Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Namita Gupta Wiggers has been appointed director and chief curator of the Museum. Wiggers was hired as curator in 2004 to raise the national and international profile of the historic institution as it moved to its new location in the North Park Blocks, and to develop a vision for a new kind of museum focused on craft.
As a leader in the critical reconsideration of craft in America, Wiggers brings a broad, long-term vision of Museum of Contemporary Craft as a museum of influence. “Namita is a very gifted curator with a world-class reputation. She is also a thought-leader on craft and design and an effective administrator with the strategic thinking skills and day-to-day savvy to realize an ambitious vision for the Museum,” says Tom Manley, president, PNCA and CEO of Museum of Contemporary Craft. “Her appointment is effective July 1st and coincides with the arrival of PNCA’s new academic dean, Mark Takiguchi, who is coming from California College of the Arts. This brings the College a new opportunity to strengthen the ties between the Museum and PNCA curricula, and thus enhances curatorial studies opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.”
Read the press release for a full description of this exciting announcement.
PNCA will be open the following hours until Fall Semester
In the latest Wall Street Journal, Peter Plagens asks whether Portland may be the nation’s next “art capital.” If the answer is yes, it puts PNCA in a good position, as Plagens’ piece points to the important role that PNCA, its faculty, and alumni play in the region. Plagens writes about the Mayoral Candidates Forum hosted by PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design program and moderated by program Chair Peter Schoonmaker. Plagens also mentions Guggenheim Fellow and Chair of the MFA in Visual Studies Arnold J. Kemp in comments about the role teaching artists play in the arts ecosystem in Portland.
Plagens visited FalseFront gallery to view an exhibition curated by PNCA’s Laura Hughes MFA ‘10 (Visual Studies), and calls faculty member Crystal Schenk’s Artifacts of Memory exhibition at Linfield College “a truly poetic stunner.”
In his article, Plagens, who received pointers from PORT‘s Jeff Jahn, focuses on the role that alternative spaces play in Portland (in addition to the academic galleries), writing that they are “less about art’s being—art objects displayed and for sale—than they are about artists becoming . . . ” This notion could be applied to PNCA and Portland’s larger arts community as well. As Plagens notes, artists like Storm Tharp, who recently completed a portfolio as a visiting artist with PNCA’s Printmaking Department, are here because Portland gives artists the space to do the work they need to do. Becoming “Our Next Art Capital” may be hyperbole, but there’s something happening here, and PNCA is in the thick of it.
At the 2012 Commencement ceremony, PNCA will be proud to graduate over 100 undergraduate and 25 graduate students from nine undergraduate and two graduate programs. The 2012 Commencement Address will be delivered by Congressman Earl Blumenauer.
About Earl Blumenauer
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his career to public service.
While still a student at Lewis & Clark College, Blumenauer spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78.
He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, creating a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy, and economically secure.
A leading environmental advocate both in Oregon and in Congress, Congressman Blumenauer has authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming, and clean our nation’s water bodies. He has worked on specific bills such as The Little Sandy Protection Act (2001), which enhances and protects the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit, the source of drinking water for the Portland metropolitan area.
The first winner of the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award at the 2012 Oregon Book Awards is Joe Sacco, for his book, Footnotes in Gaza.
Sacco’s Footnotes was among an impressive list of work including PNCA alumna Aidan Koch’s ‘09 (Illustration) The Whale, Graham Annable’s The Book of Grickle, Sarah Oleksy’s Ivy, and Greg Rucka’s Stumptown.
Published in 2009, Footnotes in Gaza is a journalistic graphic novel about two bloody incidents during the Suez War. The book describes the author’s quest to find out what happened in Khan Younis and Rafah in November 1956.
The Graphic Literature Award was created in April 2011 during a week that included a visit to PNCA by award-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, author of Maus. Read more about the creation of the award here.
In 2008, PNCA’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space exhibited a retrospective of Sacco’s work. In the Oregonian, Brian Libby noted, “Sacco’s work—mostly simple black-and-white, storyboard-like renderings in this show—brings alive the everyday reality of living amid violence. It’s not about the violence toward him but instead the consequences for the innocent.”
