PNCA is proud to announce that Faculty member Ellen Lesperance and alumna Michelle Ross ‘87 are two of three Oregon visual artists named 2012 Hallie Ford Fellows by The Ford Family Foundation. The recipients named are awarded $25,000 each for demonstrating excellence in their work and exhibiting significant potential for future accomplishments. This is the third year that The Ford Family Foundation has been awarding the Hallie Ford Fellowships and the second time PNCA faculty and alumni have been awarded the fellowship.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft, in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation, will present an exhibition of the work of the Hallie Ford Fellows in Visual Arts. This exhibition is scheduled to open January 24th, 2013 and run through the Fall of 2012 at both Oregon and out-of-state museum.
About Ellen Lesperance
Ellen Lesperance is an Assistant Professor, teaching in Foundation, Intermedia, and Painting. Lesperance has exhibited her work in venues including The Seattle Art Museum; Monya Rowe Gallery, New York City; Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles; PS122, New York City; Artists Space, New York City; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland; and Samson Projects, Boston. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Tema Celeste, USArt, and Art Monthly. In 2010 she received The Betty Bowen Award and was a MacDowell Colony Artist-in-Residence. She is represented by Ambach & Rice Gallery, Los Angeles. In 2012 her work in memory of slain activist/artist Pippa Bacca was featured in a solo exhibition at Frieze New York.
About Michelle Ross
Michelle Ross mentors in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program and teaches painting and drawing at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She was recently a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. In 2004 she received an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, and in 2003 her work was represented in the Portland Art Museum’s “Oregon Biennial”, “Ulterior Motives: Current NW Abstraction” at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University and the West Coast issue of New American Paintings. Her work traverses the history of abstraction, design, decoration and the love of language. She received her BFA from PNCA in 1987 and is represented locally by Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
About the Hallie Ford Fellows
Those eligible are practicing visual artists currently producing works of art; full-time residents of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline who are legal residents of Oregon 30 years of age or older at the time of application who have evidenced, through appropriate documentation, seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in their medium and are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time at the time of application or during the successive grant period.
Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Namita Gupta Wiggers has been appointed director and chief curator of the Museum. Wiggers was hired as curator in 2004 to raise the national and international profile of the historic institution as it moved to its new location in the North Park Blocks, and to develop a vision for a new kind of museum focused on craft.
As a leader in the critical reconsideration of craft in America, Wiggers brings a broad, long-term vision of Museum of Contemporary Craft as a museum of influence. “Namita is a very gifted curator with a world-class reputation. She is also a thought-leader on craft and design and an effective administrator with the strategic thinking skills and day-to-day savvy to realize an ambitious vision for the Museum,” says Tom Manley, president, PNCA and CEO of Museum of Contemporary Craft. “Her appointment is effective July 1st and coincides with the arrival of PNCA’s new academic dean, Mark Takiguchi, who is coming from California College of the Arts. This brings the College a new opportunity to strengthen the ties between the Museum and PNCA curricula, and thus enhances curatorial studies opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.”
Read the press release for a full description of this exciting announcement.
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In the latest Wall Street Journal, Peter Plagens asks whether Portland may be the nation’s next “art capital.” If the answer is yes, it puts PNCA in a good position, as Plagens’ piece points to the important role that PNCA, its faculty, and alumni play in the region. Plagens writes about the Mayoral Candidates Forum hosted by PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design program and moderated by program Chair Peter Schoonmaker. Plagens also mentions Guggenheim Fellow and Chair of the MFA in Visual Studies Arnold J. Kemp in comments about the role teaching artists play in the arts ecosystem in Portland.
Plagens visited FalseFront gallery to view an exhibition curated by PNCA’s Laura Hughes MFA ‘10 (Visual Studies), and calls faculty member Crystal Schenk’s Artifacts of Memory exhibition at Linfield College “a truly poetic stunner.”
In his article, Plagens, who received pointers from PORT‘s Jeff Jahn, focuses on the role that alternative spaces play in Portland (in addition to the academic galleries), writing that they are “less about art’s being—art objects displayed and for sale—than they are about artists becoming . . . ” This notion could be applied to PNCA and Portland’s larger arts community as well. As Plagens notes, artists like Storm Tharp, who recently completed a portfolio as a visiting artist with PNCA’s Printmaking Department, are here because Portland gives artists the space to do the work they need to do. Becoming “Our Next Art Capital” may be hyperbole, but there’s something happening here, and PNCA is in the thick of it.
At the 2012 Commencement ceremony, PNCA will be proud to graduate over 100 undergraduate and 25 graduate students from nine undergraduate and two graduate programs. The 2012 Commencement Address will be delivered by Congressman Earl Blumenauer.
About Earl Blumenauer
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his career to public service.
While still a student at Lewis & Clark College, Blumenauer spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78.
He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, creating a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy, and economically secure.
A leading environmental advocate both in Oregon and in Congress, Congressman Blumenauer has authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming, and clean our nation’s water bodies. He has worked on specific bills such as The Little Sandy Protection Act (2001), which enhances and protects the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit, the source of drinking water for the Portland metropolitan area.
The first winner of the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award at the 2012 Oregon Book Awards is Joe Sacco, for his book, Footnotes in Gaza.
Sacco’s Footnotes was among an impressive list of work including PNCA alumna Aidan Koch’s ‘09 (Illustration) The Whale, Graham Annable’s The Book of Grickle, Sarah Oleksy’s Ivy, and Greg Rucka’s Stumptown.
Published in 2009, Footnotes in Gaza is a journalistic graphic novel about two bloody incidents during the Suez War. The book describes the author’s quest to find out what happened in Khan Younis and Rafah in November 1956.
The Graphic Literature Award was created in April 2011 during a week that included a visit to PNCA by award-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, author of Maus. Read more about the creation of the award here.
In 2008, PNCA’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space exhibited a retrospective of Sacco’s work. In the Oregonian, Brian Libby noted, “Sacco’s work—mostly simple black-and-white, storyboard-like renderings in this show—brings alive the everyday reality of living amid violence. It’s not about the violence toward him but instead the consequences for the innocent.”
PNCA’s Illustration program fuses professional practice with personal vision, pushing students to develop the hybrid skill-sets needed to flourish in today’s dynamic, multi-media marketplace. Learn more about the Illustration program’s students and faculty on the Illustration Tumblr site. Read more about Koch’s The Whale here.