Horatio Law on KBOO

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.

Posted on 11/14 at 09:50 AM

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Alum Sean Joseph Patrick Carney Interviewed on art:21

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.

Posted on 11/12 at 04:26 PM

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Manuel Izquierdo Exhibition at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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.

Posted on 11/12 at 12:49 PM

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“Father of Social Entrepreneurship” Comes to PNCA

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.

Posted on 11/07 at 12:46 PM

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Daniel Duford and Fighting Men

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.

Posted on 10/30 at 03:40 PM

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Tin House + PNCA Student Illustrators

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.


Posted on 10/24 at 03:07 PM

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WHAT are you looking at?

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.

Posted on 10/23 at 10:39 AM

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XPLANE Partners with PNCA

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.

Posted on 10/16 at 12:45 PM

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Alum Tom Cramer on Art Beat

PNCA alum Tom Cramer ‘82 was featured on Oregon Art Beat last night, and the segment is now online. As OPB says, Cramer, “known for his painted cars and huge colorful murals” is now “working on intricate carved, gold-leafed and painted works that explore his interest in travel and nature.” The episode airs again in Portland this Sunday, October 14 at 6 pm on OPB, Channel 10.

Posted on 10/12 at 04:32 PM

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PNCA to Present Degree to Schnitzer at Homecoming

As part of the Homecoming Address as part of PNCA’s annual Alumni Reunion, PNCA President Tom Manley will present the Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree to alumna Arlene Schnitzer, who will also accept a Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree on behalf of her late husband, Harold Schnitzer. A leading Portland cultural philanthropist, Schnitzer was inspired to open her important Fountain Gallery by her instructors at PNCA, then the Museum Art School. This was her entrée into the heart of Portland’s cultural life which she and her late husband have continued to help shape in the decades since. Recently the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation made the lead gift of $5 million for PNCA’s capital campaign for campus expansion to Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway will be the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design when it opens in the 2014 academic year.

Mary Mattingly ’02 will deliver this year’s Homecoming Address before students, alumni, and the general public in Swigert Commons on October 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This lecture is part of a full day’s activities for the annual Alumni Reunion, activities that include a tour of the PNCA Alumni Exhibition, TRUST, and the dedication of Lee Kelly’s ’59 monumental sculpture, Memory 99, in Portland’s future North Park Block adjacent to the soon-to-be home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

Posted on 10/12 at 01:42 PM

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Homecoming Speaker Mary Mattingly in the News

Homecoming Speaker Mary Mattingly ‘02 is in the news for her SmartPower fellowship in the Philippines, doing workshops at Green Papaya Art Projects this month focusing, on “designing mobile public spaces that can be assembled and disassembled with ease, utilizing location-appropriate materials and tools. In disassembled form, individual units might be carried and even worn; when a group of individuals meet up with these units, they may join them together to make a community structure, assembling spaces that not only protect but also collect water, store food and produce power.”

Mattingly delivers the Homecoming Address at PNCA on October 19 as part of the annual Alumni Reunion.

Mattingly is an American visual artist living and working in New York. She was born in Rockville, Connecticut, in 1978. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She is the recipient of a Yale University School of Art fellowship.

smARTpowersm is an initiative of US Department of State’s cultural-diplomacy program. Administered by the Bronx Museum of Arts, smARTpower is sending 15 American artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community-based art projects. Selected artists will design and develop programs in cooperation with local arts organizations in host countries, including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela.

Posted on 10/09 at 06:09 PM

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Design Week Portland at PNCA

PNCA hosts a number of events this Thursday, October 11 for the inaugural Design Week Portland.

“Things I Did, Things I Should Have Done.”

