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Inspiring profile of Professor Emeritus Arvie Smith in Portland Monthly

Portland Monthly shares the deeply inspiring story of PNCA Professor Emeritus Arvie Smith, who made art all his life and finally went to art school at the age of Museum Art School, as PNCA was originally called. When he was young black man living in a small community in Texas, his grandfather gave him a book on Michealangelo, but one of the teachers in the school his grandmother ran told him, "‘Arvie, draw the people outside the window." That advice stuck, and a later meeting with the venerable Robert Colescott inspired him to confront black experience in America head on. The Portland Art Museum, following his solo exhibition there, purchased his 1992 work Strange Fruit

After high school graduation, Smith reports he had walked in to to Otis College of Art and Design where the artist reports that “The receptionist looked at me and said, ‘We don’t need your kind.’” 

Decades later, Smith's wife, Julie Kern Smith, convinced him to devote himself full-time to art. At Museum Art School he studied with Lucinda Parker, among others while at graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore—he worked as a graduate assistant for abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan.

Now retired, Smith was an influential educator at PNCA, inspiring students with his work, his mentorship, and his projects in the community, including working with young offenders at Multnomah County’s Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. 

Posted on 08/18 at 04:17 PM

Objectivity and Simple Genius: PNCA’s New Minor Spotlighted in Juxtapoz Magazine

Cover of August 2017 issue of Juxtapoz magazine featuring a spotlight on PNCA's new Art and Ecology minor.

"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree." Alert Einstein. 

In the August 2017 issue of Juxstapoz Magazine, a monthly magazine that documents and makes accessible the creative life, you'll find this quote leading an article spotlighting PNCA's newest degree program minor, Arts and Ecology. The article highlights the minor's strong interdisciplinary approach and its focus on developing a broad understanding of pressing ecological issues and their relationship to the social, political, cultural, and economic systems that impact the future of our shared planet. Many thanks to the folks over at Juxtapoz for featuring our new minor and highlighting the necessity of having Liberal Arts programs within our education curriculum. 


Left to right: featured works in article by PNCA alum Katherine Sauer and Hannah Ames,


Grab an issue while you can or stop by PNCA's Albert Solheim Library to check it out!

Posted on 08/07 at 10:39 AM

PNCA Alumni Announced as Centrum 2017 Emerging Artist Residents

MFA in Visual Studies alumna Aruni Dharmakirthi & Melanie Stevens '17.

We'd like to congradulate Melanie Stevens and Aruni Dharmakirthi who have been selected for Centrum’s 2017 Emerging Artist Residency. Melanie and Aruni will join 4 other Pacfic Northwest artists – Benjamin Gale-Schreck, Mario Lemafa, Anna Mlasowsky, and Minh Nguyen – to participate and engage in this year's program.


Aruni Dharmakirthi

Aruni Dharmakirthi is a Sri Lankan born artist and educator based in the US. They received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University and an MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Their work is described as new media and fiber and has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries including Disjecta in Portland, OR and Sonam Studios in Mumbai, India. In addition to their artistic practice, Aruni co-curates Soft Space, a video + new media curatorial project that exists as a digital archive and pop-up shows.


Melanie Stevens

Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator, and writer.  She is the creator of the graphic novel, Black Picket Fence, and the co-founder, editor, and an instructor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or genderqueer.  She is also the co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a migratory, radical gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree for Political Science from Yale University and her Master’s of Fine Arts degree for Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Centrum’s Emerging Artist Residency is an initiative to support artists at the beginning of their career trajectory. Centrum invites a cohort of six visual artists from the Northwest region to be in residence during the month of October each year. The artists are provided with housing, studio space and a stipend, while they spend the month creating new work or refining existing work. This program is supported with grants from The Maurer Family Foundation, Sally Warren and Jeff Jackson, and Lucy and Charlie Hanson. Learn more about Centrum’s Emerging Artist Residency.

Posted on 08/04 at 11:18 AM

Pamela Guest Wins Princess Grace Award

Congratulations to Pamela Guest, Animated Arts senior, who has been selected for a 2017 Princess Grace Award. With this Undergraduate Film Scholarship, Guest receives substantial support for her thesis film, Asi Somos.

Guest is a first generation immigrant who grew up in the United States.  Asi Somos, an animated audiovisual essay, will examine the lives of her Ecuadorian grandmother, mother, and the artist herself, addressing issues ranging from growing up in poverty in a developing country to machismo and its counterpart, marianismo, to acculturation, body image and media representation of Latinas in the US. See Guest's website for a view into her wide ranging talent with projects in stop motion, 2D animation, digital illustration, and more.

Guest joins a distinguished group of Princess Grace awardees and PNCA alumni including: Beryl Allee, John Summerson, Kendal Hockin, and Emily Hyde. The Princess Grace Awards continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime.  In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film.  In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, this year's Gala will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2017. 

Chair of Animated Arts Rose Bond says, "As anyone who went to Pam's thesis proposal can attest, her project promises to bring her strong sense of composition and color that mirrors experimental design along with thought provoking narratives that creates a raw but cohesive approach to storytelling."

Posted on 07/25 at 10:02 AM

Modou Dieng Interview in Terremoto

Associate Professor, artist, and curator Modou Dieng and artist Hank Willis Thomas are interviewed by alumnus Devon Van Houten Maldonado in Terremoto | Contemporary Art in the Americas. The conversation in the article, "What About the Future of Afro?" was initiated around the exhibition Transparency Shade: Seeing through the shadow curated by Dieng at projects+gallery in St. Louis, Missouri in April, 2017. Dieng andThomas discuss identity, race, migration, and globalization from an afro-descendant perspective.


Posted on 07/14 at 12:07 PM

Bravo Alumni - July 2017

PNCA alumni do amazing things. You launch new projects investigating the intersection between humor and contemporary art (here and here). You believe so strongly that art and design can make a difference that you set up a website to connect designers to opportunities and organizations with missions you can get behind (here). You're brave and bold enough to put your work in front of strangers (here and here and here). And you're making waves every day in your communities and across the country.


Congratulations to Andrew Newell ’17 who has been awarded one of International Sculpture Center's 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. The jury selected Andrew’s work, 'Vertical Swamp Shack," 2017, which was one of just 15 pieces chosen from the 354 student nominees and more than 867 works submitted.

The Nat Turner Project (Melanie Stevens MFA ‘17 and maximiliano MFA ‘17) is currently in residence at c3:initiative. The Nat Turner Project allows artists of color to go beyond the usual expositions inherent in presenting the art of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture; allowing them the freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation.



Project 205, an experimental project space showcasing both emerging and established queer artists, is co-curated by Sean Chamberlain and Ryan Patrick Krueger ‘16. In June, they presented WET, a selection of paintings and sculpture by Theadora Frost and Maddy Inez Leeser ’16. Up through July 11, 2017.

M.V. Moran MFA ’16 has been volunteering this past academic year at a local elementary school in the Eugene area, teaching drawing and painting to a class of second graders and fourth graders. During the yearlong studies, she and the students started a sketch book project, learned about painting with gouache, and displayed work at Oregon Art Supply in their Post-It Exhibition. This coming August, Victoria will be teaching a painting workshop at OSLP Arts and Culture in Eugene. The workshop is for all ages and all levels and will focus on process rather than product. You can learn more here.

