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President's Choice Award Winners

Congratulations to President’s Choice Award 1st Prize winner Insa Evans and Honorable Mention winner Portia Roy for their work in the BFA Juried Exhibition.

PNCA President Tom Manley announced his picks for President’s Choice Award in the BFA Juried Exhibition this week. Each year two students are selected by the President to receive awards.

Insa Evans' "Soon"GFA Major Insa Evans ‘13 received 1st Prize for her piece Soon.

“This piece is about love, distance, and empathy; but most importantly it is about the life of loving a solider,” Insa explained in her artist statement. “No matter where we may be, we are always together at heart.”

In reference to the size of her piece, she writes, “Never have I ever I felt a love so strong and powerful… I wanted the observer to be overwhelmed by the size and the amount of emotion this piece releases; just as I was when I first
fell in love with this solider.”

Portia Roy's "Chocolate Teapots"Portia Roy ‘11 was awarded Honorable Mention for her cast chocolate Chocolate Teapots.

Of her work, she writes, “I explore simulation, deconstruct popular culture, and recontextualize the banal. The hybrid nature of my artistic practice requires continual experimentation in process and medium. This type of experimentation has led me to explore diverse media such as fused plastic, sewn foam, or cast chocolate.”

Both works are on view in Swigert Commons until the end of the day April 30.

Posted on 04/29 at 11:47 AM

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Podcast: Natalie Chanin MFA Lecture

PNCA/Cyan PDX Cultural Resident and Alabama-based artist and designer Natalie Chanin presented a lecture on “Craft, Identity and Commerce” at the MFA Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building. This Graduate Visiting Artist lecture took place on April 15, 2010 and was co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Chanin spoke about forging a modern day model for cottage industry production; how she and a bunch of ladies in Northwest Alabama have influenced global fashion industry; lessons learned while establishing her sustainable fashion business; the urgency of the situation that the US is facing right now as it continues to lose small-scale industry and multi-generational family businesses to globalization; and how sometimes “all it takes is to bake one cake to make a difference.”

Chanin’s projects reflect a wide range of disciplines, from sustainable clothing and home furnishings to a limited edition jewelry line. She is best known for her work as co-founder and designer of Project Alabama, which became known for elaborately embellished and completely hand-sewn garments, made from recycled materials by local artisans and sold in stores around the world. Her design collective, Alabama Chanin, describes itself as “a lifestyle company that focuses on creating an array of products through focusing on slow design and sustainability.” They craft limited-edition products for the individual and for the home.

Natalie Chanin, Graduate Lecture Series
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Slideshow photos by Heather Zinger ‘10.

Posted on 04/28 at 02:28 PM

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Podcast: Renny Pritikin MFA Lecture

Renny Pritikin, Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California Davis and former Chief Curator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, presented a graduate lecture on April 8, 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Pritikin has received numerous awards including a Fulbright Fellowship
 to lecture in museums throughout New Zealand. Pritikin gave early support to such noted artists as Nayland Blake, Nancy Rubins, 
Fred Tomaselli, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson and many others.

Renny Pritikin, Graduate Lecture Series
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Posted on 04/28 at 11:23 AM

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Good Food and Hospitality

Good Food and HospitalityA Benefit Exhibition for Sisters of the Road

Students in Mary Preis’ Art and Design in Contemporary Society class are organizing a benefit exhibition for Sisters of the Road, a non-profit organization supporting community driven solutions to the calamities of homelessness and poverty. The exhibition will be part of First Thursday events on May 6th, 2010 on the loading docks of PNCA on NW 13th between NW Johnson and Kearney, from 5 to 8pm.

Students invited the entire PNCA community to utilize a provided 8” x 8” panel of wood to create a piece of art for the show. The benefit will sell each panel for $30.00. The event will also feature cupcakes by Bliss, brownies from Best Little Road House and performances by Portland’s very own Lee Corey Oswald.

“We wanted to engage PNCA’s great talent in a way that would directly support our local community,” said student Carolyn Reagan.

Posted on 04/28 at 10:45 AM

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Summer of Making

PNCA’s Continuing Education “Summer of Making”:http://www.pnca.edu/making program explores the confluence of art, design and craft practices. The Summer 2010 “catalog”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/606321.pdf is now available.

Posted on 04/23 at 12:56 PM

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Ex Libris: Collector Talk

JoAnn Pari-Mueller will speak about her collection and the world of ex libris prints on Wednesday, April 28, at 1:00 pm in the PNCA Main Campus Building, room 125.

Ex Libris: A World of Miniature Prints, is an exhibition currently on view in the Corner Gallery in the PNCA Main Campus Building.

Posted on 04/23 at 10:00 AM

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Hannah Higgins Lecture Postponed

Postponed due to family emergency, Hannah Higgins’ CraftPerspectives lecture originally slated to take place this Thursday April 22, will be rescheduled for a future date. In the meantime, sate your Fluxus curiosities with this Hannah Higgins “interview”:http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2010/04/hannah_b_higgin.html published today on PORT.