PNCA’s Illustration program fuses professional practice with personal vision, pushing students to develop the hybrid skill-sets needed to flourish in today’s dynamic, multi-media marketplace. Learn more about the Illustration program’s students and faculty on the Illustration Tumblr site. Read more about Koch’s The Whale here.
The Powell family in collaboration with PNCA is set to build ArtHouse, a new PNCA student community project on the Powell-owned property adjacent to the North Park Blocks. PNCA’s enrollment has doubled since 2004 to nearly 600 students and is expected to reach 1000 by 2018. The 7-story, 55,000 square feet building, in the location of the former Powell’s Technical Books, will operate as art on different scales: from building as art, designed by Thomas Robinson, to spaces that showcase art, to places to make art. The building is planned for the Fall 2013 class.
Read news coverage of ArtHouse from the Daily Journal of Commerce.
Samantha Mash ‘13 has been selected to receive a $1,000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award for her work submitted to the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Her piece, Sculpture, depicts the back of a figure with mysterious horns and claws shrouded in the mystery of transformation. This award places her work among the best student work in the country for this school year.
Mash’s winning illustration is modeled after something she saw in the Museum of Contemporary Craft during a class visit.
“My Visual Vocabulary class went to the Museum of Contemporary Craft last semester,” mentions Mash, “and our instructor Martin French asked us to make an illustration inspired by one of the pieces on display. I decided to emulate the ceramic sculpture Untitled #5 by Manuel Izquierdo by taking his abstract form and turning it into a human figure.”
Back in February, it was announced that Mash, Sera Stanton ‘12, and Jeffrey Versoi ‘13 had work accepted into the prestigious and highly competitive Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Open to all BFA illustration students across the country, 200+ images are juried into the show from over 7,000 entries.
“It feels really bizarre” says Versoi of learning that he was awarded this honor. “I’ve only learned last semester how prestigious this society is, and its just a real huge honor now. A real bizarre, huge honor.”
In speaking about her approach to illustration, Mash cites a relentless process.
“I draw a lot and from all those sketches I turn a few into fleshed-out pieces,” says Mash. “I normally sketch traditionally with graphite on paper and then scan this into the computer where I digitally paint and draw on top of the scan. It is sort of a long process and can take up to twenty hours or more on some illustrations, but I like how meticulous this method makes me.”
PNCA’s Illustration program fuses professional practice with personal vision, pushing students to develop the hybrid skill-set needed to flourish in today’s dynamic, multi-media marketplace. Learn more about the Illustration program’s current students and faculty on the Illustration Tumblr site.
PNCA faculty member Daniel Duford has been featured in ArtForum’s 500 words. He discusses his latest ceramic pieces, which are featured in the exhibition “Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art,” on view at the White Box.
“Vessels, myth, the written word, and narrative are my foundations,” Duford professes. “Because of my work with comics, I learned the value of sequential imagery. I see comic cells like ceramic shards that possess a physical dimension—they can be manipulated and assembled, spatially, to enrich a narrative and connect it to other physical objects.”
Duford has been a vital part of the PNCA community for years. He has taught a variety of classes including a Graphic Novel Intensive and upper division classes such as Senior Critique Seminar and Theory and Practice. His work will be exhibited in the Museum as part of an inaugural Hallie Ford Fellows exhibition in January 2013.
Read a profile of Duford on UNTITLED. See what he had to say about Museum of Contemporary Craft’s exhibition on Ai Weiwei. Relax into his essay on hand digging for clay from the Generations: Betty Feves publication.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded a Fellowship in the Fine Arts to PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies Chair, Arnold J. Kemp. Kemp holds a combined BA/BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And he holds an MFA from Stanford University. From 1991 to 2006, Kemp lived and worked in San Francisco where he participated in four significant solo exhibitions and many groups shows while also working as a curator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1993–2003). Kemp’s proposal for the Fellowship includes doing research at the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin and making work based on that research.
Kemp is among a diverse group of 181 scholars, artists, and scientists awarded fellowships in the Foundation’s eighty-eighth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
There are numerous students and alumni exhibiting on campus at PNCA and at other venues throughout Portland for the month of April. See the BFA Juried Show in the Swigert Commons, a solo show by Darja Bajagic in the BFA Gallery, S-From in the Higgins Gallery, and Loop in the MFA Gallery. FalseFront presents Light Structures, curated by Laura Hughes MFA ‘10 and featuring the work of Sydney Kim MFA ‘10 and Cay Horiuchi MFA ‘12.
