Issue 05 of BLIGHT, an annual magazine published by PNCA's MFA in Collaborative Design program is now available. This issue of the free magazine explores the dynamic complexity of public space from a variety of perspectives. The issue takes an expansive look at public space to include articles on digital spaces, an interview with Nidhi Gulati of Project for Public Spaces, a history of the Pearl District by Randy Gragg, and a report on Portland's housing and homeless crisis by Katy Mays, plus a series of abstract prints by Harry Schnieder that reflect ideas associated with the Columba River Gorge. Congratulations to the team, including Victoria Wells, Amanda Schurr, Michelle Vorce, Celina Coppetti, and Joel Newman.
The MFA in Collaborative Design faculty and students apply their skills in design, programming, entrepreneurship, science, art, photography, journalism, making, engineering, education, and community activism through a lens of systems thinking, problem identification, research, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, resilience, and iteration to tackle projects such as design/maker/public spaces to empower community; interactive systems for treating and preventing pediatric migraines, PTSD, and chronic illness; restoring ecosystems through conservation/product/market design, and many more. Students focus on real-world team-based projects, while driving toward an individual capstone thesis that provides a vector for future work upon graduation. Read more on the MFA CD tumblr.
Congratulations to Rose Bond, Lead Faculty in Animated Arts on her 2016 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship. The fellowship supports her upcoming collaboration with the Oregon Symphony on the December 2016 performance of the Turangalîla-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Bond will direct a feature-length multi-screen animated film that will be performed simultaneously on six interconnected, video mapped screens during the Oregon premiere of the Turangalîla. In addition to creating work for the performance, Bond is also leading a team of PNCA student animators and programmers to assist in the creative production. The OMAF is a joint endeavor of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Media Arts Production Association, and Northwest Film Center.
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 and the New York Film Festival. Although her roots are in frame-by-frame, hand drawn and direct animation, her current work focuses on public site-based animated installations. The Fellowship will aid in producing Bond’s latest project, “Animate Turangalia.”
Working with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016, “Animate Turangalia” will premiere the 1949 Turangalia-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. This lush 20th century masterpiece combines exotic sounds and cultural myth, including, birdsong, Balinese gamelan music, post war popular culture, Sanskrit and the myth of Tristan and Isolde. The work is meant to be experienced visually as well as aurally.
At PNCA, Bond is Associate Professor in Animated Arts and Foundation in addition to being Lead Faculty in Animated Arts. Bond also founded and leads PNCA's biennial Boundary Crossings two-week intensive institute open to working professionals as well as to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in time-based arts and a desire for an immersive studio experience on the cutting edge of animation and fine art. The Institute embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.
Animator and media artist Rose Bond has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships from such prestigious agencies as the American Film Institute, The Princess Grace Foundation, Bloomberg L.P., and the National Endowment for the Arts. She recently created a prototype for a large scale, animated installation for the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.
Rose Bond has created major, site-specific installations for a number of locations, including Broadsided! at Exeter Castle in England (2010) and Gates of Light at the Museum at Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side (2004). Her multi-channel installation, Intra Muros, premiered at Director’s Invitation in the 2007 PLATFORMFestival and has been mounted internationally in the Utrecht City Hall during the Holland Animation Film Festival in 2008, the 2011 Nuit Blanche in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb 2013. Bond’s composite animation, Memoria Mortalis, was screened in competition at Sundance 2001 and toured nationally with the Ann Arbor Experimental Film Winners. Her hand-drawn (direct animation) films are held in the Film Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Saturday, May 7, marks the first viewing of a community project initiated by PNCA students Kacie Baker, Jack Graydon, and Jamaali Roberts and others in Professor Linda Kliewer’s Off Site Projects class. The students have worked with clients at Transition Projects in the Bud Clark Commons Day Center to create bright murals on some of the doors in the Day Center.
Transition Projects Day Center offers resources for people who are or have recently experienced homelessness including mailboxes, laundry, and workshops. The students met with clients to imagine what kind of project they might like to see and led workshops with clients to help design the murals. “We wanted to bring life to the place, make it more energetic,” says Roberts. "Inspired by positive connections and ideas we are turning a new leaf for the drab looking doors...our mural is bringing positive healing energy into the day center commons area."
