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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Program Welcomes Po Shun Leong

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design program welcomes Po Shun Leong in a free public lecture, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 28 at the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave. and Glisan Street.

Leong is an artist, former architect, sculptor, and furniture maker. His highly intricate and inspiring one-of-a-kind wood boxes have been enthusiastically acquired and are in numerous museum collections. Often inspired by ancient or legendary civilizations, 
Leong’s work displays a flamboyant sense of shape, surprise and presentation.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint degree program offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft. The lecture is part of the College’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture series.

Learn more about “Po Shun Leong”:

Read a “review”: of the book Po Shun Leong Art Boxes.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 01/26 at 11:50 AM

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PNCA and Lewis & Clark College Welcome Author Lewis Hyde

Influential author Lewis Hyde delivers the lecture “The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 3 at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Gift, Lewis Hyde’s groundbreaking study of creativity, explores the meaning of art in a market-driven society. Hyde asks questions central to the lives of artists as well as teachers and others who serve the public good: How do we discover work that satisfies beyond financial compensation? What are our norms for reciprocity and how do gifts create bonds in communities?  Hyde’s current project extends these questions to the realm of the “cultural commons” – “that vast store of unowned ideas, inventions, and works of art we have inherited from the past, and that we continue to create.” As we debate “intellectual property,” cultural “piracy,” and what counts as shared “cultural literacy,” these issues take on renewed urgency. 

Hyde is also the author of Trickster Makes This World, which uses a group of ancient myths to argue for the kind of disruptive intelligence all cultures need if they are to remain lively, flexible, and open to change. A MacArthur Fellow, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing.

The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good
Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
The lecture is co-presented by PNCA and “Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling Center for Community Engagement”: For more information on this event, visit the “PNCA web calendar”:

And don’t miss a second lecture by Hyde at Lewis & Clark College:

The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good with Lewis Hyde
Thursday, February 4, 4 p.m.
Lewis & Clark College, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chambers

Read a “New York Times profile”: of Lewis Hyde.
Read the New York Times article ““Advantage Google””: by Hyde.

Posted on 01/21 at 11:22 AM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Program Welcomes Arthur Hash

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design program welcomes Arthur Hash in a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21 in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave. and Glisan Street.

Arthur Hash is a jewelry designer and craftsman whose work comes from a commitment to participate in the contemporary 
exploration of what jewelry is and can be, while retaining the sense of elegance and beauty found in the long tradition of body 
adornment. His recent work has incorporated waterjet cutting and rapid prototyping to make one-off art jewelry pieces.

The lecture is the first spring 2010 lecture of the PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture series.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint degree program offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

“Learn more about Arthur Hash”:

View images of Hash’s work at “Design Boom”:

Posted on 01/19 at 08:43 AM

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PNCA Welcomes New Students

PNCA welcomes new students during New Student Orientation, Friday, January 15.

Orientation is for all new students (transfer students and first-time freshman) and will be a day of important information as well as a little fun.

New Student Orientation
Friday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Main Campus Building, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

E-mail Rachael Allen in Student Services at for more information.

Posted on 01/11 at 03:03 PM

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2009–A Year of Distinction

As we move into 2010, PNCA continues to contribute to the civic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest as the epicenter of Portland’s creative community — and as a place of distinction among the best schools of art and design in the nation.

The past year was significant. Not only did 2009 mark the College’s centennial, 100 Years of Art + Design, but it also set a precedent for growth and change at the College.

In 2009:

Portland Architecture”: blog by Brian Libby named the rehabilitation of PNCA’s Main Campus Building by Holst Architecture “one of the top rehab projects of the 1990s.”

PORT Editor Jeff Jahn discusses the top PORT stories of 2009, including a piece on PNCA faculty member Stephen Slappe, an interview with Okwui Enwezor (keynote speaker of the FATE Conference, cosponsored by PNCA in April 2009) and faculty member and former MFA in Visual Studies Chair MK Guth’s interview with Laura Fritz.
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The Oregonian published a profile on PNCA President Tom Manley.
“Read more”:

PNCA launched “Untitled”:, an online magazine that illuminates what it means to live a life of sustained creative practice by publishing written and multimedia interviews, artwork, and articles on art and design thinking.

