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GOODS Mid-Summer Edition

At Statements Art Basel, T.U.R.T.L.E., a solo project by Jasper Spicero '13 was presented by Johan Berggren. Statements presents new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize. The Baloise Group acquires artworks by the award-winning artists, which it then donates to important European art institutions. Documentation Spicero was noted as one of the standout artists at Art Basel by Vogue.

Faculty member M.K. Guth recently opened the solo exhibition Shout Recount Get Drunk at Cristin Tierney in New York.

Congratulations to the alumni and faculty selected by Michelle Grabner for the Portland 2016 Biennial at Disjecta. The Biennial opens this weekend with a public reception on Saturday.

Pat Boas ‘98
Cherry & Lucic (John Knight MFA ’13, Kyle Raquipiso ’11, and Eleanor Ford)
David Eckard, Faculty Lead, Sculpture
Jack Featherly ‘90
Midori Hirose ‘04
Ellen McFadden ‘49
Brenna Murphy ‘09
Rebecca Peel ‘13
Heidi Schwegler, Chair, MFA in Applied Craft + Design
Weird Fiction (alumni and faculty)

These artists are among the 35 chosen for solo exhibitions to be mounted at 25 partner venues in 11 communities across the state. Many more PNCA alumni and faculty are included in the Salon exhibition at Disjecta that reflects Grabner’s many studio visits throughout the state.

Danielle Foushée, candidate in the Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program, has accepted a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design in The Design School at Arizona State University which starts this Fall Semester. Foushée also has a public artwork in this year's Bellwether 2016 exhibition in Bellevue, WA opening July 15.

Intermedia student Layna Lewis is the founding director of the non-profit Viva La Free Portland. Viva La Free creates Art Healing Projects and Public Art to energize, enchant and heal our communities; using expressive arts to process trauma.

Tabor Robak’s Sunflower Seed at Johan Berggren in Malmo, Sweden closes July 9.

Caitlyn Rooney MFA VS ’16 recently opened Orange and Blue at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, part of a series of solo exhibitions by recent MFA graduates from Pacific Northwest College of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Tyler School of the Arts, and Moore College of Art & Design.

Faculty member Linda Wysong recently completed “The Art Plan for the Jade Midway Districts of Portland” in collaboration with artist Horatio Law. The two have been working in the Districts for two years, first as "artist activists" and curators for the Artist Projects of 2015. The plan was supported by grants from Transportation for America (T4A) and the Kresge Foundation through the the Jade and Midway Districts.

IV Print with MFA in Print Media graduates Brandi Kruse, Kanani Miyamoto, Lynsey Nelson, Harry Schneider opens tonight at 6pm at Gallery 114, 1100 NW Glisan.

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies candidate Christina Smiros opens @saveas.psd, a solo exhibition of video, installation, and Instagram opens tonight in the Holt Gallery off the New Commons.

MFA in Visual Studies Low-Residency Candidate Jenifer Yeuroukis' presents untitled bodies in 7’s, a series of performances this evening at PNCA and around the Pearl District.

Posted on 07/07 at 03:16 PM

GOODS | Early summer edition

Happy Solstice +1. Here’s another quick round-up of some of the good things members of our PNCA community are doing. 

If you’ve an upcoming exhibition or residency; if you’ve received an award or been awarded a commission, please email me.

Big congratulations to all of the artists and designers who have been awarded Merit Scholarships. A very inspiring list!

Daniel Mackin Freeman ’14, who currently serves PNCA as Client Systems Technician, worked with Professor Stephen Slappe, lead faculty of PNCA’s Video and Sound program, to form a partnership with Portland Community Media. PCM provides broadcast-quality cameras and training so that PNCA can create programming for PCM.

Making it happen: Did you know that there are a number of artist-run gallery spaces and publishers in Portland that were founded and are currently run by students and alumni?

Cherry & Lucic (included in the Portland2016 Biennial) was co-founded by John Knight MFA VS.

Compliance Division was co-founded by Tabitha Nikolai MFA VS '14.

HQ Objective was co-founded by Andre Filipek '13.

Publication Studio is currently co-run by Antonia Pinter '11.

S1 was co-founded by Alex Ian Smith '11.

MSG was co-founded by Kathryn Knowlton '11 who also runs the curatorial project Medium Rare.


Among the crew of artists and mentors in the Prequel program are Lou Watson ’15 and mentors Jodie Cavalier MFA VS ‘12 (co-chair of the Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies), Midori Hirose ‘04, Ka’ila Farrell Smith ’04, and Tabitha Nikolai MFA VS ’14.

