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PNCA alumna awarded the 21st Bonnie Bronson Fellowship

Pat Boas ‘98 joins the ranks of numerous PNCA faculty and alumni as a recipient of the prestigious award honoring artists from the Pacific Northwest. She will be honored at a reception at Reed College on April 18.

The Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award was founded in memory of Pacific Northwest artist Bonnie Bronson ‘61, who died in a climbing accident in August of 1990. The Bronson Fund has for each of the past 21 years honored an artist from the Pacific Northwest with a fellowship and the purchase of their work for the Bonnie Bronson Collection. These works are stored at Reed College and on exhibition throughout the campus. There will be a reception honoring Boas at Reed College in the Gray Lounge on Wednesday April 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Pat Boas is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Art Gym, PDX Contemporary and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon, the Boise Art Museum, the Salt Lake Art Center, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming and Seattle’s Consolidated Works. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers and a catalog, “”Record Record,”” was published by the Art Gym in 2009. The recipient of several grants and awards for her studio work, she has written articles and exhibition reviews for such publications as Art Papers and artUS. Boas is an assistant professor of Art Practice in the Department of Art at Portland State University where she is coordinator of the MFA in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio program.

Previous Bonnie Bronson fellows have included notable alumni Judy Hill ‘96, Ann Hughes ‘94, Malia Jensen ‘89, Lucinda Parker ‘66 and PNCA Faculty Nan Curtis, David Eckard, and MK Guth. 

PNCA hosted a retrospective for Bonnie Bronson this last September, celebrating 30 years of Northwest influence. There are photos on PNCA’s flickr site of the exhibition, and exhibition catalogs are available at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Image: Pat Boas, (detail) June 22, 2008, Inside the Interrogation of a 9/11 Mastermind, 2009, From the series: NYT Little People, Gouache on paper.

Posted on 03/26 at 11:13 AM

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Spring Break Hours

Spring Break from March 26 – April 1.
Monday – Saturday 8am-10pm
Sunday 9am-10pm
Normal hours resume Monday April 2.

Posted on 03/26 at 10:45 AM

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MFA in Collaborative Design program exhibits at Emory University

Matthew Lippincott and Molly Danielsson, mentors for the MFA in Collaborative Design’s Sanitation, Hygiene, and Integrated Technologies lab from fall semester, are part of an exhibition at the Center for Disease Control at Emory University. Constructive Interference  is an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of safe sanitation on human health that brings together artists and scientists from Emory University.

The exhibition runs March 19 – May 16. There is a reception March 26 at 5:30 pm in Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Room 6001. Lippincott and Danielsson present The Cloacina Project which “seeks to create open-source ecological alternatives to waterborne sewage in the urban West. We live in Portland, Oregon, and are currently engaging the public on regulatory reform of sanitation practices.”

They will also launch Sewer Catastrophe Companion: Dry Toilets for Wet Disasters, a handbook on emergency sanitation created by students from the Collaborative Design studio. Pre-release copies of the handbook will be available at the exhibition.

Posted on 03/23 at 05:05 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Alum Performs in NYC

Faculty and Alumnus Sean Joseph Patrick Carney releases a new book at Printed Matter, Inc.

After receiving acclaim from Jezebel and Gawker for his previous publications, Carney releases his newest book, #DRUGS, at the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists.

Social Malpractice Publishing is pleased to announce a special event at Printed Matter, Inc. Carney will perform at 6:00 pm on Friday March 23 at Printed Matter, Inc (195 10th ave, New York, NY 10011).

#DRUGS, a new book by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, is a collection of nonfiction essays by the artist detailing events centered around self-administered psychedelic experiences. In conjunction with the book launch, Carney will deliver a special stand-up performance recounting some of the hysterical hysteria that ensued while under the influence. These stories, simultaneously funny and sad, speak to the recklessness of youth, male camaraderie, immersive experience, and both the sincere and superficial reasons we get high.