Lesley Silvia MFA '16 has sure been busy. She was one of eight artists chosen to paint a mural for Sam Flax, an art supply store in Orlando, FL. (More details of her piece can be seen at Lesley's Behance page.) She also showed work at the inaugural event, F.L.A.M.E. and contributed an illustration in a collection of short stories produced by local publisher, Burrow Press. The stories were written by local high schoolers loosely in response to the Pulse nightclub shootings. Most recently, Lesley participated again with Sam Flax and the local downtown Orlando library with the one year anniversary of the Pulse massacre in an event called What Has Changed? The work was on display the first Third Thursday following the anniversary. Upcoming, she'll have a photograph in the Snap! Summer Selection 2017 then she's off to the Luminous Bodies artist residency in Toronto for two weeks and as soon as she returns, will be showing work at Art in Odd Place Orlando.

Alana Hippensteele MA ’16 just received a position at Temple University working as an English instructor in the Upward Bound Program.  She currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Congrats, Alana!



Veronica V.R. Reeves MFA ’15 was one of two artists-in-residence this year at Otto Petersen Elementary in Scappoose, OR where she led a school wide collaboration on a tile mural that is freshly installed at the entrance to the school. The mural is 7 x 21 feet and consists of 570 6" ceramic squares. She also organized a school wide art show of work from 4th, 5th, and 6th graders which will culminate in an Art Night where she advocated for arts education. Here’s a link to the local headline news story about the mural. And another one! Veronica was also featured with Jason Berlin in Kolaj Magazine #18 talking about Dispersal: Mail Art which we co-organized.

Lou Watson '15 just received a jurors award through the Bellingham National Juried Exhibition and Awards at The Whatcom Museum (curated by Catharina Manchanda). She was also featured in the summer issue of Venison Magazine. Traveling in Europe and want to see some of Lou's work? You can catch one of her recent films in the 2017 Transmission Art Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany. Congrats, Lou!

Bukola Koiki MFA ’15 was recently selected as one of eleven 2017-2018 AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellows, selected from a select pool of recent graduates from across the country. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni who have recently graduated from AICAD member schools, while also increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of faculty at these institutions. Bukola will be traveling to Maine to teach at the Maine College of Art for the next year. The Fellowship includes structured and unstructured mentoring and professional development opportunities along with direct teaching experience, health benefits, and other monetary supports. To read the full announcement, visit

Do you dream of making a difference with your art? Kara Haupt ’15 thinks you can. After co-leading Content and Social Design for the Hillary for America campaign, Kara wants to connect other designers with opportunities to make a difference. With friend and fellow world-shaker Meg Vásquez, Kara put together Do The Most Good, a resource for designers to find in-house job opportunities at established Democratic political organizations and progressive nonprofits. Kara and Meg believe design can help create effective change in progressive politics through established campaigns and organizations — and that all designers should consider committing part of their career to doing the most good.

Olivia Guethling MFA ’13 is among the artists selected by Signal Fire programs for 2017.



Adam Johnson ’13 co-directed, produced and edited a short film with Daniela Repas ’08 entitled "Bearing Witness," which was made for the 48 Hour Film Project in Portland in 2016 and which screened at the Hollywood Theater. The film was also chosen to screen at the Clinton Street Theater for the Portland Underground Film Festival in April of 2017. Watch it here!

Big congratulations to alumnus Demian DinéYazhi’ ’13 who was selected to receive the 2017 Brink Award from the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. The Brink Award is an annual award supporting emerging artists in the region. Demian will receive a prize of $12,500 and be given a solo exhibition at the Henry next spring. In addition, a publication will be produced, and a work of art will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot residency award recipients include alumnus Demian DinéYazhi’ ’13 and faculty member Modou Dieng. Funded by The Ford Family Foundation, the annual Golden Spot Awards began at Crow’s Shadow in 2010 to support regional artist residencies. Each of these Oregon-based artists will spend two weeks at Crow’s Shadow developing limited-edition prints, which will be hand pulled by Crow’s Shadow’s Master Printer.



Jody Dunphy MFA '12 just updated her website,, with a new design for showing the new line! She's also upgradded her day job to Sr. Graphic Designer at Cushman & Wakefield. Congrats, Jody!



Matthew Williams MFA ’11 presented some new work at a killer show by Sight Unseen as part of NYC's design week this past month, called Sight Unseen OFFSITE. Check it out!

Leslie Vigeant MFA ’11 traded in her position as Program Manager for the MFA in Applied Craft + Design for a position at Seattle Met and PICA. She’ll continue to co-teach Creative Entrepreneurship for the MFA in Applied Craft + Design next Spring and Professional Practices at OCAC this coming Fall. Congrats, Leslie!



Rainmaker Artist Residency, the wonderful artist space launched and run by Jane Schiffhauer MFA ’10, will be transitioning as of August 1, 2017 from a non-profit organization into Rainmaker Studios and Gallery at the same location in NW Portland. During its four years of operation, Rainmaker provided more than 20 artists low cost studio space and professional development support and education in Portland, OR.  For more information please contact:



“Archival Feedback,” a sound art piece by Thom Wheeler Castillo ’09 and drummer Emile Melgrim was named Best Sound Art by the Maimi Times. Thom and Emile are two old friends with a passion for the kitschiness of the Sunshine State who found a way to showcase South Florida's landscape through sound art. Archival Feedback uses a peculiar variation on call-and-response to present the duo's vision: Their field recordings are the "call," while the visual artwork that goes with it is the "response." They’ve also released vinyl editions of audio recordings they collected over two years on Castillo's label, Other Electricities. Those recordings have been widely lauded and partially funded by a Knight grant. The two completed an Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRIE); collaborated on an O, Miami project; and are showing their sound art at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Archival Feedback is their first collaboration.

Adolph Bastendorff ‘09 just moved into a large new art studio in NW Portland.  It is located at 2390 NW St Helens Rd.  Keep your ears open: he’s going to start hosting First Thursday monthly art exhibits soon!

Sean J Patrick Carney MFA ’09 recently started a website of his writing called Humor and the Abject, named after a course that he led at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University in 2014. The site features articles, reviews, and other bits of Sean’s writing. Fellow PNCA alumnus Thomas J Gamble MFA ‘14 is contributing a weekly political cartoon. Sean’s also just launched a podcast, also called Humor and the Abject, that's available via the website or in iTunes. It's a long-form interview podcast with contemporary artists and comedians as guests, accompanied by bizarre sound collages and fake advertisements. Sean’s also been writing pretty consistently for Art in America; you can read many of his pieces here. Check it out!



Sarah Farahat ‘08 recently returned to Portland this January after graduating from California College of the Arts last May.  She is currently participating in a residency at the Blue Mountain Center and gearing up to teach at Pacific University in the Fall.  She will be hosting one of her recent projects "In-Between Here and There-A PIcnic for Mixed Race* Women" on July 29th in St. Johns. To RSVP contact her via email:

Adam Johnson ‘13 was the supervising sound editor, sound designer, and re-recording mixer on the 2016 short film directed, animated and edited by Daniela Repas ’08 entitled "Mnemonics." The film was screened at the Clinton Street theater for the Portland Underground Film Festival in 2017 where it won both the best documentary and audience favorite awards. Watch the trailer here!