Sarah Meadows ’08 has been awarded a RISD Graduate Studies Grant for a research trip to the U.K. where she'll be researching early cyanotype techniques and artists. 

German Bio artist Julian Voss-Andreae was recently featured on Labiotech, the European biotech website.

Lou Watson ’15 has received a Career Incentive Fund grant from The New Foundation in Seattle.

Rebecca Peel '12 was selected earlier this year as one of Portland Monthly’s artists on the verge. Currently living in NY, Peel returns to Portland for exhibitions including the Portland2016 Biennial and an exhibition with MSG, an artist-run gallery co-founded by alum Kathryn Knowlton

Eva Rabin, MFA AC+D ’1, has received a scholarship to study at The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts this summer. Eva will be taking a Paper Arts workshop taught by Lauren Kussro.

Mary Weisenberg ’16 is participating in a group show at T-Project with Hazel Miller ’15,

PNCA students in Professor Linda Kliewer’s Off Site Projects class have worked with clients at Transition Projects in the Bud Clark Commons Day Center to create bright murals on some of the doors in the Day Center, across NW Broadway from PNCA.

Listen to an interview with alum Julie Orser

Tayler Howard has been selected as an official Semifinalist in the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards for his work, The Buddha Effect: Oakland. Howard is one of 427 Semifinalists chosen this year out of 1362 entrants. The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are a digital media competition for student creators.

Bukola Koiki (MFA ACD ’15) is included in Third Space, a two-person exhibition at Rainmaker Artist Residency, founded by alum Jane Schiffhauer (MFA VS). The exhibition runs from June 4 - 30, 2016.

Nick Patton (MFA VS ’15) is among three new artist residents for Summer 2016 at Rainmaker Artist Residency. Patton receives a studio space and professional development opportunities.

Recent MFA in Print Media graduate Kanani Miyamoto’s installation, Industry of Aloha, is on view at the Portland Building through Friday June 24.

Lauren Sinner, MFA AC+D ’16 and Jennifer Viviano, MFA AC+D ‘17 both received scholarships to Anderson Ranch to attend a Material Mnemonic workshop this summer.

Esmé Hogeveen, MA ’15 (Co-Winner of the CT+CR Thesis Award ’15), has been accepted into the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. In addition to this, she has been invited to study in Paris with Bernard Stiegler, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute of Research and Innovation at the Pompidou Center. She also just had a review published in the on-line magazine CM.

Upon her return from a monthlong residency at Leland Iron Works, Linda Hutchins '88 shared her research with the PNCA community during an onsite drawing performance using the rhythms of Steve Reich's Clapping Music (1972).

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon is honoring PNCA alumnus Lee Kelly '59 with the 2016 Honored Citizen Award at its annual Honored Citizen Dinner on October 15, 2016.

Leon-Miguel Cerdena, MA ’15 (CT+CR Graduation Speaker ’15), will present a paper at the conference of Under Western Skies 2016 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Posted on 06/22 at 11:14 AM

Congratulations to Scholarship Award Winners

Here is a round up of all of the Merit Scholarship award winners recently selected from among current students by faculty and department chairs. These awards support students of exceptional promise. Congratulations to all. 

Intermedia Merit Scholarship Winners
Top award: Justine Highsmith
2nd place: Joey Ravetti
3rd place: Catherine Ross

Studio Arts/General Fine Arts Scholarships and Awards 
Josh Hughes, $1000
Valentino Quijano Moeckel, $1000
Mario Danna, $600 
Addie Fernandez, $500 
Sage Cortez, $500
Matthew Berger, $500

Ed & Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award $500 - Sarah Coderre 
Awarded to one student with a Sculpture emphasis.  

Manuel Izquierdo Scholarship $500 - Madison Morabito 
Awarded to one student with a Printmaking emphasis.  

Hawthorne Hunt Memorial Scholarship $1,500 - Joshua Abraham
Awarded to one student with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Robert C. Lee Printmaking Scholarship $1,200 - Neal McCormick and Lindsey Walker 
Awarded to one or more student(s) with a Printmaking emphasis.

Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Printmaking Scholarship $1,200 - David McFadden and Jesse Siegel
Awarded to one or more student(s) student with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Jacob and Ruth Cole Kainen Scholarship $1,000 - Shyla Villanueva
Awarded to one or more student(s) student with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Louis Bunce Painting Merit Scholarship $500 - Lynsea Coy 
Awarded to one student with a Painting emphasis. 

