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MK Guth Interviews Artist Laura Fritz

PNCA MFA in Visual Studies Chair MK Guth talks with PNCA Continuing Education alumna Laura Fritz about her New American Art Union (NAUU) Show “Evident” on PORT, a Weblog that features discussions, announcements and events about Portland art and artists.

“Evident” is a striking body of work made possible by a prestigious exhibition award from the “New American Art Union (NAAU)”: The installation appears through February 22 as the latest in NAAU’s Couture series. NAAU is located at 922 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR.

Guth focuses on Fritz’s artistic background, from her start at Drake University in Iowa to her most recent video show for the 2007 Portland Experimental Film Festival. Fritz explains of her background, “I didn’t really start doing installation art until I moved to Portland and took a few continuing ed courses at PNCA. That’s when I got my first solo show at the Manuel Izquierdo Gallery from Nan Curtis.”

Fritz also describes her use for the scientific method in everything from experimenting with light in her recent installation to explorations of gingerbread recipes. Fritz’s installation, “Evident,” is set in a darkened space with projected light, mirrors and partially obscured objects. “It is about perception, anticipation and expectations,” says Fritz.

Read the full “PORT”: article.

Posted on 02/23 at 12:13 PM

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PNCA and OFFICE PDX Welcome Design Leaders

Pacific Northwest College of Art, in collaboration with “OFFICE PDX”:, welcomes Jerry French, founder of “French Paper”:, the only independently owned paper mill in the US, and internationally acclaimed designer Charles S. Anderson, founder of Minneapolis–based Charles S. Anderson (“CSA”: Design.

In 2006, they launched Pop Ink, a brand of licensed products produced in conjunction with French Paper Company, inspired by the highs and lows of art and print culture. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session lead by Amara Holstein, contributing writer and editor for Portland Spaces, Dwell, and Wallpaper magazine.

Pop Ink products have been featured in numerous publications including: Dwell, The New York Times, ReadyMade, and Communication Arts, among others. CSA’s approach to design is “a continuous evolution inspired by the highs and lows of art and print culture,” according to Anderson. Since founding CSA in 1989, Anderson has worked with clients such as Nike, Target, Coca-Cola, Levi’s and more.

Lecture | CSA + French Paper
Featuring Design Leaders Charles S. Anderson and Jerry French
6:30pm, February 25 | PNCA Swigert Commons

Posted on 02/23 at 09:32 AM

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ARTFORUM Reviews Modou Dieng at Rocksbox

PNCA Faculty Modou Dieng’s recent collaboration with Damien Gilley, SHOOT YOUSHOOT ME, is the focus of an “ARTFORUM”: review.

The show runs through March 1 at “Rocksbox”:, 6540 N. Interstate Ave. Gallery hours are Saturday through Sunday, noon to 6 pm.

Dieng is a dynamic contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited at Steve Turner Gallery (Los Angeles), Carousel du Louvre (Paris) and Casa Encendida (Madrid). The New York Times says that his work for the 2008 show “Flow” in New York, “evokes the exhilaration and misplaced optimism of 1960s Africa.”

“Dieng” is Assistant Professor in Painting at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Posted on 02/20 at 12:46 PM

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PNCA Faculty Shows Work at galleryHomeland

PNCA Faculty Gordon Barnes and Artist Mandee Schroer show new work at galleryHomeland, a Portland gallery that fosters cutting edge and challenging concepts in art.

The show, “Disaster Capitalist,” capitalizes on self-made disasters as a means of creating and examines the disasters in the process of making work.

“[The show] plays off the term Naomi Klein gives to companies that have learned to profit from disaster in her book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in which she argues that hardcore free marketers take advantage of (or possibly contribute to) economic shock following disaster or upheaval to advance free market policies around the world (to their benefit, of course),” according to Portland blog ULTRA.

The show runs now through March 1. Exhibition Hours: 12-6 pm, Friday-Monday. galleryHomeland is located at 2505 SE 11th Ave.

Posted on 02/20 at 09:52 AM

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Lecture in Honor of Black History Month

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and co-sponsor Portland Community College (PCC) welcome award-winning film maker Charles Burnett and editor/producer Edwin Santiago for a conversation on the film “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” at 7pm, February 18 in PNCA’s Swigert Commons.