This is not the first project that PNCA students or alumni have done with our neighbors. BCCTV is a video project putting cameras and editing equipment in the hands of Bud Clark clients and residents. Alumnus Danny Mackin was one of those who initiated that project, and it was Mackin who connected the students with Transition Projects to create the murals. As Roberts notes, PNCA "is kitty-corner to BCC and our project is bridging the gap between these groups."
With the first three murals completed, students plan the viewing from 6:30-8:30pm. Bud Clark Commons is located at 665 NW Hoyt Street.
PNCA today announced the recipients of the array of scholarships and awards the College offers to exceptional students. Congratulations to all.
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $1000 - JOSH HUGHES
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $1000 - VALENTINO QUIJANO MOECKEL
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $600 - MARIO DANNA
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $500 - ADDIE FERNANDEZ
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $500 - SAGE CORTEZ
Studio Arts/GFA Merit Scholarships: $500 - MATTHEW BERGER
Ed & Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award $500 - SARAH CODERRE
Awarded to one student with a Sculpture emphasis.
Manuel Izquierdo Scholarship: $500 - MADISON MORABITO
Awarded to one student with a Printmaking emphasis.
Hawthorne Hunt Memorial Scholarship: $1,500 - JOSHUA ABRAHAM
Awarded to one student with a Printmaking emphasis.
Robert C. Lee Printmaking Scholarship: $1,200 - NEAL MCCORMICK/LINDSEY WALKER
Awarded to one or more student(s) with a Printmaking emphasis.
Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Printmaking Scholarship: $1,200 - DAVIDA MCFADDEN/JESSE SIEGEL
Awarded to one or more student(s) student with a Printmaking emphasis.
Jacob and Ruth Cole Kainen Scholarship: $1,000 - SHYLA VILLANUEVA
Awarded to one or more student(s) student with a Printmaking emphasis.
Louis Bunce Painting Merit Scholarship: $500 - LYNSEA COY
Awarded to one student with a Painting emphasis.
Gamblin Paint Award - KAITLYN NELSON
$500 worth of oil paints and mediums from Gamblin. Awarded to one student who will be a senior in 2016-17
CS Price Painting Award: $500 – (cash award) - KENDRICK CORP
Awarded to one student with a Painting emphasis.
Christy Wyckoff receiving SGCI Excellence in Teaching Award. photo: Deann Orr
The biggest congratulations to faculty emeriti Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff who each received the SGCI Excellence in Teaching Printmaking Award when the annual conference was held in Portland in April. Both Matthew Letzelter, Chair of the MFA in Print Media and Abra Ancliffe, lead faculty Printmaking, presented at the occasion.
PNCA's printmaking studio has long been a collaborative and welcoming home for an expanded printmaking community. It frequently welcomes international artists and master printers from all over the country who come to collaborate on editions. Wyckoff and Prochaska are just two of the talented professors and instructors who work to bring this printmaking community together while helping young printmakers to explore and challenge themselves and the outer boundaries of printmaking in an incredibly supportive atmosphere.
After completing graduate school at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, a short teaching assignment at the University of Georgia, time living and working in Switzerland as an edition printer and serving at the Chair of Wesleyan College’s Art Department for 3 years, Tom Prochaska moved to Oregon in 1978. Since then, Tom has co-founded 2 cooperative print studios in Portland: Inkling Studio (1980) and Atelier Mars (1990) and through these studios has worked as a collaborative and fine art printer. His present gallery affiliations are Froelick Gallery (Portland, OR) and Triangle Gallery (San Francisco, CA). In 1996 Tom received the last western states NEA grant in painting. His prints and paintings are in the collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), the Tacoma Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum and the New York Public Library.
Christy Wyckoff retired in 2012 as Professor Emeritus from his position as Chair of the Printmaking Department of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland where he taught for 33 years. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington. Wyckoff has shown his work nationally and internationally and is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Portland Art Museum, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and the Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil, among others. Wyckoff works in printmaking, drawing, painting and photography.