Between gracing Washed Out’s album covers and dominating the tumblr scene with haunting images of smoke and light, Delaney Allen MFA ‘10 has been busy since graduating from the MFA in Visual Studies program two years ago. He was recently featured on the international blog iGNANT and has his second solo exhibition opening at Nationale on April 6.
Born in Fort Worth, TX, Delaney Allen received his MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. His photographs have been shown nationally and internationally, most notably at Foam Museum in Amsterdam, NL. Additionally, he has self-published three books, one of which was included in Photo-Eye Magazine’s “Best Of” list for 2010 (Between Here And There). His work has been featured in a number of print publications including Nylon Magazine and France’s Tell Mum Everything Is OK. Allen currently lives and works out of Portland, OR where he is represented by Nationale.
PNCA’s own Rose Bond, the chair of the Animated Arts department in the BFA program, has been awarded one of the five 2012 Ford Family Foundation Caldera Artist in Residence (AiR) Prize.
The Ford Family Foundation Caldera AiR Prizes are given to full-time Oregon artists over the age of 30 who are currently active and have been active in their art form for the last seven years. Along with a residency at Caldera, these awardees have been granted a financial stipend. The awards given are a result of a generous donation from the Ford Family Foundation.
Rose Bond is a Canadian born media artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her short films have been screened in international competitions including Sundance, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Experimental Film Fest, and the Ottawa, Annecy, Hiroshima and Stuttgart Animation Festivals. She has created large-scale, site-specific public installations for a number of locations, including Intra Muros which was projected by Director’s Invitation at the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival and restaged for the Holland Animation Film Festival in 2008 and Gates of Light sponsored by Bloomberg LP at the landmark Museum at Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side. Illumination No.1 her groundbreaking public media installation premiered in the windows of Portland’s Seamen’s Bethel Building in 2003. Bond is a Princess Grace Statue Award winner and a NEA and AFI film grant recipient. Bond is the chair of the Animated Arts department at PNCA. Her direct animation films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Current BFA student Austin Adkins ‘12 and alumnae Linda Hutchins ‘88 were selected to perform at the Low Lives 4, an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will present performances by Adkins and Hutchins on April 27, 5:30–8:30pm, and April 28, 12–3pm, in their new space, 415 SW 10th Ave (Suite 300).
With experience in competitive roller-skating, Adkins will create a physical “video loop” online and in the PICA space, using his skates as training wheels towards the development of physical proficiency. Hutchins will combine drawing and percussion in a performance that weaves repeated strokes of silver from ten finger thimbles into a rhythmic pattern on the walls.
Photo: Katy Knowlton ‘11
Pat Boas ‘98 joins the ranks of numerous PNCA faculty and alumni as a recipient of the prestigious award honoring artists from the Pacific Northwest. She will be honored at a reception at Reed College on April 18.
The Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award was founded in memory of Pacific Northwest artist Bonnie Bronson ‘61, who died in a climbing accident in August of 1990. The Bronson Fund has for each of the past 21 years honored an artist from the Pacific Northwest with a fellowship and the purchase of their work for the Bonnie Bronson Collection. These works are stored at Reed College and on exhibition throughout the campus. There will be a reception honoring Boas at Reed College in the Gray Lounge on Wednesday April 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Pat Boas is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Art Gym, PDX Contemporary and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon, the Boise Art Museum, the Salt Lake Art Center, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming and Seattle’s Consolidated Works. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers and a catalog, “”Record Record,”” was published by the Art Gym in 2009. The recipient of several grants and awards for her studio work, she has written articles and exhibition reviews for such publications as Art Papers and artUS. Boas is an assistant professor of Art Practice in the Department of Art at Portland State University where she is coordinator of the MFA in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio program.
Previous Bonnie Bronson fellows have included notable alumni Judy Hill ‘96, Ann Hughes ‘94, Malia Jensen ‘89, Lucinda Parker ‘66 and PNCA Faculty Nan Curtis, David Eckard, and MK Guth.
PNCA hosted a retrospective for Bonnie Bronson this last September, celebrating 30 years of Northwest influence. There are photos on PNCA’s flickr site of the exhibition, and exhibition catalogs are available at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Image: Pat Boas, (detail) June 22, 2008, Inside the Interrogation of a 9/11 Mastermind, 2009, From the series: NYT Little People, Gouache on paper.
