PNCA News

MFA Applied Craft & Design Lecture: Zahid Sardar

Zahid Sardar presents Material World: The Currency of Craft, 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 22, 2009.

Zahid Sardar is the author and designer of New Garden Design and San Francisco Modern. He has written about architecture, interiors, craft and design for the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Chronicle where, for 20 years, he has held various titles including Architecture & Design Editor for the Chronicle magazine and most recently, San Francisco Chronicle Design Editor. Sardar has lectured widely about architecture, interior design and garden design and has participated on design juries for various organizations including the American Institute of Architects. His current lectures at Bay Area schools about the history of design focus on the return and value of craft in industrial design. Sardar has also written for House & Garden, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Metropolis, Architecture, among others.

“Listen to a podcast of Zahid Sardar’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/592049

“Watch an excerpt of Zahid Sardar’s Lecture on YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/user/PNCAVideo#p/a/u/0/V_lVyXcV3TE

Posted on 11/24 at 04:09 PM

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Painting Faculty Member Modou Dieng a Critic's Pick on Artforum

Modou Dieng, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, is now listed as a Critic’s Pick on Artforum.com for Black Star, his work currently on view at “The Art Gym at Marylhurst University”:http://www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/2009artstars.php. The work is shown in conjunction with Io Palmer’s ArtStars, on view through December 13.

Modou Dieng is a native of Senegal, where he earned a BFA from the École National des Beaux-Arts in Dakar. He now holds an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and has shown his work widely throughout the United States and Europe. Dieng also manages “Work/Sound Gallery”:http://www.myspace.com/worksoundpdx in Southeast Portland.

From the review:
“Dieng overlays silk-screened images of Malcolm X with actual albums (and their covers) by Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, and Isaac Hayes. The albums transmit a vibrant, kinetic energy and hark back to Marcel Duchamp’s Rotorelief devices. Yet Dieng takes on the history of the readymade and Pop art with a fresh attitude and finesse.”

“Read the full review of ArtStars and Black Star on Artforum.com.”:http://artforum.com/picks/section=us#picks24213

Posted on 11/24 at 12:21 PM

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Print Gallery Presents Work by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka


The PNCA Printmaking Department is proud to present 12 woodcuts by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka from his series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, opening December 3 in the PNCA Printmaking Gallery.

Yoshitoshi was the most influential and prolific print artist of the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan. With his prints, Yoshitoshi attempted to preserve the ancient culture of Japan as it was confronted by the arrival of Western culture represented by the “Black Ships” of Admiral Perry.

Yoshitoshi’s masterpiece, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is a series of 100 woodcuts which explore Japanese and Chinese history, literature and folklore using the moon as a unifying motif. The series was a huge success and each print was sold out on the day it was released to the public.

These 12 prints from the series are part of the Japanese print collection of Irwin Lavenberg, who will be present at the opening reception from 6-8 pm, Thursday, December 3.

Exhibition | Woodcuts from Yoshitoshi Tsukioka’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
First Thursday Opening | 6–8 p.m., Thursday, December 3
PNCA Main Campus Building, Printmaking Gallery, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Image courtesy of the print collection of Irwin Lavenberg

Posted on 11/23 at 03:04 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Lecture: Nina Katchadourian

Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian presents a lecture about her work in photography, sculptures, video and sound. Pieces discussed include Accent Elimination, GIFT/GIFT, The Mended Spiderwebs Series, Natural Car Alarms, Office Semaphor, Talking Popcorn and Zoo. Introduction by Arnold Kemp, Chair, MFA in Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art.

This PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture took place at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon on November 19, 2009.

“Listen to a podcast of Nina Katchadourian’s Lecture”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/591852

Posted on 11/23 at 12:30 PM

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Elusive Matter Opens at MoCC


Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents Elusive Matter, an exhibition of work that challenges the expectations of craft, November 19 through January 16 at the Museum.

Elusive Matter uses film and photography to explore craft-based media, 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
Elusive Matter
Jane Aaron, Mark Hursty and Lauren Kalman
November 19, 2009 – January 16, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Read more about “Elusive Matter”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/?f=2009_11_elusive

Image courtesy of the artist

Posted on 11/18 at 10:00 AM

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Transference Opens at MoCC


Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents Transference, an exploration of the material and aural properties of glass by artists Andy Paiko (glass) and Ethan Rose (sound/composition), November 19, 2009–January 9, 2010 at the Museum.

