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PNCA and Etsy Host I Heart Art: Portland

I Heart Art
Etsy, PNCA, Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Portland Etsy Team welcome Portland’s vibrant community of makers, PNCA students, local craft guild members and the general public to connect during I Heart Art: Portland.

The event is a great opportunity for Portland-based makers to network and learn more about this burgeoning partnership and future opportunities for professional development. Featuring light food and drink, music, button making, Gocco printing and more.

I Heart Art: Portland
Connecting Portland’s Vibrant Community of Makers
Hosted by Etsy.com, Portland Etsy Team, Pacific Northwest College of Art & Museum of Contemporary Craft
Friday, February 26, 6:30 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St.
Free and open to the public

Read the full “media release”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/772/pnca-and-etsy-join-forces.

Read the “Etsy blog”:http://www.etsy.com/storque/etsy-news/i-heart-art-portland-6962/.

Posted on 02/25 at 03:28 PM

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PNCA Welcomes Founding Father of the Organic Seed Movement Alan M. Kapuler


Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to present molecular biologist and public domain plant breeder Alan M. Kapuler Ph.D., delivering the 2010 Edelman Lecture on Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 pm. Kapuler is the President of Peace Seeds and the Co-Founder and retired Research Director of Seeds of Change, one of the world’s leading providers of organic seeds.

Kapuler has been saving seeds and breeding plants for over 30 years from his farm in Corvallis, Oregon. He is also the president of “Peace Seeds”:http://www.ps02.cn/ and the co-founder and retired research director of “Seeds of Change”:http://www.seedsofchange.com/, one of the world’s leading providers of organic seeds.

“Heritage seeds are essential to our heart chakra,” Kapuler said. “They are important not just because they produce a high quality crop or grow fast, but because they carry the message of the people. They are important for the same reason life is important.”

Kapuler’s philosophy remains at the heart of the current discussion on where our food comes from and how it is produced. For more information on Alan M. Kapuler, visit the PNCA Charles Voorhies Library “microsite”:http://library.pnca.edu/research/edelman-lecture-alan-kapuler.

In recognition of the 10th Anniversary Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA, the College presents the book Alfred Edelman: The Studio Prints. It will be released on March 2, 2010 and available for sale at The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft or online. The book, with essays by Edelman’s daughter Jeana Edelman ‘85 and photographer and art critic Chas Bowie, will also be for sale at the lecture.

Alfred Edelman Lecture | “Ecosanity: Ongoing Discoveries About Life”
Featuring Alan M. Kapuler, President, Peace Seeds
Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson St.
Free and open to the public

PNCA Alumni: Enjoy a small reception before the Alfred Edelman Lecture!
Tuesday, March 2, 5:00–6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Gallery 214 (second floor)
1241 NW Johnson St.

About the Alfred Edelman Lecture
When the late Portland architect and photographer, Alfred Edelman, taught three-dimensional design at PNCA he challenged his students to consider the principles of engineering, kinetics, physics and other subjects seemingly dissimilar to art. In doing so he brought the outside world into his classroom. Founded by Carol Edelman, the Alfred Edelman Lecture was created to enhance the student’s understanding of the visual world by presenting timeless and/or unique ways to examine and manipulate three-dimensional space; and to be a catalyst for lively discussions in the classroom at PNCA.

Photo by Heather Zinger ’10

Posted on 02/25 at 03:18 PM

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PNCA and Etsy Join Forces

I Heart Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Etsy.com announce their intentions to develop an ongoing relationship to foster opportunities and offer support for the local Do-It-Yourself|craft community.

This new relationship — the first ongoing commitment for Etsy with a school of art and design — seems appropriate in Portland, Oregon, nationally recognized as the hub of American DIY youth culture enriched by PNCA’s vibrant student body and alumni community.
 
Etsy and PNCA will also work directly with a group of local artists — the Portland Etsy Team — to host bi-monthly meetings at the College’s Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Please join us for the Friday, February 26th event.