About Printed Matter, Inc
Printed Matter is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. Founded as a for-profit alternative arts space in 1976 by artists and artworkers, Printed Matter reincorporated in 1978 to become the independent non-profit organization that it is today. Originally situated in Tribeca, Printed Matter moved to SoHo in 1989 where for twelve years the book displays and artists’ projects in the large storefront windows contributed to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the neighborhood. In 2001 Printed Matter relocated to Chelsea, where it continued to foreground the book as an alternative venue – or artistic medium – for artists’ projects and ideas. Finally, in December of 2005 Printed Matter moved into our current storefront location in Chelsea with big windows and greatly increased display and exhibition space. Recognized for years as an essential voice in the increasingly diversified art world conversations and debates, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art.

Posted on 03/23 at 03:37 PM

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Betty Feves Exhibition Featured on OPB

The upcoming Betty Feves retrospective was featured on Monday’s edition of Oregon Public Broadcasting news.

In a web article titled “Pendleton Artist Subject of Retrospective,” April Baer of OPB followed the Museum’s staff as they traveled to Pendleton to visit the private home of Feves and get a first-hand look into the work of a woman with a modernist approach to northwest ceramics. Baer wrote “The staff of the Museum of Contemporary Craft is having Christmas in March this year. They’re unpacking the life’s work of the late Betty Feves, a sculptor who worked on the vanguard of clay construction in the late 20th Century. She’s the subject of a 40-year career retrospective in an exhibition that  opens this Thursday.”

Read the article to get a first hand look into the unpacking of Feves work, and listen to the podcast that was featured on the radio.

Posted on 03/12 at 07:33 PM

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Deniz Conger named in “Forty Under 40”

A person integral to the growth and development of PNCA’s strategic planning recently received some notable Portland attention. Deniz Conger, Senior Director of Philanthropy for Pacific Northwest College of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft was named Honorable Mention in Portland Business Journal’s 2012 edition of their “Forty under 40”. Conger made the cut of the top 150 business and non-profit employees out of 1000 people nominated. PNCA is proud to highlight the efforts of one of its hard working employees.

Posted on 03/12 at 04:44 PM

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MoCC Curator Namita Wiggers on Think Out Loud

In anticipation of the exhibition Generations: Betty Feves opening March 15, OPB’s Think Out Loud talked with Museum of Contemporary Craft Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers as she was at the Feves home in Pendleton, Oregon selecting and preparing objects to be shipped to the Museum for the exhibition. You can hear a podcast on the Think Out Loud website of Wiggers talking with Think Out Loud’s Dave Miller about Feves’ importance to craft and to the region as a mentor, educator, and activist on behalf of the arts.

Posted on 03/05 at 03:06 PM

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Barry Sanders Speaks at Stanford for Environment and War Week

Barry Sanders, Founding Co-Chair of the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research speaks this Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Stanford University as part of Environment and War Week. Sanders is author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of U.S. Militarism, a new investigation that examines in detail the environmental impact of US military interventions overseas. In a period of unprecedented scrutiny surrounding the social and economic impacts of the defense policies of the US government, Sanders explores a completely different aspect of the situation and positions military activity as the single-greatest contributor to the worldwide environmental crisis, looking at everything from fuel emissions to radioactive waste to defoliation campaigns.  Barry Sanders is the author of 14 books and has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, once for his book A is for Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word and again for Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man’s Land, 1619-2000. He was professor of History of Ideas and English at Pitzer College. Sanders talk takes place Thursday, March 1, 7 PM in the Tressider Oak Room.

Posted on 02/28 at 09:30 AM

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Benefit Art Auction Exceeds Expectations

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) exceeded its fundraising goal, raising more than $100,000 in support of student scholarships at the 4th Annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams on February 22 at The Nines Hotel.
 
The Benefit Art Auction is one of the College’s signature annual benefits helping to meet the needs of student scholarships and financial assistance. More than 93% of PNCA’s 500-plus BFA and MFA students receive financial aid. 
 