Through a dynamic collaboration, Paiko and Rose created a kinetic sound installation that reinterprets the glass armonica, a nearly forgotten instrument that was popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The armonica features a series of glass goblets, water and friction to create sounds evoking a “singing” wine glass.

Learn more about “Transference”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/exhibitions/?f=2009_11_transference.

Explore the work “Andy Paiko”:http://andypaikoglass.com/.

Discover the work of “Ethan Rose”:http://www.ethanrosemusic.com/.

Uncover the “history of the glass armonica”:http://www.pbs.org/benfranklin/l3_inquiring_glass.html.

Exhibition | Transference
November 19, 2009–January 9, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.
Free with Museum admission


Photo by Heather Zinger ’10

Posted on 11/17 at 03:13 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Welcomes Artist Nina Katchadourian


The MFA in Visual Studies program welcomes artist Nina Katchadourian in a free lecture, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, part of the PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Nina Katchadourian’s work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo.

In 2006, the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. Katchadourian is represented by “Sara Meltzer Gallery”:http://www.sarameltzergallery.com/artist.php?artist=katchadourian in New York and “Catharine Clark Gallery”:http://www.cclarkgallery.com/artists/katchadourian.html in San Francisco.

MFA in Visual Studies Lecture
Nina Katchadourian
6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 19
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.

Learn more about “Nina Katchadourian’s work”:http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/.

Read a “Sunday Times blog piece”:http://timesonline.typepad.com/environment/2009/11/repair-manifesto.html on Katchadourian’s work.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 11/17 at 03:09 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp a Critics' Pick on Artforum.com


Micah Malone reviewed recently Arnold J. Kemp’s This Quiet Dust, Ladies and Gentleman in the Critics’ Picks section of Artforum.com. This show is on view at “PDX Contemporary Art”:http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/ now through November 28. Kemp became the Chair of PNCA’s “MFA in Visual Studies”:http://www.pnca.edu/programs/mfa/visualstudies.php program during the Fall 2009 term.

An excerpt from the review:

“It is tempting to view Arnold J. Kemp’s new work strictly in formal terms: modest collages with black paint, glitter, and googly doll eyes that form abstract patterns and pleasant landscape arrangements. Yet the paint used in each piece seems not simply an aesthetic choice and suggests further musings on the elasticity of Black representation, as well as the personal biography of Kemp, an African-American artist. In several small monochromes, such as Vampire (Titled), 2009, one can see evidence of bright primary colors that were applied prior to the surface coat, a black “skin” of paint. In other works, Kemp affixes groups of googly eyes together, which rummage through the picture and impede on dense patches of black glitter, the mixture both kitschy and mildly foreboding.”

“Read the full review of This Quiet Dust, Ladies and Gentlemen on Artforum.com.”:http://artforum.com/picks/section=us#picks24141

“Read more about Arnold J. Kemp and his role as MFA Chair at PNCA”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/636/pacific-northwest-college-of-art-announces-arnold-j-kemp-as-new-chair-of-the-mfa-in-visual-studies-program.

Image courtesy of the artist

Posted on 11/13 at 12:14 PM

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Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz Presents “Reflections on Space and Childhood”


PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios presents Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz, delivering the keynote address “Reflections on Space and Childhood” 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 for the symposium, Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter.

Dr. Spitz discusses the complex and powerful role the visual arts play in the emotional and cognitive development of children. She is a writer, lecturer and scholar who currently holds the Honors College Professorship of Visual Arts at the University

About PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios
PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios is a series of conversations, symposiums, lectures and performances on the inner workings of creative practice. The series features internationally acclaimed practitioners from a range of cultures in an effort to highlight the importance of creativity in fostering innovation and civic imagination.

The Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) was established in May 2007 with a generous gift from Hallie Ford. FIVE extends PNCA’s intellectual and resource platform through exhibitions, symposia, internationally renowned artists in residence and other programs that enrich the environment for original thinking and creative enterprise.

The event is free and open to the public.

Keynote Address | “Reflections on Space and Childhood”
Featuring Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz
Friday, November 13, 6:30pm
PNCA Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson Street


Photo courtesy of Dr. Spitz

Posted on 11/13 at 08:46 AM

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Feldman Gallery + Project Space Presents Work by Sandow Birk

PNCA’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space is proud to present two projects from the award-winning Los Angeles-based artist Sandow Birk from November 5, 2009 through January 8, 2010.

