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Arthouse Announced for North Park Blocks

The Powell family in collaboration with PNCA is set to build ArtHouse, a new PNCA student community project on the Powell-owned property adjacent to the North Park Blocks. PNCA’s enrollment has doubled since 2004 to nearly 600 students and is expected to reach 1000 by 2018. The 7-story, 55,000 square feet building, in the location of the former Powell’s Technical Books, will operate as art on different scales: from building as art, designed by Thomas Robinson, to spaces that showcase art, to places to make art. The building is planned for the Fall 2013 class.

Read news coverage of ArtHouse from the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Posted on 04/26 at 12:04 PM

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Samantha Mash ‘13 Wins Prestigious Society of Illustrators Prize

Samantha Mash ‘13 has been selected to receive a $1,000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award for her work submitted to the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Her piece, Sculpture, depicts the back of a figure with mysterious horns and claws shrouded in the mystery of transformation. This award places her work among the best student work in the country for this school year.


Mash’s winning illustration is modeled after something she saw in the Museum of Contemporary Craft during a class visit.

“My Visual Vocabulary class went to the Museum of Contemporary Craft last semester,” mentions Mash, “and our instructor Martin French asked us to make an illustration inspired by one of the pieces on display. I decided to emulate the ceramic sculpture Untitled #5 by Manuel Izquierdo by taking his abstract form and turning it into a human figure.”

Back in February, it was announced that Mash, Sera Stanton ‘12, and Jeffrey Versoi ‘13 had work accepted into the prestigious and highly competitive Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Open to all BFA illustration students across the country, 200+ images are juried into the show from over 7,000 entries.

“It feels really bizarre” says Versoi of learning that he was awarded this honor. “I’ve only learned last semester how prestigious this society is, and its just a real huge honor now. A real bizarre, huge honor.”

In speaking about her approach to illustration, Mash cites a relentless process.

“I draw a lot and from all those sketches I turn a few into fleshed-out pieces,” says Mash. “I normally sketch traditionally with graphite on paper and then scan this into the computer where I digitally paint and draw on top of the scan. It is sort of a long process and can take up to twenty hours or more on some illustrations, but I like how meticulous this method makes me.”

PNCA’s Illustration program fuses professional practice with personal vision, pushing students to develop the hybrid skill-set needed to flourish in today’s dynamic, multi-media marketplace. Learn more about the Illustration program’s current students and faculty on the Illustration Tumblr site.

Posted on 04/19 at 05:31 PM

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Daniel Duford featured on Artforum’s 500 Words


PNCA faculty member Daniel Duford has been featured in ArtForum’s 500 words. He discusses his latest ceramic pieces, which are featured in the exhibition “Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art,” on view at the White Box.

“Vessels, myth, the written word, and narrative are my foundations,” Duford professes. “Because of my work with comics, I learned the value of sequential imagery. I see comic cells like ceramic shards that possess a physical dimension—they can be manipulated and assembled, spatially, to enrich a narrative and connect it to other physical objects.”

Duford has been a vital part of the PNCA community for years. He has taught a variety of classes including a Graphic Novel Intensive and upper division classes such as Senior Critique Seminar and Theory and Practice. His work will be exhibited in the Museum as part of an inaugural Hallie Ford Fellows exhibition in January 2013.

Read a profile of Duford on UNTITLED.  See what he had to say about Museum of Contemporary Craft’s exhibition on Ai Weiwei. Relax into his essay on hand digging for clay from the Generations: Betty Feves publication.

Posted on 04/17 at 04:59 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded a Fellowship in the Fine Arts to PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies Chair, Arnold J. Kemp. Kemp holds a combined BA/BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And he holds an MFA from Stanford University. From 1991 to 2006, Kemp lived and worked in San Francisco where he participated in four significant solo exhibitions and many groups shows while also working as a curator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1993–2003). Kemp’s proposal for the Fellowship includes doing research at the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin and making work based on that research.

Kemp is among a diverse group of 181 scholars, artists, and scientists awarded fellowships in the Foundation’s eighty-eighth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

Posted on 04/12 at 04:25 PM

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April is Bursting with Student Exhibitions

There are numerous students and alumni exhibiting on campus at PNCA and at other venues throughout Portland for the month of April. See the BFA Juried Show in the Swigert Commons, a solo show by Darja Bajagic in the BFA Gallery, S-From in the Higgins Gallery, and Loop in the MFA Gallery. FalseFront presents Light Structures, curated by Laura Hughes MFA ‘10 and featuring the work of Sydney Kim MFA ‘10 and Cay Horiuchi MFA ‘12.

Posted on 04/05 at 05:18 PM

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Delaney Allen MFA ‘10 Premieres New Photo Work at Nationale

Between gracing Washed Out’s album covers and dominating the tumblr scene with haunting images of smoke and light, Delaney Allen MFA ‘10 has been busy since graduating from the MFA in Visual Studies program two years ago. He was recently featured on the international blog iGNANT and has his second solo exhibition opening at Nationale on April 6. 

Born in Fort Worth, TX, Delaney Allen received his MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. His photographs have been shown nationally and internationally, most notably at Foam Museum in Amsterdam, NL. Additionally, he has self-published three books, one of which was included in Photo-Eye Magazine’s “Best Of” list for 2010 (Between Here And There). His work has been featured in a number of print publications including Nylon Magazine and France’s Tell Mum Everything Is OK. Allen currently lives and works out of Portland, OR where he is represented by Nationale.

Posted on 04/05 at 05:05 PM

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Rose Bond Awarded Ford Family Foundation Artist in Residence Prize

PNCA’s own Rose Bond, the chair of the Animated Arts department in the BFA program, has been awarded one of the five 2012 Ford Family Foundation Caldera Artist in Residence (AiR) Prize.

The Ford Family Foundation Caldera AiR Prizes are given to full-time Oregon artists over the age of 30 who are currently active and have been active in their art form for the last seven years. Along with a residency at Caldera, these awardees have been granted a financial stipend. The awards given are a result of a generous donation from the Ford Family Foundation.

Rose Bond is a Canadian born media artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her short films have been screened in international competitions including Sundance, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Experimental Film Fest, and the Ottawa, Annecy, Hiroshima and Stuttgart Animation Festivals. She has created large-scale, site-specific public installations for a number of locations, including Intra Muros which was projected by Director’s Invitation at the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival and restaged for the Holland Animation Film Festival in 2008 and Gates of Light sponsored by Bloomberg LP at the landmark Museum at Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side. Illumination No.1 her groundbreaking public media installation premiered in the windows of Portland’s Seamen’s Bethel Building in 2003. Bond is a Princess Grace Statue Award winner and a NEA and AFI film grant recipient. Bond is the chair of the Animated Arts department at PNCA. Her direct animation films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Posted on 04/03 at 06:05 PM

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Austin Adkins ‘12 and Linda Hutchins ‘88 to Perform at Low Lives 4

Current BFA student Austin Adkins ‘12 and alumnae Linda Hutchins ‘88 were selected to perform at the Low Lives 4, an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will present performances by Adkins and Hutchins on April 27, 5:30–8:30pm, and April 28, 12–3pm, in their new space, 415 SW 10th Ave (Suite 300).

With experience in competitive roller-skating, Adkins will create a physical “video loop” online and in the PICA space, using his skates as training wheels towards the development of physical proficiency. Hutchins will combine drawing and percussion in a performance that weaves repeated strokes of silver from ten finger thimbles into a rhythmic pattern on the walls.

Photo: Katy Knowlton ‘11

Posted on 04/02 at 06:21 PM

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