PNCA is greatly saddened at the passing of civic leader, philanthropist and friend of the College Harold Schnitzer. Just last week, PNCA’s faculty voted unanimously to award Doctor of Arts Causa degrees to Harold and Arlene Schnitzer at this year’s Commencement ceremony on May 22. The honorary degrees, the highest PNCA or any art institution may offer, are in recognition of the extraordinary vision, leadership and support they have given the College and, more fundamentally, the broader artists’ community.
“PNCA has lost a great friend,” said President Tom Manley. “Harold consistently offered keen advice and generous support and no one has been more direct, sincere and on point than his counsel. I realized early on in my tenure that for Harold the success of PNCA was personal.”
“Personal because so many of our students, as they moved on in their careers, became part of the larger Northwest arts community that Harold and Arlene cared for deeply.”
MoCC artist-in-resident Mackenzie Frère leads a workshop for PNCA Continuing Education about using locally harvested plants for fiber dyeing. This introductory course runs April 30–May 1, and registration is still open.
Longtime PNCA faculty member Nan Curtis is the recipient of the 20th “Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award”:http://www.oregoncf.org/resources/news-pubs/press-releases/current-press/twentieth-annual-bonnie-bronson-fellowship-award.
PNCA’s writer-in-residence Barry Sanders was recently profiled in The Oregonian. The articles details his upbringing, journey through life and longtime desire to be a stand-up comic.
Join weavers and family members of Laurie Herrick and the exhibition’s curator for a guided tour of Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow this Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
On Sunday, April 3, Ai Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. He has not been heard from since that date. The international arts community has launched a petition to gain his freedom, and PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft invite you to add your signature. Ai Weiwei’s work was the subject of Dropping the Urn at Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2010 and PNCA students visited his studio in Beijing last year with faculty member Hseuh Wei.
In response to Ai Weiwei’s arrest, PNCA faculty member Ryan Pearce and students designed posters to call attention to this assault on independent thought and artistic freedom. They invite the general public to show solidarity and support by downloading and printing the images for display.
A good brand isn’t just important for large corporations and institutions. Learn how branding can help you better represent yourself as an artist at an I Heart Art: Portland workshop on April 16.
The PNCA Campus is replete with exhibitions this month, including shows in the Feldman Gallery, Swigert Commons, Corner Gallery, Manuel Izquierdo Sculpture Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Craft and many student and departmental galleries. Visit them all on First Thursday, April 7.
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STORE Gallery at Pioneer Place presents an exhibition of student work that was otherwise rejected from other exhibitions. The Refusalon is on view through April 10.