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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”:www.pam.org.

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””:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/576548.

Listen to a Podcast of the lecture ““Re-Imagining Animation””:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/576549 with Author Paul Wells.

Listen to a Podcast of the panel discussion ““Beyond the Box””:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/576550.

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”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/576351

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”:http://www.disjecta.org/main.php 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”:http://www.asifaportland.org/

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”:https://nwfc.spotlightboxoffice.com/purchase/step4?ticketID=1021

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”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/643/pacific-northwest-college-of-art-launches-the-wpapnca.

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”:http://kboo.fm/WordsandPictures after the show airs—click on the Audio tab.

Posted on 07/09 at 09:14 AM

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July Shows of Note

Pacific Northwest College of Art alumni are exhibiting their work at a range of shows in July. Visit the Alumni web site for more information.

Posted on 07/09 at 09:07 AM

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BFA Gallery Presents New Show

PNCA MFA and BFA students and faculty present Queer Show, now through August 2 in the College’s BFA Gallery, located in the Main Campus Building, 1241 NW Johnson St.

Participating artists include Wayne Bund, Lacy Davis, and Tyler Wallace among others. The focus of this exhibit is the works of PNCA artists who are queer, or, are working with queer themes.

Read a preview in “Just Out”:http://blogout.justout.com/?p=9116.

Posted on 07/06 at 11:59 AM

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Slideshow: Graphic Novel Intensive 2009

PNCA’s recent Graphic Novel Intensive celebrated the process of comic book storytelling and the work of comic book artists.

This year, faculty member and multi-media artist Daniel Duford (The Naked Boy, Radio Relay Towers), illustrator Ellen Forney (I Love Led Zeppelin, The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and web site) led students through a week-long comics boot camp.

Keep an eye on pnca.edu for the release of the Graphic Novel Intensive Anthology — original art and pre-orders will be available soon. Past Graphic Novel Intensive instructors have included Scott McCloud, Peter Bagge, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. Visit the “Graphic Novel Intensive blog”:http://pncacewebcomic.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Slideshow photos by Brigitte d’Autremont

Posted on 07/02 at 12:56 PM

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PNCA Announces Arnold Kemp as New Chair of MFA in Visual Studies


Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces the appointment of Arnold J. Kemp as Chair of the Master’s of Fine Arts in Visual Studies program.

Currently a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, writer, and educator, the core of Kemp’s professional career lies with his 10-year post as Associate Visual Arts Curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. At Yerba Buena, he curated solo exhibitions for prominent artists including Laylah Ali, Ellen Gallagher and Fred Wilson, as well as the renowned Bay Area Now series.

In addition to his curatorial and administrative experience, Kemp is an established artist with an MFA from Stanford University. His mixed-media works have been shown internationally and have been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, ARTweek and the San Francisco Chronicle. His work is housed in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Kemp will join PNCA faculty in early July.

Read the full “media release”:http://www.pnca.edu/news/press/.

Posted on 06/29 at 08:56 AM

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Podcast: Centennial Commencement Address by Michael Curry ’81


World-renowned production designer Michael Curry ’81 addresses the Centennial Year 2009 BFA and MFA graduates during PNCA’s Commencement in late May.

Listen to a “Podcast”:http://homeroom.pnca.edu/download/574719 of Curry’s address.

Curry works widely in both conceptual and technical development with the foremost entertainment companies in the world such as Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, LA Opera, and Universal Pictures. He also collaborates regularly with directors such as Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedken. 

Curry has been the recipient of many prestigious awards from his peers, including several awards for his puppet and costume work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies, and his continuing innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design.

He owns and operates Michael Curry Design, Inc., which designs and creates live-performance oriented dimensional characters and productions, such as those seen by world-wide audiences in the 1996 and 2002 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, Superbowl 2000, and New York City’s 2000 millennium event. 

Currently, Curry is working on the production of LeRossignol @ the Paris Opera with Robert LePage, the 2010 Asian Games with the design team from the Bejing Summer Olympics, the 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremonies as well as Spiderman on Broadway directed by Julie Taymor and music by U2.

Photo by Barrett Rudich.

Posted on 06/29 at 08:45 AM

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