Faculty emeritus Harry Widman and his wife, Mardy, were profiled over the weekend in the Oregonian where David Stabler called Widman, 83, “one of Oregon’s great painters, a modernist of bold human forms, influential, gregarious, gentlemanly, an admired teacher whose words of advice could change a student’s career.” Painter Laura Ross-Paul, who is hosting an exhibition of both of the Widman’s work at Golden Gallery in Beaverton, called Widman, “one of the gods” along with Mel Katz and Jay Backstrand.
Portland Monthly magazine sponsors a conversation with PNCA President Tom Manley and architect Brad Cloepfil on Monday, January 14 at 6 pm. Art Schooled Urbanism: PNCA and the Rebirth of the North Park Blocks is part of the magazine’s Bright Lights conversations series hosted by editor in chief Randy Gragg. The event is at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Avenue.
As Monthly notes, “For decades, Portland’s verdant Park Blocks have ended their northern reach at a fenced parking lot with all the life of a dead-end alley. But come September, a transformation will begin as one of the city’s most august and imposing edifices—the 511 Building—becomes home base to its fastest-growing creative institution: the Pacific Northwest College of Art.”
The event promises, “a tour of the vision for the college and the rebirth of the North Park Blocks with the project’s leaders, PNCA president Tom Manley and renowned architect Brad Cloepfil. The duo argue the new building—to be dubbed the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design—will be a booster rocket, not just for the college, but for the neighborhood and the city, adding a critical link to the so-called “Creative Corridor” stretching from the Ace Hotel and Wieden & Kennedy to the University of Oregon’s White Stag Building, and standing at the doorstep of the future redevelopment of the nine-block US Post Office site.”
PNCA alumni Reta Larson and Michael Pratt and the handcrafted, artisanal tile business they built from scratch, Pratt & Larson Ceramics, are featured in a recent profile in the Oregonian. Over 30 years ago, a trip to Mexico inspired the two artists to begin making handmade tiles. Today their business, which was one of the first of its kind in the U.S., has more than a hundred showrooms and nearly a hundred employees.
The Regional Arts and Culture Council announced today that PNCA is to receive a grant to support a project by internationally renowned arts collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). The project, Critical Art Ensemble: A Monument to Income Inequality is scheduled for Spring 2013 from March 7—May 26, 2013. Teaming with NYU economist Edward Wolff (a specialist in wealth distribution) and mathematician David Sommer, CAE will produce a proportional scale diagram representing relative wealth based on population quintiles. A banner will illustrate relative wealth of each quintile of the bottom 80% (scale of 1 inch = $500) at approximately 50 feet high, with the bottom 20% represented by a 2-foot-deep hole in the ground (representing those who have debt). The top 20% owns such as an astonishing percentage of total wealth, it cannot be represented on the same banner, but will be represented 450 feet in the air (viewers may visit this height via helicopter). The exhibit will feature a publication edited by theorist Brian Holmes.
PNCA’s Main Campus Building will be closed beginning Saturday, December 22, 2012. It will reopen Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Happy Holidays from all of us.
Letterpress printer and bookmaker, Amos Kennedy, lectures this week, December 12 at 6:30 pm at the Bison Building at the invitation of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program and PNCA’s Printmaking Department. Kennedy is the subject of the documentary Proceed and Be Bold. On UNTITLED, find Three Questions with Amos Kennedy.
Congratulations one and all on a great Focus Week. For a visual roundup and behind-the-scenes view of seniors proposing and defending their theses, check out this day-by-day photo blog by Clinton Chambers ‘14 and Marshall Astor MA ‘13 on UNTITLED.
PNCA’s Focus Week begins today.
During Fall Focus Week, this year from December 3 through December 7, second term Seniors present their Thesis Orals and first term Seniors present their Thesis Proposals. PNCA students take a break from classes during this week to attend the presentations of their peers, and a variety of special programs, lectures, workshops, readings and film screenings are offered in place of scheduled classes. You can download a PDF of the week’s schedule here.
PNCA’s online magazine, UNTITLED, is covering Focus Week and will be posting photos all week.
