In the September Issue of Portland Monthly, Camille Grigsby-Rocca pens an article tracing PNCA’s “decade-long ascent” and growing influence as part of a national art-college boom in art school enrollment.
The piece opens, “Imagine the corner of NW Broadway and Hoyt Street, two years from now: hundreds of students and professors swarm through the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The former post office gleams after a $15 million renovation guided by acclaimed architect Brad Cloepfil. With sweeping marble floors and natural light pouring in, the school’s flagship building becomes the elbow in the arm connecting Old Town and the Pearl District.”
Read “Painting a Broader Canvas” in the current issue of Portland Monthly.
Here are some of the facts outlined in the article:
– PNCA has doubled its student body since 2004, with a current student body of 600 students.
– PNCA’s operating budget has more than doubled and its endowment has grown form $1.6 million to more than $13 million since 2000.
– PNCA continues to show signs of growth, from forming a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2009, and the most recent announcement of ArtHouse, a new student housing project at the site of the former Powell’s Technical Books.
The article also points to PNCA’s success in attracting national talent to be a part of Portland’s growing, “creative palette.” Grigsby-Rocca writes, “And Kavin Buck recently joined PNCA as Vice President of Enrollment Services, leaving his own 5,000-square-foot gallery in Inglewood and a long term career at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.”
Tomi Douglas Anderson, a culture policy advisor to Mayor Sam Adams is quoted in closing, “Art schools produce students with rigorous skills and fresh perspectives. They invest in ideas and ask ‘What’s next?’”
Even though summer is still in full swing, the new class of students in the MFA in Applied Craft Design program are already working at full speed. Led by Butch Anthony and Jack Sanders, the students have embarked on a two week project which will culminate in a public endeavor. In true design build fashion, the new students are responsible for all aspects of the project from conception, to designing models, to laboriously building the final pieces. This year’s Design Build is focusing on creating a public bike repair show and community hub for a park in North Portland.
Check in on their progress (they only have two weeks to finish!) on the ACD blog.
Last year, AC+D students installed a library and reading center at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. You can read all about the project here.
DK Row of The Oregonian profiles MFA in Applied Craft and Design candidate Eric Trine ‘13 and his entrepreneurial ambition to grow his own one-man handcrafted furniture design business.
Trine graces the front page of The Oregonian’s Business Section in an article that traces his motivation to become a “maker of things.” After growing up in California, and then studying at Biola University, Trine decided to focus in studio art. He started working for his father’s business, Champion Power Equipment. Eventualy Trine realized he wanted to sharpen his abilities at craft and design.
Read Row’s article profiling an outstanding student in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program.
Row writes that Trine “heard about the graduate program offered by PNCA and OCAC and was intrigued. The fact the program was in Portland—long-regarded as a craft epicenter—was also a pull.”
“Now living in Portland, Trine moved his one-man operation here last year to pursue a master’s degree in applied craft and design in a program offered jointly by the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Craft.”
Photo by Eric Trine MFA ‘13.
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