PNCA celebrated its Centennial with a range of public programs, and exhibitions of PNCA artists’ work at over 15 Portland galleries in the fall.
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PNCA and the Portland art community celebrated the lives of influential artists who passed including “Douglas Lynch”: and “Manuel Izquierdo ’51”:

The Portland Art Museum celebrated the College’s centennial with the exhibition PNCA at 100.
Read the “Oregonian”: review.

Posted on 01/08 at 09:45 AM

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PNCA Hosts National Portfolio Day

Representatives from PNCA and more than 30 leading art colleges from across the country converge Sunday, January 10 at the College for National Portfolio Day.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with campus tours and financial aid information sessions, followed by portfolio reviews. Representatives will answer admissions questions and review portfolios of prospective undergraduate students. The event runs until 4 p.m.

National Portfolio Day (NPD) is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback, according to the NPD Web site.

Participating colleges include: Academy of Art University, Alberta College of Art & Design, Art Center College of Design, CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), California College of the Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Cornish College of the Arts, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Laguna College of Art + Design, Maine College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Otis College of Art and Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Parsons Paris School of Art & Design, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor, Rhode Island School of Design, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union School of Art, The University of the Arts, Washington University in Saint Louis.

For more information, contact PNCA’s Admissions office: 503-821-8972.

All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public and do not require pre-registration.

Learn more about “National Portfolio Day”:,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/.

Posted on 01/06 at 09:47 AM

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Podcast: Lijia Zhang

International Writing Program (IWP) Visiting Writer Lijia Zhang gave a talk in Wei Hsueh’s class on October 7, 2009. She discussed China’s past and present, her work and Chinese society.

Lijia Zhang (writer, China) is a factory-worker-turned journalist, TV producer and lecturer. Her memoir about working at a missile factory, Socialism Is Great! (2008) was published in the US, Australia, and India, and is being translated into a number of languages. Other publications include China Remembers, an oral history of the PRC, and Western Images of Chairman Mao, presently banned in China. Her articles have appeared in prominent Asian, European and American magazines and newspapers, and she is a frequent commentator for the BBC, CNN and NPR. Zhang participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange at the US Department of State.

Visiting Writer Talk: Lijia Zhang
October 7, 2009
“Download audio (20 MB, MP3)”:


Posted on 12/28 at 05:06 PM

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Podcast: Barry Sanders Convocation

PNCA Faculty member and writer Barry Sanders delivers the 2009 Convocation address, “Ha He Hi Ho Hu: A Very Brief History of Laughter.” Sanders is the author most recently of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. This lecture took place in Swigert Commons September 1, 2009.


“Download audio (15 MB, MP3)”:

Posted on 12/28 at 05:06 PM

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PNCA Hosts Discussion on Portfolio Creation with Nubby Twiglet

PNCA recently hosted a discussion, “Creating a Killer Portfolio” with freelance designer and blogger Nubby Twiglet and Kelly Coller of “Office PDX”:

Twiglet is a freelance graphic designer “that is passionate about blogging and marketing,” according to her Web site.

Read an “excerpt”: from the discussion.

Learn more about “Nubby”:

Posted on 12/28 at 11:45 AM

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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””: 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”: She is represented by “Derek Eller Gallery”: and “Small A Projects”:, 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”: in Portland.

As part of its Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the MFA in Visual Studies program recently brought artists “Kate Gilmore”: and Martin Kersels — also both 2010 Whitney Biennial picks — for lectures in October 2009. Kersels is represented by “ACME”: 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””: or visit the “Whitney”:

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”:, 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”:, 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”: or call 503-821-8886.

And don’t forget, you can match your donation to PNCA with a contribution to the “Oregon Cultural Trust”: 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”:
Learn more about ““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.”:

“Watch an excerpt of Martin Kersels’ lecture on YouTube”:

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”:

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.”:

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.”:

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”:

Read the “Oregonian article”:

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”:

“Listen to the Fall Focus Week 2009 podcast.”:

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”:, 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”
Download audio (30 MB, MP3)


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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