Big news recently for PNCA’s residence hall ArtHouse, which opened for students in the fall of 2013. First ArtHouse was awarded the green building LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, sliver certification for new construction.
Then this week the Daily Journal of Commerce recognized ArtHouse as one of the top new construction projects for the year. This six-story building, designed by Thomas Robinson of LEVER Architecture and located on the North Park Blocks, has many environmental-friendly features that also serve art students well including a
rain garden and patio in the center of the building, natural light pulled into the building through cutaways at the end of each corridor, expansive operable windows, generous bike parking and custom furniture made from wood salvaged from the site’s previous building. Arthouse is part of PNCA’s campus hub just a five minute walk from the new campus at the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design and across the street from the College’s Museum of Contemporary Craft.
PNCA is pleased to welcome Peter Simensky as the incoming Chair of PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies. Peter is an accomplished interdisciplinary artist and faculty member. He has extensive teaching experience from some of the top art programs in the country such as California College of the Arts, Stanford University and New York University. Most recently he has served as core faculty in the Interdisciplinary MFA programs at School of Art Institute of Chicago and at Maine College of Art. He will be moving from New York City to start the academic year in the MFA in Visual Studies program, one of the six graduate programs in PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies.
Simensky’s varied process-oriented practice demonstrates interest in the art object as trigger and emblem for forms of exchange. Situated in moments of slippage and interchange, his projects evince the volatility of art objects, which are on one level cash with which to trade and invest, and on the other, art—the mysterious objectification of reflection, imagination, desire, and promise. Simensky’s project Gold Dust can be found in the current Cabinet Magazine. As Simensky’s contribution, this issue comes sprinkled with gold dust. Simensky visited Cabinet’s offices on the day the issue arrived and scattered 7.9 grams of 24-karat gold over the magazines, an amount equal in value to the cost of printing the two pages allotted to his project.
Peter is an active and accomplished artist whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum 52, NY, The Swiss Institute, NY, and Project Row Houses, Houston. He has participated in numerous group shows in the US and Internationally at museums, institutions and galleries and brings a wealth of knowledge of contemporary art practices, people, and venues.