Studio H founder Emily Pilloton visits Portland to give a CraftPerspectives Lecture about her unique high-school design/build curriculum.
As founder and director of Project H Design, Emily Pilloton exemplifies an emerging generation of designers who believe that design has the power to positively change the world, but that new strategies are required to effect those changes. The exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft asks viewers to reflect on how that process can teach the next generation of designers to transform the world for themselves. Artifacts from Studio H, the project in rural Bertie County, North Carolina where Pilloton and partner Matthew Miller teach design thinking to high-school students, will be on display to illustrate how a socially engaged design process can result in significant and positive solutions. Together, Pilloton and Miller engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation.
Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, crafts, clothing and more, PNCA’s Holiday Art Sale is a great opportunity to find quality handmade gifts by Pacific Northwest College of Art students. The Holiday Art Sale occurs for four days, November 30th to December 3rd. From fine art prints, paintings, and sculpture to hand-crafted adornments, the annual sale transforms the College’s Swigert Commons into a showcase of outstanding holiday gifts.
Please join the PNCA community in celebrating the latest issue of Submit Magazine, an annual, student-managed publication featuring original visual and literary works from the PNCA community. The Submit Release Party will culminate in a reading from contributors at the Irving Street Kitchen (703 Northwest 13th Avenue) starting at 6:30 pm.
The theme for this semester was Rooms, and some exciting layout and design changes have happened. The magazine is constantly evolving, providing an opportunity for student volunteer teams to stretch their creativity and professionalism through producing a beautiful publication. This event will center around a reading from contributors to the magazine, and refreshments will be provided.
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes Anne Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders as co-chairs of the MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research (CT+CR). Oliver is currently Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Contemporary Theory at PNCA and Research Scholar in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Sanders has been PNCA’s Writer-in-Residence since 2009. Between them, Oliver and Sanders bring a combined 60+ years of iconoclastic research, writing, and teaching to the program.
The Oregon Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Ford Family Foundation, has awarded several PNCA faculty and alumni over $10,000 in competitive Career Opportunity grants. These awards provide support to individual artists who seek to take advantage of important opportunities to advance their careers through the development of artistic, business or professional skills. The grant recipients include Carl Diehl, Sarah Farahat ‘09, M.K. Guth, Laura Hughes MFA ‘10, and Jessica Orlowski.
The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine policies, establish long-range plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by the state of Oregon, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art and with a cultural partner grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Here are descriptions of each recipient’s project:
Carl Diehl (Faculty), media artist, $652
To support Diehl’s participation in the &Now Conference, a festival which brings together artists in a variety of disciplines to see how the artists can work together and develop new work. Diehl has been invited to present his performance work to the participants in this festival. www.carldiehl.com
Sarah Farahat (Intermedia ‘09), Portland, media artist $1,500
To support Farahat’s living expenses while participating in the Home Workspace Program, an 11‐month independent arts residency program in Beirut, Lebanon. The experience will expose Farahat to a year‐long intensive art dialogue and enable her to devote full time work toward a major exhibition.
M. K. Guth (Faculty), Portland, sculptor/installation artist, $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation, $3,760
To support the material costs associated with an invited public residency at The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, administered by The Art Production Fund in New York. Guth will travel to Las Vegas, with assistants to complete and install a site‐specific work. Additional Ford Family Foundation funds will support the costs of professional documentation of her work, travel and assistant expenses for the project.
Laura Hughes (Visual Studies ‘10 and Faculty), visual artist, $1,455
To support Hughes’ solo exhibition at the University of Oregon White Box Gallery in Portland, providing broader exposure to the arts community. Hughes is preparing an architecturally‐oriented installation, which will highlight her skill incorporating light and space into a dynamic vision. http://www.laurahughesstudio.com/index.html
Jessica Orlowski (CE Instructor), Hillsboro, sculptor, $1,500
To support costs associated with a solo exhibition of Orlowski’s ceramic sculpture at the Harry Krug Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. An artist talk will increase the impact of the opportunity, allowing her to more fully develop contacts outside this region.
The MFA in Applied Craft and Design hosts designer and surf enthusiast Natalia Allen for a lecture for the 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Natalia Allen brings her enthusiasm for surfing to entrepreneurship, combining green and tech to create innovative styles using environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing processes. In 2005, she founded the influential and fast-growing design firm Design Futurist. She received the highly coveted Parsons “Designer of the Year Award,” a title she shares with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler. She frequently lectures around the globe sharing her expert ideas on sustainable design.
A collection of PNCA faculty members and alumni were selected to attend a Creative Capital Professional Development workshop this last weekend hosted by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). The participants included Hayley Barker, Wayne Bund MFA ‘10, Nan Curtis, Michael Lazarus, and Jane Schiffhauer MFA ‘10. These artists are fine examples of the PNCA community engaging in ongoing professional practice and growth.
PICA, in partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC), hosted a three‐day intensive professional development workshop for 24 Oregon artists. The workshop was offered by Creative Capital, a national non‐profit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists. Through this intensive course, artists from all disciplines learned from Creative Capital consultants and prior artist grantees how to manage the business aspects of a creative career. Thanks to the generous support of RACC, OAC, and the Kresge Foundation, tuition was 85% subsidized.
In 2003, Creative Capital launched the Professional Development Program (PDP) to share with a broad community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self‐sufficiency that were initially developed for grantees. Since then, PDP has refined these methodologies and developed new ones, which it has shared with more than 3,700 artists in more than 50 communities around the country. PDP presents lessons on self‐management, strategic planning, fundraising, web strategies, verbal communication, and promotion.
A wide breadth of PNCA students are exhibiting on campus, and throughout the city of Portland. The following is a selection of exhibitions that showcase the talent and dedication of the PNCA student body.
General Fine Arts major Rachel Ferber ’12 presents What Does The Wind Feel Like in the BFA Gallery.
The Global Studies office presents the work of seven PNCA students in International Week.
MFA in Visual Studies candidate Kei Horiuchi MFA ’12 presents STATIC in the MFA Central Gallery, with sound by Stefan Ransom and Wilson Vediner.
The MFA in Visual Studies first year candidates present a group show, Happy Hour at Allied Works.
The Intermedia Club at PNCA presents a group show called ENTER MEDIUM in the Higgins Gallery.
Plywerk has teamed up with PNCA and Pushdot Studio to put together a juried art show of 20 art pieces from PNCA.
PNCA’s Printmaking Department presents work from PNCA’s Print Publishing Program in a show called Printed by PNCA.
Don’t miss a special benefit exhibition of work by Justin Kenney ‘12 in the Wieden+Kennedy Lobby on NW 13th Avenue, either. Proceeds from the sale of his artwork go to St. Mary’s Home for Boys and p:ear.
Painting Professor Modou Dieng curated an exhibition of student work at the Painting is Dead Gallery in a show called iPainting. Artist include Mary Brossman, Kevin Champoux, and Devon Maldonado.
This Sunday marks the November iteration of Portland Stock, a recurring public dinner event and presentation series hosted by PNCA which democratically funds Portland-area artist projects. Diners pay $10 for a homemade meal and the chance to vote for which artist proposal will receive the evening’s proceeds. The dinner’s profits immediately become an artist grant, awarded according to the vote of the diners. Winning artists present their completed work at the next Stock dinner.