I Heart Art: Portland – Friday, February 26th @ 6:30 pm
Hosted by Etsy.com, Portland Etsy Team, Pacific Northwest College of Art & Museum of Contemporary Craft

Connecting Portland’s Vibrant Community of Makers

Swigert Commons
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 Northwest Johnson Street
Free and open to the public


“Read the full press release for more details.”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/771/pacific-northwest-college-of-art-and-etsy-join-forces-to-support-and-advocate-for-the-diycraft-movement-in-the-pacific-northwest

“See coverage and response to the announcement on the Etsy Storque blog.”:http://www.etsy.com/storque/etsy-news/i-heart-art-portland-6962/

Posted on 02/25 at 03:18 PM

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Multimedia: Patty Chang MFA Lecture

Brooklyn-based artist Patty Chang presented an MFA Visual Studies lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Craft on February 18, 2010. Chang’s work has been exhibited in international institutions and museums, such as The New 
Museum for Contemporary Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Moderna Museet, 
Stockholm, Sweden, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Patty Chang, Graduate Lecture Series
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Posted on 02/24 at 04:09 PM

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Artist Mary Weatherford Delivers Upcoming MFA in Visual Studies Lecture


The MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes Los Angeles-based Artist Mary Weatherford in a free public lecture, 6:30 pm Thursday, February 25 in The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Mary Weatherford is a painter with a long career of exhibitions at spaces dedicated to artistic and cultural experimentation. Among her many exhibitions are solo exhibitions at P.S. 1 Museum, New York; Orange County Museum of Art, California; Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich; Debs & Co., New York; and Sister, Los Angeles, among others.

Since the 1990s, her paintings have borne the influence of Ojai mysticism, California seaside craft and souvenir art, landscape painting of the American Symbolist movement and New York School Abstraction.

Of her work, painter “Stephen Westfall”:http://www.brooklynrail.org/2006/4/art/stephen-westfall-with-john-yau has written: “Like a true Symbolist her gaze wanders out across an ocean horizon, confronts a looming rock or cave, or plunges deep into a thicket of vines and weeds. Light and shadow confound and dazzle, sometimes sending off overlapping shards reminiscent of Feininger. Other historical stylistic models include Burchfield, Munch, and Friedrich. The Pop element comes from a “knowingness” with regards to style and how it can be essentialized into a compact shorthand that reflects the constructed nature of the paint surface as much or even more than the represented source, which is often itself a mediated source. Her paint surfaces are often astonishingly beautiful. Painted in Flashe vinyl paint over a heavy ground sanded smooth, they are both fluid and matte, with the chromatic richness of oil and the delicate, mineral grain of gouache.”

The lecture is part of PNCA’s “Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/704/pnca-graduate-visiting-artist-lecture-series.

View work by Mary Weatherford at “Kathryn Brennan Gallery”:http://www.kathrynbrennan.com/artists/view/42.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | Mary Weatherford
Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.
Free and open to the public

Image courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 02/19 at 03:37 PM

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PNCA Benefit Art Auction Results Exceed Expectations

Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to announce that the second annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams & Butterfields raised nearly $125,000 for student scholarships at PNCA.  Under the leadership of Honorary Chair Jordan Schnitzer and event co-chairs Elizabeth Leach and Kathleen Lewis, an impressive group of 32 lots were donated for auction.  A total of 215 guests participated in this event to raise needed funds to support students at PNCA; more than 85% of the College’s students receive financial aid.  Auctioneer Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams & Butterfields, led the auction at The Nines Hotel, which included pieces by current Whitney Biennial artists Storm Tharp and Martin Kersels, sculptures by Ken Shores, Mel Katz, and Henry Hillman, Jr.; and a rich selection of works from artists and designers including Brad Cloepfil, Robert Mangold, Sally Haley, Thomas Struth, and others.

In memory of arts supporter and gallery owner Laura Russo, the proceeds from the sale of a painting by Louis Bunce will be used to establish the Laura Russo Scholarship at PNCA.

Members of the 2010 Benefit Art Auction Committee are:  Elizabeth Leach, Co-Chair, Kathleen Lewis, Co-Chair, Sheryl Acheson,Tori Bryer, Gregg Fletcher, Wendy Wells Jackson, Arnold Kemp, Selby Key, Linda Taylor McGeady, Rod Pulliam, and Namita Wiggers.