In Depravities of War Birk draws on Jacques Callot’s “Miseries and Misfortunes of War” to create a series of monumental woodcut prints, each measuring 48” x 96,” commenting on the debaucheries of contemporary warfare. Printed in collaboration with master printer Paul Mullowney of HuiPress in Makawao, Hawaii, this body of work features traditional woodblock printing techniques on Japanese paper.

In the series American Qur’an, Birk hand-transcribes and illuminates the Holy Qur’an with scenes from contemporary American life. Birk’s version of the Qur’an is based on traditional manuscripts—chapter headings are decorated and the pages are illuminated with miniature paintings in full color, using inks, acrylics, gouache, pencil, and metallic paints.

Raised on the beaches of Orange County and currently living in Southern California, “Sandow Birk”:http://www.sandowbirk.com/ is a product of West Coast culture. Well-traveled and a graduate of the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, his work has explored Los Angeles County in its entirety, as well as locations around the nation and abroad.

With an emphasis on social issues, frequent subjects of his past work have included barrio life, inner-city violence, graffiti, imprisonment, surfing, and skateboarding. Often merging fact and fiction, Birk creates salient and humorous works that invoke justice. He frequently pursues a particular subject in depth, developing a body of paintings, drawings, prints, and dioramas to support his idea.

In the past several years Birk’s work has been included in more than 10 museum exhibitions and 25 solo shows; he has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Getty Fellowship, and a City of Los Angeles Fellowship. Two of Birk’s major projects, “In Smog and Thunder” and “Incarcerated: Vision of California in the 21st Century,” were published as monographs by Last Gasp, and Birk’s version of “Dante’s Inferno” was published by Chronicle Books in 2004. Birk has exhibited with Catharine Clark Gallery since 1994.

Birk will visit the PNCA campus in December for a “free public lecture”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?list_type=12&year=2009&cat=1&dir=next.

Exhibition | Sandow Birk’s Depravities of War and American Qu’ran
November 5–January 8, 2010
First Thursday Opening | Thursday, November 5, 6:30 pm
PNCA Feldman Gallery + Project Space, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily


Image: Artist Sandow Birk with a print from Depravities of War. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Posted on 11/13 at 08:46 AM

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Dr. Lois Hetland Speaks as Part of Children's Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter


PNCA is pleased to present Dr. Lois Hetland as part of “Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter”:http://pnca.edu/artmatters, a symposium that focuses on the relevance of artistic processes and an arts education on the cognitive, emotional and social development of children.

Hetland will deliver the lecture “Art for Our Sake,” addressing why we teach art and why an arts education is crucial in children’s education.

She is the co-author of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, a book that uncovers why an arts education is important and gives art teachers a research-based language they can use to describe what they teach.

Lecture | “Art for Our Sake,” by Dr. Lois Hetland
6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson Street


“Read a review of Studio Thinking…”:http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Arts/StudioThinkingArtsAdvocacy.html

Photo courtesy of Dr. Hetland

Posted on 11/12 at 02:55 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Presents Aly Khalifa

PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents designer Aly Khalifa in a MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture Thursday, November 12.

Aly Khalifa started “Gamil Design”:http://www.gamil.com/ 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.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Aly Khalifa
6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12 | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios, Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave. and Glisan Street

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint degree program offered by PNCA and “Oregon College of Art and Craft”:http://www.ocac.edu.

Posted on 11/09 at 12:09 PM

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Hybrid Gallery Presents Little Gods Through December 11

An exhibition of moving image installations opened recently at The Hybrid Gallery, a Gerding Edlen Project with Pacific Northwest College of Art, activating the space during the opening of the new “Indigo @ Twelve | West”:http://www.indigo12west.com/ building in Southwest Portland, Oregon.

Thousands of visitors attended the opening of the building, and had the opportunity to view dynamic work selected from the College’s July 2009 “Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts”:http://www.pnca.edu/boundarycrossings program.

Little Gods is an investigation into the magic of objects, concepts and notions that we invest with special meaning: talismans and charms, lucky articles, measurements, numbers, clocks, calendars, schedules and routines. From what we know there are no real singularities in the universe. Let us therefore bring back the little gods.

Featured PNCA artists: Chris Bodven, Katie Harral, Liz Harris, Chad Hinman, Shelley Jordon, Tabitha Knight, Alison Reiko Loader, Joey Lusterman, Akira Nakamura, Jeffrey Richardson, Jessie Weitzel and Cecilia Westerberg.

