First there was Hipster Kitty. Now Craig Wheat MFA ‘09 is making t-shirts.
MFA in Visual Studies alumnus Craig Wheat had one of his drawings used as a pattern for a shirt for Mishka NYC. The image on the shirt is a recreation of a nightmare the artist had about being welded to other people to form a Human Coral Reef. But that’s not the first time his work has been replicated. Wheat’s “Hipster Kitty” meme went viral several years ago.
The Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA hosts the internationally renowned arts collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) with an exhibition from Wednesday, March 13, 2013 through Sunday, June 2, 2013. The CAE ensemble will be on campus for events from Wednesday, March 13 - Saturday, March 16.
List of Critical Art Ensemble Events
On Saturday March 16, The Feldman Gallery + Project Space presents the Keep Hope Alive Block Party, a one day event put on by the Critical Art Ensemble.
About Keep Hope Alive Block Party
For the Block Party, CAE responds to inequitable distribution of resources with a block party acknowledging that while the majority of wealth may be in the hands of the very few, the many have a handful of remaining assets to give us pleasure including Sustenance (soup kitchen open all afternoon); Delirium (forty-ounce bottles of Miller High Life for those of age, and Big Gulps of Mountain Dew for under-agers); and Hope (raffle tickets offering big cash prizes, so that for a lucky few, economic mobility will not only be downward.)
The Block Party happens on NW 13th between NW Johnson and NW Kerney from 12 – 5pm on March 16.
Roxie McGovern ‘06 will be a featured speaker at the TEDx ConcordiaUPortland 2013 conference. She works as the executive director at Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP). McGovern will talk about the healing power that art can bring to child and families in crisis. PNCA faculty Crystal Schenk was a featured speaker at the 2012 TEDx ConcordiaUPortland conference. Read more about McGovern on the Tedx blog.
“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.”