The film will be screened as part of the 19th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films at 7pm, February 20 at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland.

Together, Burnett and Santiago created 2007’s “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” which follows the legend of Samuel Nujoma (Carl Lumbly), Namibia’s first president and a prominent leader in the struggle for independence from apartheid South Africa. Burnett and Santiago have previously collaborated on such films as “Nightjohn” and “Warming by the Devil’s Fire.”

An influential film director, the New York Times heralded Burnett as “the nation’s least-known great film maker and most gifted black director.” Lumbly, who stars in “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” has acted in Burnett’s “To Sleep With Anger” alongside Danny Glover and guest-starred in the “X-Files,” “The West Wing” and “Alias.” Santiago moved into a career in film, working as an editor and producer, after 20 years as a combat photographer in the United Stated Marine Corps.

“The Cascade Festival of African Films”: runs February 6 through March 7 and offers a month of free film screenings within the Portland metro area. “The significance of our festival is that we allow Portland area viewers to see films made predominately by African directors,” said Mary Holmstrom, co-founder and co-director of the Cascade Festival of African Films. “They manage to tell stories about Africa that isn’t the Hollywood version or stereotypical version.”

Photo courtesy of Cascade Festival of African Films

Posted on 02/17 at 01:46 PM

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Book Release: Integrating a Burning House

Pacific Northwest College of Art alumni Anna Gray ’08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ’08 have made art out of tragedy with their book Integrating a Burning House.

The book focuses on the September 2008 fire that destroyed their home. They will read from the book at 6:30pm Thursday, February 19 at Allied Works Architecture, 1532 SW Morrison St.

Both Paulsen and Gray are artists and writers who collaborate with a range of local groups including the PNCA community, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and PDX Contemporary Art, among others.

Posted on 02/17 at 01:39 PM

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Seattle City Light Illuminates Public Space, Art

PNCA Faculty Emily Ginsburg participated in Seattle City Light, a permanent public art project commissioned with Seattle City Light 1 Percent for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Ginsburg’s work features a graphic mural of circuitry, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story ““Seattle City Light sponsors seven art installations””:

Posted on 02/17 at 01:14 PM

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Remembering Terry Toedtemeier

Pacific Northwest College of Art honors former Associate Professor of Art and History and Terry Toedtemeier with an exhibit in the PNCA Printmaking/Photo Gallery.

As a scientist, historian, photographer, and curator, Terry Toedtemeier observed, taught, recorded, and collected examples of the awesome power of erosion by time and elements. With his camera, he could halt the forces of heat, wind, or water to bring us a sense of time and place if only for a frame. His life, work, and passing are a testament to the power of suspending one moment in the geological permanence of ages.

Through Terry’s 30 years of artistic contributions, he touched not only the community of Pacific Northwest College of Art, but had an impact regionally and nationally through the galleries, museums, and colleges that exhibited and collected his work. While an Associate Professor of Art and History at PNCA, Terry’s strong ties to Oregon’s landscapes and cultures made him a vital part of the college’s academic and artistic life. Beginning as a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in geology, Terry melded his science with his art. For more than 20 years, Terry was Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. He was also one of the founding artists and co-directors of Blue Sky Gallery. Terry’s work is included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Manifesting his ardent devotion to both photography and the geological wonders of his home, Terry’s crowning achievement was his sweeping historical photography book entitled Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957. His work gave rise to an equally well-received exhibit he curated at the Portland Art Museum. The book will be on view in the State Capitol as part of a two-year exhibit on the history and geology of Oregon.

Posted on 02/16 at 08:50 AM

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MFA Student Proves That Taste Matters

To Tricia Martin, eating is art.

As an MFA student in PNCA’s Visual studies program, Martin proves it through her “blog”:, hosting themed dinners, and creating dynamically crafted events centered on the intersection of design, art, and food.

The blog “frolic!”: currently features Martin’s work in the story ““taste matters””:

This last summer, with her project Pietopia, Martin posed the question, “What kind of pie would describe the way you are feeling right now?” and had a contest to find out. “More than 50 entrants from as far away as Seattle and San Francisco submitted a pie recipe and 300-word story to explain the ingredients,” wrote Rebecca Koffman in an article for the Oregonian.

