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Multimedia: Homecoming Address by Lee Kelly ’59

Portland Art Museum Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Bruce Guenther interviews PNCA Alumnus Lee Kelly ’59 for the 2009 Homecoming Address, part of PNCA’s Alumni Weekend. A significant Northwest sculptor, Kelly has spent over 50 years crafting dynamic works.

This lecture took place at Pacific Northwest College of Art on October 2, 2009. A reception with PNCA alumni took place before the lecture.

2009 Homecoming Address: Lee Kelly ’59
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Posted on 05/27 at 04:05 PM

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Thesis and Departmental Awards Honor Eleven Graduates

The Departmental and Thesis Exhibition Awards were presented at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony on May 23. Eleven students received a total of fourteen awards.

Departmental Awards
Elyse James – Ed and Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award in Honor of Manuel Izquierdo
Erin McCarty – Lloyd Reynolds Award for Illustration
Erica Stacy – David J. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award for Communication Design
Estaban Camacho Steffenson – C.S. Price Award for Painting
Chad Hinman and Lydia Rosenberg – Intermedia Departmental Award
Crystal Hall – Photography Departmental Award
Anthony Roberto – Printmaking Departmental Award
Tabor Robak – General Fine Art Departmental Award
Anthony Roberto – Liberal Arts Departmental Award

Thesis Exhibition Awards
Anthony Roberto – William Givler Fine Arts Thesis Award
Taylor Rozek – William Givler Design Arts Thesis Award
Anthony Roberto – Abraham and Anna C. Helman Thesis Award for Best of Show
Chad Hinman and Tuna Poanessa – 2010 Liberal Arts Thesis Writing Awards

Posted on 05/27 at 02:15 PM

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BFA + MFA Thesis Exhibition

The 2010 Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of PNCA BFA and MFA graduates, is currently on view at three locations. The Swigert Commons at PNCA Main Campus Building and the Cornelia and William T.C. Stevens Studios feature the works of BFA alumni, while the Goldsmith Building highlights work by MFA in Visual Studies graduates.

A special “First Thursday opening”: will take place June 3, 6 pm-9 pm at all three locations.

Posted on 05/26 at 12:39 PM

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Juried Illustration Show Presents Powerful Work

Illustration Juried ShowA jury of Illustration Faculty and local professionals selected 70 works of art from nearly 300 entries for an exhibition of PNCA Illustration students. The work shows enormous growth in the maturity and vision of the program, which is one of the College’s largest and most popular disciplines.

The exhibition is hosted at Inscape Gallery + Studio, the studio of Martin French, Illustration Department Chair, at 512 NW 9th Ave. It will be on view for the month of May. Please contact Martin (studio [at] martinfrench [dot] com) before visiting his studio, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm and Tuesday evenings, 6-9 pm.

Posted on 05/24 at 05:15 PM

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PNCA and MoCC Integration Receives National Attention

Integration of Museum of Contemporary Craft with PNCA featured in Wall Street Journal article “Hit by the Downturn, Museums Seek Bailouts”:

Posted on 05/21 at 11:16 AM

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2010 Commencement Ceremony

Pacific Northwest College of Art proudly presents the graduating class of 2010. This year, 71 undergraduates receive their BFA in eight different disciplines, and 15 graduate students receive their MFA in Visual Studies. They will be awarded their degrees at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony on May 23. PNCA President Emerita Sally C. Lawrence, who began her 20-year association with the College in 1981, will be the guest speaker.

PNCA will honor Thelma Johnson Streat and Sally C. Lawrence with Doctor of Art Honoris Causa degrees during the ceremony.

Thelma Johnson Streat (1911-1959) was a painter, dancer, designer and educator internationally-known in the mid-twentieth century for her visual and performance art. She is an early alumna of the College, having taken classes at the Museum Art School from 1934-1935.

Sally C. Lawrence began her long professional association with the College, which spanned 20 years, in 1981. She was with the College during its transition from the Museum Art School to Pacific Northwest College of Art, and oversaw the move to its current Pearl District location.

The graduating Class of 2010 will show their Thesis Exhibitions in three locations, May 23-June 26. BFA students will show their work in both PNCA Swigert Commons and PNCA Cornelia and William T.C. Stevens Studios. The MFA Exhibition will take place at the Goldsmith Building in Old Town. All buildings will host a special First Thursday event June 3, 6-9 pm.

Posted on 05/17 at 05:33 PM

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Thelma Johnson Streat to be honored at 2010 Commencement

Pacific Northwest College of Art will honor the life and work of Thelma Johnson Streat be awarding her a Doctor of Art Honoris Causa degree at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony. The honorary degree will be presented to her family.

Thelma Johnson Streat (1911-1959) was a painter, dancer, designer and educator internationally-known in the mid-twentieth century for her visual and performance art. She is an early alumna of the College having taken classes at Pacific Northwest College of Art, then known as the Museum Art School, during 1934-35. Streat went on to be the first African-American woman to have her work in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

When she began her professional career as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist at San Francisco’s Pickle Factory, she worked with muralist Diego Rivera who became one of her most ardent supporters. Streat also pioneered work to promote intercultural understanding with a focus towards youth. She was fascinated with the power of indigenous cultures to teach understanding, tolerance, and appreciation of diversity. As she traveled around the world, her work rose to international success. Her realist paintings also evolved into more abstract pieces as she widely embraced the music, dance, and symbols of the various cultures she lived with and studied.