Little Gods was a studio co-taught by Paul Vester, Experimental Animation Program Co-Director, “CalArts”:http://calarts.edu/film/video/programs/experimentalanimation, and Rose Bond, faculty member, “PNCA Intermedia Department”:http://www.pnca.edu/programs/bfa/majors/intermedia.php, and Director of Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts during the summer institute.

The current exhibition is open to the public 6–8 p.m., Thursdays; and 5–8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through December 11.

Posted on 11/06 at 03:56 PM

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PNCA Hosts Children's Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter


PNCA hosts the city’s first children’s creativity symposium, Children’s Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter, November 11–14, focusing on the relevance of artistic processes of inquiry, reflection, and expression to the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children.

The PNCA+FIVE Idea Studio will feature a range of activities—including workshops and lectures—reporting on and exploring the growing body of evidence that the arts nurture and develop complex thinking and communication skills. Featured speakers include authors/professors Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz and Dr. Lois Hetland. Visit “Continuing Education”:http://www.pnca.edu/artsmatter to register for workshops.

An arts education is now recognized as providing keys tools for the development of metaphorical thinking, the ability to creatively problem-solve, and life-long learning. Fulfilled and productive participation in the cultural, social, and economic processes of the 21st Century society is a key aspect of a creative arts education. Join PNCA for this groundbreaking series that explores the breadth and depth of an arts education.

Complementing the symposium, Imagine: 100 Years of Work from PNCA’s Children’s Art Archives, features work by generations of children taught in PNCA’s Youth Program. The exhibition is curated by Sally Lawrence, PNCA President Emerita and Amy Williams, former PNCA Youth Art Program Director with additional support from long-time Youth Program faculty Bonnie Allen and MaryEllen Hartman.

Get a sneak preview of Imagine via the “Youth Art Program Flickr site”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnca_youth/collections/72157622462933107/.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Lecture | “Art for Our Sake,” by Dr. Lois Hetland
6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson Street

Why do we teach art? Join PNCA as it welcomes author and professor of art education Lois Hetland for a discussion on arts education. Hetland is the co-author of the influential book Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education.


Keynote Address | “Reflections on Space and Childhood,” by Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz
6:30 p.m. Friday, November 13
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson Street

Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz discusses the complex and powerful role the visual arts play in the emotional and cognitive development of children. Spitz is a writer, lecturer and scholar who currently holds the Honors College Professorship of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the author of Art and Psyche, Image and Insight, Museums of the Mind and more.


Exhibition | Imagine: 100 Years of Work from PNCA’s Children’s Art Archives
November 11–December 1
PNCA Commons: 9am–9pm daily

Since its founding in early 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (formerly the Museum Art School) has fostered generations of artists and designers through its youth art programs. A retrospective from the College’s youth art archives provides a time capsule of artwork spanning generations of Portland’s youth.


Panel Discussion | Imagine: 100 Years of Work from PNCA’s Children’s Art Archives
Saturday, November 14, 12:00pm–12:45pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, 1241 NW Johnson Street

Exhibition curators Sally Lawrence, PNCA President Emerita, Amy Williams, former PNCA Youth Art Program Director, with additional curatorial support from long-time Youth Program faculty Bonnie Allen and MaryEllen Hartman discuss the selection process for Imagine: 100 Years of Work from PNCA’s Children’s Art Archives. Together, the group explored the College’s extensive children’s art archive and uncovered some surprises along the way. Join this informal conversation and discover the wonders of children’s art.


About PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios
PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios is a series of conversations, symposiums, lectures and performances on the inner workings of creative practice. The series features internationally acclaimed practitioners from a range of cultures in an effort to highlight the importance of creativity in fostering innovation and civic imagination.

The Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) was established in May 2007 with a generous gift from Hallie Ford. FIVE extends PNCA’s intellectual and resource platform through exhibitions, symposia, internationally renowned artists in residence and other programs that enrich the environment for original thinking and creative enterprise.

The Children’s Creativity Symposium is co-sponsored with Oregon Art Education Association, Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, and CAN (Creative Advocacy Network).

Image: PNCA Children’s Art Archive.

Posted on 11/06 at 01:31 PM

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Global Studios: China MFA and BFA Student Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 2009


PNCA’s Global Studios program presents a range of work exploring China’s youth culture, contemporary life, propaganda, and politics created by students during a stay in China in Summer 2009.