Under the volunteer leadership of Honorary Chair Jordan D. Schnitzer and Auction Committee Co-Chairs Sheryl Acheson and Tori Bryer, this year’s Auction featured a remarkable collection of works by more than 24 artists including David Hockney, Katherine Bowling, Anne Crumpacker ’11, and Manuel Izquierdo ’51.

Read more about the event.

Posted on 02/24 at 05:53 PM

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2012 Benefit Art Auction

The PNCA Benefit Art Auction is February 23 at The Nines. Artwork to be auctioned off is currently on display at the Heathman Hotel through February 21, and the full auction catalog is available online. For the fourth year, PNCA is working with auction house Bonhams, and CEO Malcolm Barber will again preside over the PNCA Benefit Art Auction. Read a feature on Malcolm Barber on Untitled Magazine and check out photos of the Benefit Preview event. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased by calling 503.821.8887 or emailing rsvp@pnca.edu.

Posted on 02/20 at 06:59 PM

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Illustration Students Receive National Acclaim

Three Illustration majors had work accepted into the prestigious and highly competitive Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition this year. Open to all BFA illustration students across the country, 200+ images are juried into the show from over 7000 entries. The winning entries are then juried again for scholarship awards that go toward tuition, supplies, etc. This portion of the judging is yet to be finalized. 

Sera Stanton ‘12, Samantha Mash ‘13, and Jeffrey Versoi ‘13 will have their work displayed in the Museum of American Illustration in NYC with the opening reception on May 9. The show runs through June 2. Their work will also be printed in the show catalog that is distributed around the country.

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

Posted on 02/17 at 05:25 PM

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Intermedia Chair Emily Ginsburg in The 22

Emily Ginsburg, Chair of Intermedia, Associate Professor in Printmaking and MFA Visual Studies is featured in the latest issue of The 22. The 22 is an annual arts and literature online magazine that explores connections and intersections between the works of artists, musicians and writers. Find the feature on pages 74-83 of the issue.

 

 

Posted on 02/10 at 04:41 PM

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Maurizio Cattelan Interviews Alum Brenna Murphy

Maurizio Cattelan interviews MSHR, Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy ‘09, for MUSEMAGAZINE.IT. He met them at the Tate when Oregon Painting Society performed there for No Soul For Sale. Birch and Brenna handed him a cassette tape…though he protested he didn’t have a cassette player. The interview took place in Milan at the end of MSHR’s month-long tour.

Posted on 02/10 at 04:22 PM

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Faculty Featured in New American Paintings

PNCA faculty members are committed to relentless pursuits of artistic expression, creative practice, and professional development. New American Paintings, a magazine that runs a juried exhibition-in-print, includes two current faculty members, MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp, and Assistant Professor Ellen Lesperance, in the 2011 Pacific Coast edition. Current Continuing Education instructor Damien Gilley and previous faculty member Jenene Nagy are also featured in the issue. Read more…

Posted on 01/30 at 10:28 AM

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PNCA and Blick Announce Partnership

PNCA is excited to announce a new partnership with Blick Art Materials (1115 NW Glisan st). This collaboration features Blick Art Materials selling PNCA merchandise, hosting special PNCA events, and displaying student artwork. The Blick Art Materials Yamhill location (formerly Art Media) moved to a new store location in the Pearl District area of Portland at the corner of 11th and NW Glisan Street. A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated this innovative meeting of art and commerce with the opening of an exhibition space showcasing a collection of artwork from a talented group of students. The PNCA Gallery at Blick currently features the work of nine BFA students and is on view until February 22, 2012. 

Posted on 01/25 at 12:06 PM

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Literary Arts Nominates PNCA Alumna for Graphic Literature Award

PNCA is pleased to announce that alumna Aidan Koch’s book The Whale was nominated for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award. This new award, offered through Literary Arts and sponsored by PNCA, honors outstanding published work by Oregon cartoonists and graphic novelists. It was created in April 2011 amid a week that included a visit to Portland by award-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, author of Maus.

The creation of this award and Koch’s nomination speaks to the increasingly popular Illustration program at PNCA that emphasizes a strong interdependence between timeless technical mastery and contemporary marketplace savvy.