Posted on 04/22 at 10:27 AM

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Year in re:view

The Spring 2010 issue of re:view, the PNCA newsletter featuring recent institutional news, student and alumni profiles, and a message from President Tom Manley, is now available for “download”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/606977.pdf.

Posted on 04/19 at 12:53 PM

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An Interview with Stephen Slappe

Finn Grey ’10 speaks with PNCA faculty member Stephen Slappe, who is part of Portland 2010, a biennial of work in Portland presented by Disjecta and curated by Cris Moss.

Slappe talks about the metaphysical space of Crossroads, his new 4-channel video and sound installation at the Leftbank Building. Grey also talks to the artist about the interplay of nature and technology in his work; how media affects the way we interact with the world and with nature; humor as bait; and the trickster archetype.

An Interview with Stephen Slappe
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Portland 2010 takes place in a variety of galleries and warehouse spaces across Portland in March and April. The Templeton Building features work by faculty members Holly Andres, David Eckard, Damien Gilley and Jenene Nagy, as well as alumni Pat Boas ’98 and Oregon Painting Society. “Visit the Portland 2010 web site for more information.”:http://portland2010.disjecta.org.

Stephen Slappe, Crossroads
On view March 20-April 25, 2010
Artist reception: April 21, 5:30-7:30 pm

Leftbank, 240 N Broadway, Portland
Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, 12-6 pm

Posted on 04/14 at 03:56 PM

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Podcast: Shashi Caan MFA Lecture

Internationally recognized interior and product designer Shashi Caan presented a graduate lecture, Design Futures: The Art, Science and Craft, at the MFA Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building on April 1, 2010. Caan discussed previous projects, megastructures, why architects won’t take interior designers seriously and her role as an educator for design. Co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Caan is founder of the The Shashi Caan Collective, and former Director of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City. The widely published and honored Collective strives to create 
a bridge between art and science, the esoteric and the pragmatic, and between practice and education.

Shashi Caan, Graduate Lecture Series
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Slideshow photos by Heather Zinger ‘10.

Posted on 04/14 at 02:09 PM

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Podcast: An Interview with Mung Lar Lam

Finn Grey ’10 interviews Mung Lar Lam, who was in residence at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art from April 1-3.

Mung Lar Lam performs Ironings, a meditation on labor, gender and class, in which the task of ironing becomes the means of mark making. Lam works principally with reclaimed factory-produced textiles that she carefully steams and presses into origami-like folds. While some works remain discreet pieces, maintaining their autonomy, others are opened to expansively tile the walls, creating an environment for her performative labors. Lam recycles her Ironings for subsequent performances by un-ironing and re-ironing, and inscribes dates on each piece to disclose the number of iterations it has been through and the number of memories each one holds. Working with rudimentary textile operations, and pulling from practices of drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture, Lam has been developing a new and overtly gendered discipline for herself.

For more information about Gestures of Resistance, visit the Museum of Contemporary Craft “web site”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/index.php?f=2010_01_gestures.

An Interview with Mung Lar Lam
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Slideshow: Mung Lar Lam performs Ironings at Museum of Contemporary Craft, April 1, 2010. Photos by Chloe Dietz ’13.

Posted on 04/12 at 03:10 PM

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Contemporary Animated Arts to Launch in Fall 2010

The newest BFA program at PNCA, “Contemporary Animated Arts”:http://www.pnca.edu/caa embraces the hybrid-moving image by combining fine art practice and digital technologies. The interdisciplinary approach inherent in contemporary moving image arts leads students to construct images from many sources including: live action, models, photography, objects and textures. Read the full “press release”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/829/pnca-embraces-the-hybrid-moving-image-and-launches-new-contemporary-animated-arts-program.

Posted on 04/09 at 11:19 AM

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Podcast: Michael Mandiberg Artist Talk

In conjunction with The Great Recession at The Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Michael Mandiberg gave a lecture on his work at The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft on March 31, 2010.

Michael Mandiberg is an artist, programmer, designer and educator. His work varies from web applications about environmental impact to conceptual performances about subjectivity, to sculptures made from laser cut reference books.

Mandiberg’s work has been exhibited at such venues as the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York City, Ars Electronica Center in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Transmediale Festival, Berlin. An Assistant Professor of Design and Digital Media at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he is currently an Senior Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. Raised in Portland, Oregon, he rides his bicycle around his adopted home of Brooklyn.

Michael Mandiberg Artist Talk
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Slideshow photos by Chloe Dietz ‘13.

Posted on 04/07 at 05:37 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Program Welcomes Natalie Chanin

Natalie ChaninMFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Natalie Chanin
“Craft, Identity and Commerce”
Thursday, April 15, 6:30 pm
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building
421 NE 10th Ave. and Glisan St.
Free and open to the public.

PNCA/Cyan PDX Cultural Resident Natalie Chanin will lecture at PNCA as part of the Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Chanin is an Alabama-based artist and designer creating projects that reflect a wide range of disciplines, from sustainable clothing and home furnishings to a limited edition jewelry line. Natalie Chanin is best known for her work as co-founder and designer of Project Alabama, which became known for elaborately embellished and completely hand-sewn garments, made from recycled materials by local artisans and sold in stores around the world.

