MFA Studio Open House

Join Oregon College of Art and Craft and PNCA for a public studio open house and a performance by Grammy-nominated alt-country singer Tift Merritt, celebrating the launch of the joint MFA degree program.

Merritt creates “a uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country,” according to her fan site. Her 2008 album Another Country garnered four stars by the British music magazine MOJO.

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a unique graduate program designed for students eager to explore the fusion of tradition, innovation, and practice, with design theory and hands-on making. The event will showcase the collaborative efforts of its students, who built their own studio space with renowned design/build specialist Steve Badanes, founding member of Jersey Devil.

Learn more about the program through the eyes of its students—visit the “MFA in Applied Craft and Design blogs”:

MFA Studio Open House and Celebration
8 p.m. Saturday, September 12
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building
421 N.E. 10th Ave. and Glisan St.

Posted on 09/09 at 12:37 PM

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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture: Steve Badanes

Renowned design build specialist Steve Badanes delivers the first lecture presented by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and PNCA.

Badanes is a founding member of Jersey Devil, a design/build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures. He is also a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Architecture.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Steve Badanes
6:30 p.m. | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Ave. (corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and Glisan Street)

Posted on 09/03 at 04:56 PM

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Artist Sandow Birk Talks to The New York Times

Sandow Birk talked to The New York Times about his series “American Qur’an.” Birk will be exhibiting a series of prints commenting on the debaucheries of contemporary warfare this November in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery.

Printed in collaboration with master printer Paul Mullowney of HuiPress in Makawao, Hawaii, “Depravities of War” features traditional woodblock printing techniques on Japanese paper and imagery that follows the course of war – from the recruiting and training of troops to the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.

Read The New York Times article on Sandow Birk, “Personal Meditations on the Koran”: by Jori Finkel.

Exhibition | Sandow Birk’s “Depravities of War”
November 1–December 31
First Thursday Opening | 6:30 p.m. November 5, 2009
PNCA Main Campus Building, Feldman Gallery + Project Space, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

Posted on 09/02 at 12:23 PM

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Writer Barry Sanders Delivers 2009 Convocation Address

PNCA Faculty member and writer Barry Sanders delivers the 2009 Convocation address on September 1, one of four Cornerstone lectures that also includes Homecoming, the Edelman Lecture, and Commencement.

Sanders is the author most recently of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. In 1998, Sanders was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by the publisher HarperCollins for his book Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man’s Land, 1619-2000.

Convocation | “Ha He Hi Ho Hu: A Very Brief History of Laughter”
12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 1
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 N.W. Johnson St.

The event will also feature an informal centennial celebration, marking the day the doors first opened at PNCA (formerly the Museum Art School) in 1909.

Posted on 08/31 at 02:50 PM

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PNCA and Incubate win Merit Award from How Magazine

Pacific Northwest College of Art’s collaboration with Portland-based design studio Incubate on the redesign of its BFA recruitment materials has earned a Merit award in HOW magazine’s 2009 Promotion Design Awards.

The dual entry features a viewbook, expanded materials and envelope that together highlight PNCA’s vibrant culture, featuring work by PNCA students and alumni including illustrations and photography. The set also shows the College’s commitment to sustainability—it was printed with all soy-based inks and 100% recycled FSC-certified paper.

The College submitted its BFA recruitment materials along with “Incubate”, an award-winning design studio led by Brian Acevedo, PNCA Faculty and Dylan Nelson. 

HOW”: is an influential graphic design magazine that “provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technological tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design,” according to its Web site.

Image (scan) courtesy of How Magazine

Posted on 08/21 at 05:18 PM

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Meet the Artists of PNCA: George Johanson

Meet the Artists of PNCA: George Johanson
2-4 p.m. Saturday, August 8

PNCA Faculty Emerati George Johanson will capture the essence of jazz duo Panorama in a portrait of the musicians as they play. Panorama features Fred Hard on bass and Jason Okamoto on guitar. Johanson moved to Portland from Seattle in 1946 to attend PNCA, then called the Museum Art School. He taught at the school and served as head of the printmaking department until his retirement.

The event is held in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s PNCA At 100 exhibit, now through September 13.