Gamblin Paint Award  - Kaitlyn Nelson 
$500 worth of oil paints and mediums from Gamblin. Awarded to one student who will be a senior in 2016-17

CS Price Painting Award $500 – Kendrick Corp
Must be awarded to one or more students with a Painting emphasis.

Foundation Merit Scholarship Awards
Parker Bowen              
Lauren Gourgues
Kathryn Herndon                 
Hannah Nissen
Photography Merit Scholarship Awards
Kalaija Mallery ($500)
Aimee Sitarz ($500)

Honorable mentions
Kailyn Hooley ($125)
Anna Stevenson ($125)

Animated Arts Scholarships
Pamela Guest, Merit Scholarship
Ari Stramel, Merit Scholarship
Sarah Hickey, New Voices Award

Communication Design Merit Scholarship Awards
Sydney Fort
Alex Roebling
Owen Welch

Communication Design David J Thompson Memorial Scholarship 
Riley Hoke

Video & Sound Merit Scholarship Awards 
Chaz Stobbs 
Marin Vesely

Juried Scholarships
Siteworks Scholarship $2,500  (Graduate) 
Victoria Moran

William Jamison Scholarship $1,500 
Alexandra Gregory

Helen Director Scholarship $1,000   
Shantal Campos 

Nancy Tonkin Scholarship $1,000   
Tandy Kunkle
Elisabeth Young

Nancy Tonkin Scholarship $500 
Ran Sheng 
Subin Yang

Carey Life Drawing Prize
First Place: Eva Landis
Second Place: Sydney Boveng
Third Place: Tayler Howard

Voorhies Drawing Prize
First Place: Sydney McLeod
Second Place: Alexis Fenn
Third Place: Anke Gladnick



Posted on 06/03 at 04:17 PM

BLIGHT Issue 05 Launches

Issue 05 of BLIGHT, an annual magazine published by PNCA's MFA in Collaborative Design program is now available. This issue of the free magazine explores the dynamic complexity of public space from a variety of perspectives. The issue takes an expansive look at public space to include articles on digital spaces, an interview with Nidhi Gulati of Project for Public Spaces, a history of the Pearl District by Randy Gragg, and a report on Portland's housing and homeless crisis by Katy Mays, plus a series of abstract prints by Harry Schnieder that reflect ideas associated with the Columba River Gorge. Congratulations to the team, including Victoria Wells, Amanda Schurr, Michelle Vorce, Celina Coppetti, and Joel Newman. 

The MFA in Collaborative Design faculty and students apply their skills in design, programming, entrepreneurship, science, art, photography, journalism, making, engineering, education, and community activism through a lens of systems thinking, problem identification, research, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, resilience, and iteration to tackle projects such as design/maker/public spaces to empower community; interactive systems for treating and preventing pediatric migraines, PTSD, and chronic illness; restoring ecosystems through conservation/product/market design, and many more. Students focus on real-world team-based projects, while driving toward an individual capstone thesis that provides a vector for future work upon graduation. Read more on the MFA CD tumblr.

Posted on 05/19 at 01:37 PM

Rose Bond Awarded Oregon Media Arts Fellowship

Congratulations to Rose Bond, Lead Faculty in Animated Arts on her 2016 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship. The fellowship supports her upcoming collaboration with the Oregon Symphony on the December 2016 performance of the Turangalîla-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Bond will direct a feature-length multi-screen animated film that will be performed simultaneously on six interconnected, video mapped screens during the Oregon premiere of the Turangalîla. In addition to creating work for the performance, Bond is also leading a team of  PNCA student animators and programmers to assist in the creative production. The OMAF is a joint endeavor of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Media Arts Production Association, and Northwest Film Center.    

Rose Bond is a Canadian born media artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her short films have been screened in international competitions including Sundance and the New York Film Festival. Although her roots are in frame-by-frame, hand drawn and direct animation, her current work focuses on public site-based animated installations. The Fellowship will aid in producing Bond’s latest project, “Animate Turangalia.”

Working with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016, “Animate Turangalia” will premiere the 1949 Turangalia-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. This lush 20th century masterpiece combines exotic sounds and cultural myth, including, birdsong, Balinese gamelan music, post war popular culture, Sanskrit and the myth of Tristan and Isolde. The work is meant to be experienced visually as well as aurally. 