Her design collective, Alabama Chanin, describes itself as “a lifestyle company that focuses on creating an array of products through focusing on slow design and sustainability.” They craft limited-edition products for the individual and for the home. Their products are hand-made, utilizing a combination of new, organic and recycled materials. Natalie sees herself as a perpetuator of what she calls the “Living Arts.” These Living Arts consist of craft and traditions that have been passed down through generations of women and men — connecting us to our roots, our past, our community, and consequently to our present.

Posted on 04/07 at 02:30 PM

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PNCA Faculty Member David Eckard Awarded Bronson Fellowship

David Eckard, Associate Professor and Chair of the PNCA Sculpture Department, was recently awarded the 19th annual Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. His practice as a visual artist includes exquisitely fabricated sculpture, drawings, prints, and installations. The Bronson Fellowship is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding Pacific Northwest artist.

Posted on 04/07 at 11:16 AM

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Multimedia: Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck PNCA / Cyan PDX Cultural Residency

PNCA hosted internationally respected journalists and design critics, Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck, who visited Portland as part of the PNCA / Cyan PDX Cultural Residency Program in Spring 2010. Lasky and Beck engaged in a series of public events, discussions and exchanges with members of Portland’s art and design community, as well as students and faculty at PNCA.

Social Innovation-The Designer’s Voice
March 29, 2010, Jimmy Mak’s
A Conversation with Julie Lasky, Editor of Change Observer, and Ernest Beck, Journalist and Editorial Director of 2009 Aspen Design Summit. Moderated by Randy Gragg, Editor-in-Chief, Portland Monthly. The Bright Lights series is presented by Portland Monthly magazine.
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3BY10 IDSA Series: Design and Social Change–What are the critical questions?
March 31, 2010, Design Within Reach, Portland Studio
Julie Lasky and Ernest Beck reflect on the critical conversations that designers and design educators need to engage. Moderated by Carl Alviani and presented with Art Institute of Portland and Industrial Design Society of America Oregon Chapter.
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Video excerpts from these programs will be available soon.

Slideshow photos by Heather Zinger ‘10.

Posted on 04/06 at 03:43 PM

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Podcast: An Interview with Frau Fiber

Finn Grey ’10 interviews Carole Lung aka Frau Fiber, who was in residence at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art from March 18–27. Grey also speaks with project assistant and PNCA Intermedia student Austin Adkins.

Frau Fiber, itinerant textile worker, addresses Portland’s garment culture by “hacking” a Columbia Sportswear design for rain gear and sewing multiple sets of the garment using a bicycle-powered sewing machine constructed specifically for this project. High Performance Apparel Production (HPAP) is a two-person apparel micro-manufacturing unit consisting of Frau Fiber (operating the sewing machine) and volunteer citizens (providing power by pedaling the bike). The synchronized efforts of this Production Team are necessary to accomplish daily manufacturing goals of two pieces of high performance apparel each day, for seven days. Manufacturing takes place throughout Portland’s shopping districts and items are for sale at prices based on local wages at Columbia Sportswear manufacturing locations. A Manufacturing Code of Conduct for KO Enterprises are developed and posted on the machine.

For more information about Gestures of Resistance, visit the Museum of Contemporary Craft “web site”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/index.php?f=2010_01_gestures.

An Interview with Frau Fiber
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Slideshow: Carole Lung in residence in Portland. Photos by Heather Zinger ’10 and Leslie Vigeant MFA ’11.

Posted on 04/06 at 10:43 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Visiting Artist Renny Pritikin

Renny Pritikin, Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California Davis and former Chief Curator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, will visit PNCA for the MFA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The lecture will be held on April 8, 6:30pm in the Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Pritikin has received numerous awards including a Fulbright Fellowship
to lecture in museums throughout New Zealand. Pritikin gave early support to such noted artists as Nayland Blake, Nancy Rubins, 
Fred Tomaselli, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanson, and many others.

Posted on 04/02 at 01:09 PM

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BFA Juried Show

Outside art professionals Helen Hiebert and TJ Norris selected work for this year’s “BFA Juried Show”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1476&list_type=04&cat=1&year=2010. The exhibition highlights select work by students from the Communication Design, General Fine Art, Illustration, Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture departments. PNCA students Zachary Combs and Mona Superhero coordinated the exhibition. The exhibition is currently on view in Swigert Commons in the PNCA Main Campus Building.

Posted on 04/02 at 01:06 PM

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Podcast: Susan Brandeis MFA Lecture

Susan Brandeis presented an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture at the Bison Building on March 18, 2010. Susan Brandeis is a fiber artist and Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Art and Design at North Carolina State University, where she also coordinates studies in Fibers and Surface Design and the Anni Albers Scholars Program. Her work is in numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. This lecture was co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Susan Brandeis, Graduate Lecture Series
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Posted on 04/01 at 02:23 PM

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