Look at a preview of The Whale on the Arthur Magazine Archive.

Koch’s The Whale has received much critical press. Liza Darwin of Nylon Magazine writes “In her debut graphic novel The Whale, 22-year-old artist Aidan Koch manages to conjure up some major emotions with barely any words. Instead, her drawings take center stage.” Matt Seneca of Death to the Universe called it Comic of the Year: “My favorite comic of the year is stripped down to the bones. As a package, not a piece of art or a story but a thing, it’s like a challenge.”

View a list of the other awards and nominees here. Read more about the creation of this award here.

Posted on 01/17 at 08:35 PM

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Portland Building Installation 2012

Congratulations to PNCA students and alumni for being selected for a 
Portland Building Installation for 2012 through the Regional Arts and Culture Council. MFA in Visual Studies candidate Jodie Cavalier ‘12 was selected for the Student Artist category and alumna Kendra Larson ‘04 was selected for the Professional Artist category.

Posted on 01/17 at 08:22 PM

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Joan Mitchell Nominations

Congratulations to MFA in Visual Studies James Papadopoulos ‘12 and Patrick Driscoll ‘12, who were nominated for the Joan Mitchell 2012 Award. Last year Elizabeth Malaska ‘11 and Samantha Wall ‘11 were nominated for this prestigious honor, and Samantha was one of the 15 students selected to receive a $15,000 fellowship.

These nominations point to the rigor and critical investigation that define PNCA’s five graduate programs. Recipients of the Joan Mitchell 2012 Award will be announced later in the spring.

Posted on 01/17 at 08:04 PM

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A Lively Ecostyem of Visiting Artists

The PNCA campus is thriving with a number of world renowned artists, designers, and urban planners.

On Wednesday January 18, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design and the MFA in Collaborative Design welcome to campus two different speakers. Master papermaker Paul Wong delivers an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture at the Bison Building at 6:30 pm and urban planner Timothy Beatley lectures on green urbanism and community scale sustainability as part of an MFA in Collaborative Design lecture in the Swigert Commons at 6:30pm.

On Friday January 20, the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, in partnership with Disjecta, welcomes abstract visual artist Peter Halley for to campus for a 7:00 pm lecture.

Posted on 01/17 at 07:33 PM

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Remembering Bryon Stanford Ferris

An honored member of PNCA and the greater design community has passed away. Byron Stanford Ferris died on December 15, 2011 at the age of 90.

For almost six decades, Ferris was one of the most critical design voices in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. He was a renaissance man within the design realm: industrial designer, graphic designer, author, arts patron, critic, historian, and philosopher. He joined the PNCA community in 1959, first teaching a design and letterform class as an instructor at the Museum Art School. He was later appointed Chairman of the Museum Art School’s Trustee College Committee (In Spring 1981, the Art School’s name was changed to Pacific Northwest College of Art).

Former PNCA president Sally Lawrence remembers “the power of all his years of teaching delivered in his calm, intelligent and genuine deep caring manner.”

“I’m sitting here thinking about sitting, which is half way between standing and lying down. We all do a lot of it.” wrote Ferris for his first of a set of essays for the “Design Sense” feature for the Sunday Northwest Magazine insert for The Oregonian during 1984 and 1985. Writing about design was one of Ferris’ fortes, and he went on to write “One of the most difficult design tasks must be shaping a chair for the dentist’s waiting room. It shouldn’t be too comfortable, because the sitters really don’t want to be there. On the other hand, they’d like to be comforted, in the hope that the nurse won’t call their names.” 

More of Ferris’ “Design Sense” essay can be read on Pinch, a design blog.

Ferris’ sphere of influence was not limited to the PNCA community. He was a Trustee for the Portland Art Association, worked as an associate editor for Communications Arts magainze, helped form the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, was the first US delegate to ICOGRADA, worked at Design Council, the renowned British design firm, and wrote numerous essays and longer works.

Ferris’ efforts to support arts and design education has created a lasting legacy in the halls of PNCA and beyond.

Posted on 01/17 at 07:24 PM

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