PNCA is also grateful to the following for their support of this event: Laura King Pfaff, Chairman of Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, Fred Kleisner, General Manager of The Nines Hotel, Chris Erickson, General Manager of The Heathman Hotel, Robert Ames, Board of Directors, Bonhams & Butterfields, Al Solheim, Chairman of the Board of PNCA, Dan Kvitka, Dan Kvitka Photography, and
Todd Putnam, Framing Resource.

Posted on 02/19 at 09:05 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Program Welcomes Artist Patty Chang


The MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes Artist Patty Chang in a free public lecture, 6:30 pm Thursday, February 18 in The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Patty Chang is both a performer and image-maker living and working in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Her performances, or time-based sculptures, are examinations of the female experience that are often visceral and humiliatingly vulnerable. Characterized by physical and often enduring challenges, her performances are a brash confrontation of the metaphoric and erotic.

“Chang”:http://pattychang.com/ is well known for her earlier performative works, which deal with themes of gender, sexuality, language and empathy. Her recent work, “Shangri-La” (2005), which was shot in Shangri-La, China, investigates how cultural knowledge becomes produced, adapted and re-appropriated for consumption. In 2008, Chang was a nominee for the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum, NY). In fall 2008, Chang was the “Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow” at the American Academy in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in international institutions and museums, such as The New Museum for Contemporary Art, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | Patty Chang
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 pm
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Chang’s lecture is part of the Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which brings national and international artists to the College. Lectures are an integral part of PNCA’s two graduate programs, the MFA in Visual Studies and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Learn more about the “series”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/704/pnca-graduate-visiting-artist-lecture-series.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 02/17 at 10:43 AM

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Laura Russo ’75, Gallery Owner and PNCA Alumna, Dies at 66

We are saddened by the loss of a respected member of our art community, a friend to PNCA, and distinguished alumna, Laura Russo ’75.

Below is the official press release, as announced today by Laura Russo’s family and the Laura Russo Gallery.

PORTLAND, OR, FERUARY 12, 2010: Laura Russo died last night, February 11, 2010, at the age of 66, after a valiant battle with cancer.  Before she died, there were many people to whom she wished she had more time to say goodbye, but her death came more suddenly than expected. She wanted everyone to know that the Laura Russo Gallery will remain open under the able direction of her trusted and longtime manager, Martha Lee, who is dedicated to carrying on the legacy that Laura has left behind.  She wished to express to all the artists her great admiration for who they are and the work they do, and the hope that they will remain dedicated to the gallery.  She wanted all the gallery’s customers to know that they are wonderful and should continue coming to the Gallery to appreciate and support the artists.  And she wanted her staff to know how very special they are and that their hard and excellent work made the Gallery possible.  She was entirely confident that after her death The Laura Russo Gallery will continue to operate as it has for the past 23 years, providing support to local and regional artists and a nexus between the public and those artists.

Laura will be missed by many, and her family wishes to express deep gratitude for the great outpouring of love and support that came to Laura in the past several months.  Just before her death, Laura received a special Governor’s Arts Award, an Award for Service from the Portland Art Dealer’s Association, and the Laura Russo Distinguished Alumni Award was established in her name by the Pacific Northwest College of Art.  She was honored to receive these awards and wished to thank all those responsible for making them possible.

Laura was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on March 7, 1943.  She is survived by her daughter, Maia Lawrence, her son, Dylan Lawrence and her longtime companion, Michihiro Kosuge. Further biographical details may be obtained by contacting the Laura Russo Gallery at 503-226- 2754 or at artists@laurarusso.com.  The public may contact the gallery for further details on a memorial service in the near future.  Donations in Laura Russo’s memory can be made to The Pacific Northwest College of Art or the Portland Art Museum.”

Posted on 02/12 at 02:30 PM

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Save the Date: PNCA Benefit Art Auction

Mark your calendars for February 16, 2010 for Pacific Northwest College of Art’s annual Benefit Art Auction.

PNCA, with the support of auction house Bonhams & Butterfields, is pleased to hold its Benefit Art Auction, featuring a cocktail reception along with a professional auction of fine art including work by: Jay Backstrand, Louis Bunce, Philippe Halsman, George Johanson, Wolf Kahn, Mel Katz, Martin Kersels, and Thomas Struth, among many others.

