“Like an ocean crashing softly in a shell, Kemp’s work whispers its politics. The artist’s portrayal of black male subjectivity is playful, tender, and artisanal.”
Join us for PNCA’s 5th Annual Benefit Art Auction Friday, February 22 at 6 pm at Vestas Wind Systems (1417 NW Everett). For the full catalog of available works in the auction and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit our website. Tickets to the PNCA Benefit Art Auction are $100 each.
PNCA in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Craft brings the co-directors of Design Museum Boston, Sam Aquillano and Derek Cascio, to Portland to talk about their wide-ranging collaborations with colleagues and institutions such as the exhibition Retail: Retell. Recycle. Rethink on sustainable marketing, a competition to design street seating for Boston’s booming Fort Point Channel, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to use design to build community and increase the livability of the South Boston Waterfront, home to the city’s burgeoning Innovation District. Their visit culminates with a Portland design community town hall, Design as Common Ground, at Portland Monthly’s Bright Lights Monday, January 8 at 6 pm at Jimmy Mak’s.
Binary Lore, a unique two-institution exhibition curated by the curator of PNCA’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Mack McFarland, and Shannon Stratton of Threewalls in Chicago has been selected by John Motley as one of Artforum‘s picks. Motley writes, “...in Binary Lore, their dissimilar work forms a cohesive demonstration of how cultural categorizations based on simplistic binary oppositions—for Fake, male and female, horror and lust; for MSHR, nature and technology, craft and code—are fast becoming the stuff of modern myth.”
What’s new on the west side of the Main Building? That’s the Pedal Garden, a new bike storage sculpture by David Boekelheide MFA ‘10 in memory of Tracey Sparling and celebrating PNCA’s cycling community. President Tom Manley will dedicate the Student Pedal Garden on January 25 at 11:30 am in the Swigert Commons of PNCA at 1241 NW Johnson Street. Read more about the background of the project in the recent press release.
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.
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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.