Five recent graduates talk about life in the creative industries in the Northwest. 
PNCA Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson Street

Chris Bodven - Graphic and Motion Designer - Roundhouse
Erica Stacy - Designer - Incubate Design
Simone Benefield - Creative Director/Design Manager - Platt Electric
Genna Osborne - Project Manager - Freelance
Brian Brezinski - Motion Designer/Video Production - Brezinski Motion Design Co

C4D Open House

1302 NW Kearney Street

To gain real-world experience, students work on actual client
projects via the College’s Center4Design. C4D is an on-campus, working
student studio where client work is conducted under faculty supervision
for college credit. On View: re-branding of Maryhill Museum and other
recently completed and current projects from design Sophomores, Juniors,
Seniors and Alumni.

Refreshments will be served.

Michael Jager “Killing Curiosity”

PNCA Swigert Commons 1241 NW Johnson Street

Michael Jager, Chief Creative Office, JDK Design, For more than twenty years Michael Jager has directed the multidisciplinary creative and design efforts of JDK Design, a studio whose process is informed by emotional, rational, and cultural forces and whose focus centers on the idea that design distinction matters. Working with internal and external partners, Michael has helped to create proprietary processes, experiences, and exploratory environments like Living Brand®, the Collaboratory, Exquisite Corpse Artsite, Iskra Print Collective, and Sanctuary Artsite. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most important and relevant brands—including Burton Snowboards, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Zune, Nike, Levi’s, SRAM, Phish, MTV, Virgin, Lululemon, Merrell, and Patagonia—is recognized worldwide by design periodicals, books, competitions, exhibitions, and his peers.

Posted on 10/08 at 04:11 PM

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Sarah Farahat ‘08 featured in Artforum

Sarah Farahat ’08 (Intermedia) spent a year in Beirut as a student of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace and had her work featured in Artforum. A critic at Artforum wrote “in her ten months of living in Beirut, Farahat had done more community outreach than a nonprofit with years of programming and a budget to match.” Farahat is a shining example of PNCA’s alumni living a life of creative practice.

Read more about Farahat probing work into cultural exchange and place on Artforum.

Posted on 10/04 at 02:16 PM

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Horatio Law and Bird’s Nest Workshops

PNCA professor Horatio Law has been one of the participating artists in the Open Circles Project Bird’s Nest Building Workshops at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) on MLK. To raise awareness around and about Planned Parenthood—the project points out that “Birds make their nests only when they are ready to start a family.”—members of the public are welcome to make nests and decorate them with unique materials that reflect one’s thoughts about home and family. Both the difficult issues and the joy of nurturing a family are equal parts of the reality the project is attempting to explore. Other participating artists, who assist members of the public in their creations, are Anne Greenwood and Sam Nagmay. The nests will become part of the “Open Circles Project” Installation at Place Gallery, Pioneer Place Mall in November.

Listed below are dates and time of workshops:

Wednesdays: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10; 5-7PM
Thursdays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11; 11:30AM-1:30PM
Saturday: 10/6; 10:30AM-12:30PM

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212

To attend workshop, contact Lamar Tillman, PPCW’s Community Outreach Coordinator at or call 503.410.1520 to reserve a spot.

Posted on 10/02 at 03:47 PM

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Portland Mercury Features Happy Birthday Event

In their weekly event survey, The Portland Mercury picked the A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence as an event to attend.



Posted on 10/01 at 06:34 PM

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Announcing the Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Pacific Northwest College of Art announces the Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, bringing notable artists and thinkers to Portland for thought-provoking conversations around issues in contemporary art and design. Located in Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s growing roster of graduate programs bring together critical thinking and intense studio work in a rigorous setting where studio visits by national and international critics and artists provide students with one-on-one feedback.

Most lectures take place in the Swigert Commons at 6:30pm in PNCA’s Main Building (1241 NW Johnson Street) in Portland’s Pearl District (unless noted otherwise) and are always free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of PNCA events, please visit


PNCA Graduate Programs
MFA in Visual Studies
MFA in Collaborative Design
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
MFA in Applied Craft + Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft

Posted on 09/17 at 10:29 AM

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Feldman Exhibition Featured in Oregonian’s Fall Art Guide

The Oregonian featured Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening in their Fall Arts Guide. They called the exhibition, featuring the work of Cage pupil and Fluxus co-founder Alison Knowles, “an opportunity to explore the wonders of chance.”