Tickets are $75. All proceeds benefit scholarships at PNCA. Call 503.821.8882 to purchase tickets or for more information.

PNCA Benefit Art Auction
Tuesday February 16, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
“The Nines Hotel”:http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1757, 525 S.W. Morrison St.

“Learn more”:http://www.pnca.edu/auction.

Posted on 02/12 at 09:37 AM

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Receives Support from Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Museum of Contemporary Craft is pleased to announce that The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation awarded the Museum with a $40,000 Arts and Culture Grant to support the Museum’s integration with the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Read the full “press release”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/777/paul-g-allen-family-foundation-awards-museum-of-contemporary-craft-40000-grant.

Posted on 02/11 at 02:16 PM

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Multimedia: Lewis Hyde

A poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic, Lewis Hyde is most widely known for his book, The Gift, a groundbreaking study of creativity in a market-driven world, re-released in 2007 in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Hyde asks questions central to the lives of artists as well as teachers and others who serve the public good: How do we discover work that satisfies beyond financial compensation? What are our norms for reciprocity and how do gifts create bonds in communities? His current project extends these questions to the realm of the “cultural commons” — “that vast store of un-owned ideas, inventions, and works of art we have inherited from the past, and that we continue to create.”

In his lecture, “The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good,” Hyde discusses personal gifts, the creative spirit, and our shared cultural past and imagined future. A MacArthur Fellow, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. The lecture was co-presented by PNCA and Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling Center for Community Engagement.

This lecture took place February 3, 2010 at PNCA, Swigert Commons.

Lecture: Lewis Hyde
“The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good”
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“Watch an excerpt of Lewis Hyde’s lecture on YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQiqLcPQk3s

Posted on 02/11 at 10:39 AM

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Multimedia: Signs of Change Curator Talk

The Feldman Gallery + Project Space welcomed guest curators Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee for a talk on Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now. Curated as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements. Hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over 40 years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. This talk took place on February 3, 2010.

Photos of Signs of Change installation by Heather Zinger ’10.

Signs of Change Curator Talk with Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee
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Posted on 02/11 at 10:19 AM

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Podcast: Po Shun Leong MFA Lecture

Po Shun Leong – artist, former architect, sculptor and furniture maker – presented a lecture at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design studios at the Bison Building on January 28, 2010. Leong’s highly intricate and inspiring one-of-a-kind wood boxes are in numerous museum collections. Often inspired by ancient or legendary civilizations, 
Leong’s work displays a flamboyant sense of shape, surprise and presentation.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint degree program offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Po Shun Leong, Graduate Lecture Series
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Posted on 02/10 at 02:43 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture Rescheduled

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture featuring internationally renowned interior and product designer Shashi Caan has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 1.

Learn more about the lecture at the “PNCA web calendar”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1448&list_type=4&cat=1&year=2010.

Posted on 02/10 at 11:04 AM

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Feldman Gallery Hosts West Coast Premiere of Signs of Change


Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space is proud to host the West Coast premiere of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, opening February 4.

Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now features hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera that bring to life over 40 years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of New York-based Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.

Organized thematically, the exhibition presents the creative outpourings of social movements, such as those for civil rights and black power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women’s rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and for social change in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organizations.

Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been written, and political and activist shows have been held, this exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future

Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now is an exhibition produced by Exit Art, NY, and was the inaugural project of the Curatorial Incubator Program. The program expands Exit Art’s commitment to young and emerging curators and scholars in contemporary art, by giving material, financial, and human resources to developing curatorial talent. Working with Exit Art directors and staff, fellows curate large-scale exhibition projects, learn fundraising, develop outreach and educational programs, and co-publish a catalogue. Signs of Change was presented at Exit Art from September 20 – December 6, 2008 and traveled to the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region (co-presented with the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY).”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Learn more about “Signs of Change”:http://www.exitart.org/site/pub/exhibition_programs/signs_of_change/index.html.

Image courtesy of Exit Art Gallery.

Posted on 02/03 at 12:26 PM

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