Meet the Artists of PNCA: Lucinda Parker

Portland Art Museum (PAM) welcomes PNCA Alumna Lucinda Parker ’66 on June 20 for the first of its “Meet the Artists of PNCA”: series, in conjunction with its current exhibition, PNCA at 100.

Featuring the work of over a dozen faculty and alumni of Pacific Northwest College of Art, formerly known as the Museum Art School, PNCA at 100 represents a wide range of artists affiliated with the College, including Michele Russo, Louis Bunce, Manuel Izuierdo, and many others.

Parker is a renowned Pacific Northwest painter whose abstract paintings explode off the canvas. “No one else has waged her near-epic struggle with the principles of Modernism,” said the “Oregonian”: She is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.

PNCA at 100
June 6 - September 13
Meet the Artists of PNCA
2-4pm Saturday, June 20
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Read a “ profile”: of Parker.
Read the “Portland Monthly”:*/ article.
Read the “On the Way blog”:

Photo of Lucinda Parker and her work courtesy of

Posted on 06/19 at 10:50 AM

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The 2009 Centennial Year Commencement Address

The 2009 Centennial Year Commencement service on May 24, 2009 opened with the peaceful ring of a Tibetan singing bowl by Director of Student Services Michael Hall. PNCA President Tom Manley followed with, “Creativity and Collaboration in the City of Art,” a meaningful address that centered on collaboration and creative practice.




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* Read the full “Commencement address”:
Photo by Barrett Rudich

Posted on 06/05 at 10:58 AM

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PNCA at 100

Portland Art Museum presents PNCA at 100, featuring the work of over a dozen faculty and alumni of Pacific Northwest College of Art, formerly known as the Museum Art School, as PNCA enters its centennial year.

PNCA at 100
June 6 - September 13
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Read the “Portland Monthly”:*/ article.
Read the “On the Way blog”:

Spacescape, 1956, by Louis Bunce. Gift of Lillie Lauha, © 1956 Estate of Louis Bunce, courtesy of the Portland Art Museum.

Posted on 06/03 at 02:59 PM

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Redefining Green

Learn more about Green Oregon, an exhibit in PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery (3D Building) that examines definitions of green as related to Oregon and the greater world.

Curated by Justin Bland and Mia Nolting, Green Oregon brings together work from 12 Oregon artists including:

Robert Adams
Bruce Conkle
Erik Geschke
Maria T.D. Inocencio
Marne Lucas
Justin “Scrappers” Morrison
TJ Norris
Ryan Pierce
Patrick Rock
Mark R. Smith
Bailey Winters
Christy Wyckoff

The Manuel Izquierdo Gallery is located in PNCA’s 3D Building, 825 NW 13th Ave. Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 1pm to 5pm or by appointment. A portion of profits will be used to support PNCA scholarships.

Visit “Green Oregon”: for more information.

Read the Oregonlive story, ““First Thursday exhibit looks at green practices and the environment.””:

Posted on 06/03 at 02:59 PM

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PNCA Announces 2009 President's Award Winners

Each year,  PNCA President Tom Manley selects two PNCA students from the annual BFA Juried Exhibition to receive awards. This year, President Manley awarded Brooke Eastburn with a 2009 President’s Award and Jeremy Le Grand with a 2009 President’s Award Honorable Mention.

Photography major Brooke Eastburn ‘09 was the recipient of the President’s Award for her three video pieces: “Art21Mockumentary: Beastburn,” “Invocation,” and “Sea Journey.”

“I am interested in exploring the binary oppositions between the appropriate and inappropriate, art and pornography, morality and perversity,” Eastburn related in an artist’s statement. “By embracing the abject, I force my viewers to confront their own cultural fears.”

Intermedia major Jeremy Le Grand ’09 received the Honorable Mention for his piece “Untitled,” featuring cut and stacked digital prints.

“This work is about translating the physicality of the subject into its visual representation. By making the image embody the tactile characteristics of the jungle it depicts I am attempting to collapse the space between subject and object, allowing the viewer to occupy the indeterminate space between illusion and reality.”

Top, film still of Brook Eastburn’s “Art21Mockumentary: Beastburn.” Bottom, photo of Jeremy Le Grand’s “Untitled.”

Posted on 06/01 at 11:35 AM

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Live from India

Adjunct Faculty Zack Denfeld blogs from India, proving that opportunities for creative practice abound. Read his “blog”:

Posted on 06/01 at 11:32 AM

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Creating Community Online

Thanks to the generous support of Meyer Memorial Trust, PNCA significantly expanded Homeroom, the College’s online, open source, web-based learning management and social networking system. Homeroom is utilized by everyone in the PNCA community: faculty post readings and assignments, students share videos and imagery, staff make announcements about campus events. Currently, PNCA students studying in China are using Homeroom to document their trip for the entire campus community. Learn more about why and how PNCA created Homeroom.