In April 2017, Nathanael Andreini ’05 became Interim Executive Director of the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, OR.



Midori Hirose ’04 recently curated Never Not Here | PPROT-SE at OV Project Space. An archaeological articulation with new works unearthed by Natalie Anne Howard and Shawn Creeden; flap card art by Rainen Knecht and Dino Matt; performance with Mia Ferm and visiting artist Michael Reinsch; and The Tenses.

A few pieces of news from the studio of Julian Voss-Andreae ’04: Julian and his studio crew have started an Instagram account (Follow here!)



Jessalyn Haggenjos '01 was accepted into the artist residency at The Studios of Key West for the 2018 season. She also has work on display at the open studios event on July 15, 2017 at Portland's NW Marine Ironworks.



Joellyn Loehr ’00 was recently interviewed on KPOV Community Radio’s The Point in Bend about her current exhibition at Franklin Crossing. Her segment starts at 9:20 right after the Masterpiece Theater music, and she gives a bit of a shout out to PNCA. “During the interview,” she says, “I kept thinking how grateful I am that we learned to talk about our art as part of the degree!” You can listen to Thursday’s show here.

Michael Orwick ’00 won the Award of Excellence for “En Plein Air” at the Cannon Beach Plein Air! The award recognized his work done onsite during the weekend and for his overall body of work. Michael is represented by Dragonfire Gallery.



It’s been a big few months for Pat Boas ’98. She was recently named one of the 2017 Hallie Ford Visual Arts Fellows. She’s also headed to a Yaddo Artist Residency in August 2017. She was also included in Ucross/Djerassi: Oregon Artists at Work, a publication from The Ford Family Foundation that celebrates a four-year funding partnership between the Djerassi and Ucross artist residencies and the Foundation. She also exhibited “Cipher” in the Governor’s Office from November 2016 – February 2017. (Read the Press Release here.)



Remedios Rapoport ’89 is headed to Chicago in September for the International Showcase of Women Sign Painters, an exhibition featuring 60 women sign painters from 9 countries. While there, she’ll be speaking on a panel discussion and hanging her Gentle Revolution Mobile. If you’d like to support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you can contribute via her GoFundMe page.



Eileen S. Kane ’87 recently made the momentous move of relocating her studio to SE Portland from NW Portland, where she had been for many years. She also has work included in the Smith College 50th Class Alumnae Exhibition through August 20, 2017. You can look through her web portfolio here.



Tom Cramer '82 has been busy! In May 2017, he finished a 110-foot mural commission in a pedestrian tunnel in Bend. In June 2017, he opened a show of paintings celebrating the Summer of Love 1967 at Roche Bobois’ Portland showroom (listen to the Artslandia interview with Tom here!). And he’s currently looking forward to a one man show at Augen Gallery in November 2017. Whew!



On July 15, 2017, Patrick Howe ’74 will be hosting a gallery talk titled “Artists are Something The Whole Universe is Doing” in conjunction with his new exhibition at the Magnuson Park Gallery / Space Gallery in Seattle. If you’re in the area, check it out!



Steve O'Hare '73 just finished work for and is packing up to head out to Art in the Park on July 9 in Kearney, Nebraska. Steve's also been invited for a show featuring urban photos from around the world in August and then he heads over to Russia and Germany. "Too much to keep up with when a person is less than a year from 70," he says, "but my father just celebrated his 100th last month!"



Artist and critic Paul Sutinen interviews Lee Kelly ‘59, stalwart of Portland's arts landscape, on the occasion of his 85th birthday and an exhibition of new work at Elizabeth Leach Gallery for ArtsWatch. Listen here.



Modou Dieng will be on sabbatical during Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. He will begin with a residency at OMI International in NY this summer. He will then do work and research on French colonial architecture and its ties to Black and Creole culture, conducted during short residencies in New Orleans and Saint-Louis Senegal during fall/winter in collaboration with curators Claire Tancons and Gia Hamilton at Joan Mitchell Center. Modou is curating two Exhibitions in NYC: one in the fall, one in the spring. He is also curating one Exhibition in the fall in Saint Louis, Missouri.

David Eckard will be on sabbatical during Fall 2017. He plans on treating the time like a residency and committing to some serious, uninterrupted studio time. He is excited to continue the body of work he exhibited at the Portland biennial in addition to a video piece that's been simmering on the back burner. He will be looking to secure an exhibition venue to present the work. David also plans on resurrecting his blog and writing a great deal more as he develops work and projects.

Stephen Slappe will be on sabbatical during Fall 2017. He will continue his research into alternative models for media art education, production and distribution with a project called Future Forum. Future Forum is a 10-month, art-as-education experiment he developed with Open Signal, the non-profit media center recently launched in North Portland. This work is in a rich tradition of artists extending their studio into experimental modes of teaching, blurring the boundaries between educational, social, and political interactions. Stephen notes that recent national events have made it evident that the country lacks media literacy and this project holds media art education to underserved communities at its core.

Fisheries Magazine published an article co-written by Emily Bosanquet, “The Art of Sustainability,” which details work by PNCA students who have received the Science in Studio Award, jointly awarded by PNCA and NOAA. Read the whole article here!

Posted on 07/03 at 05:05 PM

Molly Mendoza ‘14 finishes Fresh Paint Mural Commission

Congratulations to alumna Molly Mendoza on the completion of a mural commission for Open Signal and the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s (RACC) Public Art Murals program. Mendoza is the first of three artists to be commissioned for murals under the Fresh Paint partnership between Open Signal and RACC.  From May 2017 – May 2018 Fresh Paint commissions three emerging artists to paint a temporary mural that will be up for a period of four months on Open Signal’s facade facing the highly visible Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Open Signal captured this stop motion document of Mendoza's process.


Posted on 06/30 at 04:33 PM

Demian DinéYazhi’ ‘13 Receives 2017 Brink Award

Demian DinéYazhi´. image via

Big congratulations to almnus Demian DinéYazhi´ who was selected to receive the 2017 Brink Award, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle announced today.

Demian DinéYazhi´ (b. 1983) is an Indigenous Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) and Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water). A writer, poet, artist, and activist, DinéYazhi´ has exhibited work nationally and internationally at art institutions and essential DIY alternative run spaces. He lives in Portland.

The Brink Award is an annual award supporting emerging artists in the region. DinéYazhi´ will receive a prize of $12,500 and be given a solo exhibition at the Henry next spring. In addition, a publication will be produced, and a work of art will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

DinéYazhi´ has recently been included in exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum (Dene bāhī Naabaahii) and the Cooley Gallery at Reed College (Iconoclastic). His work is currently on view in Tomorrow Tomorrow, an exhibition of Portland area artists at CANADA curated by Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, and New York artist Wallace Whitney. DinéYazhi´organizes 
R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, an Indigenous founded artist/activist/warrior initiative. RISE is dedicated to the education, dissemination, & evolution of Indigenous art & culture.

This year, 81 qualified submissions were received for the Brink from artists nominated by a group of arts professionals from across the Pacific Northwest. This group was chosen for their strong commitment to recognizing, promoting, and supporting emerging artists in the Cascadia region.

The 2017 jury was comprised of Roya Amirsoleymani, Director of Community Engagement for the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; Amanda Donnan, curator of the University Art Galleries at Seattle University; Charlene Vickers, an Anishnabe artist living and working in Vancouver, B.C.; and Nina Bozicnik, Associate Curator at the Henry. The jurors conducted studio visits with the seven finalists in early June. 