PNCA’s Swigert Commons will be full of student art and craft just in time for holiday gift buying Thursday through Saturday, December 6-8 from 11am to 7 pm. One-of-a-kind gifts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art Holiday Art Sale include paintings, prints, sculptures, and photos along with crafts like ceramics, jewelry, and textiles.
Be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity to make a difference. GIVING TUESDAY is a national effort to increase awareness and develop momentum around the importance of philanthropy and giving across the country.
We hope you will reach out and consider a gift to PNCA today. No matter the size of your gift, it helps make a difference.
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Prospective students can meet faculty, students, and staff and learn about PNCA’s BFA programs at the BFA Open House this Saturday, December 1 from 9 am - 12 pm. All are welcome. The event features campus tours, optional portfolio reviews, light breakfast, plus information sessions on the foundation year, portfolio preparation, financial aid (for parents), and more.
In the Business Journal, Wendy Culverwell writes about the demolition of the former Powell’s Technical Books to make way for ArtHouse, PNCA’s new student residence that’s being developed by the Powell Family. Slated to open for fall 2013’s incoming class, ArtHouse will be a “150-student residence that with street-level retail and 60 studio, two and three bedroom units on five upper floors.”
Culverwell notes, “ArtHouse is the first physical sign of PNCA’s plan to develop a campus centered on the North Park Blocks in Old Town/Chinatown. It will relocated from multiple buildings in the Pearl District to the former U.S. Post Office, 511 N.W. Broadway, after securing the building from the U.S. General Services Administration.”
This week’s Stage and Studio on KBOO featured an interview with PNCA Assistant Professor Horatio Law who spoke about his Open Circles project. Law is working with communities at Sisters of the Road and Planned Parenthood to create a public installation that will get people thinking and talking about social currency and self-empowerment.
Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a public art and installation artist who is interested in creating collaborative installations with diverse communities, and in exploring how art activates the complex and dynamic relationship between individual and community. As artist-in-resident, he has created installations with Multnomah County Health Department, South Waterfront Development, and families with children adopted from China. He’s now working on public art projects with the Oregon State Hospital, Seattle Public Utility % for Art in South Park, and Tri-Met’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line.
Open Circles collaborative, community art project, opens Saturday, November 17th at the Place Black Gallery. The opening reception will be held 5:00 to 9:00 pm, and will feature artists who participated in the Open Circles project. There will be a second reception December 15th from 5-9 pm.
Sean Joseph Patrick Carney MFA ‘09, writer, publisher, artist, curator, performance artist, stand-up comedian, and MFA in Visual Studies alumnus is interviewed on art:21 in a piece entitled New Kids on the Block | Baudrillard for Bozos: An Interview with Sean Joseph Patrick Carney. Carney, whose Social Malpractice Publishing titles are carried at Printed Matter, answers questions about why all the names but more importantly about his multivariate practice including his video Who is the Artist Who is Present, his performance AbJackass, and his translation from English to American of Baudrillard’s “The Precession of Simulacra.”
Carney is just back from an extended Experimental Comedy Training Camp at Banff with a stopover at the recent MoMA PS1 Book Fair.
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art plans Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal, an exhibition of work by the honored alumnus and longtime professor at PNCA, Manuel Izquierdo (1925–2009). This major retrospective exhibition features over fifty sculptures accompanied by paintings, prints and photographs created during Izquierdo’s career, and draws from public and private collection throughout the region. The exhibition runs January 19 through March 24, 2013.
This exhibition is accompanied by a full-color monograph, Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal, written by Willamette University Professor Emeritus Roger Hull, who also organized the exhibition.
Izquierdo enrolled at PNCA when it was still called the Museum Art School, housed in the same building as the Portland Art Museum. He studied printmaking and sculpture with Louis Bunce, Jack McLarty, and Frederic Littman, graduating in 1951. He went on to become a highly influential faculty member and influential figure in Northwest art.
The Oregon Encyclopedia has a detailed article on Izquierdo’s life. And there is more information about the upcoming exhibition on the Hallie Ford Museum website.