At PNCA, Bond is Associate Professor in Animated Arts and Foundation in addition to being  Lead Faculty in Animated Arts. Bond also founded and leads PNCA's biennial Boundary Crossings  two-week intensive institute open to working professionals as well as to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in time-based arts and a desire for an immersive studio experience on the cutting edge of animation and fine art. The Institute embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.

Animator and media artist Rose Bond has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships from such prestigious agencies as the American Film Institute, The Princess Grace Foundation, Bloomberg L.P., and the National Endowment for the Arts. She recently created a prototype for a large scale, animated installation for the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.

Rose Bond has created major, site-specific installations for a number of locations, including Broadsided! at Exeter Castle in England (2010) and Gates of Light at the Museum at Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side (2004). Her multi-channel installation, Intra Muros, premiered at Director’s Invitation in the 2007 PLATFORMFestival and has been mounted internationally in the Utrecht City Hall during the Holland Animation Film Festival in 2008, the 2011 Nuit Blanche in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb 2013. Bond’s composite animation, Memoria Mortalis, was screened in competition at Sundance 2001 and toured nationally with the Ann Arbor Experimental Film Winners. Her hand-drawn (direct animation) films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Posted on 05/18 at 12:45 PM

Students Create Transitions Projects Murals

Jack Graydon

Saturday, May 7, marks the first viewing of a community project initiated by PNCA students Kacie Baker, Jack Graydon, and Jamaali Roberts and others in Professor Linda Kliewer’s Off Site Projects class. The students have worked with clients at Transition Projects in the Bud Clark Commons Day Center to create bright murals on some of the doors in the Day Center.

Transition Projects Day Center offers resources for people who are or have recently experienced homelessness including mailboxes, laundry, and workshops. The students met with clients to imagine what kind of project they might like to see and led workshops with clients to help design the murals. “We wanted to bring life to the place, make it more energetic,” says Roberts. "Inspired by positive connections and ideas we are turning a new leaf for the drab looking doors...our mural is bringing positive healing energy into the day center commons area." 

This is not the first project that PNCA students or alumni have done with our neighbors. BCCTV is a video project putting cameras and editing equipment in the hands of Bud Clark clients and residents. Alumnus Danny Mackin was one of those who initiated that project, and it was Mackin who connected the students with Transition Projects to create the murals. As Roberts notes, PNCA "is kitty-corner to BCC and our project is bridging the gap between these groups." 

With the first three murals completed, students plan the viewing from 6:30-8:30pm. Bud Clark Commons is located at 665 NW Hoyt Street.

Posted on 05/06 at 04:22 PM

Scholarships and Awards 2016

PNCA today announced the recipients of the array of scholarships and awards the College offers to exceptional students. Congratulations to all.

Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $1000 - JOSH HUGHES
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $1000 - VALENTINO QUIJANO MOECKEL
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $600 - MARIO DANNA
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $500 - ADDIE FERNANDEZ
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $500 - SAGE CORTEZ
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $500 - MATTHEW BERGER


Ed & Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award $500 - SARAH CODERRE
Awarded to one student with a Sculpture emphasis.  

Manuel Izquierdo Scholarship:  $500 - MADISON MORABITO
Awarded to one student with a Printmaking emphasis.  

Hawthorne Hunt Memorial Scholarship: $1,500 - JOSHUA ABRAHAM
Awarded to one student with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Robert C. Lee Printmaking Scholarship: $1,200 - NEAL MCCORMICK/LINDSEY WALKER
Awarded to one or more student(s) with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Printmaking Scholarship: $1,200 - DAVIDA MCFADDEN/JESSE SIEGEL
Awarded to one or more student(s) student with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Jacob and Ruth Cole Kainen Scholarship: $1,000 - SHYLA VILLANUEVA
Awarded to one or more student(s) student with a Printmaking emphasis. 

Louis Bunce Painting Merit Scholarship: $500 - LYNSEA COY
Awarded to one student with a Painting emphasis. 

Gamblin Paint Award  - KAITLYN NELSON
$500 worth of oil paints and mediums from Gamblin. Awarded to one student who will be a senior in 2016-17

CS Price Painting Award: $500 – (cash award) - KENDRICK CORP
Awarded to one student with a Painting emphasis.