Of their decision to award the Brink to DinéYazhi´, the jury says, "We are compelled by the way Demian complicates dominant queer narratives and understandings of indigeneity. Through a multi-modal practice, he enacts an ethics of mutuality and reciprocity, and pursues the decolonization of body and land. In the studio and in conversation with Demian, we observed that these ideas are moving in promising new directions."

DinéYazhi´’s work is rooted in a reverence for traditional Diné cultural practices and social formations, and also a desire to give voice to a contemporary Indigeneity that challenges Western archetypes and notions of authenticity. He uses conceptual strategies inclusive of image and text to talk truth to power, and to reclaim sovereignty from the white heteronormative patriarchy. Working across formats, from zines to exhibitions, and often in collaboration with others, DinéYazhi´ is also founder of R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, an Indigenous operated artist/activist/warrior initiative dedicated to the education, dissemination, and evolution of Indigenous art and culture. DinéYazhi´ received a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014.

The Brink is in its fifth biennial cycle. In 2009, The Brink was awarded to Isabelle Pauwels, Vancouver, B.C.; in 2011, to Andrew Dadson, Vancouver, B.C.; in 2013, to Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA; and in 2015 to Jason Hirata, Seattle, WA and New York, NY.

Posted on 06/16 at 01:03 PM

Congratulations Andrew Newell ‘17!

Andrew Newell, Vertical Swamp Shack, 2017. mixed media

Big congratulations to Andrew Newell who has been awarded one of International Sculpture Center's 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. The jury selected just Newel''s work, 'Vertical Swamp Shack," 2017, which was one of just 15 pieces chosen from the 354 student nominees and more than 867 works submitted. 

As a 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award recipient, Newell will be included in an exhibition at Belger Arts Center which will be on view from October 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.. His work will be featured in Sculpture magazine, also in October, and is eligible to apply for an ISC Residency in Switzerland, sponsored by Gertrud & Heinz Aeschliman.



The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program's growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions; including over 137 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from five countries for a nominated total of 356 students.

A distinguished panel made up of Edith Newhall, art critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a frequent contributor to ARTnews, Philadelphia, PA; Doug Schatz, Professor of Sculpture at the State University of New York, Potsdam, NY; and Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director, Grounds for sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; selected 15 recipients and 16 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

Newell, who is entering his thesis semester this fall was also recently awarded a Rachael Griffin Memorial Scholarship by the LIberal Arts faculty. Follow @

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Posted on 06/12 at 03:00 PM

WW Reviews MFA Exhibitions

"Perhaps more than any other corner of the art world, these artists ask for all they can from their viewers—and from art itself."

Shannon Gormley reviews our MFA Exhibitions for the Willamette Week in a piece entitled, "PNCA’s MFA Exhibits Have A Lot To Say." 

Focusing on the work of Angélica Maria Millán Lazono, Savanna Youngquist, Jenna Reineking, and Aruni Dharmakirthi, Gormley notes that, "Most of the works aren't exactly confrontational, but they're rarely serene." She locates art school as a place that artists can make work free from market considerations, a place where work can delve into that which is uncomfortable for the viewer, places demands on the viewer. 

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is open through June 16.

Posted on 06/12 at 11:23 AM

New Lee Kelly ‘59 Interview

Lee Kelly, Akbar's Elephant

People in Portland are familiar with Lee Kelly's large-scale public art sculptures that dot the city. Kelly '59 is an alumnus of PNCA who has recently opened his Leland Iron Works (his studio, sculpture garden, and home in Oregon City) to the college to host an artist-in-residence program. Kelly just turned 85.

Now, artist and critic Paul Sutinen interviews Kelly, stalwart of Portland's arts landscape, on the occasion of his 85th birthday and an exhibition of new work at Elizabeth Leach Gallery for ArtsWatch.

Over a career of nearly 60 years Kelly has completed dozens of public and private sculpture commissions including major works on the Portland Transit Mall and the Rose Garden in Washington Park.  

Read "Sculptor Lee Kelly: Pointing toward Asia."

Posted on 06/05 at 12:10 PM

New PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive

We're excited to announce that we're partnering with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy on the new PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive, a 15-credit, one semester program designed to ready students for careers in the footwear industry. PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy was founded in 2010 by D’Wayne Edwards, who, at 30, was one of the youngest Design Directors in Nike’s history and is one of only a handful of designers who has designed an AIR JORDAN. Since its founding, PENSOLE has placed more than 200 young designers in industry positions.

Applications will open shortly, and the program begins September 25th, 2017. The competitive program is open to applicants of various educational backgrounds. 30 students will be admitted.

A second intensive is planned for the spring 2018. And we are planning to develop the intensive into a full major by Fall 2018.

Students can choose from three areas of focus: Footwear, Apparel and Accessories, and Color and Material Design, and will work in teams of three to develop products for major brands including Adidas, Under Armour, Nike, Puma, Jordan, New Balance, Vans, The Northface, Cole Haan, ECCO, and Vibram. 

Stay tuned for application information!

Posted on 06/02 at 11:11 AM

Art and Science Initiative Students Co-Design Curriculum for OMSI Camp

Through PNCA's Art and Science Initiative, four Art + Science STEAM Student Educators have collaborated with PNCA faculty and OMSI staff to develop a weeklong summer camp for grades 8-12. At the OMSI Master Designers camp students will work with various media including printing, performance, photography, observational drawing. They'll explore design principles to understand shapes and forms in nature, explore species anatomy and ecological function, and use image making to understand natural processes on land and in the atmosphere and oceans. 

Master Designers runs for a week beginning August 14 from 7am-5pm at OMSI's Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, Oregon.

Each year through our Art and Science Initiative, four students are chosen as Art + Science STEAM Student Educators. They are mentored by faculty including Emily Bosanquet and Mallor Pratt to develop and co-teach art-science integrated curriculum as part of OMSI’s summer programming at the Coastal Discovery Center.  

Each student receives a $250 stipend and room and board for one week during the summer where they teach curriculum they developed to middle or high school students alongside OMSI science instructors. The Art+Science STEAM Educator positions are excellent opportunities for students considering or interested in arts/design-integrated teaching and learning. This experience is an opportunity to explore creative teaching methods and develop ways to facilitate a deeper understanding of what art and design thinking can spark in young minds when they investigate the natural world.

The 2017 positions were awarded to: Kimber Tidd, BFA, Animated Arts’ 18; Megan Kuttler BFA Communication Design’ 18; Michelle Vorce, MFA Collaborative Design’ 18; and Tippi Calson, BFA’ 15.

Posted on 05/30 at 03:13 PM

Congratulations to our Classes of 2017!

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, commencement ceremonies were held for our undergraduate and graduate candidates for the spring 2017. Join us in congratulating this new class of PNCA alumni! 

Justine Highsmith '17, Intermedia Major, during her BFA address. Image courtesy of Mack McFarland.

We would like to extend our greatest respect and hearty applause to all our 2017 graduating students – undergraduate and graduate alike. This past Sunday, May 21, 2017, our commencement ceremonies were held at Portland's Tiffany Center. Intermedia student Justine Highsmith delivered the undergraduate valedictorian address while Carla Javier Brea and Savanna Youngquist of the MFA in Print Media program delivered the graduate address. Andi Zeisler of Bitch Media joined us as guest commencement speaker. And as the students exited the hall, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, as they do every year, played the students out of the ceremony and into the world.


