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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty member Laura Hughes and alumni Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen were among the 30 artists selected by curator Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art for Tacoma Art Museum, and Renato Rodrigues da Silva, an independent curator and art critic based in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th Northwest Biennial Exhibition opening Saturday, January 21, 2012. According to TAM, “The 10th Northwest Biennial will examine the vital questions of who we are as residents of the Pacific Northwest, what we look like, and what are our aspirations for our communities. The Biennial will seek artworks that address the critical issues that underpin the larger issues of identity and community including the fluidity of regional identity in an age of global capitalism, increased urban migration, and the virtual diffusion of a discernible regional style. Because of the extraordinary complexities of these issues, The 10th Northwest Biennial will focus on the newly revitalized and resurgent forms of interdisciplinary art practices.”
The College’s annual Benefit Art Auction will be held February 23 at 5:30 pm and supports student scholarships. The Nines Hotel hosts the auction again this year, with master auctioneer Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams. Read an article about Auction Co-Chair Tori Bryer’s decision to donate an artwork to the 2009 Auction.
PNCA welcomes new incoming freshman and transfer students in addition to its returning student body. There is a student orientation Friday, January 13 for students new to campus, and the rest of the student body returns when classes resume Spring Semester begins Tuesday, January 17. Campus is closed Monday January 16 for Martin Luther King Day. See campus hours for Spring Semester here.
One of PNCA’s own has been added to the ranks of the Metropolis blog Point of View.
In his first blog post, Chair JP Reuer begins with the idea that “design educators and practitioners routinely assert, with remarkable assurance, that design thinking strategies can deliver the “game-changing” ideas needed to address the critical problems of our times.”
“This year AC+D students, led by visiting artists, Butch Anthony and Jack Sanders, addressed the often-hidden problem of juvenile crime and rehabilitation,” writes Reuer on the POV blog. “They designed and built the first phase of a literacy center in Portland’s Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. Less than four miles from the AC+D studio, the facility holds 12- to 18-year-old boys and girls, incarcerated for one day to two years, for crimes ranging from probation violation to murder. PNCA faculty members Barry Sanders and Arvie Smith paved the way for the project through their work teaching classes to Long Center detainees.”
Check out Reuer’s blog post.
Please join us in a celebration of the life of Robert Hanson, Wednesday, December 28 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Avenue. There will be brief remarks at 6:30 PM.
PNCA and the broader Portland art community will greatly miss Faculty Emeritus, Robert Hanson, who passed away Friday morning at age 75. Hanson was a Professor of Painting and Drawing at PNCA for 34 years and an integral part of the PNCA community, continuing his involvement after his retirement. As recently as 2008, PNCA’s Feldman Gallery presented BEAUTIES, an exhibition of his drawings. Professor Anne Johnson conducted a thoughtful and illluminating interview with Hanson, I WANT THE IMAGE TO BLOW APART: A Conversation with Robert Hanson, in 2009 for PNCA’s Untitled online magazine. In that conversation, Hanson said of teaching, “I enjoyed discussing something with a pencil, sitting down where the student was sitting and then talking while drawing out an explanation, which was often fragmentary, at the edge of the page; and I think some of that is carried over into all those fragmentary elements in my drawings.”
Hanson was educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, came to Portland in the 1970s, and was represented for many years by Elizabeth Leach Gallery. He is survived by his wife, artist Judy Cooke.
Barry Johnson has written a kind remembrance honoring Hanson on Oregon ArtsWatch illustrated with a number of Hanson’s drawings supplied by his dealer, Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
The community will have the opportunity to celebrate Hanson’s art next month as a show of his drawings, APEX: Robert Hanson, opens January 2, 2012 at the Portland Art Museum and runs through April 29, 2012. Curated by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, the exhibition features a selection of Hanson’s drawings of women.
Photo: Heather Zinger ‘10