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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).

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Darja Bajagic noted in NYT:

MONITOR (Rome) takes work by Duane Zaloudek to the Dallas Art Fair, April 15-17.

Tempest NeuCollins launches Doodles Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing high-quality art education to students everywhere.

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.

John Dougherty opens a solo exhibition, PILE(LANDS) at ideaXfactory in Springfield, MO May 6.

Posted on 04/29 at 09:43 AM

Faculty Members Receive RACC Fellowship Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts

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.

Posted on 10/06 at 11:07 AM

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PNCA Alumni Selected for Rainmaker Artist Residency

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.

Posted on 10/05 at 09:55 AM

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Oregon Art Education Association Honors Alumni

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.

Posted on 09/22 at 09:50 AM

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Lou Watson ‘15 Betty Bowen Finalist

Recent grad Lou Watson a finalist for Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award

Posted on 09/03 at 03:52 PM

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Alum Molly Mendoza Tapped for $5000 Rockstar Games 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.

Posted on 05/05 at 10:29 AM

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PNCA Students in Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition

Molly Mendoza,

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.

Posted on 03/11 at 03:14 PM

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Alum Criss Moss new Director of U of O White Box Gallery

PNCA alumnus Cris Moss ‘99 has been appointed Director of U of O’s premier Portland exhibition space, the White Box gallery. Read more…

Posted on 01/27 at 02:46 PM

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Classes Start Feb 2 at New Campus

Classes start Monday, February 2, 2015 in the newly renovated Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Read more…

Posted on 01/12 at 03:49 PM

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Illuminating Zena Zezza’s past

Work which illuminates the past of Old Town by Laura Heit. Read more…

Posted on 12/22 at 02:38 PM

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Lesperance receives Art Matters Foundation grant

Ellen Lesperance, faculty member, has received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation. Read more…

Posted on 12/19 at 02:41 PM

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Illustrator translates Science

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.

Posted on 12/04 at 04:37 PM

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Launch of Behind the Curtain

Launching tomorrow: MFA in Collaborative Design class project with Hack Oregon makes campaign finance data accessible and easy to understand. Read more…

Posted on 10/29 at 01:40 PM

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Tom Manley on Speaking Freely

President Tom Manley interviewed about the power of creativity and PNCA’s new campus. Read more…

Posted on 10/21 at 10:16 AM

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Design Week Portland and PNCA

The many PNCA programs, panels, and performances for Design Week Portland. Read more…

Posted on 10/07 at 12:20 PM

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Summerson Wins LG Art of Pixel Grand Prize

John Summerson (‘15) has been awarded the $5000 grand prize in LG’s Art of the Pixel competition. Read more…

Posted on 09/17 at 11:11 AM

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Wall and Lesperance Finalists for CNAA’s

Finalists for the 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards include PNCA alumna and instructor Samantha Wall MFA ‘11 and faculty member, Ellen Lesperance. Read more…

Posted on 09/05 at 10:22 AM

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Awards PNCA Campaign Top-Off Grant

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust encourages final stretch donations to PNCA’s capital campaign with top-off challenge grant. Read more…

Posted on 09/04 at 11:03 AM

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Revealing Details of PNCA’s New Home

PNCA’s renovation of its new home, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, is taking giant steps towards completion. The Portland Business Journal recently did a photo tour and captured some of the beautiful details.

Posted on 09/03 at 11:25 AM

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Stellar Month for PNCA Student

PNCA student John Summerson is one of the recently named Princess Grace award winners and then late last week LG Electronics announced Summerson as a finalist in its Art of the Pixel new-media competition. read more

Posted on 09/03 at 11:15 AM

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