News || Jan 17, 2018

Daniel J Glendening MFA ‘11 was part of the barometric pressure is all over the place, a two-person exhibition at Anytime Dept along with Laura Bernstein in Cincinnati, OH in September and October in 2017. This show was written about in Artnet and Humor and Abject. He also released book The Gardener, The Visionary, and The Traveller, a sci-fi novel as artist's book, published by Small Editions, Brooklyn, NY in an edition of 100. Also reviewed by Sean Joseph Patrick Carney on Humor and Abject’s blog and podcast. Click here for Daniel's website.

Glynnis Fawkes ‘95 had three comics published in the New Yorker herehere, and here  and two more are scheduled for the new year.  A cartoon will be published in the Magazine in February. She has a show up now at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC. This year she also published Greek Diary, which won a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators/ MoCCA Comic Arts Festival in New York. Her work was exhibited in the Awards Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators and she published Reign of Crumbs.  She served on the jury for the Ignatz Awards, given at the Small Press Expo in Washington, DC in September. Last year her work was nominated for an award for She has a story in the recently published Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery. Lastly, she has had comics in both issues of Resist! edited by Francoise Moully and Nadja Speigleman. Click here for Glynnis' website.

Megan Taylor ‘10 became part of the new AV Team for CBRE in conjunction with Nike at the World Headquarters Tiger Woods Center in September 2017. Click here for Megan's shop.

Jenna Reineking MFA ‘17 is excited to announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for her project, Tumblewheel Studios, a self-contained, mobile art classroom, fashioned from a mid-sized, modified school bus. This project focuses on bringing affordable arts education to underfunded schools and underserved communities. Click here for Jenna's website.

Elizabeth Malaska MFA ‘11 had painting Still Life on War Rug acquired by Portland Art Museum. She was a recipient of Oregon Art Commission Career Opportunity Grant (with additional funding from Ford Family Foundation & Oregon Community Foundation) as well as RACC Project Grant - both to fund upcoming solo show at Russo Lee. Click here for Elizabeth's website.

Hunter Buck MFA ‘17 exhibited Hverfing (Shapeshifting) at Verksmidjan, Hjalteyri in Iceland after graduation. 

Genevieve DeVaney Da Prato ‘73 is collaborating as editor and illustrator with her daughter Mary Da Prato on a series of informative books about the Montessori Method of education for parents and children. Recently, The Hong Kong Public Library review committee selected four of their titles. More than twenty-five public and college libraries worldwide now have copies of their books in their collections. Thomas the Squirrel, a reality based children's story illustrated with a variety of printmaking techniques is now available for checkout in the PNCA Library.

Mark Martínez ‘12 is the new Gallery Manager at Trinity University, a new position created by the department of Art & Art History. Click here for Mark’s website.

Julian Voss Andreae ‘04 had a show in San Francisco  with painter Mitch Jones at Andrea Schwartz Gallery. This past December he was part of Art Miami and Art Miami CONTEXT. He installed a 10' tall bronze piece titled Samantha in the Meadows at an amazing newly built property in Jackson, Wyoming. Her sister/alter ego Samantha in Pink is inside the house. In August, he installed a 6' tall bronze for the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Lastly, back in June he installed The Reader at Portland Community College. Click here for Julian’s website.

2018 Application Deadlines Approaching

News || Jan 16, 2018

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying to PNCA programs in 2018 are encouraged to complete and submit their applications on or before our priority application deadlines to be considered for all eligible scholarship opportunities.

Both undergraduate and graduate applications can be completed online. Deadlines:



January 31, 2018 at midnight. Apply Here ⟶



February 1, 2018 at midnight. Apply Here ⟶



If you have questions about the application process or would like to talk with our admissions counselors directly, please contact our Office of Admissions, any time, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm PST:

Undergraduates: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 503.821.8972,

Graduates: Director of Graduate Admissions, Tyler Mackie, 503.821.8975,



Thank You For Making the 2018 Portland National Portfolio Day Great!

News || Jan 09, 2018

The 2018 Portland National Portfolio Day was held here at PNCA this past Sunday, January 7. This year's event was packed with energy as more than 200 students and guests made their way through our main campus building to speak with representatives from art and design colleges from across the nation. 

We'd like to thank all of the young artists who came out for the event. Our appreciation goes out to the PNCA faculty and staff who assisted our admissions team in reviewing portfolios, to all the visiting college representatives that made the trip and worked hard all day, and special thanks our guest reviewers, Pensole Footwear Design Academy alumni. Having found themselves working for companies like Nike, adidas, KEEN, and Just Buds Footwear, these professionals had the unique position of being able to offer valuable insight to students looking to pursue skill development in the Active/Functional Apparel, Material Design, and Footwear industries.