Please join us in celebrating and welcoming this new class of PNCA alumni!

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2017 Graduates

Beryl Allee, Animated Arts 

Kathryn Bailey, Communication Design 

MacKenzie Bentley Baker, Illustration 

Meredith Bardo, Illustration 

Lauren Elizabeth Beck, General Fine Arts 

Alison Marie Bingham, Sculpture 

Madeline Ann Black, Communication Design 

Jesse Mari Blalock, Photography 

Malcolm Bridwell, Illustration 

Christina Brister, General Fine Arts 

Ashlin Bush, Painting 

Molly Carlson, Animated Arts 

Sage Cortez, Sculpture 

Mariah Currey, Communication Design 

Hope Darby, Illustration 

Sydney Six Fort, Communication Design 

Samantha Fowler, Illustration 

Joaquin Golez, Illustration 

Jack Graydon, General Fine Arts 

Alexandra Gregory, Communication Design 

Elana Gurewitz, Illustration 

Hilary Hartner, Sculpture  

Elisabeth Young, Illustration

Clive Hawken, Illustration 

Justine Marin Highsmith , Intermedia 

Catharine Hoch, Intermedia 

Christopher Homan, General Fine Arts 

Joshua Hughes, Sculpture 

Ashley Innis, Photography 

Bryson Kaps, Illustration 

Elizabeth Karras, Communication Design 

Zoe Kimball, Illustration 

John Thomas Kirby, Painting 

Tandy Kunkle, Illustration 

Cassandra Lankford, General Fine Arts 

Matthew Layng, Writing 

Colin Luton, Illustration 

Kalaija Quinn Mallery, Photography 

Anna Marl, General Fine Arts 

Troy Mathews, Painting 

Vance Lump, Illustration 

Davida Rae Lara McFadden, Printmaking 

Caitlin E McIntyre , Animated Arts 

Jessica Mick, General Fine Arts

Grace Murphy, Illustration 

Kaitlyn Nelson, Illustration 

Nyssa Oru, Illustration 

Forrest Cameron Pass, Printmaking 

Nicholas Pennell, Illustration 

Katharyn Preston, Illustration 

Michael Devin Ray, Video and Sound 

Jamaali Roberts, Painting 

Alden Rodgers, Photography 

Tess Rubinstein, Illustration 

Samantha Sausser, Illustration 

Andrew Saxon, Photography 

Kathryn Sifford, Sculpture 

Jourdan Simmonds, Communication Design 

Aimee Sitarz, Photography 

Shelby Smith, Illustration 

Charles Klein Stobbs III, Video and Sound 

Shyla Villanueva, Printmaking 

Lindsey Walker, General Fine Arts 

Camille Westerberg, Photography 

Subin Yang, Illustration 

 Masters of fine arts in Visual Studies 2017 Graduates

Vincent Aloia 

Hunter Buck 

Mack Carlisle 

Adam Ciresi 

Devin Cogger 

Ardis DeFreece 

Aruni Dharmakirthi 

Bowen Feeley 

Maximiliano Carlos-Raphael Francisco Martinez 

Angélica Maria Millán Lozano 

Keegan O’Keefe 

Corrin M Olson 

Jenna Katherine Reineking 

Melanie Stevens 

 Masters of Fine Arts in Collaborative Design 2017 Graduates

Celina Coppetti 

Joel Newman 

Amanda Heather Schurr 

Michelle Vorce 

 Masters of Fine Arts in Print Media 2017 Graduates

Brynden Harding 

Carla Javier Brea 

Doug Kessler 

Juan Gerardo Solis Cruz 

Savanna Katy Youngquist 

Additional thanks to all those who spoke during commencement, introduced our graduating classes, and helped to present diplomas. Special thanks go out to: 

BFA Student Address Speaker

Justine Highsmith, BFA in Intermedia 

Graduate Student Address Speaker

Carla Javier Brea and Savanna Youngquist, MFA in Print Media 

Guest Commencement Address Speaker 

Andi Zeisler, Co-Founder & Editorial/Creative Director of Bitch Media 

Closing Remarks 

Don Tuski, President

Posted on 05/22 at 02:22 PM

Announcing PNCA Merit Scholarship Winners for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Every year, each department awards outstanding students merit scholarships based on their performance during the academic year.

Please join us in congratulating the following 2017 Merit Scholarship Awardees on their outstanding performace – creatively and academicly – who, throughout the year, have exhibited the kind of work and dedication to their practice that we strive for here at PNCA. As always, the pool of applicants was excellent and made for difficult deliberations across all departments. 

PNCA 2017 Merit Scholarship Awardees for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Addie Fernandez
Abbey St. John
Adrienne Lehuauakea Fernandez
Alejandra Arias Sevilla
Amanda Kravitz
Andrew Newell
Andromyda Wagenman
Angela Saenz
Anke Gladnick
Anna Stevenson
Catherine RossChristin Engelberth
Claire Gunville
D'Shawn Lampkin
Egg Dahl
Emily Lint
Hannah Rough
Helen Hunter
Ivy Loughborough
Jacob Houseman
James Fink
Jesse Siege
Joseph Ravetti
Joshua Abraham

Kailyn Hooley
Kaylan Broadfoot
Keira Highsmith
Kent Reade
Laura Medina
Liberty Morey
Madison Clark Camcam
Marin Vesely
Marguerite Bailey
Megan Wood
Michelle Guthrie
Mikai Lewis
Neal McCormick
Nikole Hoberg
Parker Bowen
Sarah Bailey
Sarah Hickey
Savanh Koulavong
Savanna Judd
Sydney McLeod
Tyler Snazelle

Posted on 05/19 at 02:39 PM

Announcing 2017 Summer/Fall Leland Iron Works Artists in Residence

Congratulations to this selection of great artists from both within and outside of the PNCA community!

We are honored to announce the Leland Iron Works 2017 Summer/Fall Residents. The The Ford Family Foundation in collaboration with PNCA provides a grant which supports this residency program at the home and studio of Lee Kelly in Oregon City. This grant gives the gift of free studio space to both emerging and established artists. These Ford Family “Golden Spot” Residents are also awarded stipends and must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to apply.

The Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Residents

July: Tammy Jo Wilson BFA ‘03

August: Heather Goodwind

The Emerging Artists Residents

September: Jennifer Viviano MFA ACD ‘17

October: Clairissa Stephens

July-September Low Residency: Aaron Smith and Colin Cathey BFA ‘18

Many thanks to the jurors who selected these artists for this session; Killeen Hansen, Kassandra Kelly and past “Golden Spot” resident Kristy Kun. This round the jury saw fit to award a special three-month, low-residency to two BFA students who applied as a collaborative team.  This long term low-residency will provide opportunity for the students to develop a deeper relationship to the property while formulating their thesis projects.

Again, congratulations to all the artists and we look forward to experiencing how they respond to their time in Oregon City.

Posted on 05/18 at 03:02 PM

Congratulations Wacom Contest Winners!

Two students, Ann-Marie Engelberth & Emma McMillan, won PNCA Technologies Team's Wacom Art Contest.

