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PNCA Announces Arnold Kemp as New Chair of MFA in Visual Studies

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces the appointment of Arnold J. Kemp as Chair of the Master’s of Fine Arts in Visual Studies program.

Currently a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, writer, and educator, the core of Kemp’s professional career lies with his 10-year post as Associate Visual Arts Curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. At Yerba Buena, he curated solo exhibitions for prominent artists including Laylah Ali, Ellen Gallagher and Fred Wilson, as well as the renowned Bay Area Now series.

In addition to his curatorial and administrative experience, Kemp is an established artist with an MFA from Stanford University. His mixed-media works have been shown internationally and have been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, ARTweek and the San Francisco Chronicle. His work is housed in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Kemp will join PNCA faculty in early July.

Read the full “media release”:

Posted on 06/29 at 08:56 AM

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Podcast: Centennial Commencement Address by Michael Curry ’81

World-renowned production designer Michael Curry ’81 addresses the Centennial Year 2009 BFA and MFA graduates during PNCA’s Commencement in late May.

Listen to a “Podcast”: of Curry’s address.

Curry works widely in both conceptual and technical development with the foremost entertainment companies in the world such as Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, LA Opera, and Universal Pictures. He also collaborates regularly with directors such as Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedken. 

Curry has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from his peers, including several awards for his puppet and costume work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies, and his continuing innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design.

He owns and operates Michael Curry Design, Inc., which designs and creates live-performance oriented dimensional characters and productions, such as those seen by world-wide audiences in the 1996 and 2002 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, Superbowl 2000, and New York City’s 2000 millennium event. 

Currently, Curry is working on the production of LeRossignol @ the Paris Opera with Robert LePage, the 2010 Asian Games with the design team from the Bejing Summer Olympics, the 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremonies as well as Spiderman on Broadway directed by Julie Taymor and music by U2.

Photo by Barrett Rudich.

Posted on 06/29 at 08:45 AM

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Lodge Gallery Presents New Work

PNCA’s MFA Lodge Gallery presents new work by second-year MFA student Cathy Cleaver.

Little Pink Houses
New work by: Cathy Cleaver
June 19 – July 31, 2009
The Lodge Gallery inside Allied Works Architecture, Inc.
1532 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205

Posted on 06/23 at 03:50 PM

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Meet the Artists of PNCA: Lucinda Parker

Portland Art Museum (PAM) welcomes PNCA Alumna Lucinda Parker ’66 on June 20 for the first of its “Meet the Artists of PNCA”: series, in conjunction with its current exhibition, PNCA at 100.

Featuring the work of over a dozen faculty and alumni of Pacific Northwest College of Art, formerly known as the Museum Art School, PNCA at 100 represents a wide range of artists affiliated with the College, including Michele Russo, Louis Bunce, Manuel Izuierdo, and many others.

Parker is a renowned Pacific Northwest painter whose abstract paintings explode off the canvas. “No one else has waged her near-epic struggle with the principles of Modernism,” said the “Oregonian”: She is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.

PNCA at 100
June 6 – September 13
Meet the Artists of PNCA
2-4pm Saturday, June 20
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Read a “ profile”: of Parker.
Read the “Portland Monthly”:*/ article.
Read the “On the Way blog”:

Photo of Lucinda Parker and her work courtesy of

Posted on 06/19 at 10:50 AM

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The 2009 Centennial Year Commencement Address

The 2009 Centennial Year Commencement service on May 24, 2009 opened with the peaceful ring of a Tibetan singing bowl by Director of Student Services Michael Hall. PNCA President Tom Manley followed with, “Creativity and Collaboration in the City of Art,” a meaningful address that centered on collaboration and creative practice.




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* Read the full “Commencement address”:
Photo by Barrett Rudich

Posted on 06/05 at 10:58 AM

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PNCA at 100

Portland Art Museum presents PNCA at 100, featuring the work of over a dozen faculty and alumni of Pacific Northwest College of Art, formerly known as the Museum Art School, as PNCA enters its centennial year.

PNCA at 100
June 6 – September 13
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Read the “Portland Monthly”:*/ article.
Read the “On the Way blog”:

Spacescape, 1956, by Louis Bunce. Gift of Lillie Lauha, © 1956 Estate of Louis Bunce, courtesy of the Portland Art Museum.

Posted on 06/03 at 02:59 PM

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Redefining Green

Learn more about Green Oregon, an exhibit in PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery (3D Building) that examines definitions of green as related to Oregon and the greater world.

Curated by Justin Bland and Mia Nolting, Green Oregon brings together work from 12 Oregon artists including:

Robert Adams
Bruce Conkle
Erik Geschke
Maria T.D. Inocencio
Marne Lucas
Justin “Scrappers” Morrison
TJ Norris
Ryan Pierce
Patrick Rock
Mark R. Smith
Bailey Winters
Christy Wyckoff

The Manuel Izquierdo Gallery is located in PNCA’s 3D Building, 825 NW 13th Ave. Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1pm to 5pm or by appointment. A portion of profits will be used to support PNCA scholarships.

Visit “Green Oregon”: for more information.

Read the Oregonlive story, ““First Thursday exhibit looks at green practices and the environment.””:

Posted on 06/03 at 02:59 PM

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PNCA Announces 2009 President's Award Winners

Each year,  PNCA President Tom Manley selects two PNCA students from the annual BFA Juried Exhibition to receive awards. This year, President Manley awarded Brooke Eastburn with a 2009 President’s Award and Jeremy Le Grand with a 2009 President’s Award Honorable Mention.

Photography major Brooke Eastburn ‘09 was the recipient of the President’s Award for her three video pieces: “Art21Mockumentary: Beastburn,” “Invocation,” and “Sea Journey.”

“I am interested in exploring the binary oppositions between the appropriate and inappropriate, art and pornography, morality and perversity,” Eastburn related in an artist’s statement. “By embracing the abject, I force my viewers to confront their own cultural fears.”

Intermedia major Jeremy Le Grand ’09 received the Honorable Mention for his piece “Untitled,” featuring cut and stacked digital prints.

“This work is about translating the physicality of the subject into its visual representation. By making the image embody the tactile characteristics of the jungle it depicts I am attempting to collapse the space between subject and object, allowing the viewer to occupy the indeterminate space between illusion and reality.”

Top, film still of Brook Eastburn’s “Art21Mockumentary: Beastburn.” Bottom, photo of Jeremy Le Grand’s “Untitled.”

Posted on 06/01 at 11:35 AM

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Live from India

Adjunct Faculty Zack Denfeld blogs from India, proving that opportunities for creative practice abound. Read his “blog”:

Posted on 06/01 at 11:32 AM

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Creating Community Online

Thanks to the generous support of Meyer Memorial Trust, PNCA significantly expanded Homeroom, the College’s online, open source, web-based learning management and social networking system. Homeroom is utilized by everyone in the PNCA community: faculty post readings and assignments, students share videos and imagery, staff make announcements about campus events. Currently, PNCA students studying in China are using Homeroom to document their trip for the entire campus community. Learn more about why and how PNCA created Homeroom.

Posted on 06/01 at 09:50 AM

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