Thank you, everyone, for helping make this an amazing event!

More images from the event can be found here.

What is a National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Days are local opportunities for students to come meet representatives from some of the nation’s top art and design institutions, get direct feedback on thier portfolio of work, and receive personal guidance on how to polish their before submitting it along with their application to a chosen college.

Representatives at the event look for 10 to 15 examples of a student's best and most-recent work (original pieces when possible). Students are encouraged to include a variety of pieces that showcase thier ideas, imagination, and talent, and keep their presentation simple; there's no need to spend extra time and money framing and matting work. 

All Portfolio Days are free and open to the public, with a first-come, first-served format. You can learn more about NPD events and their 2018 schedule at:

Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of Our PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive!

News || Dec 20, 2017

On December 8, 2017, students enrolled in our PNCA | PENSOLE Design Intensive program showcased months of hard work during their Salon Exhibition and Final Presentations here at PNCA. Working on projects spanning a range of functions —athletic wear, footwear, functional apparel— and designed for a host of program sponsors like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, student teams presented their capstone projects, outlining their creative processes and rationales for their collaborative designs. See images from the event here ⟶

Congratulations to all our students! This has been a milestone term, and we look forward to seeing work from our new class this coming spring '18.


This accelerated program is designed to ready students for a career in the product creation industry. The 15-credit, 12-week intensive is offered through PNCA in partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy. Students are accepted in one of the following tracks: Color & Material Design, Footwear Design, or Functional Apparel & Accessory Design.

For more information, visit PNCA | PENSOLE Design Intensive

Design for a Difference: PNCA launches new MA in Design Systems

News || Dec 20, 2017

New for Fall 2018, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies announces a new MA in Design Systems

This 40-credit program embraces the reality that all creative endeavors are embedded within complex systems: of design, relationships, hierarchies, production, power, collaboration, and competition. The MA in Design Systems was developed for the early- to mid-career creative who wants to master those systems, whether inside a firm, between organizations, or among multiple stakeholders. The program's faculty, mentors, partners, and participants share a vision where future creative leaders effect systemic change creating equitable, resilient, and profitable solutions for a changing world. The MA in Design Systems, chaired by Peter Schoonmaker, draws on the city of Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim as learning labs for design leaders to effect meaningful change. Priority deadline for application to this program is February 1, 2018.
The MA in Design Systems joins its sister program, the MFA in Collaborative Design program, a 60-credit program with a studio emphasis and a mentored capstone project. The MFA in Collaborative Design is tailored for early and mid-career creatives who wish to continue working while taking late afternoon and evening classes to up-level skills and aptitudes for a rapidly changing design environment. The program takes a critical and entrepreneurial approach to “wicked” problems such as resource depletion, emerging technologies, climate change, and global demographic shifts.
These are two innovative programs for hybrid designers, strategists, ecologists, systems thinkers, sociologists, neuroscientists, attorneys, artists, and technologists who are committed to making a difference in the world. 
Learn more about the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA ⟶

MFA in Collaborative Design and MA in Design Systems Open House

News || Dec 05, 2017

The MFA Collaborative Design hosts Open Studios on Thursday, December 7, and opens PNCA's new SHARE Space, a project by MFA Collaborative Design and MA Design Systems students. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome the public for drinks, snacks, and tours of the Collaborative Design studios throughout the evening. 

An Evening in Retrospect: A Screening of The Work From Artist Rose Bond

News || Dec 04, 2017

We'd like to congratulate Rose Bond, lead of PNCA's Animated Arts program and Foundations instructor, on her upcoming retrospective screening at the NW Film Center on December 7, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium. An early reception will begin at 6:00pm. Tickets can be aquired here.

Bond has been internationally recognized for her monumental, content driven animated installations. Rear projected in multiple windows, her themes are often drawn from the site — existing at the juncture of memory, architecture and public/private space. Her installations have illuminated urban spaces in Portland (2014), Zagreb (2013), Toronto (2011), Exeter UK (2010), Utrecht Netherlands (2008), New York City (2004), and Portland (2002, 2007). Bond’s direct animation films have been presented at major international festivals including: Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Sundance, New York and are held in the MoMA Film Collection.