Posted on 05/06 at 03:35 PM

Faculty Emeriti Win SCGI Awards

Christy Wyckoff receiving SGCI Excellence in Teaching Award. photo: Deann Orr

The biggest congratulations to faculty emeriti Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff who each received the SGCI Excellence in Teaching Printmaking Award when the annual conference was held in Portland in April. Both Matthew Letzelter, Chair of the MFA in Print Media and Abra Ancliffe, lead faculty Printmaking, presented at the occasion. 

Tom Prochaska receiving SGCI Excellence in Teaching Award. photo: Deann Orr

PNCA's printmaking studio has long been a collaborative and welcoming home for an expanded printmaking community. It frequently welcomes international artists and master printers from all over the country who come to collaborate on editions. Wyckoff and Prochaska are just two of the talented professors and instructors who work to bring this printmaking community together while helping young printmakers to explore and challenge themselves and the outer boundaries of printmaking in an incredibly supportive atmosphere.

After completing graduate school at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, a short teaching assignment at the University of Georgia, time living and working in Switzerland as an edition printer and serving at the Chair of Wesleyan College’s Art Department for 3 years, Tom Prochaska moved to Oregon in 1978. Since then, Tom has co-founded 2 cooperative print studios in Portland: Inkling Studio (1980) and Atelier Mars (1990) and through these studios has worked as a collaborative and fine art printer. His present gallery affiliations are Froelick Gallery (Portland, OR) and Triangle Gallery (San Francisco, CA). In 1996 Tom received the last western states NEA grant in painting. His prints and paintings are in the collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), the Tacoma Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum and the New York Public Library.

Christy Wyckoff retired in 2012 as Professor Emeritus from his position as Chair of the Printmaking Department of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland where he taught for 33 years. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington. Wyckoff has shown his work nationally and internationally and is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Portland Art Museum, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and the Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil, among others. Wyckoff works in printmaking, drawing, painting and photography.

 Photo credit: Deann Orr

Posted on 05/03 at 11:05 AM


GOODS is a periodic round-up of some of the good things members of our PNCA community are doing. 

Rose Bond is doing a video animation project as part of the Oregon Symphony’s SoundSights series. Using seven computers and six projectors, she'll offer a unique and fascinating audience experience in each seating area for December’s production of Messiaen’s Turangalîla. Bond is lead faculty of the Animated Arts program.

Sarah Meadows ’08 has been awarded a RISD Graduate Studies Grant for a research trip to the U.K.

Jamaali Roberts ’17 has a solo exhibition, I WANT “THE ESSENCE OF BLUE” TO BE IN MY TITLE, opening First Thursday at Thurman Street Collective (2384 NW Thurman).

In her solo exhibition, Indifferent Horizons, currently on view at Melanie Flood Projects, faculty member Teresa Christiansen will by joined in conversation by Dr. Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm.

Marti Fraley’s ’15 work was recently selected for the juried exhibition at the MUSE Women's Conference in Bend, Oregon, part of a larger conference aimed at empowering and encouraging women to create social change, featuring speakers from all over the world. 

Jay Backstrand ’61 Selected Works 1968-2008 at Laura Russo Gallery closes April 30.

Micah Weber ’15 has been offered a full ride to Virginia Commonwealth University to attend the MFA in Kinetic Imaging program.

Laura Heit and Roy Tomlinson each received $10,000 from the  McGeady Faculty Development Fund. Heit’s Sleep Lovely Babe aims to capture the collision of chaos and reconfiguration in the aftermath of a catastrophe. The project comprises a short animated film composed of materials collected at a Leland Ironworks Residency; an installation in which large scale cyanotypes become the set for shadow worlds animated with miniature graphite drawings; and a limited edition artist book and limited edition blu ray of the video and collected images. Tomlinson’s immersive installation will aim to provoke a disorientation akin to sleepwalking, temporarily disrupting reliable pathways of our visual interpretation. The Personnel and Tenure Committee impaneled a jury consisting of Anne Johnson, Laura Hughes, Carl Diehl, Linda Wysong and Barry Pelzner to select two proposals from the many received.

Morgan Ritter ’11 will have a two-person show at RONGWRONG in Amsterdam opening May 28.

MSG presents new work, The Pilman Radiant, by Chaz Stobbs, opening April 30 from 3-6pm. 1998 SW Sherwood Blvd.

Brenna Murphy’s work is included in the survey Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place in Providence College Gallery’s online exhibition space. 

