as the speaker for the 2009 Edelman Lecture on March 10 in the Swigert Commons.

Moore’s timely and compelling lecture explored the question: “The search for a new worldview will be — it must be — the greatest exercise of the human imagination the world has ever seen. What is (and what is not) the work of the artist in this time and this place?”

Listen to Kathleen Dean Moore’s lecture:


Download (81.1 MB, MP3)

Watch the full video:

Download (154 MB, Quicktime Video)

Posted on 03/27 at 01:36 PM

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PNCA Alumnus Alex Felton on Henry Art Gallery Short List

Pacific Northwest College of Art alumnus Alex Felton ’05 is one of six Northwest artists who made the short list for the Henry Art Gallery’s The Brink, a new award for emerging artists in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

Visit the “Seattle Art Blog”: for more information.

Posted on 03/26 at 08:25 AM

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President Manley Discusses the Creative Grid

President Tom Manley recently discussed the creative grid with Portland Architecture blogger Brian Libby for the Designs on Portland series.

Libby interviewed President Manley and engaged audience questions, comments and ideas on the creative grid between fine art, design and craft. Read Libby’s blog, “Portland Architecture”:, for a review of this engaging talk.

President Manley discussed PNCA’s present and future ambitions such as the integration of the Museum of Contemporary Craft and PNCA’s joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft. Using a creative grid model, President Manley contextualized Portland as a global creative capital.

Libby is a Portland blogger and freelance writer focusing on many topics including visual arts, architecture and business. Libby’s writing has appeared in _The New York Times_, _, _The Oregonian_, _Metropolitan Home_, _Salon_, _Metropolis_, _Dwell_, and _Portland Monthly_ among others.

Designs on Portland was hosted by the Portland location of “Design Within Reach”:

Posted on 03/20 at 08:20 AM

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Intermedia Video Fest 09

Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Intermedia Department sponsors a free public screening of selected works on the big screen, hosted by the Bagdad Theater.

The 2009 Intermedia Video Fest includes work by: KT Allred, Shevawn Armstrong, Sarai Black Sarah Burke, Heather Chase, Brooke Eastburn, Jacob Fennell, Liz Harris, Chad Hinman Megan Holmes, Adrienne Huckabone, Ben Kellgren, Yiu-Hong Leung, Joey Lusterman Cheryl Norton, Julia Perry, April Robertson, Mathew Seeley, Kristin Smallwood, Alex Smith, Kevin Tinnell, Taryn Tomasello and Gabrielle Villasenor.

Intermedia Video Fest 09
March 18, 6–8pm
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.     
_Free and open to the public_

Posted on 03/18 at 11:01 AM

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2009 Spring Continuing Education Youth Exhibition

Pacific Northwest College of Art proudly displays the final products from this spring’s Continuing Education Youth Classes. The young artists studied such courses as sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and digital video.

The mission of youth classes is to provide artistic skill building and exploration for students, ages 4-18. Courses offer a wide variety of media and the curriculum aims to provide basic skill and vocabulary.

Program exhibits express the mission of PNCA’s youth program: student-centered learning, accuracy and discovery in making, effective problem solving and collaboration, perceptual sensitivity, imaginative expression, knowledge of historical and contemporary art and a celebration of creativity and diversity.

*Exhibition* | PNCA Youth Program
March 14 - 26
Opening Reception
11:30am, March 21 | PNCA Swigert Commons

Posted on 03/16 at 11:14 AM

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PNCA Alumni Participate in Cut&Paste

Pacific Northwest College of Art Communication Design alumni recently participated in the live design competition, Cut&Paste Design Tournament 2009.

Communication Design alumna Lisa Kline-Simon ‘08 advanced to the final round of the 2D competition, along with alumnus Nick Cline ‘02. Communication Design student Drew Jasperse also participated.

Portland judges included: Aaron Draplin, Rebecca Huston, PNCA Continuing Education Instructor Kat Topaz, Mark Searcy, and Jon Wexler, overseeeing 2D-ers; Craig Wollen, Stacy Dye, David Maddocks, Nike’s Howard Lichter, and Sean O’Connor, watching 3D-ers; and Manny Bernardez, Chris Hotz, Brad Johnson, Robert Lewis and Nando Costa, who will watch motion designers.

Alumnus Jake Hollomon ’08 facilitated the 55DSL audience competition. Last year, Hollomon won the 55DSL Logo Remix Challenge, part of the 2008 “Cut&Paste”:  Competition. Hollomon’s design will be featured in 55DSL’s 2010 spring/summer 10.55 limited edition collection. He also wins a cash prize of 1,055 € (about $1,321). 55DSL is a spin-off brand of Diesel, originally inspired by radical sports, according to its Web site.

Posted on 03/11 at 08:09 AM

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Author Kathleen Dean Moore Delivers 2009 Edelman Lecture

Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes environmental writer Kathleen Dean Moore as the speaker for the 2009 Edelman Lecture, 6:30pm, March 10 in the Swigert Commons.

