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PNCA Artists in 2010 Whitney Biennial


A range of artists affiliated with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), including two alumni, will be part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial, a survey of American art held in New York, February 25 through May 30, 2010.

PNCA alumna and painter Julia Fish ’76 and alumnus Alex Hubbard ’00 were chosen, in addition to MFA in Applied Craft and Design mentors Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Storm Tharp, and MFA in Visual Studies visiting artists Kate Gilmore and Martin Kersels.

Fish is a native Oregonian who is currently a Professor of Studio Arts in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a BFA degree from PNCA in 1976 and an MFA degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1982. Her paintings and drawings examine everyday surroundings like living rooms and entryways through simple, elegant abstraction. Read the essay ““Painting as House and Home””:http://www.juliafish.com/start02.html by Los Angeles-based lecturer, critic, and independent curator Terry R. Myers to learn more about Fish’s work.

A performance-based video artist and painter, Hubbard received his BFA from PNCA in 2000, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program from 2002 to 2003. His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Hutchins is a sculptor who lives and works in Portland and New York. She serves as a mentor for students of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint degree program offered by PNCA and “Oregon College of Art and Craft”:http://www.ocac.edu. She is represented by “Derek Eller Gallery”:http://www.derekeller.com/jessicahutchins.html and “Small A Projects”:http://www.smallaprojects.com/artists/jessicahutchins/main.html, both in New York.

An Oregon native, Tharp also serves as a mentor in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program. Though labeled a painter and sculptor, Tharp is a versatile artist who has also worked for Portland-based ad agency Weiden+Kennedy. He is represented by “PDX Contemporary Gallery”:http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/tharp in Portland.

As part of its Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the MFA in Visual Studies program recently brought artists “Kate Gilmore”:http://www.kategilmore.com/index.html and Martin Kersels — also both 2010 Whitney Biennial picks — for lectures in October 2009. Kersels is represented by “ACME”:http://www.acmelosangeles.com/artists/martin-kersels/ in Los Angeles.

The 2010 Whitney Biennial is curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari. For more information on the 2010 Whitney Biennial, read The New York Times article ““Reality Leaves a Fingerprint on the Biennial””:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/arts/design/11vogel.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=whitney%20biennial&st=cse or visit the “Whitney”:http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/2010Biennial.

Image: work by Julia Fish ’76

Posted on 12/28 at 11:11 AM

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PNCA: Where Creativity Lives

Please join us in celebrating a hundred years of creativity at PNCA by making a year-end gift to the College this holiday season. You can change a life today by making a gift for scholarships. More than 80% of PNCA students receive scholarship assistance.

You may also choose to support our dynamic exhibition and “public programs series”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/?c=programming, which is free and open to the public. Your contribution will help PNCA bring renowned artists and writers to Portland, and enrich our students’ experience.

And there is also our new partnership with the “Museum of Contemporary Craft”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/, which preserves a nationally acclaimed craft collection for the community, and offers dynamic exhibitions and educational opportunities for students, faculty and visitors of all ages.

For more information or to make an online donation, visit PNCA’s “Giving webpage”:http://www.pnca.edu/about/giving/ or call 503-821-8886.

And don’t forget, you can match your donation to PNCA with a contribution to the “Oregon Cultural Trust”:http://www.culturaltrust.org/ and receive a credit on your Oregon tax bill!

Posted on 12/21 at 09:10 AM

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KBPS Portland Airs Museum's “Transference”

A segment of “Transference,” a music piece by Portland-based glass artist Andy Paiko and musician Ethan Rose at Museum of Contemporary Craft, recently aired on Portland classical radio station All Classical (89.9 FM). “Listen”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/media/2009_11_transference_allclassical.mp3.
Learn more about ““Transference””:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/index.php?f=2009_11_transference

Posted on 12/21 at 09:06 AM

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Multimedia: Martin Kersels MFA VS Lecture

Los Angeles-based artist Martin Kersels has long used art as a forum for wrestling with the limitations and possibilities of being a fully embodied, sentient and emotional being. He employs a range of media, from sculpture and photography to video and performance. He has worked on staff at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Art Department, and currently serves as a faculty member and co-director of the art program at the California Institute of the Arts. Kersels was recently selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

This PNCA MFA Visual Studies Lecture took place at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon on October 8, 2009.

