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Curator Walkthrough: It’s All A Blur

Visiting curator Justin Hoover of SOMArts Cultural Center leads a walkthrough of It’s All A Blur in the Feldman Gallery on October 5 at 12:30 pm. Read more…

Posted on 09/29 at 05:32 PM

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Oregon Manifest Exhibits Winning Bikes

The winners of the 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge—a competition to build the best utility bicycle—will be exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Craft from September 27–October 29, along with two public programs. Learn more…

Posted on 09/24 at 09:55 PM

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Democratizing Electricity

Founder of SELCO India dispels the myth that poor people in developing countries cannot afford solar technology. Listen to him speak at the first MFA in Collaborative Design lecture of 2011 on September 21. Read more…

Posted on 09/19 at 11:05 AM

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2011–2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

PNCA is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, presented by ZGF Architects LLP and supported by PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education). Unless otherwise noted, Visual Studies lectures are held in the Swigert Commons at the PNCA Main Campus Building, Applied Craft and Design lectures are held at The Bison Building in the Applied Craft and Design Studios, and lectures begin at 6:30 pm. For the most up-to-date information about each lecture, visit the PNCA Calendar.

Focused on experiential learning, knowledge sharing and cross-disciplinary exchange, PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artist program is a dynamic and essential part of each graduate program’s curriculum. Throughout the year, artists, scholars, designers, curators and critics from around the globe are invited to engage with students and the community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops and studio visits. These visiting artists contribute to, challenge and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the possibilities for innovative instruction and learning.


Posted on 09/14 at 11:53 AM

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PNCA Talent Shines at TBA:11

It’s that time of year again—new students are flooding Swigert Commons, classes have just begun and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)’s ninth annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) is only one week away. Each year, the TBA Festival jump starts the school year with a challenging and inspiring lineup of contemporary performance, dance, film, monologue, new media and visual arts. It draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary art in Portland. The Festival is presented September 8–18 at venues around town, with visual arts exhibits running through October at Washington High School.

Pacific Northwest College of Art partners with PICA and TBA to offer a series of noontime chats, classroom visits and workshops with some of the leading thinkers and makers in contemporary art. These conversations transform the campus into a laboratory, and invite students, professors and community members to actively engage in contemporary art criticism. In addition, PNCA students receive special passes to TBA events, allowing them to attend events and report back on them in their coursework.

This year, the talents of several PNCA faculty and alumni contributed to the production of and mounting of TBA:11. Practicing the art of curation behind the scenes, PNCA alumni Val Hardy ’11 worked as the Curatorial Assistant and Gallery Manager, and Kent Richardson ’06 acted as the Principal Preparator and Exhibition Designer. PNCA community members showcased on stage or in the galleries include:

Anna Gray ’08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ’08, Don’t Worry We’ll Fix It

Gray and Wilson establish a production office to examine the ways that the institution of history is continuously built up and broken down. The artists will produce the publication September and work on-site to correct, revise and compile errata from previous editions of the paper.

Opening reception: September 8, 2011, 8–10 pm
On Sight Salon, October 2, 2011, 2 pm
531 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

PNCA presents Disorientalism: Ready Mix

Curated by Mack McFarland, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Disorientalism is an ongoing collaboration between Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim. Through live performance, video and photographic projects, the artists explore how technologized labor, junk culture and consumerism mediate race, gender and bodies.

September 1–October 22, 2011
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

PNCA presents It’s All A Blur

Curated by Justin Hoover, SOMArts Cultural Center

It’s All A Blur focuses on three West Coast masters—Guillermo Gómez Peña, Dale Hoyt, and Tony Labat—who have pioneered an intellectual, multifaceted approach to identity and art as means for social justice in the post-Bush era. Their work deals with levels of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current status of the American Dream.

September 1–October 22, 2011
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

David Eckard, ©ardiff

PNCA Faculty Member David Eckard returns to the streets with his sideshow pitch and a roaming rumination on the Cardiff Giant’s long, lingering shadow.

September 9–18, 2011
Various locations, visit for details.

Tesar Freeman ’09, Gadsden

A contemporary reenactment of this pre-Betsy Ross flag, altered by the bias of current events and the slow revisions of time, will fly from Washington High School’s flagpole.

September 8–October 30, 2011
531 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR

Michael Reinsch BFA’01, MFA ’09, Gallery Walk

Wearing a constructed gallery costume, Reinsch wandered throughout Portland accompanied by a gallery assistant as a living personification of the site of exhibition. During open hours, the gallery/man presented temporary exhibitions and spewed the poetry of the artist statements and didactics that we rely on for context and understanding when viewing art.

September 1, 2011, 6–9 pm
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR

Posted on 09/02 at 04:41 PM

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In Memory of Joan Shipley

The PNCA community is deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Shipley. Her consistent dedication to the local arts community and her unfaltering support of PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft made her one of the most valued art patrons in Portland.

Tom Manley, PNCA’s president, in writing to the College community about the news, remarked:

“In losing Joan, we have lost a great community treasure and champion of the arts. Joan exemplified the very best qualities of civic involvement and leadership. Hers was a thoroughly humanist vision and no one worked harder, more gently, more quietly or with greater ultimate effect than she. Speaking on behalf of the College—just one institution of the dozens Joan Shipley helped to make better—and my family, I send our deepest condolences to her husband John and their family at this terribly sad time.”

Joan was no stranger to the PNCA community. She was a board member of Museum of Contemporary Craft (when it was called the Contemporary Crafts Association) from 1975 to 1979. She served as a voluntary interim gallery director during this time, when the Museum was without an appointed director.

President Manley mentioned as well the leadership and generous support of other members of the Shipley family to PNCA, in particular John Shipley who as a past board member helped to guide the school’s transition to the Peal District campus and helped to found the Philip Feldman Gallery and Project Space and Thomas Shipley, John and Joan’s son, who currently serves on the PNCA Board of Governors.

There are hardly any organizations in town with which Joan Shipley did not have direct involvement. In addition to PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft, Chamber Music Northwest, Literary Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, where Joan was a founding member, and the Sitka Center, to name a few, can attest to the depth of positive contributions the Shipleys have made to the Oregon arts community. In recognition of her efforts, Joan was a recipient of the 2004–2005 Governor’s Arts Award as well as the Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA) Award for Service to the Visual Arts in August 2011.

Shipley’s love of art and her belief that creativity is the gateway to good citizenship are the cornerstones of the legacy she leaves behind. Joan Shipley will be remembered for working endlessly, gently and often anonymously to elevate the prominence of art, culture and civility.

The College will announce plans for a remembrance in honor of Joan once details become known. In addition, PNCA will publish a memorial article about her contributions to the arts community on Untitled in the coming weeks.

Posted on 09/02 at 12:55 PM

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