News Archive

Sonya Clark Lecture

Artist Sonya Clark visits PNCA to deliver a Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture for the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program. Her multimedia work incorporates fibers, copper and video amongst others.

Posted on 02/28 at 10:20 AM

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Miller Challenge Grant

PNCA has received a Challenge Grant of $100,000 over two years from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The Challenge is in support of new and increased gifts to the annual fund through general support, as well as gifts through the College’s Gala.

Over 85% of PNCA students receive some form of financial aid or scholarship. During the 2010-2011 school year, the College has awarded more than $4 million in student scholarships, representing 25% of the College’s total annual operating budget. Scholarships are especially critical today, as the affordability of a college education becomes an even greater concern for students and their families.

The Miller Foundation Challenge also supports the College as it continues to build its BFA and MFA programs. This year, the College launched its ninth BFA Program, focusing on Contemporary Animated Arts. In fall 2011, the College will launch its third MFA program in Collaborative Design. Both of these programs will help graduating students meet the growing demands of the global workforce for creative, collaborative, critical thinkers. Support from the Miller Foundation Challenge will enable the College to build its annual fund programs, so it can continue to create new BFA and MFA programs to meet the needs of the creative economy.

Posted on 02/28 at 09:22 AM

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Derrick Jensen Lecture

PNCA welcomes author “Derrick Jensen”: as the 2011 Alfred Edelman Lecturer. Recognized for his polarizing beliefs about environmentalism in the industrial age, he is widely known as the poet philosopher of the environmental movement.

Posted on 02/25 at 11:20 AM

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Record-Breaking Benefit Art Auction Supports Student Scholarships

Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to announce that the third annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams & Butterfields at The Nines Hotel raised $130,000 for student scholarships at PNCA.

Under the leadership of Honorary Chair Jordan D. Schnitzer and Auction Committee co-chairs Elizabeth Leach and Kathleen Lewis, an impressive group of pieces were auctioned to raise funds to support students at PNCA. More than 85% of the College’s 600-plus students receive financial aid.

Internationally renowned auctioneer Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams & Butterfields, led the auction, which included pieces by James Lavadour, Donald Sultan, Judy Pfaff, Lee Kelly ’59 and Malia Jensen ’89, among others. The auction offerings also included a piece donated by the late Ed Cauduro, a longtime friend of the College who was committed to making scholarship support available to young artists through his establishment of a $1 million endowed fund through the Oregon Community Foundation.

In memory of arts supporter and gallery owner Laura Russo, six artists represented by Laura Russo Gallery donated personal works, the proceeds of which will go toward the Laura Russo Scholarship at PNCA.

Members of the 2011 Benefit Art Auction Committee are: Elizabeth Leach, Co-Chair, Kathleen Lewis, Co-Chair, Sheryl Acheson, Mary Lee Boklund, Tori Bryer, Susanne Hashim, Wendy Wells Jackson, and Selby Key.

“Scholarships make a real difference in the lives of students,” said co-chair Kathleen Lewis, who also chairs the PNCA Development Committee.

Elizabeth Leach, owner of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, agreed. “Scholarships often are the deciding factor in a talented student choosing PNCA – and Portland – over other areas of the country, and we are committed to doing all we can to develop local talent.”

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 02/23 at 12:24 PM

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Ready? Set? Launch!

I Heart Art: Portland, a collaborative project between Etsy, PNCA, MoCC and the Portland Etsy Team, kicks off its second year of professional development and networking programs this Friday, February 25.

Posted on 02/22 at 09:10 AM

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The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want

Bahamian installation artist Tavares Strachan visits PNCA to give an MFA in Visual Studies Lecture on February 24 at 6:30 pm in the Swigert Commons as part of the 2010-2011 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Posted on 02/21 at 11:24 AM

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Apply Now: MFA in Collaborative Design

Design Ecologies, Systems Thinking and Cultural Entrepreneurship are the three tenets of the new MFA in Collaborative Design at PNCA. Applications are due April 1 for Fall 2011 enrollment.

Posted on 02/17 at 10:14 AM

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BFA Application Deadline

In order to be considered for competitive scholarships, prospective students need to submit BFA applications by March 1. Visit the Admissions page for more information.

Posted on 02/15 at 11:04 AM

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Lew Oliver

Award-winning designer and urban planner Lew Oliver visits PNCA on February 17 for an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture as part of the 2010-2011 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Posted on 02/14 at 10:08 AM

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Give Blood

PNCA hosts a Red Cross Blood Drive on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Save a life and warm your heart. Sign up in Student Services or online (sponsor code: pnca).

Posted on 02/14 at 09:58 AM

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Curator Walkthrough at Feldman

Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death curator Kristan Kennedy will lead a “walkthrough”: of the Feldman Gallery exhibition on Tuesday evening, February 15.  Kennedy will introduce selected works and explain the dualities, conflicts and comparisons between them.

Featuring work by international artists Amy Bessone, Grant Barnhart, Kaye Donachie, Merlin James, Tala Madani, Elena Pankova and Norbert Schwontkowski, Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death. offers a contemporary look at figurative painting styles.

Posted on 02/11 at 11:59 AM

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Scholastic Art Awards

The Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards are part of a national project that encourages, fosters and rewards creativity in our nation’s classrooms. An exhibition of this year’s work is on view in the Commons through February 25.

Posted on 02/08 at 09:23 AM

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PNCA Open House

Learn more about PNCA’s BFA program, financing your education and preparing your portfolio at the upcoming “Open House”: event. Campus tours will also be available.

Posted on 02/07 at 02:35 PM

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Multimedia Archive

Visit PNCA’s online magazine, Untitled, for an extensive archive of public programs. Podcasts and videos of lectures, panels and interviews are available along with links to relevant articles for further information.

Posted on 02/02 at 02:49 PM

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CANCELED: Hannah Higgins

Due to severe weather conditions, Hannah Higgins’ CraftPerspectives Lecture has been canceled.

Posted on 02/02 at 02:35 PM

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