In her compelling book, _The Pine Island Paradox_, author Kathleen Dean Moore examines the work of artists during a pivotal point in human history. “Degradation of the land and the air has created a potentially catastrophic global emergency,” says Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and University Writer Laureate, Oregon State University (OSU). “The search for a new worldview will be — it must be — the greatest exercise of the human imagination the world has ever seen. What is (and what is not) the work of the artist in this time and this place?”   

Moore was chosen to deliver the Edelman Lecture for her examination of both the creative life within the context of environmentalism and the philosophical underpinnings of creativity. The Alfred Edelman Design Lectureship — founded in honor of former PNCA 3D Design instructor Alfred Edelman by his wife Carol Edelman — was created to enhance students’ understanding of the visual world by presenting unique ways to examine and manipulate 3D space, to consider subjects seemingly dissimilar to art, and to be a catalyst for lively discussions in the classrooms at PNCA.

An essayist, philosophy professor, activist, parent, and lover of all things green or flowing, Moore recently co-edited _Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge_, a collection of essays about Carson’s work as a writer, scientist, and activist, from SUNY Press. At OSU, she teaches environmental ethics, Native American philosophy, and a field course on the philosophy of nature. She is the author of two books: _Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water_ (1995) and _The Pine Island Paradox_ (2004). Moore’s work has been published in _Orion_, _Audubon_, _Discover_, _The Sun_, and the _New York Times Magazine_. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Orion Society and for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Posted on 03/06 at 09:26 AM

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MFA Central Gallery Features New Work by Ruth Lantz

PNCA’s MFA Central Gallery features new work by MFA student Ruth Lantz through March 28.

Exhibition | “Infinite Spaces”
Opening | 6:30pm Thursday March 5 2009
MFA Gallery Central, Pacific Northwest College of Art 1241 NW Johnson St

Ruth Lantz uses paintings and drawings to address notions of infinity through the language of the sublime. She builds on prior perceptions of the infinite to challenge the viewer to question what is fact. Using images which reside in the realm of space photography, electromagnetic brain scans, and slide cultures, she creates an image full of phenomenal beauty and awe but with intellectual implications of vast emptiness and space. Exhibition runs through March 28.

Posted on 03/05 at 02:08 PM

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Alumni Participate in Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament

On March 7, Pacific Northwest College of Art Communication Design alumni will power through a range of designs in the live design competition, Cut&Paste Design Tournament 2009.

Participating PNCA designers include Communication Design alumna Lisa Kline-Simon ‘08, alumni Nick Cline ‘02 and Jake Hollomon ’08, and current Communication Design student Drew Jasperse.

“Cut&Paste”: will feature Portland’s 2D, 3D and Motion designers facing serious pressure to design with speed, skill, and style as partygoers watch their every move on giant projection screens and cheer them on.

Portland judges include: Aaron Draplin, Rebecca Huston, PNCA Continuing Education Instructor Kat Topaz, Mark Searcy, and Jon Wexler, overseeeing 2D-ers; Craig Wollen, Stacy Dye, David Maddocks, Nike’s Howard Lichter, and Sean O’Connor, watching 3D-ers; and Manny Bernardez, Chris Hotz, Brad Johnson, Robert Lewis and Nando Costa, who will watch motion designers.

Last year, Hollomon won the 55DSL Logo Remix Challenge, part of the 2008 Cut&Paste Competition. Hollomon’s design will be featured in 55DSL’s 2010 spring/summer 10.55 limited edition collection. He also wins a cash prize of 1,055 € (about $1,321). 55DSL is a spin-off brand of Diesel, originally inspired by radical sports, according to its Web site.

Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Doors open at 7:00pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Tickets are $15 online; $20 at the door

Posted on 03/03 at 10:11 AM

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MK Guth Interviews Artist Laura Fritz

PNCA MFA in Visual Studies Chair MK Guth talks with PNCA Continuing Education alumna Laura Fritz about her New American Art Union (NAUU) Show “Evident” on PORT, a Weblog that features discussions, announcements and events about Portland art and artists.

“Evident” is a striking body of work made possible by a prestigious exhibition award from the “New American Art Union (NAAU)”: The installation appears through February 22 as the latest in NAAU’s Couture series. NAAU is located at 922 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR.

Guth focuses on Fritz’s artistic background, from her start at Drake University in Iowa to her most recent video show for the 2007 Portland Experimental Film Festival. Fritz explains of her background, “I didn’t really start doing installation art until I moved to Portland and took a few continuing ed courses at PNCA. That’s when I got my first solo show at the Manuel Izquierdo Gallery from Nan Curtis.”

Fritz also describes her use for the scientific method in everything from experimenting with light in her recent installation to explorations of gingerbread recipes. Fritz’s installation, “Evident,” is set in a darkened space with projected light, mirrors and partially obscured objects. “It is about perception, anticipation and expectations,” says Fritz.

Read the full “PORT”: article.

Posted on 02/23 at 12:13 PM

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