Ecotrust blogs about the visit to PNCA during Global Entrepreneurship Week of Professor Gregory Dees. As the blog notes, “In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work with their first Lifetime Achievement award in Social Entrepreneurship Education. An earlier Aspen report described him as ‘the father of social entrepreneurship as an academic field.’” On November 9 at 7 pm in PNCA’s Swigert Commons, Dees will lecture on “The Open Solutions Society: Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously.”
The widely published Dees has written more than 60 cases, articles, chapters, and concept notes related to this topic and has edited two books with Jed Emerson and Peter Economy: Enterprising Nonprofits (Wiley, 2001) and Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs (Wiley, 2002). Dees has played a leading role in developing the academic field of social entrepreneurship, helping to found social innovation programs at Duke, Harvard, and Stanford. His work bridges the gap between business and the social sector, and between theory and practice, making knowledge useful for social entrepreneurs as well as for the funders, consultants, and educators who work in the field.
This lecture is part of the MFA in Collaborative Design Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Faculty member Daniel Duford has curated the current exhibition at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College, Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Peter Voulkos, and Jack Kirby. Fighting Men looks at images of violence and masculinity in and through the work of Leon Golub, a painter, Pete Voulkos, a ceramist, and Jack Kirby, a cartoonist. Duford is an artist and writer, a Ford Family Fellow whose work was most recently in the Portland2012 Biennial.
Duford says in an essay on the exhibition, “Jack Kirby (1917-1994), Leon Golub (1922-2004), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2000) occupy alternate dimensions. Their achievements are chronicled in different art histories, each with its own priorities. They were all immersed in discredited mediums and subject matter. They don’t fit neatly. At times their work looks conservative and backward; at other times those same qualities seem urgent and prophetic. They rooted around in the mud of history and myth, emerging with their own muscular and ham-fisted approach to their respective materials.
“The specter of violence and the consequences of power animate this exhibition. Raw power emanates from the artwork.”
The exhibition closes March 3, 2013. The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11-4.
Eighteen PNCA Illustration students have created work for the Portland/Brooklyn issue of Tin House along with a seven students from Pratt. The students were asked to create illustrations for poems from poets Lisa Ceccarello, Jae Choi, Monica Ferrell, Bianca Stone, Caitlin Vance, Mariana Weiss and one short story by Ursula K. LeGuin that would eventually be published in the issue.
According to the Tin House blog, “PNCA students worked with feedback from Janet Parker, Tin House’s Art Director, while the Pratt students opted to submit final pieces, conceived and developed within their classroom.” Included in the issue were illustrations from Kayla Mayer, Liz Schafroth, and Matt Seely from PNCA, and Jinie Choi from Pratt. And work by the other students is featured online.
Students from the graduate programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) do Pecha-Kucha-style presentations, Wednesday, October 24 from 6-7:30 pm in the Lab.
Selected students from the MFA in Applied Craft + Design, MFA in Collaborative Design, MFA in Visual Studies, MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research, and Low-residency MFA in Visual Studies share rapid-fire presentations of 3 minutes and 20 seconds apiece — giving you a quick overview of what the next generation is thinking about, looking at, and making.
Free and open to the public.
XPLANE, and its dynamic CEO, Aric Wood, who is now serving on PNCA’s Board of Governors, are partnering with PNCA on a number of exciting initiatives supporting PNCA’s growth and leadership role in the development of art and design leaders in the Pacific Northwest. “XPLANE is extremely committed to fostering the creative community here in Portland,” said Wood. “We are always looking for new ways to get involved and make a positive difference and working with the talented, artistic students at PNCA made this partnership a perfect fit.” Wood is working with PNCA on “research and design of a potential design incubator to drive the growth of creative entrepreneurship in the region.” XPLANE has both consulted on the curriculum for the MFA in Collaborative Design program and offered XPLANE consultants to contribute to classes that foster creative practices and collaborative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. And finally, XPLANE is offering an internship program for both undergraduates and graduate students.
This partnership is a demonstration of how PNCA’s board members contribute to the vitality of the College and its programming in myriad ways.