“Listen to an audio podcast of Martin Kersels’ lecture.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594761

“Watch an excerpt of Martin Kersels’ lecture on YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/PNCAVideo#p/u/3/ov7XIba2ygM

Posted on 12/18 at 04:12 PM

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Multimedia: Alix Pearlstein MFA VS Lecture

Alix Pearlstein uses everyday objects, pop cultural artifacts, and art historical references to create narrative meaning through association. Characterized by deadpan humor and a minimalist aesthetic, Pearlstein’s approach is direct and intimate. Her videotapes engage in wry, self-conscious renderings of icons of style, gender, media, and art historical Modernism.

Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Biennale de Lyon, France; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kunstverein, Cologne; S.M.A.K., Ghent, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at The Kitchen, NYC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Postmasters Gallery and Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York; and The Grossman Gallery, School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This MFA Visual Studies Visiting Artist Lecture took place at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. Introduction by Arnold Kemp, MFA Visual Studies Chair. Pearlstein’s visit was made possible through the MFA Visual Studies Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Caldera Residency and Cyan/PDX.

“Listen to a podcast of Alix Pearlstein’s lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594712

Posted on 12/18 at 10:41 AM

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Multimedia: Kate Gilmore MFA VS Lecture

Kate Gilmore received her MFA (2002) at the School of Visual Arts, New York and BA (1997) at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She currently has a solo exhibition at Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, and last year, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas, Artspace San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, Maisterravalbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain, and CESAC Centro Sperimentale Per Le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy. She is represented by Smith-Stewart Gallery in New York. Gilmore was recently selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

This MFA Visual Studies Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon on October 15, 2009. Introduction by Arnold Kemp, MFA Visual Studies Chair.

Gilmore’s visit was made possible through the MFA Visual Studies Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Caldera Residency and Cyan/PDX.

“Listen to a podcast of Kate Gilmore’s lecture.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594617

Posted on 12/18 at 10:14 AM

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Multimedia: Laura Parnes MFA VS Lecture

Laura Parnes’ videos and installations are informed by traditions and genres in both narrative film and video art, and seek to blur the lines between conventions of story telling and experimentation. Her most recent work, “Blood and Guts in High School” was named in the Village Voice as a top-10 experimental film/video for 2005. She has taught at New York University and The New School. She joined Bennington faculty in fall of 2004. She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally.

This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon on December 10, 2009.

“Listen to a podcast of Laura Parnes’ lecture.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/594322

Posted on 12/17 at 12:04 PM

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Maybelle Clark Macdonald 1916-2009

PNCA is saddened to announce the passing of philanthropist and community supporter Maybelle C. Macdonald, 93, who passed away December 10th, 2009 at her home in Portland, Oregon.

Mrs. Macdonald created the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund in 1970, and PNCA is honored to be among the organizations the fund supports. In April 2008, the Fund awarded a $1 million challenge grant to the College in support of the Centennial Campaign for PNCA+FIVE. This generous gift helped to make possible the purchase of the main campus building in October 2008. The grant has also been instrumental in enabling PNCA to attract additional support for its first comprehensive campaign.

Mrs. Macdonald was known throughout the community as a woman of great compassion and caring who created the fund “to relieve the misfortune and promote the well being of mankind”. Now among Oregon’s largest foundations, the fund will continue to support the good works of Oregonians in perpetuity in her honor.

“Learn more about Mrs. Macdonald”:http://www.mcmfund.org/.

Read the “Oregonian article”:http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2009/12/philanthropist_maybelle_clark.html.

Posted on 12/14 at 12:11 PM

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Multimedia: Fall Focus 2009

Fall Focus presents a diverse program of extracurricular events for the entire PNCA community, including lectures, demonstrations, workshops and films. Also during Fall Focus, seniors present Thesis Proposals and Thesis Orals to the students and faculty.

In a short podcast, Finn Grey ’10 speaks with Senior Thesis Chair Linda Kliewer and senior thesis candidates Sarah Johnson ’09, Sarai Black ’10, David Clark ’10, Lahaina Alcantara ’10 and Megan Holmes ’10 about Fall Focus, November 30-December 4, 2009. Originally broadcast on “PNCA Radio”:http://radio.pnca.edu.