Images of the winning student art submissions. The left is Emma Mcmillin and right is Ann-Marie Engelberth.

We'd like to officially congratulate two of PNCA's students, Ann-Marie Engelberth & Emma McMillan, as the winners of PNCA Technology Team's WACOM Art contest.

A call for art submissions was issued in early spring with the only stipulation being that the work submitted had to be digital art. The submissions were reviewed, and Anna and Emma were chosen as the two winners. Each received a brand new Wacom Pro Pen.

Emma Mcmillin (on the left) and Ann-Marie Engelberth (right) with their new Wacom Pro Pens.

Their winning submissions will be displayed here on campus in our Wacom Lab along with some of the other incredible submissions. We encourage anyone interested in digital art and digi-art tools to stop by and have a look at this collection of PNCA student work. 

Posted on 05/10 at 01:59 PM

PNCA’s Art and Science Initiative Awardees

Congratulations to PNCA’s Art and Science Initiative Awardees for their work with various partner organizations this semester. All of these students were selected to collaborate and make work to highlight various social and ecological themes. Through these projects, they are applying their studio and theory curriculum to creative professional practice experiences. 

Sarah Birch, BFA Animated Arts '17 and Cai Veronda, BFA Animated Arts' 17 were awarded the Invasion Tactics Award in partnership with Oregon Department of Agriculture to research and develop animated work to help raise public awareness to address the critical problems posed by the invasive Japanese Beetle in Portland. 

Anke Gladnick, BFA Illustration ’17 received the 2016-17 Science in Studio Award. Anke is examining the hidden culture of salmon in California and is in the process of creating an illustrated children's book after a research trip to Californian where she met with scientists and examined the watershed from Sacramento to Arcata. 

E. D. Dahl, BFA Intermedia ’18 is working with the West Willamette Restoration Partnership as the Artist-in-Residence for the Connecting Portland Urban Forests Project, pulling ivy and connecting community around urban ecological restoration. Look out for her signage on your urban hikes this summer. 

Stephanie Fogel, BFA ’15 is collaborating with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to create the Bee Project logo to celebrate best practices when it comes to pollinator landscapes. 

Molly Alloy, MFA Visual Studies ’18 will begin the Bee Project Artist-in-Residence this summer, traveling throughout the State of Oregon to connect community around Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Bee Project and celebrate Oregon’s diverse native pollinators. 

Lynsee Sardell, MFA Visual Studies ’18 will spend the summer in the research lab as the Artist-in-Residence working alongside National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Vera Trainer as part of PNCA’s year long Art + Science Fellowship. 

Kimber Tidd, BFA, Animated Arts ’18; Megan Kuttler BFA Communication Design ’18; Michelle Vorce, MFA Collaborative Design ’18; and Tippi Calson, BFA ’15 will develop and co-teach art and science integrated curriculum for OMSI’s summer middle and high school programming on location at the Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, Oregon. Go STEAM.

The Art + Science Initiative at PNCA is a platform for students to make, think, experience, and research ideas and concepts at the intersection of science, culture and art practice. Through lectures, workshops, exhibition, residences, and grant awards students investigate and consider the relationships between ourselves and the natural world. 

Posted on 05/03 at 10:23 AM

Bravo Alumni - May 2017

Check out the newest updates from PNCA Alumni, which includes at least three newly published books, job changes, expanding families, performances and projects, symphonic collaborations, official portraits, articles in The New York Times, and so so much more. You alumni are an impressive bunch.

* Alumni, we love hearing from you! Send any updates or news to so we can brag about you in our next issue of Bravo!
** Listings are organized by graduating class year.



AQNB featured an exhibition curated by the Nat Turner Project, an ongoing curatorial project run by MFA in Visual Studies candidates Melanie Stevens MFA ‘17 and maximiliano MFA ‘17. The Nat Turner Project defines itself as “an uncompromising radical space — filling a void in Portland” and is dedicated to presenting work “borne of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture.” One of the Nat Turner Project curators, Melanie Stevens, was also featured on KBOO’s Art Focus talking with André Middleton who invited her to talk about her art and practice. You can listen to the segment here. Melanie is also one of the co-founders of Miss Anthology, which introduces racially and economically diverse female and genderqueer youth to the comics and the art industries. 

WeMake loves to showcase and support the future of the arts in their Student Spotlight Series. Most recently, they profiled current PNCA student Subin Yang ’17 about her about her process and journey as a digital illustrator.



Lauren Stumpf MFA ’16 was recently a contributor to a newly released book entitled Living the Dream...The Morning After Art School written by John Watson and Brian Horner and published by Kendall Hunt.

Anastasia Greer MFA ’16, Tom Cramer ‘82, Kendra Larson ‘04, Ruth Lantz, Jennifer Pepin, Samantha Wall MFA ’10, Yoshihiro Kitai ‘02, Sherrie Wolf ‘74, Michelle Ross ‘87, Lee Kelly ’59, Gabriel Liston ‘98, Fritz Liedtke ‘02, Michael Hensley ’95, and Annie McLaughlin ‘16 all contributed art works to the juried Cascade AIDS Project art auction on April 29th.  Congratulations to Sherrie and Anastasia who were picked by Jessica Nickel for her Curator's Choice selection. Former professor Robert Hanson was also selected.

Annie McLaughlin ’16, whose solo show is currently up at Nationale, will be releasing a limited-edition silkscreen print with the gallery’s offshoot project, Le Oui, before the show closes on May 19. Get your copy before they all disappear!

Kalaija Mallery ’16 recently showed a series of photograms at NeverLab Coffee.


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When Joshua Bryant ’16 tagged one of his Instagram videos #Hockneyinspired, he probably didn’t expect the post to be picked up by the Tate Art galleries to promote alongside the David Hockney retrospective at London’s Tate Britain. Josh’s post has been viewed more than 41,000 times. You can follow more of Josh’s work via Instagram at @mx_joshua.

Joseph McGehee ’16 curated the recent Canio’s Mirror, which opened April 1 at Jimmy’s in Ridgewood, NY. The exhibition features a text by Matthew Layng.



Nick Patton MFA ’15 just contributed the illustrations to It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reverse Inflammation and Feel Great Again, which was published in April 2017 and is now available on Amazon.

Reese Bowes MFA ’15 had his work in the PDX Contemporary Window Project for the month of April. You can see the work here and on his blog! And so did...

... Bukola Koiki MFA ’15, who will be the featured artist for the PDX Contemporary Window Project for May 2017. Her work tackles difficult and occasionally uncomfortable topics such as homesickness, cultural hybridity, and dislocation and where they intersect with our ideas of memory, family, and home.

Everyone’s favorite Show Show is back with top comedians performing live on stage with animations of their jokes, but this time there’s an added twist for Design Week Portland! Show Show is produced by Melody Rowell MFA ’15 and features storytelling and animations from notable Portland designers, complete with visual installations galore. The April 25 show featured animations by Grayson Bear ‘18, Erik Hoofnagle ‘15, Maddie Loftesnes ‘16, Theo Patton ‘18, Melody Rowell MFA ’15, and Victoria Wells, among others, and stand-up from Jason Traeger ’07, who placed in Portland’s Funniest Five 2015.