Photo credit: Deann Orr
GOODS is a periodic round-up of some of the good things members of our PNCA community are doing.
Rose Bond is doing a video animation project as part of the Oregon Symphony’s SoundSights series. Using seven computers and six projectors, she'll offer a unique and fascinating audience experience in each seating area for December’s production of Messiaen’s Turangalîla. Bond is lead faculty of the Animated Arts program.
Sarah Meadows ’08 has been awarded a RISD Graduate Studies Grant for a research trip to the U.K.
Jamaali Roberts ’17 has a solo exhibition, I WANT “THE ESSENCE OF BLUE” TO BE IN MY TITLE, opening First Thursday at Thurman Street Collective (2384 NW Thurman). jamaaliart.tumblr.com
In her solo exhibition, Indifferent Horizons, currently on view at Melanie Flood Projects, faculty member Teresa Christiansen will by joined in conversation by Dr. Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm. http://www.melaniefloodprojects.com/teresa-christiansen
Marti Fraley’s ’15 work was recently selected for the juried exhibition at the MUSE Women's Conference in Bend, Oregon, part of a larger conference aimed at empowering and encouraging women to create social change, featuring speakers from all over the world.
Jay Backstrand ’61 Selected Works 1968-2008 at Laura Russo Gallery closes April 30.
Micah Weber ’15 has been offered a full ride to Virginia Commonwealth University to attend the MFA in Kinetic Imaging program.
Laura Heit and Roy Tomlinson each received $10,000 from the McGeady Faculty Development Fund. Heit’s Sleep Lovely Babe aims to capture the collision of chaos and reconfiguration in the aftermath of a catastrophe. The project comprises a short animated film composed of materials collected at a Leland Ironworks Residency; an installation in which large scale cyanotypes become the set for shadow worlds animated with miniature graphite drawings; and a limited edition artist book and limited edition blu ray of the video and collected images. Tomlinson’s immersive installation will aim to provoke a disorientation akin to sleepwalking, temporarily disrupting reliable pathways of our visual interpretation. The Personnel and Tenure Committee impaneled a jury consisting of Anne Johnson, Laura Hughes, Carl Diehl, Linda Wysong and Barry Pelzner to select two proposals from the many received.
Morgan Ritter ’11 will have a two-person show at RONGWRONG in Amsterdam opening May 28. http://www.rongwrong.org/
MSG presents new work, The Pilman Radiant, by Chaz Stobbs, opening April 30 from 3-6pm. 1998 SW Sherwood Blvd.
Brenna Murphy’s work is included in the survey Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place in Providence College Gallery’s online exhibition space. pcgalleries.providence.edu/gif
Kristin Rogers Brown, Professor of Illustration at PNCA and Art Director of Bitch Media, and Thomas Cobb, Professor of Communication Design at PNCA and Senior Art Director at R/West, worked closely with Design Arts seniors to develop a poster and other promotional graphics for AIGA’s Typefest as part of Design Week Portland. Marlowe Dobbe’s design was selected for the final poster design. http://portland.aiga.org/the-kids-are-all-right/
Kacie Baker and Kristin Zanos who have worked with Nan Curtis in the Post-Baccalaureate program for the past year have both been accepted to MFA programs for Fall 2016.
Alumna Laurie Danial’s solo exhibition of recent works in oil, Making Home, opens May 3 at Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis. And visit First Thursday: May 5th, 2016 5pm – 8pm http://www.froelickgallery.com
Sarah Brusstar MFA ACD '17 has work on view at OMSI as part of the Our Ocean exhibit in the Turbine Hall. The show focuses on looking at how artists and visitors contemplate the ocean in ways that inspire creativity and stewardship.
Veronica Reeves MFA Visual Studies ’15 has work in the 2016 Cascades AIDS Project fundraiser auction which raises funds to empower people living with or affected by HIV and to prevent new infections. http://www.capartauction.org/about
Stephanie Yu MFA Visual Studies ’14 has been accepted into Signal Fire’s Southwest Backpacking Trip: Unwalking Coronado, from September 12-18, 2016, in northern New Mexico. http://www.signalfirearts.org/retreats
For his second solo exhibition at Nationale, Ty Ennis '03 presents Stupid Man, a series of small black & white paintings that explore his present day-to-day life as an artist and young father with a full-time day job. May 11–June 20, 2016. Opening reception: Sunday, May 15, 3–6pm.