Posted on 05/17 at 05:27 PM

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Visiting Artist Cat Mazza Takes on Global Garment Industry

Gestures of Resistance Visiting Artist “Cat Mazza”: will be working and performing this week at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Acclaimed for her Nike Blanket Petition, Cat Mazza joins Gestures of Resistance at Museum of Contemporary Craft as the fifth artist in residence, May 18-22. She embarks on a new project wherein knitted cast-offs of American brands are unmade and cut into strips or unraveled into a stitched sculpture. Mazza will develop a workshop environment that engages visitors in a discussion about the global garment industry. She will work and perform in the Museum each day from 11 am-6 pm. Her Nike Blanket Petition will be displayed in The Lab during her stay.

Posted on 05/17 at 04:15 PM

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Sally C. Lawrence to Receive Honorary Degree at 2010 Commencement

Sally C. Lawrence, PNCA President Emerita, will be presented a Doctor of Art Honoris Causa Degree at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony on May 23. The award honors her longstanding commitment to arts education and her close relationship to the College’s development.

Sally C. Lawrence began her long professional association with the College, which spanned 20 years, in 1981. This was the same year that the College’s name was changed from the Museum School to Pacific Northwest College of Art.  In the ensuing years, Lawrence oversaw broad changes at the College when, as a result of a self-study and recommendations from PNCA’s two accrediting bodies, the College took steps in the early 1990s to separate itself from the Portland Art Museum. Lawrence eventually oversaw the 1998 move to PNCA’s present campus in the Pearl District.

Posted on 05/17 at 02:22 PM

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8th Annual Gala Soars Beyond Forecasted Goals

On Saturday, May 8, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) held its 8th annual Gala, coined by Portland Monthly as the “swingingest art party in Portland!”  PNCA’s Constellation of Creativity raised $385,000, far surpassing the College’s anticipated goal of $300,000. Together with the College’s recent Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams and Butterfields, this year PNCA raised more than a half million dollars. The Centennial Campaign for PNCA+FIVE, a $32 million effort to raise funds for PNCA’s main campus building, endowment funds, scholarships and special projects is anticipated to end successfully by June 30, the close of the College’s current fiscal year. The Campaign was launched in January 2004 and was strengthened by the late Hallie Ford whose gift of $15 million in 2007 established PNCA’s Ford Institute of Visual Education (FIVE).

The full press release is available “here”:

Posted on 05/11 at 09:32 AM

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Oregon Painting Society Takes Tate Modern

Oregon Painting Society (OPS), a Portland-based art collective, participates in Tate Modern’s No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents, May 14-16. As one of over 70 independent art groups from around the globe, OPS will create a floor installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall that will focus on interactive musical sculptures. They will also present a new multimedia stage performance in the auditorium. The No Soul for Sale festival celebrates Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary.

PNCA alumni have been active members of the collective since its inception in 2007, including Liam Drain ‘07 and Julia Perry ‘10, and current members Barbara Kinzle ‘07, Brenna Murphy ‘09 and Jason Traeger ‘07.

Widely recognized for their group exhibitions and performances, OPS often incorporates witchcraft, New Age spirituality, psychedelia and science fiction into their installation and performance work. PORT awarded them “Favorite Solo Exhibition of 2009” for Radiant Dream Face at Portland State University’s Autzen Gallery.

Oregon Painting Society was most recently featured as part of the Portland 2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, presented by Disjecta and curated by Cris Moss of Linfield College.

Their installation HexenHouse was “a house, a game room, a garden, a jungle, an ocean under the stars and a metaphysical Hawaiian chill zone,” according to group member Jason Traeger ‘09. It was built predominantly of reused and reclaimed materials in a “collage-like collision of style on a larger scale than ever before.” They also continued to incorporate interactive electronic musical elements, leaving the audience to wonder, “Are you playing Hexenhouse? Or is Hexenhouse playing you?”

Posted on 05/07 at 03:26 PM

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President Manley Selected for Educations Leaders Institute

PNCA President Tom Manley is one of six Oregon delegates selected to travel to Chicago this July for the Education Leaders Institute (ELI), a symposium convened by the National Endowment for the Arts that helps develop public education strategies driven by the arts.

Since 2007, the Education Leaders Institute invites policymakers, educators, advocates, and artists to develop arts education plans for their respective states. Oregon’s team includes a diverse group of representatives from Oregon House District 5, Oregon State Board of Education, Pacific Northwest College of Art, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and Western Oregon University.  The group will address the challenge of increasing the arts-based preparedness of classroom teachers.

Read the full “press release”:

Posted on 05/07 at 12:56 PM

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Spring Art and Craft Book Sale

The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft announces their Spring Art and Craft Book Sale May 4-29. Save up to 40% on books, DVDs, catalogs and more! Drop in Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am-6 pm.

Posted on 05/07 at 12:56 PM

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Hubbub: Intermediate Sound Show

Student’s in Seth Nehil’s Intermediate Sound class present Hubbub, a one-night showcase of their audio-works. The show takes place May 7, 7-9 pm in Swigert Commons and is free and open to the public.

Posted on 05/06 at 10:46 AM

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Good Food and Hospitality

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.

Posted on 05/03 at 10:41 AM

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Chas Bowie on The Great Recession

Writer, critic and PNCA faculty member Chas Bowie penned an essay for “Untitled”: to accompany Michael Mandiberg’s exhibition The Great Recession, on view in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery.

Posted on 05/03 at 10:41 AM

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CE Tuition Discount for AmeriCorps Members and Alumni

In gratitude toward community members committed to service and in recognition of AmeriCorps week (May 8-15), PNCA’s Continuing Education Program is offering a tuition discount for its summer schedule of classes, “Summer of Making”:

Current AmeriCorps Members and AmeriCorps Alumni are eligible for a 15% tuition discount on summer class and workshop registration through May 31. The discount is applied during the online registration process. Please “contact”: the Continuing Education department with any questions.

Posted on 05/03 at 09:26 AM

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