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
In Portland Monthly’s first issue of 2012, in which they profile the city’s most influential movers and shakers, PNCA is called a “creative-class crown jewel.”
The cover of the January issue of Portland Monthly reads “The 50 Most Influential Portlanders,” and on page 64 there’s a great photo of PNCA President Tom Manley, who’s credited with turning the College into “a creative-class crown jewel.” The piece goes on to note the College’s student body doubling in size, the launch of five graduate programs, the acquisition of the main campus building, and the impending acquisition of 511 NW Broadway. “With a 511 rehab slated for 2014, Manley hopes not only to create a dynamic hub of studios, libraries, labs, and commons, but to define a new ‘creative corridor,’ bridging the Pearl District with Old Town.”
Read more about “The 50 Most Influential Portlanders” on the Portland Monthly website.
PNCA will be holding these hours until Monday Jan. 16th.
PNCA will be CLOSED on the following days:
Dec. 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th
Jan. 29th, 30th, 31st and 1st.
Jan 16th for Martin Luther King Day.
The hours for the library are as follows:
December 12th – 15th: 7:30 am – Midnight
December 16th: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
December 17th & 18th: CLOSED
December 19th – 22nd: 9 am – 5:30 pm
December 23rd – January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd – 15th Mon – Fri: 9 am – 5:30 pm. Sat. & Sun.: CLOSED
January 16th: CLOSED
Thanks to a generous challenge grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, your charitable gift to PNCA this year goes further. The Miller Foundation will match every new and increased gift to the College. More than 93% of PNCA students receive financial aid. Your gift of any size will help support the artists, designers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Make a gift online or call 503.821.8887.
Candidates for the joint MFA in Applied Craft and Design program offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft invite the public into their studio space for an evening of craft, design, and conversation.
The open studio is a chance to see varied and integral work of the graduate students in the Applied Craft and Design program. Encouraging a cross-disciplinary studio environment in which the workshop is a lab to collaboratively explore design and making processes, the program teaches students from a wide range of creative backgrounds to make original work with an applied purpose.
Each graduate student will be on hand and available to talk about their work.
MFA ACD Class of 2013
Theresa Arrison, Amy Conway, Francesco Cupolo, Camila Dorsey, Johanna Goodrich, Zeina Hamady, Shannon Hauff, Daniel Jamieson, Tally Locke, Molly McKeown, Meghan Morris, Kyla Mucci, Zachary Pollock, Coren Rau, Nick Radecki, Nick Stokes, Eric Trine, Joshua Unterman
MFA ACD Class of 2012
Kathy Bradshaw, Amanda Brennan, Heather Bromer, Jody Dunphy, Sheri Earnhart, Larissa Hammond, Killeen Hanson, Andrew Lonnquist, Swapna Ketcham, Karl Ramentol, Amber Roelfs, William Rueck, Jacob Tietze
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes internationally-recognized artists and curators to Portland for its 2012-13 exhibition series which has been supported by a $40,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This is the College’s first grant from this prestigious national foundation. With exhibitions from New York’s Drawing Center, Chicago’s Threewalls, the Critical Art Ensemble, and a group show in honor of the 100th birthday of John Cage, the series includes painting, drawing, object, and installation topped off with thought-provoking public programs.
This challenging exhibition series—on view in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery and other Project Spaces from February 2012 through May 2013—embodies the discursive nature of artistic practice, and provides clear, compelling examples of the various strategies employed in the conception and production of work. Each exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with scholarly essays and other information about the artist and work.
Studio H founder Emily Pilloton visits Portland to give a CraftPerspectives Lecture about her unique high-school design/build curriculum.
As founder and director of Project H Design, Emily Pilloton exemplifies an emerging generation of designers who believe that design has the power to positively change the world, but that new strategies are required to effect those changes. The exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft asks viewers to reflect on how that process can teach the next generation of designers to transform the world for themselves. Artifacts from Studio H, the project in rural Bertie County, North Carolina where Pilloton and partner Matthew Miller teach design thinking to high-school students, will be on display to illustrate how a socially engaged design process can result in significant and positive solutions. Together, Pilloton and Miller engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation.
Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, crafts, clothing and more, PNCA’s Holiday Art Sale is a great opportunity to find quality handmade gifts by Pacific Northwest College of Art students. The Holiday Art Sale occurs for four days, November 30th to December 3rd. From fine art prints, paintings, and sculpture to hand-crafted adornments, the annual sale transforms the College’s Swigert Commons into a showcase of outstanding holiday gifts.
Please join the PNCA community in celebrating the latest issue of Submit Magazine, an annual, student-managed publication featuring original visual and literary works from the PNCA community. The Submit Release Party will culminate in a reading from contributors at the Irving Street Kitchen (703 Northwest 13th Avenue) starting at 6:30 pm.
The theme for this semester was Rooms, and some exciting layout and design changes have happened. The magazine is constantly evolving, providing an opportunity for student volunteer teams to stretch their creativity and professionalism through producing a beautiful publication. This event will center around a reading from contributors to the magazine, and refreshments will be provided.
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes Anne Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders as co-chairs of the MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research (CT+CR). Oliver is currently Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Contemporary Theory at PNCA and Research Scholar in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Sanders has been PNCA’s Writer-in-Residence since 2009. Between them, Oliver and Sanders bring a combined 60+ years of iconoclastic research, writing, and teaching to the program.
The Oregon Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Ford Family Foundation, has awarded several PNCA faculty and alumni over $10,000 in competitive Career Opportunity grants. These awards provide support to individual artists who seek to take advantage of important opportunities to advance their careers through the development of artistic, business or professional skills. The grant recipients include Carl Diehl, Sarah Farahat ‘09, M.K. Guth, Laura Hughes MFA ‘10, and Jessica Orlowski.
The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine policies, establish long-range plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by the state of Oregon, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art and with a cultural partner grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Here are descriptions of each recipient’s project:
Carl Diehl (Faculty), media artist, $652
To support Diehl’s participation in the &Now Conference, a festival which brings together artists in a variety of disciplines to see how the artists can work together and develop new work. Diehl has been invited to present his performance work to the participants in this festival. www.carldiehl.com
Sarah Farahat (Intermedia ‘09), Portland, media artist $1,500
To support Farahat’s living expenses while participating in the Home Workspace Program, an 11‐month independent arts residency program in Beirut, Lebanon. The experience will expose Farahat to a year‐long intensive art dialogue and enable her to devote full time work toward a major exhibition.
M. K. Guth (Faculty), Portland, sculptor/installation artist, $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation, $3,760
To support the material costs associated with an invited public residency at The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, administered by The Art Production Fund in New York. Guth will travel to Las Vegas, with assistants to complete and install a site‐specific work. Additional Ford Family Foundation funds will support the costs of professional documentation of her work, travel and assistant expenses for the project.
Laura Hughes (Visual Studies ‘10 and Faculty), visual artist, $1,455
To support Hughes’ solo exhibition at the University of Oregon White Box Gallery in Portland, providing broader exposure to the arts community. Hughes is preparing an architecturally‐oriented installation, which will highlight her skill incorporating light and space into a dynamic vision. http://www.laurahughesstudio.com/index.html
Jessica Orlowski (CE Instructor), Hillsboro, sculptor, $1,500
To support costs associated with a solo exhibition of Orlowski’s ceramic sculpture at the Harry Krug Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. An artist talk will increase the impact of the opportunity, allowing her to more fully develop contacts outside this region.