Spring Break from March 26 – April 1.
Monday – Saturday 8am-10pm
Normal hours resume Monday April 2.
Matthew Lippincott and Molly Danielsson, mentors for the MFA in Collaborative Design’s Sanitation, Hygiene, and Integrated Technologies lab from fall semester, are part of an exhibition at the Center for Disease Control at Emory University. Constructive Interference is an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of safe sanitation on human health that brings together artists and scientists from Emory University.
The exhibition runs March 19 – May 16. There is a reception March 26 at 5:30 pm in Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Room 6001. Lippincott and Danielsson present The Cloacina Project which “seeks to create open-source ecological alternatives to waterborne sewage in the urban West. We live in Portland, Oregon, and are currently engaging the public on regulatory reform of sanitation practices.”
They will also launch Sewer Catastrophe Companion: Dry Toilets for Wet Disasters, a handbook on emergency sanitation created by students from the Collaborative Design studio. Pre-release copies of the handbook will be available at the exhibition.
Faculty and Alumnus Sean Joseph Patrick Carney releases a new book at Printed Matter, Inc.
After receiving acclaim from Jezebel and Gawker for his previous publications, Carney releases his newest book, #DRUGS, at the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists.
Social Malpractice Publishing is pleased to announce a special event at Printed Matter, Inc. Carney will perform at 6:00 pm on Friday March 23 at Printed Matter, Inc (195 10th ave, New York, NY 10011).
#DRUGS, a new book by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, is a collection of nonfiction essays by the artist detailing events centered around self-administered psychedelic experiences. In conjunction with the book launch, Carney will deliver a special stand-up performance recounting some of the hysterical hysteria that ensued while under the influence. These stories, simultaneously funny and sad, speak to the recklessness of youth, male camaraderie, immersive experience, and both the sincere and superficial reasons we get high.
About Printed Matter, Inc
Printed Matter is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. Founded as a for-profit alternative arts space in 1976 by artists and artworkers, Printed Matter reincorporated in 1978 to become the independent non-profit organization that it is today. Originally situated in Tribeca, Printed Matter moved to SoHo in 1989 where for twelve years the book displays and artists’ projects in the large storefront windows contributed to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the neighborhood. In 2001 Printed Matter relocated to Chelsea, where it continued to foreground the book as an alternative venue – or artistic medium – for artists’ projects and ideas. Finally, in December of 2005 Printed Matter moved into our current storefront location in Chelsea with big windows and greatly increased display and exhibition space. Recognized for years as an essential voice in the increasingly diversified art world conversations and debates, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art.
The upcoming Betty Feves retrospective was featured on Monday’s edition of Oregon Public Broadcasting news.
In a web article titled “Pendleton Artist Subject of Retrospective,” April Baer of OPB followed the Museum’s staff as they traveled to Pendleton to visit the private home of Feves and get a first-hand look into the work of a woman with a modernist approach to northwest ceramics. Baer wrote “The staff of the Museum of Contemporary Craft is having Christmas in March this year. They’re unpacking the life’s work of the late Betty Feves, a sculptor who worked on the vanguard of clay construction in the late 20th Century. She’s the subject of a 40-year career retrospective in an exhibition that opens this Thursday.”
A person integral to the growth and development of PNCA’s strategic planning recently received some notable Portland attention. Deniz Conger, Senior Director of Philanthropy for Pacific Northwest College of Art and Museum of Contemporary Craft was named Honorable Mention in Portland Business Journal’s 2012 edition of their “Forty under 40”. Conger made the cut of the top 150 business and non-profit employees out of 1000 people nominated. PNCA is proud to highlight the efforts of one of its hard working employees.
In anticipation of the exhibition Generations: Betty Feves opening March 15, OPB’s Think Out Loud talked with Museum of Contemporary Craft Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers as she was at the Feves home in Pendleton, Oregon selecting and preparing objects to be shipped to the Museum for the exhibition. You can hear a podcast on the Think Out Loud website of Wiggers talking with Think Out Loud’s Dave Miller about Feves’ importance to craft and to the region as a mentor, educator, and activist on behalf of the arts.