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:



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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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PNCA and OFFICE PDX Welcome Design Leaders

Pacific Northwest College of Art, in collaboration with “OFFICE PDX”:, welcomes Jerry French, founder of “French Paper”:, the only independently owned paper mill in the US, and internationally acclaimed designer Charles S. Anderson, founder of Minneapolis–based Charles S. Anderson (“CSA”: Design.

In 2006, they launched Pop Ink, a brand of licensed products produced in conjunction with French Paper Company, inspired by the highs and lows of art and print culture. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session lead by Amara Holstein, contributing writer and editor for _Portland Spaces_, _Dwell_, and _Wallpaper_ magazine.

Pop Ink products have been featured in numerous publications including: _Dwell_, _The New York Times_, _ReadyMade_, and _Communication Arts_, among others. CSA’s approach to design is “a continuous evolution inspired by the highs and lows of art and print culture,” according to Anderson. Since founding CSA in 1989, Anderson has worked with clients such as Nike, Target, Coca-Cola, Levi’s and more.

Lecture | CSA + French Paper
Featuring Design Leaders Charles S. Anderson and Jerry French
6:30pm, February 25 | PNCA Swigert Commons

Posted on 02/23 at 09:32 AM

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ARTFORUM Reviews Modou Dieng at Rocksbox

PNCA Faculty Modou Dieng’s recent collaboration with Damien Gilley, SHOOT YOU – SHOOT ME, is the focus of an “ARTFORUM”: review.

The show runs through March 1 at “Rocksbox”:, 6540 N. Interstate Ave. Gallery hours are Saturday through Sunday, noon to 6 pm.

Dieng is a dynamic contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited at Steve Turner Gallery (Los Angeles), Carousel du Louvre (Paris) and Casa Encendida (Madrid). The _New York Times_ says that his work for the 2008 show “Flow” in New York, “evokes the exhilaration and misplaced optimism of 1960s Africa.”

“Dieng” is Assistant Professor in Painting at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Posted on 02/20 at 12:46 PM

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PNCA Faculty Shows Work at galleryHomeland

PNCA Faculty Gordon Barnes and Artist Mandee Schroer show new work at galleryHomeland, a Portland gallery that fosters cutting edge and challenging concepts in art.

The show, “Disaster Capitalist,” capitalizes on self-made disasters as a means of creating and examines the disasters in the process of making work.

“[The show] plays off the term Naomi Klein gives to companies that have learned to profit from disaster in her book, _The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism_ in which she argues that hardcore free marketers take advantage of (or possibly contribute to) economic shock following disaster or upheaval to advance free market policies around the world (to their benefit, of course),” according to Portland blog ULTRA.

The show runs now through March 1. Exhibition Hours: 12-6 pm, Friday-Monday. galleryHomeland is located at 2505 SE 11th Ave.

Posted on 02/20 at 09:52 AM

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Lecture in Honor of Black History Month

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and co-sponsor Portland Community College (PCC) welcome award-winning film maker Charles Burnett and editor/producer Edwin Santiago for a conversation on the film “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” at 7pm, February 18 in PNCA’s Swigert Commons.

The film will be screened as part of the 19th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films at 7pm, February 20 at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland.

Together, Burnett and Santiago created 2007’s “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” which follows the legend of Samuel Nujoma (Carl Lumbly), Namibia’s first president and a prominent leader in the struggle for independence from apartheid South Africa. Burnett and Santiago have previously collaborated on such films as “Nightjohn” and “Warming by the Devil’s Fire.”

An influential film director, the _New York Times_ heralded Burnett as “the nation’s least-known great film maker and most gifted black director.” Lumbly, who stars in “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” has acted in Burnett’s “To Sleep With Anger” alongside Danny Glover and guest-starred in the “X-Files,” “The West Wing” and “Alias.” Santiago moved into a career in film, working as an editor and producer, after 20 years as a combat photographer in the United Stated Marine Corps.

“The Cascade Festival of African Films”: runs February 6 through March 7 and offers a month of free film screenings within the Portland metro area. “The significance of our festival is that we allow Portland area viewers to see films made predominately by African directors,” said Mary Holmstrom, co-founder and co-director of the Cascade Festival of African Films. “They manage to tell stories about Africa that isn’t the Hollywood version or stereotypical version.”