Awarded a Oregon Media Arts Fellowship in 2016, Bond premiered a new multi-channel animated projection for the Oregon Symphony’s performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalilla in December 2016. She received her MFA in Experimental Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Princess Grace Film Graduate Scholarship. Canadian born, Bond is based in Portland Oregon and leads Animated Arts at Pacific Northwest College of Art. To learn more about Rose Bond and her work, plase visit her website.

Image: A still image from December of 2016, during Rose Bond's 70-minute animation, created in collaboration with students at Pacific Northwest College of Art, that accompany the Oregon premiere of French composer Olivier Messiaen’s 1949 Turangalîla-Symphonie, performed by the Oregon Symphony.

MFA Applied Craft + Design Candidate Jason Rens Awarded the Public Art + Land Use Project

News || Nov 30, 2017

Congratulations to MFA Applied Craft + Design candidate Jason Rens on being awarded the Public Art + Land Use Project. 

Jason will collaborate with Oregon Environmental Council and 1000 Friends of Oregon and create a public work to celebrate the passing of the legislation that created Oregon’s urban growth boundaries - protecting farms, forests, and wild lands while encouraging connected, compact urban communities. The work will be located at Sokol Blosser Winery. Jason walking the site with Bill Blosser in November. 

More about Jason Rens

For over 11 years Jason has worked in Portland as a designer and artist. As an architecture student at the University of Colorado at Boulder he investigated Design/Build and environmental design and began to love the process of simultaneously investigating and making, which continues to blossom with each project no matter how big or small. Jason has worked in a on many and varied projects. Ranging from a small business like Jace Gace (waffle cafe/gallery) to a post-graduate incubator/studio space – SuperMaker (4,200 s.f. building w/ woodshop, metal shop, recording studio, & 12 artists studios) and most recently co-created Nike’s own Maker Space “Blue Ribbon Studio” in Beaverton, OR. Running parallel to the client facing projects Jason has been invited to share his studio pieces at ICFF in NYC, Salon De Mobile in Milan, the Bellevue Art Museum, and as part of Conny Purtill’s “The Ground” at Adams & Ollman last year.

About the Public Art + Land Use Project

The Public Art & Land Use Project is an opportunity for a select student or students to create a memorable and distinct public marker in honor of Senate Bill 100 – the land use planning bill. The project will celebrate the passing of the legislation that created Oregon’s urban growth boundaries - protecting farms, forests, and wild lands while encouraging connected, compact urban communities. The marker may take the form of an installation/ sculpture/ mixed media, but must be able to be a lasting legacy to SB 100 and have a lifespan of a minimum of five years. As the selected student (s), you will work closely with external partners to research the context of the work and further an understanding of the significance of land use planning in the region. This project is a professional practice opportunity for a motivated student or collaborative team interested in working in an interdisciplinary practice. The select student will be awarded $1500 individually or $2000 as a collaborative pair. Additional funds for materials will be provided.

The MFA in Applied Craft + Design Program is a joint program offered through the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art

Alumni, Faculty, and Students in Cincinnati Exhibition

News || Nov 02, 2017

Founding Chair of PNCA's MFA in VIsual Studies, MK Guth, has curated an exhibition titled Replacing Place at Anytime Dept in Cincinnati November 10th—December 4th, 2017. Anytime Dept is run by two PNCA alumni, BFA alumni Lydia Rosenberg and MFA alumni Rebecca Steele. The show will include faculty, alumni, and a current MFA student. It includes a video screening by curator Candace Moeller and a reading at the opening by architectural theorist Samantha Krukowski.

Replacing Place looks at artists whose work derives from a particular location be it physical, cultural or psychological. This group of artists address place as an expanded field where inspiration of a unique site, moment in time, or psychological state evolves, shifts, collapses and spreads into something new. Temporal, spatial, narrative, and physical modifications reshape the work into something in relation to the catalyst site, but different, an echo, offering new meaning in connection to aspiration, memory, longing and desire.

“Writing has nothing to do with signifying. It has to do with surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come.”

—Deleuze, Gilles; Guattari, Felix 1988. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. London: Athlone Press

Nan Curtis, who will be featured in the exhibition, will also be a visiting artist at the University of Cincinnati. 

Exhibiting artists include:
Beth Campbell (New York, NY)
Sammie Cetta (Portland, OR)
Amanda Curreri (Cincinnati, OH)
Nan Curtis (Portland, OR)
Rashawn Griffin (Kansas City, MO)
Ruben Garcia Marrufo (Portland, OR/Mexicali, Mexico)