“Listen to the Fall Focus Week 2009 podcast.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/593240

Posted on 12/11 at 04:54 PM

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Multimedia: Children's Creativity Symposium

Pacific Northwest College of Art hosted “Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter”:http://www.pnca.edu/artsmatter, November 11-14, 2009. This four day symposium focused on the relevance of artistic processes of inquiry, reflection, and expression to the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children. PNCA + FIVE Idea Studios.

Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz, “Reflections on Space and Childhood”
Download audio (30 MB, MP3)


   


Dr. Lois Hetland, “Art for Our Sake”
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PNCA President Tom Manley, Dr. Lois Hetland and Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz speak about creativity and education on PNCA Radio.
Download audio (20 MB, MP3)


   

Posted on 12/11 at 04:18 PM

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Meet the Artists: Informing Tradition

Support local makers and Museum of Contemporary Craft—purchase handmade works of art during the Museum’s Holiday Gallery Feature, Informing Tradition: Functional Ceramics from Seven Oregon Makers.

Informing Tradition features work for sale by ceramic artists of varied generations and influences. The full inventory is now available for online browsing—buy holiday gifts now from wherever you are. Questions? Call 1.877.546.2655 to speak to a member of the Gallery staff.

As part of the holiday gallery feature, don’t miss Meet the Artists: Informing Tradition, Saturday, December 12 from 2-3 p.m. Artists Victoria Christen, Kowkie Durst, Sam Morgan, and Wally Schwab will discuss their work.

Informing Tradition featured artists include: Richey Bellinger (Portland), Barb Campbell (Corvallis), Victoria Christen (Portland), Kowkie Durst (Portland), Sam Morgan (Portland), David Piper (Portland), and Wally Schwab (Aloha).

Meet the Artists: Informing Tradition
Saturday, December 12, 2–3 p.m.
The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Holiday Gallery Sales Feature
Informing Tradition: Functional Ceramics From Seven Oregon Makers
Through January 9, 2010
The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Both events are free and open to the public
“Learn more”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/gallery.

Posted on 12/11 at 11:33 AM

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Museum Hosts Curator Walkthrough

Museum of Contemporary Craft, in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, presents a Curator Walkthrough at noon Tuesday, December 8 at the Museum, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Join Museum Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers for a behind-the-scenes look at the three exhibitions currently on view—Transference, Elusive Matter, and The Academy is Full of Craft.

“Learn more”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/.

Posted on 12/07 at 09:55 AM

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MFA in Visual Studies Presents Laura Parnes

The MFA in Visual Studies program presents artist Laura Parnes in a lecture, Thursday December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., part of the College’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Laura Parnes will discuss her work, videos and installations that are informed by traditions and genres in both narrative film and video art that seek to blur the lines between conventions of story telling and experimentation.

Her most recent work, “Blood and Guts in High School,” an adaptation of Kathy Acker’s 1984 novel of the same name, made the top-10 list of experimental film/videos in the Village Voice for 2005. The New York Times stated of the film, “Filmed on bare-bones sets put together in gallery spaces, the video is a model of how to bring off an ambitions project with scant resources, and also of how to respect source material while transforming it.” Parnes has taught at New York University and The New School and joined Bennington faculty in fall of 2004. Her work has screened and exhibited widely in the US and internationally.

Learn more about “Laura Parnes”:www.lauraparnes.com/.


MFA in Visual Studies Lecture: Laura Parnes
Thursday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Free and open to the public

Posted on 12/07 at 09:55 AM

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PNCA Holiday Art Sale Supports Local Artists

Support local artists—shop for holiday gifts at PNCA’s annual Holiday Art Sale, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 10 in the Swigert Commons. All proceeds benefit PNCA artists.

Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, crafts, clothing and more, the sale is a great opportunity to get quality gifts, handmade by Pacific Northwest College of Art students. From fine art prints, paintings, and sculpture to hand-crafted adornments, the sale transforms the College’s Commons into a showcase of outstanding holiday gifts.

Holiday Art Sale
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 10–11;
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 12
PNCA Main Campus Building
Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 12/04 at 04:45 PM

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Watch and Listen: Public Art / Public Parks

Eloise Damrosch, Executive Director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), and Portland-based artist and PNCA faculty member Victor Maldonado discuss Portland’s rich legacy of public art. This conversation took place September 23, 2009 at Cyan/PDX.

Presented by PNCA and Cyan/PDX. A Gerding Edlen Development Project with Pacific Northwest College of Art.