For more information, visit the “Portland Art Museum”

Posted on 08/07 at 12:40 PM

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Boundary Crossings Podcasts + Slideshow

Pacific Northwest College of Art was the setting for an innovative two-week institute, Boundary Crossings: An Institute for Contemporary Animated Arts.

The institute featured a range of public programs featuring internationally recognized animation scholars Prof. Dr. Suzanne Buchan, Paul Vester and Paul Wells, led by PNCA Intermedia Faculty and artist Rose Bond.

Listen to a Podcast of ““Interpreting Live Bait””:

Listen to a Podcast of the lecture ““Re-Imagining Animation””: with Author Paul Wells.

Listen to a Podcast of the panel discussion ““Beyond the Box””:

Boundary Crossings was made possible in part by PNCA+FIVE.

Posted on 08/03 at 12:13 PM

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Summer of Making Slideshow

PNCA’s Continuing Education program, Summer of Making, featured a range of workshops and lectures, including a lecture by internationally known quilter, textile designer and artist Denyse Schmidt. View the above slide show and discover the fun.

Posted on 07/28 at 03:56 PM

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Boundary Crossings Video Excerpt: Interpreting Live Bait

Watch an excerpt of the Boundary Crossings panel discussion Interpreting Live Bait, featuring Joe Arredondo, Director of Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art and Kirk Kelley, Creative Director, LAIKA/House. Moderated by Paul Wells, Director of the Animation Academy in the School of Art & Design at Loughborough University.

““Live Bait” Video Excerpt”:

Posted on 07/28 at 03:37 PM

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Remembering PNCA Faculty Emeritus Manuel Izquierdo

PNCA Faculty Emeritus Manuel Izquierdo, who passed away July 17, is remembered by the PNCA community for his career as an artist and art educator.

Izquierdo taught at the College for 46 years. He was also an alumnus of the College, graduating from PNCA in 1951.

Along with his legacy of work as a sculptor, his pieces can be found throughout Portland’s parks and public spaces, and as a printmaker, Manuel has shaped Portland’s cultural landscape through teaching and mentoring generations of artists.

His sculptures, where welded metal takes on lyrical, abstracted forms, can be seen in many public spaces including Pettygrove Park between Market and Harrison where his large sculpture “The Dreamer” has its 30th anniversary this year. PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery is named in his honor and continues his presence in the PNCA community by educating the community on trends in sculptural work through exhibitions of three-dimensional work by local artists.

Posted on 07/27 at 09:41 AM

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Boundary Crossings: Explore the Future of Animation Arts

From July 13 through July 24, animation artists have gathered on the PNCA Campus for
Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.

The two week institute culminates in a show of work throughout PNCA’s campus, centered on new and hybrid media. Learn more about Boundary Crossings through this exhibition and discover the future of animation arts.

Boundary Crossings Closing Reception
Friday, July 24, 5:30pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art Main Campus, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Posted on 07/27 at 09:35 AM

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Artist-in-Residence Jin-Man Han's Work at Museum Through July 29

PNCA Artist-In-Residence and landscape painter Jin-Man Han presents recent works at the The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft through July 29.

Many of these expressive paintings reflect the scenery of the Portland area, while others were inspired by his ascent of Mount Everest in 2008.

Jin-Man Han was born in North Korea in 1948. His family later emigrated to Seoul Korea in 1951. Han currently teaches at Hong-Ik University, where he received his BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting. He has had 12 one-person shows in Korea and China, and has participated in more than 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Han’s paintings are featured in major collections throughout Asia. He currently resides in Seoul, Korea.

Jin-Man Han, PNCA Artist-in-Residence
Through 29, 2009
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.

Posted on 07/24 at 02:35 PM

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MFA Show: Egocentric

Join PNCA and Disjecta as it highlights the work of the College’s MFA students during the show “Egocentric”, now through August 21.

Exhibiting artists include: Delaney Allen, Wayne Bund, Cathy Cleaver, Ben Ediger, Matthew Gruber, Allison Halter, Laura Hughes, Sydney Kim, Nathan Langner, Ruth Lantz, Luis Martinez-Rodriguez, Mindy McGovern, Nicole Milchak, Zack Rau, Jane Schiffhauer, and Nashoba Temperly.