Kristin Rogers Brown, Professor of Illustration at PNCA and Art Director of Bitch Media, and Thomas Cobb, Professor of Communication Design at PNCA and Senior Art Director at R/West, worked closely with Design Arts seniors to develop a poster and other promotional graphics for AIGA’s Typefest as part of Design Week Portland. Marlowe Dobbe’s design was selected for the final poster design.

Kacie Baker and Kristin Zanos who have worked with Nan Curtis in the Post-Baccalaureate program for the past year have both been accepted to MFA programs for Fall 2016.

Alumna Laurie Danial’s solo exhibition of recent works in oil, Making Home, opens May 3 at Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis. And visit First Thursday: May 5th, 2016 5pm – 8pm

Sarah Brusstar MFA ACD '17 has work on view at OMSI as part of the Our Ocean exhibit in the Turbine Hall. The show focuses on looking at how artists and visitors contemplate the ocean in ways that inspire creativity and stewardship.

Veronica Reeves MFA Visual Studies ’15 has work in the 2016 Cascades AIDS Project fundraiser auction which raises funds to empower people living with or affected by HIV and to prevent new infections.

Stephanie Yu MFA Visual Studies ’14 has been accepted into Signal Fire’s Southwest Backpacking Trip: Unwalking Coronado, from September 12-18, 2016, in northern New Mexico.

For his second solo exhibition at Nationale, Ty Ennis '03 presents Stupid Man, a series of small black & white paintings that explore his present day-to-day life as an artist and young father with a full-time day job. May 11–June 20, 2016. Opening reception: Sunday, May 15, 3–6pm.

Darja Bajagic noted in NYT:

MONITOR (Rome) takes work by Duane Zaloudek to the Dallas Art Fair, April 15-17.

Tempest NeuCollins launches Doodles Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing high-quality art education to students everywhere.

During Open Engagement 2016, ​Oakland based Egyptian-American artist Sarah Farahat invites women of mixed race to join her for a picnic and conversation on power in the OMCA gardens.

Melinda Hurst-Frye opens Underneath at Core Gallery​ in Seattle with a First Thursday opening August 4 from 6-9.

John Dougherty opens a solo exhibition, PILE(LANDS) at ideaXfactory in Springfield, MO May 6.

Posted on 04/29 at 09:43 AM

Faculty Members Receive RACC Fellowship Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts

Faculty members Ellen Lesperance and David Eckard have received 2015 Fellowship Awards from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). The award comes with a cash grant of $20,000.

RACC notes, “Ellen Lesperance creates art in various media but often employs the visual language of knitting, having once worked for Vogue Knitting as a pattern knitter. Her work is socially responsible and poignant yet inclusive – for example, she has created memorial paintings (“death shrouds”) for young women activists who have died while fighting for “causes greater than themselves.”  The RACC Fellowship will help Lesperance take a semester off from teaching to commit solely to a full-time studio practice. She will also attend two residency programs: the MacDowell Colony, and the American Academy in Rome’s Visiting Artist Program. She will also use some of the funds for materials for upcoming shows.”

In 2014 Lesperance received an Art Matters and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; in 2012, she was awarded a Hallie Ford Fellowship; in 2010 she received The Betty Bowen Award and was a MacDowell Colony Artist-in-Residence.

And, “David Eckard was selected for a RACC Fellowship on the strength of his personal studio work, public performances and his dedication to the arts community both at PNCA and in his activism on behalf of artists. … He will use fellowship funds (and take a sabbatical from PNCA) to research, design and begin implementing plans for a “creative compound” on his property, which will be populated with exhibitions, screenings, conferences, neighborhood events, workshops, residencies and mentoring opportunities.”

Eckard, Lead Faculty in Sculpture, was awarded the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship for 2010, was one of the inaugural recipients of the Hallie Ford Fellowship in Visual Arts for 2010, and was a Juror’s Award recipient at the 2006 Oregon Biennial.

PNCA celebrates these accomplished artists, their works and achievements, as well as their contributions to the PNCA community.

Posted on 10/06 at 11:07 AM

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PNCA Alumni Selected for Rainmaker Artist Residency

Congratulations to the PNCA alumni selected for the Rainmaker Artist Residency, a 12-month program that provides studio space and professional development to support recent MFA recipients from Oregon colleges and universities. The Residency was founded by Jane Schiffhauer, who received her MFA from PNCA.

Jonathan Gann is an interdisciplinary artist and musician living and working in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and his MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Jonathan has shown internationally and is currently a lead coordinator in No Laws No Fear of Death (NLNFOD) and Take Down Your Art (TDYA).

