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2013 Commencement Awards

BFA Thesis Awards
William H. Givler Thesis Award-Fine Arts: Adam Johnson
William H. Givler Thesis Award-Design Arts: Erica Larson
Thesis Writing Award: Lia Griesser
Abraham and Anna C. Helman Award for best in show: William Matheson

BFA Departmental Awards
Animated Arts Departmental Award: Amanda Hall, Kelly Raine
Illustration Department Award: Seanavin Egdamin
Intermedia Department Award: Anthony Hudson     
Liberal Arts Department Award: Anthony Hudson, Mika Nakazawa
C.S. Price Painting Award: William Matheson
The Photography Departmental Award: Adam Johnson
Printmaking Departmental Award: Molly Kaplan
Ed & Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award: Rachel Reid
General Fine Arts Major Award: Rebecca Peel

MFA in Visual Studies
Department Award: Timothy Janchar
Department Award: Terri Bradley
Chair’s Award: Daniel Long
Thesis Exhibition Award: Christina Bailey
Thesis Writing Award: Linden How
Student Speaker: Linden How

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Program Award: Kyla Mucci
Practicum Award: Kyla Mucci
MFA in Applied Craft & Design Fellowship: Dan Jamieson

MFA in Collaborative Design
Department Award: Chelsea Stephen
Student Speaker: Emma Conley

MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
Program Award: Brooke Wendt
Thesis Award: Lauren Heagarty
Master Questioner: Val Hardy
Student Speaker: Carmen Denison

Posted on 05/30 at 12:04 PM

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Congratulations to the Class of 2013

Congratulations to the talented graduates of the class of 2013 from the faculty, staff, and administration of PNCA.

This year, PNCA graduated 154 talented men and women in nine undergraduate programs and four graduate programs. These dedicated artists are painters, innovators, sculptors, filmmakers, illustrators, animators, writers, designers, and question-askers. They are curious. They think creatively. They hold up a lens to the world and show us what works, what’s broken, and how we can make it better.

Since PNCA was founded in 1909, PNCA has graduated 3379 artist and creative thinkers. These graduates have left their mark on the world in ways both large and small. And now the Class of 2013 joins this alumni family.

Have a safe, happy, and productive summer.

Posted on 05/28 at 11:20 AM

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Alex Dolan Awarded Park Avenue Armory Residency

Alex Dolan ‘12 is the first visual artist to be awarded a residency at New York’s . Dolan was selected for the residency in partnership with 89plus, a collaborative project between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets focusing on artists born in 1989 or later — Dolan was born in 1990. He’ll be making sculptures in response to the space as part of this three-year-old program of residencies.

Posted on 05/16 at 12:03 PM

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Heidi Schwegler Chosen as Associate Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft + Design Program

Congratulations to Heidi Schwegler, who has been named the Associate Chair of the Master in Fine Art in Applied Craft + Design Program, a partnership program of Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).  A unique, joint MFA program, the Applied Craft + Design program is grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement. 

Heidi has been an Associate Professor of Metals and General Studies with OCAC since 1998. She has led the first year graduate critique seminar for the Applied Craft + Design Program since 2011.

As an accomplished metalsmith, Heidi has progressively explored a wide range of media in her studio practice, and has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants, including a Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) Project Grant (2010, 2007); Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) Career Development Grant (2010, 2008); a Hallie Ford Fellowship (2010), and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2010). She was also a finalist for a 2012 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum.  Her art residency resume includes the Anderson Ranch Art Center (June 2013), 18th St. Arts Center, Los Angeles (2011); Nes Residency, Iceland (2010), and the Beijing International Artist Platform (2010).  She is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she earned an MFA in metals. She received BFA degrees in metals and art history from the University of Kansas.

Posted on 05/07 at 09:16 AM

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PNCA Announces 2013 The Hannah Arendt Prize

Original Writing on Critical Theory and Creative Research
Award presented by the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research Program
Entry submission: essay of 1,500 words or less

Application deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013

Theme: On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention?
Cash award: 5,000 USD

Winner announced by Saturday, August 31, 2013

Please note that essays over the limit will be disqualified.

The Hannah Arendt Prize in Critical Theory and Creative Research is an annual competition for those interested in the juncture of art and creative research and in the principles at the heart of the arts and humanities, including sense-based intelligence; the reality of singular, nonrepeatable phenomena; ethical vision; and consilience between inner and outer, nature and reason, thought and experience, subject and object, self and world.

Application for the prize is open to the general public. Download the PDF application and email the completed application and the essay (in a .doc or .pdf format) to

Explication of theme:
“To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all creative spirits. The history of human progress amounts to a series of Promethean acts. But autonomy is also attained in the daily workings of individual lives by means of many small Promethean disobediences, at once clever, well thought out, and patiently pursued, so subtle at times as to avoid punishment entirely. All that remains in such a case is an equivocal, diluted form of guilt. I would say that there is good reason to study the dynamics of disobedience, the spark behind all knowledge.”
                                                  —Gaston Bachelard, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire

Intervention is an omnipresent if not ubiquitous word in contemporary discourse, but what forms does it take in the age of genetic engineering and real-time media?  Is the concept a decoy or distraction in the face of futility? A cover or compensation for hopeless battles and set-ups? Is it simply working to slow down the Inevitable, a notion that in and of itself works as a major obstacle to critical thought and action? Or is it something more serious, more durable, and more dangerous? What is the relation of critique and intervention, theory and practice? And what role does art play in what Bachelard called “creative disobedience,” acts of Prometheanism “so subtle at times as to avoid punishment entirely”? Might art now comprise one of the last forms of political stealth, working in increasingly sophisticated time-based ways? What kinds of thought and action are powerful and compelling interventions today, whether one-off spectacles, sabots, monkey wrenches, sleepers, gummy bears, or Trojan Horses?

Along with Anne-Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders, Founding Co-Chairs, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the judges for 2013 include
Claire Bishop, Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Exhibition History, Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Judith Butler, Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, The University of California, Berkeley, and Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy, Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien/EGS
Barbara Duden, Professor Emerita, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Julia Kristeva, Professor Emerita and Head of the École doctorale Langues, Littératures, Images, Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7, and recipient of the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought

Heike Kühn, Film Critic

Martha Rosler, Artist and contributor to the Hannah Arendt Denkraum (on the occasion of Hannah Arendt’s 100th birthday)

For information about last year’s competition, please see

Posted on 05/03 at 08:53 AM

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