The most recent iteration of Pietopia is an exhibit at the Niche Gallery at the Ecotrust building, 721 NW Ninth Ave. On exhibit are “six screenprints done by four different artists and myself as a reinterpretation of the people’s winning stories,” says Martin. “A visual component to the story.”

The screenprints are by PNCA’s own Justin Bland, Christopher Huizar, Jason Traeger, Mia Nolting and Tricia Martin, on exhibit until March 12.

Posted on 02/12 at 01:39 PM

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MFA Show Deals With Mimicry and Dance

It all started with a YouTube video.

“In our downtime, we were listening to crunky Hip Hop and Southern Rap. We started watching YouTube videos,” says Rebecca Steele of her time with fellow MFA student Paige Saez at a Caldera Residency this past fall.  “So we started to try to create dance moves from the Hip Hop videos.”

And so OUR BEST MACHINES ARE MADE OF SUNSHINE was born. As the most recent show at the Lodge Gallery (1532 SW Morrison St), the exhibit deals with issues of play, mimicry, and “how images can be effective or generative in the form of the copy” says Steele.

A combination of photographs, video and installation, the exhibition centers on a YouTube video of Low Flow-Rider and its many response videos. The opening runs 7:30–9:30pm February 12. Visit or for more information on the artists.

Posted on 02/11 at 04:24 PM

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PNCA Announces Extraordinary Opportunity

PNCA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft explore an extraordinary opportunity to integrate the two institutions. In a “letter”: to the community, PNCA President Tom Manley and Kathy Abraham, President, Board of Directors, “Museum of Contemporary Craft”:, outline the extensive steps that have been taken by a joint task force in exploring and analyzing the opportunity.

Posted on 02/06 at 01:24 PM

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Oregonian Talks With New Joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design Chair

The Oregonian recently spoke with JP Reuer, the new 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).

““JP Reuer on design-build, the merger of craft and design””: highlights Reuer’s work and the philosophy of this innovative program.

A former Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Reuer brings a breadth of experience in design and arts education to the program. Reuer is also a LEED accredited architect and licensed general contractor, founder of JP Reuer, Architect, PA and Reuer Associates Inc., and a founding member of DesignBox, a collaborative group of creative talent from a variety of design disciplines. With a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s of Architecture in Affordable Housing, Reuer continues to explore socially purposed design.

“I view the act of making not simply as a means to an end, but as an integral part of designing,” said Reuer. “Enhancing the relationship between design and making is something that in my experience is not only mutually beneficial to design and craft, but also supports and gives character to local community.”

Portland’s two oldest art colleges, OCAC and PNCA, have partnered on a joint MFA degree that fosters a new, forward-thinking model of art and design education. The creation of the joint MFA bolsters the cooperative efforts of these two growing institutions by creating a program that offers students opportunities for creative work that fuses craft, design and environmentalism within a rich academic and creative practice.

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Posted on 02/05 at 05:56 PM

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New Work in Manuel Izquierdo Gallery

The Manuel Izquierdo Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art presents “The righteous foundation of us.” This exhibition by Portland artist Josh Smith features his
fascination with the hive and colony structures characteristic of early Modernism. Utilizing repetition of cylinders and inexpensive materials, Smith’s sculptures are simultaneously industrial and organic forms.

“The righteous foundation of us” will be on exhibit from February 5–26, 2009 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Manuel Izquierdo Sculpture Gallery, 825 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Gallery hours are 9-5pm, Monday-Saturday and by appointment.

A graduate of the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Smith has exhibited work in several galleries including Hoffman Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Craft, and Gallery Homeland. This is his first solo exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public.

Posted on 02/05 at 05:55 PM

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MFA Show Explores Temporal Frequencies

The MFA Central Gallery features a collaboration between two MFA students that explores “Temporal Frequencies.”

Sound artist Mindy McGovern and light-based painter Laura Hughes use color frequency to explore links between their individual practices in a video projection that integrates elements of both practices.

McGovern created a piano and percussion tonal composition derived from relative color frequencies. Hughes: Painting created with inkjet printer ink, oil, and isopropyl alcohol inserted into corrugated plastic.

*“Temporal Frequencies”
First Thursday Opening* | February 5, 6pm – 9pm
Installation runs 11am-6pm, Monday – Saturday through February 27
MFA Central Gallery
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Main Campus Building, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Posted on 02/05 at 10:14 AM

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