Michael Horwitz is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts and his MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art. His work has been featured in the Time Based Arts Festival, the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, PDX Contemporary Art, Disjecta, ‘Mo-Wave Queer Arts Festival, the Independent Print Resource Center, and The Projects PDX.

Leif J. Lee is a multi-disciplinary queer feminist artist born in the Pacific Northwest. She received BA from the Evergreen State College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Her studio practice includes creating hand drawn patterns in ink on fabrics that are then hand dyed for custom clothing, soft sculpture and wall hangings. Her collaborative performances have shown at multiple events including the Time Based Art festival and PICA’s Resource Room Residency.

Kaila Farrell-Smith is a Klamath/Modoc visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Kaila Farrell-Smith received a B.F.A. from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2004 and a MFA in Contemporary Art Practices Studio from Portland State University in 2014. She works as a mentor and art instructor for Journey’s in Creativity, a pre-college Native/Indigenous art camp via OCAC, is an adjunct professor of art at Portland Community College, and the Development Coordinator for the artist residency program, Signal Fire.

Posted on 10/05 at 09:55 AM

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Oregon Art Education Association Honors Alumni

Congratulations are in order for two distinguished alumni. Margaret Synan-Russell ‘89 and Arvie Smith ‘85 will receive professional awards from the Oregon Art Education Association. Synan-Russell has been selected as the 2015 Oregon Primary Art Educator of the the Year and Smith is receiving a Distinguished Service award.

Synan-Russell is Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts at Oregon Episcopal School and Smith is Professor Emeritus at PNCA.

The awardees were nominated by their colleagues, and their nomination materials were rated through a process of blind adjudication according to specific rubrics from the National Art Education Association. The Oregon Art Education Association will honor Synan-Russell, Smith, and five other art educators at an awards breakfast on Saturday, October 10 at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, as part of its annual two-day professional conference.

Posted on 09/22 at 09:50 AM

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Lou Watson ‘15 Betty Bowen Finalist

Lou Watson, who received her BFA in 2015 in Media Arts with a concentration in Intermedia is one of five finalists for the Betty Bowen Award. Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen Award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The winner is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $15,000, and a selection of his or her works is shown at the Seattle Art Museum in the fall of 2015. Watson recently took her thesis project, an experimental concert the subject of which was NE Sandy Boulevard to the Hollywood Theatre on Sandy, and Esme Hogeveen MA ‘15 wrote about it for UNTITLED.

Posted on 09/03 at 03:52 PM

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Alum Molly Mendoza Tapped for $5000 Rockstar Games Award

PNCA alumna Molly Mendoza‘s image “My Line Our Vibe!” has been awarded the $5000 Rockstar Games Award. Mendoza was one of three PNCA students whose work was selected for the 2015 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition in New York. The others were Alyssa Van Hulle and Cate Andrews. Mendoza also had work selected for the 2014 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition.

Mendoza completed her studies in the fall of 2014. She was a Lemelson Scholar, recipient of a prestigious scholarship. She has already created work for Adobe, Nautilus, and the NYTimes, and has had her work highlighted by the influential blog The Fox is Black.

This is the second time in three years a PNCA Illustration student has received one of the select awards; Samantha Mash received it in 2012-13.

Read this longer story from 2014 about Mendoza on UNTITLED.

Posted on 05/05 at 10:29 AM

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PNCA Students in Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition

Molly Mendoza,

Works by three PNCA students were selected for the 2015 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition in New York.

Molly Mendoza’s works “Saturn” and “My Line Our Vibe”  (ink and digital color), Alyssa Van Hulle’s “Sami School” (ink and digital color) and Cate Andrews’ “Cover Redesign for ‘Gathering Blue’” (ink and digital manipulation).

Every year since 1981 the Society has held the Student Scholarship Competition. Approximately three hundred works are chosen from more than 9,000 entries submitted by illustration professors nationwide. A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, selects the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. From the Society’s endowment, and through generous contributions from private and corporate donors, scholarship awards are granted to about 25 students. In the last 30 years, the Society has awarded over $1,500,000 to deserving students in this unique competition.

Scholarship awards will be announced in the coming weeks, with the opening reception taking place at the Gallery of American Illustration in NYC in May. The show will be on display through the beginning of June.

