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PNCA Hosts University of Iowa International Writing Program

This year for the first time PNCA will be hosting five writers through the International Writing Program, which since its founding in 1967 at the University of Iowa, has brought together more than 1,000 rising and established literary stars from 120 countries to develop a community of writing to enhance international understanding.

The writers’ week at PNCA is organized by PNCA faculty member and writer-in-residence Barry Sanders and includes both immersion in the campus curriculum along with collaborative public programming. The experience provides writers from around the world with a sense of American innovation and openness, and exposes U.S. readers, writers, and artists to international perspectives on the art and process of writing.

Participating writers include: Fflur Dafydd, a novelist, literary critic and musician from Wales; Soheil Najm, a poet from Iraq; Osman Conteh, a novelist from Sierra Leone; Fedosy Santaella, a fiction writer from Venezuela; and Lijia Zhang, a nonfiction writer from China.

Don’t miss the first event, hosted by PNCA:

Reading + Reception | 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Download the “International Writing Program at PNCA schedule (PDF)”: for a full list of events and visiting writers’ bios.

Posted on 09/29 at 11:01 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Presents Artist Ward Shelley

Join PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies Program for the kickoff of its lecture series with an intimate lecture by artist Ward Shelley, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 in the Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Brooklyn-based artist Ward Shelley specializes in large-scale projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Over the last five years, Shelley has concentrated on bizarre functioning architectural pieces in which he lives and works during the exhibition, monitored with live surveillance video equipment.

Shelley also works with the collaborative artist group BBS and talented young artists such as Douglas Paulson and Alex Schweder, with whom he realized the monumental Flatland project at New York’s SculptureCenter in 2007. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | “Ward Shelley”:
6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 | The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Posted on 09/23 at 10:26 AM

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Craft Conversation: David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver

Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to discuss the dynamic work included in the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s exhibit Call + Response with PNCA Faculty David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver, 1 p.m. Saturday, September 26 at the Museum, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Anne Marie Oliver, Assistant Professor of Intermedia and contemporary art theory, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and David Eckard, Chair of the Sculpture Department and Instructor in Foundation and Intermedia departments, Pacific Northwest College of Art will discuss the collaborative process they engaged in for Call + Response.

Drawing on the musical concept of “call and response,” this project provides a rare platform for artists and art historians to engage with each with other in vibrant conversation. A multi-layered exhibition, Call + Response features diverse works by eight pairs of art and art history faculty members from colleges and universities who have taught in Oregon for roughly ten years or less.

Through multimedia content, contextual writing, the presentation of studio works and public programs, this intriguing project celebrates and provokes the recent influx of ideas brought to Oregon by these faculty members – who are breaking ground within their fields nationally and internationally. In effect, Call + Response considers what role these individuals, and their institutions, play within the state’s shifting creative landscape.

Learn more about Call + Response at the exhibition microsite:

Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the defi nition of craft and the way audiences experience it. Visit the Museum online at

Special Event | Craft Conversation: David Eckard and Anne Marie Oliver
Saturday, September 26, 1 p.m. | Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Posted on 09/23 at 10:14 AM

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Printmaker Zha Sai Exhibits New Work

Chinese printmaker Zha Sai exhibits her woodcuts in an exhibition entitled “Rhythm of the Shadows” at PNCA’s Print/Photo Gallery from September 21 through October 9. Image: The Sway of the Shadow, 2006, reduction woodcut, 11.4” x 11.4”

Her work is strongly influenced by the natural environment. She lives in Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei Province in Central China. Although it is a large city with a population of nearly 14 million people, it is surrounded by forests and lakes and is still known as “The Place of a Thousand Lakes”. She is also influenced by music, especially the music of Antonín Dvořák. From these inspirations she has made compelling work in the form of reduction woodcuts.

Zha Sai comes to the Northwest under the auspices of Art Partners, a two-artist collaboration comprised of Seattle artists Cathe Gill and Barbara Pitt that has promoted artist exchanges since 1999 with artists from China, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Kuwait. Her exhibition here is an initiative of the Printmaking Department at PNCA.

Lecture | Zha Sai
12:30 Monday, October 5
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 09/21 at 10:55 AM

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Memorial for Manuel Izquierdo

A public memorial will be held in honor of former Faculty Emeritus Manuel Izquierdo on Saturday, September 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson Street in Portland.

All are welcome to attend.

Learn more about “Manuel Izquierdo”:

Read the Oregonian’s “Manuel Izquierdo, 1925-2009: an appreciation”: by D.K. Row.

Posted on 09/18 at 04:54 PM

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September Shows of Note

Don’t miss these exciting art shows featuring work by Pacific Northwest College of Art “alumni”: through September.

And get ready, as Portland-area and Portland Art Dealers Association galleries celebrate PNCA’s Centennial with a range of “openings”: in October.

Posted on 09/17 at 12:07 PM

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Public Art/Public Parks Lecture

What is public art? How does it happen? How can I experience it?

Please join us for a casual conversation about public art with special guests Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (“RACC”:, and Portland-based artist and PNCA faculty member Victor Maldonado as they discuss Portland’s rich legacy of public art.

Be the first to see a new map created by Maldonado—a walking map of public art featuring work by PNCA faculty and alumni in celebration of the College’s Centennial year. Receive a copy of the Public Art Walking Tour Map, produced by RACC and “Travel Portland”:

Lecture | Public Art/Public Parks
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23
CYAN/PDX”:, Amenities Room, 1720 S.W. Fourth Avenue

Posted on 09/17 at 11:57 AM

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PNCA in The Oregonian

Read more about two exciting new PNCA projects as recently featured in The Oregonian. “Pacific Northwest College of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft finalize joint agreement”: is DK Row’s report on the formal operations agreement between PNCA and MoCC. Meanwhile, in “Design the wall, build the wall”:, Barry Johnson ruminates on the launch of the new MFA in Applied Craft and Design, jointly offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the build-out led by design/build expert Steve Badanes.