PNCA recently teamed up with KEEN to tell the story of paint, pixels, and passion in Portland. KEEN turned to PNCA alumna Molly Mendoza ’14, as well as to current students Travis Geohegan, Savanna Youngquist MFA ‘17, Aruni Dharmakirthi MFA ‘17, and Sherry Jankiewicz MFA ‘18 to develop visual identities for their new UNEEK shoes. Check out the fabulous (really) results here in this great video.

Iris Williamson MA '14 and John Knight MFA '13 of Williamson | Knight are celebrating the opening of their first exhibition—Sheida Soleimani's Social Learning Theory. Williamson | Knight is located at 916 NW Flanders St and gallery hours will be Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm. 

fresh paint, a temporary mural pilot project, begins in mid-May, 2017- April 2018 as part of a new professional development initiative of RACC’s Public Art Murals programming. For the first year, three artists have been selected to paint a mural on an area of the exterior west wall of Open Signal, 2766 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland.  Each mural will be up for a period of four months and then painted over in preparation for the next mural. The first artist will be PNCA alumna Molly Mendoza '14. Learn more here.

Elizabeth Leon '14 and other members of Pochas Radicales, a queer Latinx art collective located in Portland, will present a timely, site specific installation in the exhibition space at the Portland Building beginning May 2. The project will transform the compact gallery adjacent to the building lobby into a platform that offers an engaging narrative of a young, queer Latinx living in Portland. "The intention of this installation is to personalize the stories of so many people whose lives go unnoticed because they are often reduced to a flash on the evening news with very little context.” Learn more here.



From May 4-7, MFA Visual Studies alumnus Takahiro Yamamoto MFA ’13 is presenting “Direct Path to Detour,” a new dance work choreographed by Taka and commissioned by PICA. Grounded in the idea that a sense of who we are is rooted in our embodied experiences, this dance evokes mental and physical states at the intersection of value systems, social pressures, expectations, and personal experiences. Taka is a member of Physical Education, a performance group that was the 2016-17 artist-in-residence at PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture. Says Taka, “This residency was great, meeting students here and there, and also it provided a valuable support for rehearsal space for this very project since last September.” Don’t miss this! … especially as PICA is offering $5 ticket for people under 25 deal for this performance!

William Matheson ’13 will present his third solo show at Nationale in May and June 2017. Catch a sneak peek of the work here.



Last month, Jodie Cavalier MFA ’12 was invited to be an artist-in-resident at Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West Wagon Encampment in Joshua Tree. There, she’ll be researching experimental recipes with native plants with The High Desert Test Kitchen.

In January, Vadim Makoyed ’12 opened a creative studio called Vadimages with 4 full-time and 4 part-time designers and developers. They are crafting websites and apps for world class brands as well as local businesses, startups, and nonprofits.



Morgan Ritter ’11 performed at the April 18 opening of Susan Cianciolo’s Run Restaurant Untitled for the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.



Rainmaker Artist Residency, a non-profit organization founded by PNCA alumna Jane Schiffhauer MFA ’10 in 2013 to provide low-cost studios and professional development education to recent MFA grads, will transition in August 2017 to become a collective of artist studios and gallery in Northwest Portland. Over the past four years Rainmaker Artist Residency has helped more than 20 artists further their practice and careers. The new Rainmaker Studios and Gallery will continue to provide studio and exhibition space to established artists in Portland.

If you've been thinking about starting a collection but don't think you have the budget, check out this new Delaney Allen ‘10 print released in honor of Nationale's Young Collectors Event last month. Delaney's photographs are usually available only in very small editions ($600–1650) so this should make a lot of people's day. The image itself is mesmerizing. Email May Barruel to reserve yours! Also worth some applause: Ollie Blue Allen was born on March 16. Congratulations, Mindy & Delaney!

In a few short years, Tabor Robak ’10 has become a breakout digital artist known for vivid, mesmerizing dreamscapes. His work has graced solo shows, international galleries and MoMA PS1, an affiliate of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. But on Thursday, Tabor debuted a new piece on his biggest, most prominent canvas yet: The 800-square-foot digital façade fronting the flagship Microsoft Store in New York. Displayed high above bustling Fifth Avenue, the cinematic piece, called “Sundial,” is part of a new collaboration between the five-story retail store and local artists. Read more on Microsoft News. Tabor was also one of a handful of artists invited to do a project for the Public Art Fund 40th Anniversary Benefit Thursday April 20.

Patrick Cruzan ’10 was last seen in the basement of PNCA, preparing to enter a previously unknown room and muttering about a maze. He has not been seen since.



Brenna Murphy ‘09 is one half of MSHR. Their Nested Transmuted Cycle is currently on view at Interstitial in Seattle and is reviewed in The Stranger.

Thom Wheeler Castillo ’09 is an AIRIE (artist-in-residence-in-Everglades), where he collected field recordings that engage the landscape through the soundscape. A selection of these recordings and reinterpretations by other sound artists were arranged. AIRIE invites visual artists, scholars, composers and writers to seek both solitude and solidarity in the inspiring environment of Everglades National Park. Artists are provided a furnished apartment for the length of the residency, usually four weeks. Interested? Thom’s sent along this link to the application, due June 1.



Maile Thiesen ’07 just started a new job as the Digital Asset Management Technical Specialist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Congrats Maile!

ArtForum recently reviewed the newest show from Nickolaus Typaldos '07, now showing at Marvin Gardens in NYC through May 14. Nick's exhibition, they write, "evokes a future time, in which synthetic objects have become petrified along with their organic counterparts...Although these cast objects recall archaeological specimens, their uncanny surfaces and prop-like appearances take us into an imaginative, science-fictional space." Read the whole review here.



Eliza Fernand ’06 offered an improvisational quilting workshop at Rare Bird in Oakland and then travelled north to the redwood forests, to spend the month of April as the resident artist at The Sanctuary Arcata. Then she’s headed to Oakland to host her workshop, Practice Saying NO: A Patchwork Workshop, at Kosa Arts, a gallery and boutique in Oakland. She’ll teach participants how to make the "NO" patchwork she designed, and have a conversation about the things we say "no" to in our personal and public lives.



Ryan Alexander-Tanner ’05 has been busy these last few years: he recently released an illustrated article with The New York Times. He’s also made comics for BuzzFeed, Medium, The Nib, Talking Points Memo, and a few others. If you’re feeling bewildered by geopolitical whiplash, you might enjoy Ryan’s most recent comic essay for The Nib, where he offers some advice for activism in the age of Trump. Other updates worth some attention: Did you know that Ryan drew the Dave's Killer Bread logo? Well, he did. He also illustrated and co-authored a graphic novel about progressive education for Columbia University’s Teacher's College Press called To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. He regularly contributes illustrations to The Mercury, including the author portraits that run every week, and has taught for PNCA’s Continuing Education program for the past 3-4 years in a row. Bravo, Ryan!



Lindsey White ’04 was named a 2017 SECA Award winner by San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. SECA, an acronym for the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, grew out of a group of collectors that formed in 1961 with the goal to educate their members about contemporary art, and to help in the growth of the SFMOMA permanent collection. The award comes a monetary award and a summer exhibition at the museum. Lindsey has already been working on much of the work that she will show at SECA, creating an industrious installation of photographs, fiberglass and aluminum sculptures, photographic banners and oversized potholders—all of which are inspired by the professional and amateur worlds of magicians and comedians.