Posted on 03/11 at 03:14 PM

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Alum Criss Moss new Director of U of O White Box Gallery

PNCA alumnus Cris Moss ‘99 has been appointed Director of White Box gallery programs at the Portland location of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at University of Oregon. Associate Dean and Director of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Kate Wagle, says, “We look forward to seeing his experience, leadership and vision build on the established reputation of White Box as a laboratory for speculation and experiment in art, architecture and design. With his direction,White Box will continue to evolve and grow as a premier Northwest art venue, and as an important research and outreach location for the University of Oregon and the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.”

Cris Moss received an MFA from New York University in 2003 and has been curating “with an entrepreneurial spirit” since 2000, including creation of the Donut Shop, a rotating gallery space that defined the leading edge of a Portland DIY gallery movement, and curating the multi-venue Portland 2010 Biennial (for which White Box was one site).

For the last ten years Cris has served as director and curator of the Linfield College Gallery, where he presented exhibitions of work by Daniel Heyman, Waffa Bilal, Suzanne Opton, and Peter Campus among others. At Linfield Moss taught courses ranging from studio foundations, to digital video and photography, gallery management and curatorial practice. Other teaching and review experience includes Clark College, Maine College of Art, and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has consulted and worked with the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and Regional Arts and Culture Council among many others.

Posted on 01/27 at 02:46 PM

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Classes Start Feb 2 at New Campus

Classes start Monday, February 2, 2015 in the newly renovated Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The culmination of eight years of behind the scenes work and a $15 million capital campaign, construction on the renovation of the historic Federal Building with a contemporary design by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture took just a little over a year.

While students have been on Winter break, construction has continued at a brisk pace. These photos of the building from December 30 show how the new design brings so much light into the building—by opening the tops of the ground floor arched windows, uncovering expansive skylights, and installing a ceiling of glass in the new atrium with its new cable-hung mezzanine. 

Students will walk hundred-year-old marble-lined halls on the way to classes in double-height painting and drawing studios, wired classrooms with internet speeds ten times faster than the current campus, new recording booths, animation labs, and green screen studios. They’ll attend visiting artist lectures in the Mediatheque black box theater, gather in the new Albert Solheim Library, the second-floor New Commons under original sawtooth skylights, and in the 2.5 story Atrium with its Grand Cru cafe. Students will be able to show work in a number of project spaces, galleries, and critique spaces throughout the building.

PNCA’s new North Park Blocks Campus includes the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, at 511 NW Broadway, Museum of Contemporary Craft at 724 NW Davis Street, and ArtHouse student housing at 33 NW Park.

And PNCA will welcome the greater Portland community to our new home on March 5, 2015 for our first First Thursday celebration in the new building, opening a new exhibition, Justseeds, in our new 511 Gallery.

Posted on 01/12 at 03:49 PM

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Illuminating Zena Zezza’s past

Laura Heit, faculty member, was commissioned to create work illuminating Zena Zezza’s history in The Hallock and McMillan building residing in Old Town. Heit’s main focal point was the Great Flood that hit Portland. Entitled, 1857 Project , in partnernship with the Oregon Historical Society, is currently showing at Zena Zezza and is composed of an animation of cool toned rains being projected onto a photograph of the flood, which shows Portlanders gliding through the streets in boats. Another work by Heit is made of fir floorboards from the building, which creates a ramp that participants can walk up and experience more imagery of past Portlanders enduring the circumstances caused by the flood in almost the same type of ramp structures.

View more photos of this exhibition taken by Mario Gallucci (MFA VS ’14) here.

Posted on 12/22 at 02:38 PM

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Lesperance receives Art Matters Foundation grant

Ellen Lesperance, faculty member, has received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation. This grant will be funding Lesperance’s research at the Greenham Commons Women’s Peace Camp archives in London. Lesperance explains her work and what she will be doing with the grant funding on the Art Matters Foundation website: “I create paintings and textiles based off of archival images of female activists. This grant will support research and new work about the anti-nuke protest site, Greenham Commons, whose partial archive exists at the Women’s Library at the British Library of Political and Economic Science in London.” Lesperance has exhibited in venues across the nation including The Seattle Art Museum and The Brooklyn Museum along with her work appearing in multiple publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Art Monthly.


Posted on 12/19 at 02:41 PM

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Illustrator translates Science

Anna Lensch is a sophomore Illustration major making her second debut on the cover of a stem cell journal called, Stem Cell Reports, published by Cell Press. This journal is viewed by over 4000 members of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The collaboration of art and science began while Anna Lensch was doing an internship her senior year of high school at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.


Posted on 12/04 at 04:37 PM

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