_Photo courtesy of Cascade Festival of African Films_

Posted on 02/17 at 01:46 PM

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Book Release: Integrating a Burning House

Pacific Northwest College of Art alumni Anna Gray ’08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ’08 have made art out of tragedy with their book _Integrating a Burning House_.

The book focuses on the September 2008 fire that destroyed their home. They will read from the book at 6:30pm Thursday, February 19 at Allied Works Architecture, 1532 SW Morrison St.

Both Paulsen and Gray are artists and writers who collaborate with a range of local groups including the PNCA community, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and PDX Contemporary Art, among others.

Posted on 02/17 at 01:39 PM

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Seattle City Light Illuminates Public Space, Art

PNCA Faculty Emily Ginsburg participated in Seattle City Light, a permanent public art project commissioned with Seattle City Light 1 Percent for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Ginsburg’s work features a graphic mural of circuitry, according to the _Seattle Post-Intelligencer_ story ““Seattle City Light sponsors seven art installations””:

Posted on 02/17 at 01:14 PM

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Remembering Terry Toedtemeier

Pacific Northwest College of Art honors former Associate Professor of Art and History and Terry Toedtemeier with an exhibit in the PNCA Printmaking/Photo Gallery.

As a scientist, historian, photographer, and curator, Terry Toedtemeier observed, taught, recorded, and collected examples of the awesome power of erosion by time and elements. With his camera, he could halt the forces of heat, wind, or water to bring us a sense of time and place if only for a frame. His life, work, and passing are a testament to the power of suspending one moment in the geological permanence of ages.

Through Terry’s 30 years of artistic contributions, he touched not only the community of Pacific Northwest College of Art, but had an impact regionally and nationally through the galleries, museums, and colleges that exhibited and collected his work. While an Associate Professor of Art and History at PNCA, Terry’s strong ties to Oregon’s landscapes and cultures made him a vital part of the college’s academic and artistic life. Beginning as a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in geology, Terry melded his science with his art. For more than 20 years, Terry was Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. He was also one of the founding artists and co-directors of Blue Sky Gallery. Terry’s work is included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Manifesting his ardent devotion to both photography and the geological wonders of his home, Terry’s crowning achievement was his sweeping historical photography book entitled _Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957_. His work gave rise to an equally well-received exhibit he curated at the Portland Art Museum. The book will be on view in the State Capitol as part of a two-year exhibit on the history and geology of Oregon.

Posted on 02/16 at 08:50 AM

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MFA Student Proves That Taste Matters

To Tricia Martin, eating is art.

As an MFA student in PNCA’s Visual studies program, Martin proves it through her “blog”:, hosting themed dinners, and creating dynamically crafted events centered on the intersection of design, art, and food.

The blog “frolic!”: currently features Martin’s work in the story ““taste matters””:

This last summer, with her project Pietopia, Martin posed the question, “What kind of pie would describe the way you are feeling right now?” and had a contest to find out. “More than 50 entrants from as far away as Seattle and San Francisco submitted a pie recipe and 300-word story to explain the ingredients,” wrote Rebecca Koffman in an article for the _Oregonian_.

The most recent iteration of Pietopia is an exhibit at the Niche Gallery at the Ecotrust building, 721 NW Ninth Ave. On exhibit are “six screenprints done by four different artists and myself as a reinterpretation of the people’s winning stories,” says Martin. “A visual component to the story.”

The screenprints are by PNCA’s own Justin Bland, Christopher Huizar, Jason Traeger, Mia Nolting and Tricia Martin, on exhibit until March 12.

Posted on 02/12 at 01:39 PM

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MFA Show Deals With Mimicry and Dance

It all started with a YouTube video.

“In our downtime, we were listening to crunky Hip Hop and Southern Rap. We started watching YouTube videos,” says Rebecca Steele of her time with fellow MFA student Paige Saez at a Caldera Residency this past fall.  “So we started to try to create dance moves from the Hip Hop videos.”

And so OUR BEST MACHINES ARE MADE OF SUNSHINE was born. As the most recent show at the Lodge Gallery (1532 SW Morrison St), the exhibit deals with issues of play, mimicry, and “how images can be effective or generative in the form of the copy” says Steele.

A combination of photographs, video and installation, the exhibition centers on a YouTube video of Low Flow-Rider and its many response videos. The opening runs 7:30–9:30pm February 12. Visit or for more information on the artists.

Posted on 02/11 at 04:24 PM

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