MONITOR (Rome) takes work by Duane Zaloudek to the Dallas Art Fair, April 15-17. http://www.monitoronline.org/
Tempest NeuCollins launches Doodles Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing high-quality art education to students everywhere. http://www.doodles-academy.org/
During Open Engagement 2016, Oakland based Egyptian-American artist Sarah Farahat invites women of mixed race to join her for a picnic and conversation on power in the OMCA gardens.
Melinda Hurst-Frye opens Underneath at Core Gallery in Seattle with a First Thursday opening August 4 from 6-9. http://www.coregallery.org/
John Dougherty opens a solo exhibition, PILE(LANDS) at ideaXfactory in Springfield, MO May 6.
Faculty members Ellen Lesperance and David Eckard have received 2015 Fellowship Awards from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). The award comes with a cash grant of $20,000.
Congratulations to the PNCA alumni selected for the Rainmaker Artist Residency, a 12-month program that provides studio space and professional development to support recent MFA recipients from Oregon colleges and universities. Jonathan Gann, Michael Horwitz, Leif J. Lee, and Kaila Farrell-Smith will all participate in this residency founded by alumna Jane Schiffhauer.
Congratulations are in order for two distinguished alumni. Margaret Synan-Russell ‘89 and Arvie Smith ‘85 will receive professional awards from the Oregon Art Education Association.
Recent grad Lou Watson a finalist for Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award
PNCA alumna Molly Mendoza‘s image “My Line Our Vibe!” has been awarded the $5000 Rockstar Games Award. Mendoza was one of three PNCA students whose work was selected for the 2015 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition in New York. The others were Alyssa Van Hulle and Cate Andrews. Mendoza also had work selected for the 2014 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition.
Mendoza completed her studies in the fall of 2014. She was a Lemelson Scholar, recipient of a prestigious scholarship. She has already created work for Adobe, Nautilus, and the NYTimes, and has had her work highlighted by the influential blog The Fox is Black.
This is the second time in three years a PNCA Illustration student has received one of the select awards; Samantha Mash received it in 2012-13.
Read this longer story from 2014 about Mendoza on UNTITLED.
Works by three PNCA students were selected for the 2015 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition in New York.
Molly Mendoza’s works “Saturn” and “My Line Our Vibe” (ink and digital color), Alyssa Van Hulle’s “Sami School” (ink and digital color) and Cate Andrews’ “Cover Redesign for ‘Gathering Blue’” (ink and digital manipulation).
Every year since 1981 the Society has held the Student Scholarship Competition. Approximately three hundred works are chosen from more than 9,000 entries submitted by illustration professors nationwide. A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, selects the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. From the Society’s endowment, and through generous contributions from private and corporate donors, scholarship awards are granted to about 25 students. In the last 30 years, the Society has awarded over $1,500,000 to deserving students in this unique competition.
Scholarship awards will be announced in the coming weeks, with the opening reception taking place at the Gallery of American Illustration in NYC in May. The show will be on display through the beginning of June.
PNCA alumnus Cris Moss ‘99 has been appointed Director of U of O’s premier Portland exhibition space, the White Box gallery. Read more…
Classes start Monday, February 2, 2015 in the newly renovated Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Read more…
Work which illuminates the past of Old Town by Laura Heit. Read more…
Ellen Lesperance, faculty member, has received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation. Read more…
Anna Lensch is a sophomore illustration student making her second debut on the cover of a stem cell journal called, Stem Cell Reports, published by Cell Press.
Launching tomorrow: MFA in Collaborative Design class project with Hack Oregon makes campaign finance data accessible and easy to understand. Read more…
President Tom Manley interviewed about the power of creativity and PNCA’s new campus. Read more…
The many PNCA programs, panels, and performances for Design Week Portland. Read more…
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