Posted on 09/14 at 05:30 PM

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Deborah Hopkinson Wins Oregon Book Award

Deborah Hopkinson, PNCA’s VP for College Advancement, is the winner of the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature, a part of the prestigious Oregon Book Awards, it was announced today. She received the award in honor of her book Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-discoverer of the North Pole (Peach Tree).

The Oregon Book Awards, sponsored by Literary Arts, are presented annually for the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers. A finalist for the awards three times, this is Deborah’s first win. She was selected as the only finalist in her category, a significant honor.

“Read more about the Oregon Book Awards.”:

Posted on 09/14 at 05:20 PM

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The Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival is Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon.

In collaboration with PICA, Pacific Northwest College of Art co-hosted a series of noontime chats with festival artists and members of the creative community, along with two exhibitions by “Brian Lund”: and “Robert Boyd”:, on view at the Feldman Gallery through October 24. In addition recent alumni Tyler Wallace ‘09 and Nicole Dill ‘09 presented a mobile performance and outdoor video installation, “Between Us”: Art collective “The Oregon Painting Society”: presented a performance at The Works. Members include PNCA alumni Jason Traeger ‘08, Liam Drain ‘08, Barbara Kinzle ‘08, Brenna Murphy ‘09 and current PNCA student Julia Perry ‘10. Faculty member Stephen Slappe presented a web project and installation, “We Are Legion”: Ethan Rose, who will present a collaborative installation with glass artist Andy Paiko at the “Museum of Contemporary Craft”: in November, presented an installation of music boxes. The work of Slappe and Rose will be “on view at The Works”: through October 18.

Photo by Heather Zinger ‘10

“Visit PNCA’s Flickr page”: or photos of TBA:09 events at PNCA, and works by PNCA faculty and alumni.

“Listen to audio podcasts of TBA:09 Noontime Chats at PNCA.”:

Posted on 09/14 at 11:08 AM

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Opening: Public Art on MAX Green Line

Join PNCA and TriMet in celebrating public art along the Mall segment of the new MAX Green Line, featuring work by PNCA faculty and alumni.

Participating PNCA artists include Daniel Duford, Chris Gander, Emily Ginsburg and Bob Hanson.

Meet many of the artists, then begin a walking tour of 13 new works and 10 re-installed sculptures along Southwest Fifth and Sixth Avenues between Union Station and Portland State University. A number of the artists will be stationed near their sculptures and available to answer questions.

Special Event | 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
Reception begins at the Mall Field Office (245 N.W. Fifth Ave.) – 4:30 p.m.
Welcome and remarks – 4:45 p.m.
Walking tour – 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Space is limited, please R.S.V.P. to or call 503-962-2244.

Posted on 09/14 at 10:12 AM

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PICA TBA@PNCA creates a unique forum for artists, designers and creative thinkers to explore this dynamic festival and push contemporary art forward.

Don’t miss the last upcoming PICA TBA@PNCA events:

“Inside/Outside: Back to Back Theatre”: on September 11

“Theme and Variation: Raimund Hoghe”: on September 12

PICA’s TBA Festival”: ends September 14.

Posted on 09/10 at 11:18 AM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture: Steve Badanes

Renowned design build specialist Steve Badanes delivers the first lecture presented by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Badanes is a founding member of Jersey Devil, a design/build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures. He is also a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Architecture.

This lecture took place in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on September 2, 2009.

Listen to a Podcast of “Steve Badanes”:

Posted on 09/10 at 11:05 AM

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MFA Studio Open House

Join Oregon College of Art and Craft and PNCA for a public studio open house and a performance by Grammy-nominated alt-country singer Tift Merritt, celebrating the launch of the joint MFA degree program.

Merritt creates “a uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country,” according to her fan site. Her 2008 album Another Country garnered four stars by the British music magazine MOJO.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a unique graduate program designed for students eager to explore the fusion of tradition, innovation, and practice, with design theory and hands-on making. The event will showcase the collaborative efforts of its students, who built their own studio space with renowned design/build specialist Steve Badanes, founding member of Jersey Devil.

Learn more about the program through the eyes of its students—visit the “MFA in Applied Craft and Design blogs”:

MFA Studio Open House and Celebration
8 p.m. Saturday, September 12
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building
421 N.E. 10th Ave. and Glisan St.

Posted on 09/09 at 12:37 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture: Steve Badanes

Renowned design build specialist Steve Badanes delivers the first lecture presented by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and PNCA.

Badanes is a founding member of Jersey Devil, a design/build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures. He is also a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Architecture.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Steve Badanes
6:30 p.m. | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave. (corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and Glisan Street)

Posted on 09/03 at 04:56 PM

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Artist Sandow Birk Talks to The New York Times

Sandow Birk talked to The New York Times about his series “American Qur’an.” Birk will be exhibiting a series of prints commenting on the debaucheries of contemporary warfare this November in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery.

Printed in collaboration with master printer Paul Mullowney of HuiPress in Makawao, Hawaii, “Depravities of War” features traditional woodblock printing techniques on Japanese paper and imagery that follows the course of war – from the recruiting and training of troops to the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.

Read The New York Times article on Sandow Birk, “Personal Meditations on the Koran”: by Jori Finkel.

Exhibition | Sandow Birk’s “Depravities of War”
November 1–December 31
First Thursday Opening | 6:30 p.m. November 5, 2009
PNCA Main Campus Building, Feldman Gallery + Project Space, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 09/02 at 12:23 PM

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