Posted on 06/01 at 09:50 AM

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Global Studios: China

Seven Pacific Northwest College of Art students are in China as part of the Global Studios: China program, now through June 11.

BFA student Yiu-hong Leung blogs about his Global Studios: China experience, along with MFA student “Wayne Bund”:

This short-term Global Studio is focused on the study of the contemporary art, design, society, politics, language and culture of China, led by PNCA Associate Professor of Photography, Wei Hsueh.

Photo of MFA student Wayne Bund visiting the Portland Classical Chinese Gardens in preparation for Global Studios: China by Yiu-hong Leung.

Posted on 05/27 at 04:40 PM

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BFA + MFA Thesis Exhibition 2009

Building on a century of educating the next generation of artists, Pacific Northwest College of Art celebrates the culmination of work by PNCA’s first graduating MFA class and the work of BFA students. Both thesis shows feature the work of Portland’s newest emerging artists.

BFA + MFA Thesis Exhibition
now through June 28
First Thursday Opening
6 pm, June 4
PNCA Swigert Commons
1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Stevens Studios
1432 N.W. Johnson St.

Please note that exhibition hours coincide with PNCA’s Summer Hours, now through the start of the Fall semester:

Main Campus Building, 1241 NW Johnson St.
8am–10pm, Monday–Thursday; 8am–7pm, Fridays; 9am–6pm, Saturdays; 1pm–6pm, Sundays

The Stevens Building, 1432 NW Johnson St.
Open according to the MFA and BFA Thesis Show hours, 10am-6pm, and Smart Works programs schedule. Call PNCA for more information, 503-226-4391.

Watch the BFA Focus Week Slideshow

Watch the MFA Focus Week Slideshow

Slideshow from Commencement and Thesis Exhibition opening

Posted on 05/26 at 09:07 AM

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PNCA Centennial Year Commencement

Pacific Northwest College of Art holds its Commencement May 24, featuring a Centennial Year Commencement address by PNCA Alumnus and award-winning Production Designer Michael Curry ’81.

Michael Curry is one of the world’s leading production designers, working widely in both conceptual and technical development with the foremost entertainment companies in the world such as Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, LA Opera, and Universal Pictures. He also collaborates regularly with directors such as Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedken. 

Curry has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from his peers, including several awards for his puppet and costume work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies, and his continuing innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design.

He owns and operates Michael Curry Design, Inc., which designs and creates live-performance oriented dimensional characters and productions, such as those seen by world-wide audiences in the 1996 and 2002 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, Superbowl 2000, and New York City’s 2000 millennium event. 

Currently, Curry is working on the production of LeRossignol @ the Paris Opera with Robert LePage, the 2010 Asian Games with the design team from the Bejing Summer Olympics, the 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremonies as well as Spiderman on Broadway directed by Julie Taymor and music by U2.

Commencement 2009
4 pm, May 24
Tiffany Center
1410 S.W. Morrison St.

Photo of Michael Curry courtesy of Michael Curry Design.

Posted on 05/22 at 10:34 AM

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Feldman Gallery Presents Black Market Type & Print Shop

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Black Market Type & Print Shop, an exhibit of a collection of 30 type-fonts extracted from the artwork of well-known artists that can be used by gallery visitors for art of their own making, organized by curator Joseph del Pesco.

Black Market Type & Print Shop features 30 different hand-drawn type samples, appropriated from exhibition catalogues and artist publications that feature the work of an array of renown contemporary artists.

The exhibition encourages the use of this typographic archive through a computer and photocopier, which will be available for gallery visitors to create their own work. The result: an interactive production environment or “print shop,” outputting a range of distributed media, from concert flyers to lost pet announcements, garage sale notices and other street-post ephemera. The featured type sets were created without the permission of the artists, and their use is limited to the exhibition and for non-commercial use only.

The Black Market Type & Print Shop was recently presented at Articule, an artist-run centre in Montréal and featured posters, using the type archive, by a range of artists including Portland-based Brad Adkins and Harrell Fletcher. The PNCA exhibition will include a new group of 15 artists working with the type archive, including Anne Walsh, Germaine Koh, Matt Keegan, and Arnold Kemp.

Joseph del Pesco is a contemporary art curator and curator-at-large for Artists Space, New York. He holds a master’s degree in curatorial practice from the California Colelge of the Arts in San Francisco and has curated exhibitions internationally. He’s also a contributor to various periodical publications including Proximity (Chicago), NUKE (Paris), Flash Art (Milan) and X-Tra (Los Angeles). Del Pesco lives in Oakland, California.

*Black Market Type & Print Shop*
May 7 through June 27
First Thursday Opening | 6:30pm, May 7
PNCA Main Campus Building, PNCA Feldman Gallery + Project Space
1241 N.W. Johnson St.

All photos by PNCA Student Thomas Wheeler Castillo ’09

Posted on 05/18 at 10:15 AM

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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”:

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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.

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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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