News Archive

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.

Posted on 04/13 at 10:43 AM

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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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Designer for Obama Administration Talks with PNCA Marketing Class

Portland-based designer Aaron Draplin recently spoke with PNCA Communication Design students about his work for the Obama Administration.

Learn more about Draplin and his work. He is currently featured in Creativity magazine, read “Heavy Industry”:

He also recently collaborated with PNCA students on the design of a poster for the upcoming lecture featuring musician and designer “David Yow”:

Photo by Leah Bobal

Posted on 04/03 at 09:14 AM

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