“Listen to a podcast of Public Art / Public Parks.”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592574

“Watch a video excerpt on YouTube.”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlUm-3K6gfQ

Posted on 12/03 at 04:14 PM

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Transference and Elusive Matter at MoCC


“Museum of Contemporary Craft”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/ in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents two new exhibitions Elusive Matter, and Transference.

Transference is is an exploration of the material and aural properties of glass. Portland-based artists Andy Paiko (glass) and Ethan Rose (sound/composition) collaborate to create a kinetic-sound installation reinterpreting the glass armonica, a nearly forgotten instrument.

Elusive Matter explores craft-based media through film and photography, challenging common expectations that craft results in a physical object. Using film’s ability to capture time and space, the works on view by artists Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman focus on material phenomena and abstract process rather than on form.

Exhibition
Transference
Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose
Through January 9, 2010

Exhibition
Elusive Matter
Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman
Through January 16, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Image courtesy of the artist

Posted on 12/01 at 10:53 AM

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MFA Applied Craft & Design Lecture: Aly Khalifa

Designer Aly Khalifa presented an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture on November 12, 2009. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon. Co-presented by Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Khalifa started Gamil Design in October of 1995 to combine his talents of design, engineering and product development. He has degrees in both Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. His work has ranged from innovative wind tunnel testing to a patented eyewear system.

Khalifa has worked in plastic, fabric and metal in the consumer products, sporting good and medical equipment industries and has been a Visiting Professor at North Carolina State University School of Design and has led many creativity workshops.

“Listen to an audio podcast of Khalifa’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592415

Posted on 11/30 at 05:08 PM

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MFA Applied Craft & Design Lecture: Ellen Dissanayake

Independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake presented an MFA in Applied Craft & Design Lecture. This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, Portland, Oregon on October 29, 2009.

Dissanayake’s writings about the arts synthesize many disciplines and draw upon 15 years of living and working in non-Western countries. Her Darwinian viewpoint provides a broader understanding of the arts than is customary in most theoretical approaches: the arts are integral to human nature and they evolved to help individuals adapt to their physical and social environments. DIssanayake is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.

“Listen to a podcast of Dissanayake’s lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592410

Posted on 11/30 at 03:52 PM

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Monthly Podcast: November 2009 Exhibitions

Finn Grey ’10 speaks with PNCA students, alumni and visiting artists about current exhibitions in Portland and beyond. Originally broadcast on “PNCA Radio”:http://radio.pnca.edu.

Taryn Tomasello ’11 talks about her video installation in the PNCA BFA Gallery.

Intermedia major Gabi Villasenor ’10 talks about her digital installation in the PNCA Higgins Gallery.

Shannon Richardson ’02 discusses her series of new paintings exhibited at the “Churchill Gallery”:http://www.thechurchillgallery.com in Newburyport, MA

Hsueh Wei 薛玮, Associate Professor of Photography, and exhibiting student Alfredo Lettenmaier talk about “Global Studios: China MFA and BFA Student Exhibition”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/news/713/2009-global-studios-china-mfa-and-bfa-student-exhibition on view at PNCA’s Gallery 214. Hsueh and Lettenmaier also recount their stay in China during the summer of 2009 to study contemporary art, design, society, politics, language and culture.

“Listen to interviews by artists exhibiting at PNCA and beyond in November 2009”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592399

Posted on 11/30 at 12:34 PM

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Faculty Member Daniel Duford Publishes "The Naked Boy," a New Graphic Novel

Daniel Duford, faculty member in the sculpture, intermedia and illustration departments, has released The Naked Boy, a new print-on-demand graphic novel. This first edition of a three-part series follows an unformed little boy following the railroad west to save his sister. Along the way he alters the landscape, America’s mythic subconscious. The Naked Boy features an introduction by Barry Sanders, PNCA’s writer-in-residence, and includes pin-ups by artists Jeff Lemire, C. Hollow, Seamus Heffernan, Annie Murphy, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Ryan Bubnis and Zack Rau.

“See Duford speak more about his work in a video profile at PNCA’s Untitledmagazine.”:http://untitled.pnca.edu/articles/show/378/

“Read more about The Naked Boy at lulu.com.”:http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-naked-boy-part-1/5945927

“See The Naked Boy released serially online at Duford’s blog.”:http://www.danielduford.blogspot.com/

Posted on 11/25 at 04:04 PM

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