This exhibit will marks the centennial of John Cage’s birth and the influences of his ideas on the visual arts. John Cage was arguably one of the most influential artists of the post-war period.Through the work of seven artists spanning several generations, the exhibit explores the ways in which Cage’s teachings and ideas live on today, with a particular focus on embracing chance and silence as a method in working process. Featured artists include Walead Beshty, Brad Brown, Molly Dilworth, Ray Johnson, Alison Knowles, Paul Kos, Luke Murphy, and Stephanie Simek.

Read more about the Fall Arts Guide here.

Posted on 09/10 at 11:31 AM

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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art‘s (PICA) Time-Based Art Festival opens tonight at Washington High School (SE Stark & SE 13th Ave) with PNCA students, alumni, and faculty on stage, in the galleries, and behind the scenes.

Morgan Ritter ‘11 is one of just two Portland artists curated into the visual art exhibition, End Things, at TBA this year.  Her Understanding Witches Now, is two bodies of work installed at PICA’s headquarters and at Washington High School.

Taka Yamamoto ‘13, performs in Turbulence.

Austin Adkins ‘12, performs with Big Art Group.

Carlos Gonzalez ‘10, performs in Ten Tiny Dances.

Sarah Johnson ‘10 is featured as part of some video screenings

Laura Heit, Faculty Teaching in Animation, performing as part of Miniature Dramas as part of The Works.  

Linda K Johnson, a faculty member performing in Ten Tiny Dances.



Meanwhile, behind the scenes, find Kent Richardson ‘08, Head Preparator; Daniel Glendening ‘11, Assistant Preparator; and Joseph Webb ‘12, Video Production.

Posted on 09/06 at 11:30 AM

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Samuel Rowlett ‘02 Recieves National Press

TRUST, PNCA’s juried alumni exhibition, is just around the corner, and one of the alumni in the exhibition, Samuel Rowlett ‘02, has been getting some media attention. His work appeared in The New York Times on July 29, 2012, and he was featured on WNPR for his “canoe spelunking” expedition down the Park River under Hartford, CT.

Rowlett was featured on UNTITLED for his large-scale installations as part of a solo show for STEP UP 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut. Read more on UNTITLED.

TRUST opens on Thursday, September 6 in the Swigert Commons. Learn more about the exhibition on the PNCA Calendar.

Posted on 09/04 at 01:45 PM

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Portland Monthly Points to PNCA as a School of Influence

In the September Issue of Portland Monthly, Camille Grigsby-Rocca pens an article tracing PNCA’s “decade-long ascent” and growing influence as part of a national art-college boom in art school enrollment.

The piece opens, “Imagine the corner of NW Broadway and Hoyt Street, two years from now: hundreds of students and professors swarm through the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The former post office gleams after a $15 million renovation guided by acclaimed architect Brad Cloepfil. With sweeping marble floors and natural light pouring in, the school’s flagship building becomes the elbow in the arm connecting Old Town and the Pearl District.”

Read “Painting a Broader Canvas” in the current issue of Portland Monthly.

Here are some of the facts outlined in the article:
- PNCA has doubled its student body since 2004, with a current student body of 600 students.
- PNCA’s operating budget has more than doubled and its endowment has grown form $1.6 million to more than $13 million since 2000.
- PNCA continues to show signs of growth, from forming a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2009, and the most recent announcement of ArtHouse, a new student housing project at the site of the former Powell’s Technical Books.

The article also points to PNCA’s success in attracting national talent to be a part of Portland’s growing, “creative palette.” Grigsby-Rocca writes, “And Kavin Buck recently joined PNCA as Vice President of Enrollment Services, leaving his own 5,000-square-foot gallery in Inglewood and a long term career at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.”

Tomi Douglas Anderson, a culture policy advisor to Mayor Sam Adams is quoted in closing, “Art schools produce students with rigorous skills and fresh perspectives. They invest in ideas and ask ‘What’s next?’”

Posted on 08/28 at 06:20 PM

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