Don’t miss this upcoming talk by Brenda Mallory ’04 (Cherokee Nation) at the Portland Art Museum. She’ll offer a close look at her installation Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes. Mallory’s work is inspired by a rereading of Cherokee history and addresses ideas of disruption, repair, and renewal. Her work in Arizona State University Art Museum’s biennale exhibition, Map(ing) (Multiple Artists Printing Indigenous and Native Geographies), was reviewed in Hyperallergic. She was also awarded an artist papermaking residency at Pulp & Deckle for 2017.



We’re excited to announce the second year of Swale, a floating food forest on a barge in NYC from artist and alumna Mary Mattingly ’02. Swale will return to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 on April 29 to open its 2017 season. Swale was conceived as an interactive public artwork that reconnects New Yorkers to nature and welcomes visitors to forage fruits and vegetables for free. Through its tours, workshops and events, Swale calls attention to the collective use of New York City’s land and waterways. Last season, Swale hosted over 60,000 visitors and 100 programs at locations at Concrete Plank Park in the Bronx, Governor’s Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park. “At its heart,” says Mattingly, “Swale is a call to action. It asks us to reconsider our food systems, to confirm our belief in food as a human right and to pave pathways to create public food in public space.” Learn more here.



Steve Orlando ’99 is heading in a new professional direction and just completed a Project Manager Professional certification course at Saint Louis University. He has a fabulous and fascinating career record behind him: collaborative project director, photography registrar, art consultant, papermaker, project director at Dieu Donné, and printmaking faculty at Pratt.

Fertile Myrtle, a new film from filmmaker Julie Orser ’99 is still on the festival circuit. It won a Jury Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival last month and will be showing at the 19th Annual Maryland Film Festival from May 3- 7, 2017. She also has a solo show up at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA.



Spirit Medicine, a healing project for the waterways, is the most recent work from Cydney French ’98. Just as our consciousness as humans remains entwined with one another so too is the water of the world: one rain drop, one river, one ocean. The project includes a narrative and visuals, beginning with an intentional ceremony on the Deschutes River. Follow along via Instagram at @cydneyfrench.



Holly White-Gehrt '95 is currently Artist in Residence at the Hill Country Art Foundation, and preparing to open a new program at HCAF, The Hill Country Atelier. She will be teaching classical realism in a one or a three year curriculum.

Glynnis Fawkes ’95 recently won a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators annual Comics Festival MoCCA for her book Greek Diary. This book is an account of working on a dig as illustrator, traveling to islands with her family (two cranky children), and a flashback to a romance on Santorini that was the beginning of this family. Last year, Glynnis won a MoCCA award for excellence for another book, AllleEgo, also set in Greece, but 20 years earlier. Greek Diary was also short-listed for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of 2016, and winners of that award will be announced next week. For more information about her work, visit Glynnis’ blog. You can read Greek Diary online here!



The Global Art Affairs Foundation selected Portland photographer (and PNCA alumna!) Susan Seubert ’92 for inclusion in “Personal Structures,” an exhibition on view at Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, during this year's Venice Biennale, May 13 – November 26, 2017. Can’t make it to Venice? You can see her work at Froelick Gallery through May 27. At both venues, Susan will exhibit a recent body of work titled Not a Day Goes By. These photographic prints on metal surfaces meditate on a highly prevalent means of suicide in the United States: Self-asphyxiation using a plastic bag. All the more harrowing for their ordinariness and ready availability, Susan placed plastic over the heads of her models (whom she crowdsourced via social media) and relied on each individual's instinctual posture to convey a face-on personal aspect to broader, tragic statistics. The results are ghostly, simply composed, eerily beautiful in their veiled view of the people underneath whose features are blurred, creased, partially obscured by the folds and light-glancing planes of the bag. Don’t miss it.



Michael Curry ‘81 is working with Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony to present Stravinsky’s Persephone. The production is part of the Symphony’s SoundSights Series, presenting symphonic collaborations with visual artists. The innovative and impactful puppetry for which Michael is famous will be used to explore the journey of Persephone between the underworld and the world above. As designer and staging director, Michael will transform the stage into a world of shadow and light.  Residing in this world will be puppeteers clad to resemble Greek statues, accompanied by the Portland State Chamber Choir, the Pacific Youth Choir, the tenor Paul Groves, the narrator Pauline Cheviller, and the conductor Carlos Kalmar with the Oregon Symphony.  Performances will run at 7:30pm daily from Saturday, May 13 through Monday, May15, 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.



Sherrie Wolf’s (BFA ‘74) studio is filled with art history books. One of her favorites describes a large set of simple paintings done by Manet while he was quite ill at the end of his life, of the flowers that friends brought to him. These are known as "the last flower paintings," and her upcoming show at Boston’s Arden Gallery is meant to honor these and the vast history and tradition of flower painting. You can see a few of the paintings on view



Take it from one who knows: Steve O’Hare ’73 says that life after retirement is great. “PNCA helped me to go from a grunt in the art department to the head of the art department and retire after 40 years and live my dreams. My wife and I live on a large acreage in a house that we designed and built and now basically live of the land, we have a huge garden and orchard and I have seven bee hives that I process the honey from by hand and sell in town. The orchard is in full bloom right now and the bees are happy as can be. Life is good if you work hard and have a dream.” Steve and his wife recently established a scholarship that will be awarded for the first time to a PNCA student in the fall.


Lee Kelly ’59 was featured on OPB's State of Wonder on the occasion of the installation of Akbar's Elephant at Fox Tower. You can listen to the whole story here.



Modou Dieng has curated TRANSPARENCY SHADE: SEEING THROUGH THE SHADOW, which opened on April 7th, 2017 at projects+gallery in St. Louis. The exhibition features work by Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Zoe Buckman, Kendell Carter, Kahlil Irving, Ayana Jackson, Michael Riedel and Hank Willis Thomas. Don't miss this review of the exhibition in Hyperallergic.

On April 5th, faculty emeritus Paul Missal was in Salem to attend the unveiling of the Official Portrait he was commissioned to do of Justice Edwin Peterson. The event was held at the Supreme Court Building in Salem, Oregon where the painting will be installed. Justice Robinson served as the Supreme Court Justice for the State of Oregon in the late 80's and early 90's and is now retired. "I am utterly delighted with this painting," said Peterson. (Fun additional fact: PNCA alumnus Todd Putnam ’83 framed the portrait!)

Curator Prudence Roberts recently looked back at the very first days of the Portland Art Association (which became the Museum Art School, and then Pacific Northwest College of Art). Curious about those early days? Read more about Anna B. Crocker and the First Decade of the School of the Portland Art Association.

Posted on 04/28 at 12:35 PM

Book Launch: Nan Curtis’ The Rekindling

Nan Curtis, Chair of Studio Arts at PNCA, releases a catalogue for her project The Rekindling with a reception Thursday, April 27 from 6-8:30pm at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 415 SW 10th. 

This catalogue documents a project that grew from an exhibition Curtis did at NINE Gallery in 2011. She received 16 commissions that took her more than four years to complete, and this book is the one place they are all housed together. Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College wrote an essay for the book which was designed and produced by Container Corps.

Curtis will speak at 6:30, and Stephanie Snyder will read from her essay. There will be some of the commissioned pieces on display, and the book will be for sale.

Posted on 04/26 at 01:09 PM

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