Global Studios: China is an experiential studio and academic learning program on Chinese contemporary art, design, society, politics, language and culture for BFA and MFA students at PNCA.  Hsueh Wei 薛玮, Associate Professor of Photography at PNCA is the Resident Director for this program. PNCA students spent 25 days abroad in Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou, China in May and June of 2009.

Featuring work by PNCA students Amanda Langston, Alfredo Lettenmaier, Yiu-Hong Leung, Jane Schiffauer and Allison Woodin.

2009 Global Studios: China MFA and BFA Student Exhibition
November 5–28
First Thursday Opening | 6–8 pm, Thursday, November 5
PNCA Main Campus Building, Gallery 214 (second floor), 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 11/03 at 04:04 PM

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CraftPerspectives: Vicki Halper

The Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents a free public lecture featuring Vicki Halper, 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 3 in the College’s Swigert Commons, part of its “CraftPerspectives”:http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/programs_lecture.php series.

A lecturer during the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s 2008 exhibition Glass, Vicki Halper returns to provide context to the historical shifts examined in the exhibition, The Academy is Full of Craft. In this presentation, Halper reads from the new book Choosing Craft: The Artist’s Viewpoint (The University of North Carolina Press, 2009), co-edited by Halper and Diane Douglas. This anthology recounts American craft’s role within visual culture and history through journal entries, lectures and other reports by leaders in the field. A social history, Choosing Craft provides a vital resource for those seeking a better understanding of contemporary craft’s major concepts, themes and movements through the lens of those who lived it.

Vicki Halper is an independent curator and writer specializing in modern art of the Pacific Northwest and American craft. She is a former associate curator of modern art at the Seattle Art Museum and recent James Renwick Senior Fellow of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Posted on 10/30 at 01:07 PM

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MFA in Visual Studies Students Discuss Caldera Residency

MFA in Visual Studies students, along with Visiting Artist Alix Pearlstein and PNCA Faculty Stephen Slappe will discuss their experience during a two-week residency at Caldera in Sisters, Oregon with a talk at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 30 in the College’s Swigert Commons.

“Alix Pearlstein’s”:http://www.alixpearlstein.com/ work includes conceptual sculpture, multi-channel installation, and performance-based video, using everyday objects, pop cultural artifacts, and art historical references to create narrative meaning through association. “Slappe”:http://www.stephenslappe.com/ is an interdisciplinary artist who teaches in PNCA’s Intermedia department. Together, Pearlstein and Slappe will lead “MFA in Visual Studies”:http://www.pnca.edu/programs/mfa/visualstudies.php students through art process and practice during the two-week residency.

Lecture | Caldera Residency Report
Featuring MFA in Visual Studies Visiting Artist Alix Pearlstein and PNCA Faculty Stephen Slappe
12:30 p.m. Friday, October 30 | PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 10/30 at 10:24 AM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Presents Ellen Dissanayake

PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series continues with an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture by independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29.

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.

She is the author of three books: What Is Art For?, Homo Aestheticus, and Art and Intimacy, as well as over 70 scholarly and popular articles. Her articles on craft themes have appeared in American Craft, the NCECA Journal (1995), the Glass Art Society Journal (1996), Surface Design Journal, a Haystack Institute Monograph (2000), and The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience (2004). Currently, she is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Ellen Dissanayake
6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Avenue and Glisan Street

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

Posted on 10/28 at 01:30 PM

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PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Pacific Northwest College of Art presents a new evening Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series taking place on Thursday nights throughout the academic year. Lectures are an integral part of PNCA’s two graduate programs, the MFA in Visual Studies and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

MFA Applied Craft and Design Lectures take place at 6:30pm in MFA in the Applied Craft and Design Studios at The Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Ave. and Glisan Street in Portland.

MFA Visual Studies Lectures take place at 6:30 p.m., in The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St. in Portland—unless otherwise noted.

All lectures are free and open to the public.


MFA in Applied Craft and Design
“Steve Badanes”:https://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1337&list_type=09&cat=5
Thursday, September 2

Founding member of design-build firm, Jersey Devil; Chair of the University of Washington College of Built Environments.

