PNCA faculty members are committed to relentless pursuits of artistic expression, creative practice, and professional development. New American Paintings, a magazine that runs a juried exhibition-in-print, includes two current faculty members, MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp, and Assistant Professor Ellen Lesperance, in the 2011 Pacific Coast edition. Current Continuing Education instructor Damien Gilley and previous faculty member Jenene Nagy are also featured in the issue. Read more…
PNCA is excited to announce a new partnership with Blick Art Materials (1115 NW Glisan st). This collaboration features Blick Art Materials selling PNCA merchandise, hosting special PNCA events, and displaying student artwork. The Blick Art Materials Yamhill location (formerly Art Media) moved to a new store location in the Pearl District area of Portland at the corner of 11th and NW Glisan Street. A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated this innovative meeting of art and commerce with the opening of an exhibition space showcasing a collection of artwork from a talented group of students. The PNCA Gallery at Blick currently features the work of nine BFA students and is on view until February 22, 2012.
PNCA is pleased to announce that alumna Aidan Koch’s book The Whale was nominated for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award. This new award, offered through Literary Arts and sponsored by PNCA, honors outstanding published work by Oregon cartoonists and graphic novelists. It was created in April 2011 amid a week that included a visit to Portland by award-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, author of Maus.
The creation of this award and Koch’s nomination speaks to the increasingly popular Illustration program at PNCA that emphasizes a strong interdependence between timeless technical mastery and contemporary marketplace savvy.
Koch’s The Whale has received much critical press. Liza Darwin of Nylon Magazine writes “In her debut graphic novel The Whale, 22-year-old artist Aidan Koch manages to conjure up some major emotions with barely any words. Instead, her drawings take center stage.” Matt Seneca of Death to the Universe called it Comic of the Year: “My favorite comic of the year is stripped down to the bones. As a package, not a piece of art or a story but a thing, it’s like a challenge.”
Congratulations to PNCA students and alumni for being selected for a Portland Building Installation for 2012 through the Regional Arts and Culture Council. MFA in Visual Studies candidate Jodie Cavalier ‘12 was selected for the Student Artist category and alumna Kendra Larson ‘04 was selected for the Professional Artist category.
Congratulations to MFA in Visual Studies James Papadopoulos ‘12 and Patrick Driscoll ‘12, who were nominated for the Joan Mitchell 2012 Award. Last year Elizabeth Malaska ‘11 and Samantha Wall ‘11 were nominated for this prestigious honor, and Samantha was one of the 15 students selected to receive a $15,000 fellowship.
These nominations point to the rigor and critical investigation that define PNCA’s five graduate programs. Recipients of the Joan Mitchell 2012 Award will be announced later in the spring.
The PNCA campus is thriving with a number of world renowned artists, designers, and urban planners.
On Wednesday January 18, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design and the MFA in Collaborative Design welcome to campus two different speakers. Master papermaker Paul Wong delivers an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture at the Bison Building at 6:30 pm and urban planner Timothy Beatley lectures on green urbanism and community scale sustainability as part of an MFA in Collaborative Design lecture in the Swigert Commons at 6:30pm.
An honored member of PNCA and the greater design community has passed away. Byron Stanford Ferris died on December 15, 2011 at the age of 90.
For almost six decades, Ferris was one of the most critical design voices in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. He was a renaissance man within the design realm: industrial designer, graphic designer, author, arts patron, critic, historian, and philosopher. He joined the PNCA community in 1959, first teaching a design and letterform class as an instructor at the Museum Art School. He was later appointed Chairman of the Museum Art School’s Trustee College Committee (In Spring 1981, the Art School’s name was changed to Pacific Northwest College of Art).
Former PNCA president Sally Lawrence remembers “the power of all his years of teaching delivered in his calm, intelligent and genuine deep caring manner.”
“I’m sitting here thinking about sitting, which is half way between standing and lying down. We all do a lot of it.” wrote Ferris for his first of a set of essays for the “Design Sense” feature for the Sunday Northwest Magazine insert for The Oregonian during 1984 and 1985. Writing about design was one of Ferris’ fortes, and he went on to write “One of the most difficult design tasks must be shaping a chair for the dentist’s waiting room. It shouldn’t be too comfortable, because the sitters really don’t want to be there. On the other hand, they’d like to be comforted, in the hope that the nurse won’t call their names.”
More of Ferris’ “Design Sense” essay can be read on Pinch, a design blog.
Ferris’ sphere of influence was not limited to the PNCA community. He was a Trustee for the Portland Art Association, worked as an associate editor for Communications Arts magainze, helped form the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, was the first US delegate to ICOGRADA, worked at Design Council, the renowned British design firm, and wrote numerous essays and longer works.
Ferris’ efforts to support arts and design education has created a lasting legacy in the halls of PNCA and beyond.
Faculty member Laura Hughes and alumni Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen were among the 30 artists selected by curator Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art for Tacoma Art Museum, and Renato Rodrigues da Silva, an independent curator and art critic based in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th Northwest Biennial Exhibition opening Saturday, January 21, 2012. According to TAM, “The 10th Northwest Biennial will examine the vital questions of who we are as residents of the Pacific Northwest, what we look like, and what are our aspirations for our communities. The Biennial will seek artworks that address the critical issues that underpin the larger issues of identity and community including the fluidity of regional identity in an age of global capitalism, increased urban migration, and the virtual diffusion of a discernible regional style. Because of the extraordinary complexities of these issues, The 10th Northwest Biennial will focus on the newly revitalized and resurgent forms of interdisciplinary art practices.”
The College’s annual Benefit Art Auction will be held February 23 at 5:30 pm and supports student scholarships. The Nines Hotel hosts the auction again this year, with master auctioneer Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams. Read an article about Auction Co-Chair Tori Bryer’s decision to donate an artwork to the 2009 Auction.
PNCA welcomes new incoming freshman and transfer students in addition to its returning student body. There is a student orientation Friday, January 13 for students new to campus, and the rest of the student body returns when classes resume Spring Semester begins Tuesday, January 17. Campus is closed Monday January 16 for Martin Luther King Day. See campus hours for Spring Semester here.