Visit “Disjecta”: for more information.

Posted on 07/23 at 09:52 AM

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Screening: "Sita Sings the Blues"

Join PNCA’s Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts and the Northwest Film Center for the Portland premiere of “Sita Sings the Blues,” the first feature by independent animation artist and 2006 Guggenheim Fellow Nina Paley.

“The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told,” the film retells the classic Indian myth the Ramayana. Dubbed “America’s best-loved unknown cartoonist,” Paley is an independent artist committed to sharing her work through the Creative Commons.

Screening: “Sita Sings the Blues”
Thursday, July 23, 7pm
Northwest Film Center, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
$8 General; $7 PAM Members, Students, Seniors; $5 Friends of the Film Center
Free Boundary Crossings participants
Co-presented by Northwest Film Center

Posted on 07/22 at 10:40 AM

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Beyond the Box

PNCA’s Boundary Crossings presents Beyond the Box, a panel discussion on animation in the public sphere, 7:30pm July 21 in the Swigert Commons.

Moderated by Irene Kotlarz, founding director of Platform International Animation Festival, Beyond the Box features a panel of influential animation artists including Jim Blashfield, Rose Bond, Peter Burr, Daniela Repas and Marina Zurkow, who’ve taken their work beyond the screen and out into the community, redefining how animation interacts in the public sphere.

Beyond the Box: Animated Installation and Community
Tuesday, July 21, 7:30pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Posted on 07/20 at 09:34 AM

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Reading + Book Signing Features Author Paul Wells

Prolific Author Paul Wells, Director of the Animation Academy in the School of Art & Design at Loughborough University, discusses the changing face of animation and new media during a reading and book signing at the College, part of Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.

Wells is the author of a range of animation books including: “Re-Imagining Animation,” “Understanding Animation,” “Animation – Genre and Authorship (Short Cuts)” and “Basics Animation: Scriptwriting.”

Reading + Book Signing: “Re-Imagining Animation” with Author Paul Wells
Friday, July 17, noon
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St.
Co-sponsored by “ASIFA-NW”:

Posted on 07/16 at 10:13 AM

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Boundary Crossings Discussion: Interpreting Live Bait

PNCA’s Boundary Crossings, LAIKA/House and the Museum of Contemporary Craft present “Interpreting Live Bait,” an engaging discussion on the creative process.

Interpreting Live Bait
Thursday, July 16, 6:30pm
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St.
Free and open to the public

Join a lively ongoing conversation on the creative process between Joe Arredondo, Director of Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art and Kirk Kelley, Creative Director, LAIKA/House.

Posted on 07/15 at 04:52 PM

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Screening: Northwest Film Center Features the Work of Paul Vester

Join PNCA’s Boundary Crossings program and the Northwest Film Center for a special screening, An Evening with Paul Vester, Wednesday, July 15.

A pioneer in the field of animation, Paul Vester centers his work on the language of animation. Co-director of the Experimental Animation program at California Institute of the Arts, Vester was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003. The screening features his films “Sunbeam” (1980), “Picnic” (1987), “Abductees” (1995), “In the Woods” (2008), as well as some of his commercial work.

Screening: An Evening with Paul Vester
Wednesday, July 15, 7:00pm
Northwest Film Center, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
$8 General; $7 PAM Members, Students, Seniors; $5 Friends of the Film Center
Free Boundary Crossings participants
Co-presented by Northwest Film Center
“Order tickets here”:

Posted on 07/13 at 04:43 PM

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PNCA Launches WPA@PNCA program

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces the creation of the WPA@PNCA, a unique program to enhance student’s capacity for employment, and professional practice, while offering exposure to community service, arts activism and volunteerism.

Read the full “media release”:

Posted on 07/10 at 12:11 PM

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On KBOO Radio: PNCA's Boundary Crossings

Portland-based community radio station KBOO (90.7FM) show “Words & Pictures” featured a conversation on PNCA’s Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.

Host S.W. Conser will talk with Institute Director Rose Bond, PNCA Feldman Gallery + Project Space Curator Mack McFarland, and animation artists Daniela Repas and Todd Tawd. 

Listen on “KBOO”: after the show airs—click on the Audio tab.

Posted on 07/09 at 09:14 AM

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