MFA in Visual Studies
“Ward Shelley”:https://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1382&list_type=09&cat=5&year=2009
Thursday, September 24

New York-based artist

MFA in Visual Studies
“Martin Kersels”:https://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1398&list_type=10&cat=5&year=2009
Thursday, October 8

Co-director of the art program at California Institute of the Arts, multi-media performance and visual artist

MFA in Visual Studies
“Alix Pearlstein”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1405&list_type=10&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, October 14

12:30pm, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson St.
New York-based multimedia artist

MFA in Visual Studies
“Kate Gilmore”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1406&list_type=10&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, October 15

12:30pm, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson St.
New York-based video artist

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
“Zahid Sardar”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1385&list_type=10&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, October 22

Author, designer, Design Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
“Ellen Dissanayake”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1386&list_type=10&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, October 29

Scholar and author, faculty at University of Washington

MFA in Visual Studies
“Caldera Residency Report”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1407&list_type=10&cat=1&year=2009, with Caldera students, Alix Pearlstein and PNCA faculty member Stephen Slappe
Friday, October 30

12:30pm, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson St.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
“Aly Khalifa”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1430&list_type=11&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, November 12

Product developer, founder of the creative collaborative Designbox

MFA in Visual Studies
“Nina Katchadourian”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1390&list_type=11&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, November 19

Brooklyn-based multimedia artist

MFA in Visual Studies
“Sandow Birk”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1394&list_type=12&cat=1&year=2009
Wednesday, December 2

12:30pm, 1241 NW Johnson St
Los Angeles-based multimedia artist


MFA in Visual Studies
“Laura Parnes”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1391&list_type=12&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, December 10

Brooklyn-based video/installation artist

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Arthur Hash
Thursday, January 21

Jewelry designer and craftsman

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
“Po Shun Leong”:http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/calendar.php?event_id=1410&list_type=12&cat=1&year=2009
Thursday, January 28

Artist, former architect, sculptor, furniture maker

MFA in Visual Studies
Patty Chang
Thursday, February 18

Performer, time-based sculptor

MFA in Visual Studies
Mary Weatherford
Thursday, February 25

Los Angeles-based painter

MFA in Visual Studies
Daniel Joseph Martinez
Thursday, March 11

Los Angeles-based multimedia artist

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Susan Brandeis
Thursday, March 18

Fiber artist, Director of Graduate Programs for the Department of Art and Design at North Carolina State University

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Shashi Caan
Thursday, April 1

Interior and product designer, founder of The Shashi Caan Collective, former Director of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design.

MFA in Visual Studies
Renny Pritikin
Thursday, April 8

Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California Davis, former Chief Curator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

MFA in Applied Craft and Design
Natalie Chanin
Thursday, April 15

Alabama-based artist and designer, proprietor of Alabama Chanin


“Learn more about the MFA in Applied Craft and Design.”:http://www.pnca.edu/programs/mfa/appliedcraft.php

“Learn more about the MFA in Visual Studies.”:http://www.pnca.edu/programs/mfa/visualstudies.php

Posted on 10/23 at 12:03 PM

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Robert Boyd and Brian Lund Shows Close October 24

Explore Robert Boyd’s “Conspiracy Theory” and the intricate drawings of Brian Lund in the Feldman Gallery + Project Space—both shows close October 24.

Part of the recent Time-Based Arts Festival presented by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, both shows have garnered wide interest from the Portland community/

Robert Boyd’s Conspiracy Theory is a synchronized two-channel video installation, addressing issues of social paranoia and civil distrust in an era of questionable politics. The video covers topics from government involvement in the September 11 attacks to human invention of the HIV/AIDS virus, and the bizarre “reptilian agenda” that reveals reptilians as rulers of humanity.

Incorporating audio and video excerpts from syndicated radio talk show hosts, international conspiracists and more, Conspiracy Theory addresses some of today’s leading conspiracies relayed by their most evocative proponents. Set to a fast-paced dance track, the work functions as both a critique and parody while raising the question: What if all is not as it seems?

Brian Lund’s pencil drawings feature a self-invented visual vocabulary, consisting of a complex system of dots, dashes, lines, and numbers that translate the vast editing systems of Hollywood films into abstract compositions. This series of works on paper draw from two cinematic sources: Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987) and Busby Berkeley’s choreographed dance sequences from Depression-era Hollywood musicals. Every character and/or action in Wall Street and the Berkeley dance numbers has been graphically translated to a series of marks.

Through an interweaving of these diagrammatic forms, Lund interprets a complex and layered multimedia experience. Lund’s works are highlighted in the Project Space.

Read a review of Lund’s show in the “Portland Mercury”:http://tba.portlandmercury.com/TBA/archives/2009/09/11/review-brian-lund-at-pnca

Posted on 10/23 at 12:02 PM

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