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Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping: New Work by Shawn W. Creeden

Release date: 01/25/12

PORTLAND, OR – January 24, 2012 – Of Things Disturbed That Had Been Sleeping is an exhibition of new embroideries and sculptures by Portland-based artist Shawn W. Creeden opening February 2, 2012 in PNCA’s Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, 825 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The works explore the complex and often adversarial relationships between humans, animals and landscape during the conquest of the American West.

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Joanna Berton Martinez to Deliver 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA

Release date: 01/25/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 25, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in partnership with Cascade AIDS Project welcomes artist and public health activist Joanna Berton Martinez (aka Teresa Dulce) to deliver the 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm. Martinez, who has for 20 years used art and performance in the service of activism will deliver a talk entitled, “Made in Form! Using self as canvas and stage,” on the transformation of self as medium in her public art works.

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PNCA Announces New BFA Program in Video and Sound

Release date: 01/06/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 6, 2012 – In recognition of the fact that moving images and sound have become central modes of communication and self-expression in the 21st century, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces its tenth BFA program, Video and Sound, launching Fall 2012.

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Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery

Release date: 01/06/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 6, 2012 – Xylor Jane and B. Wurtz is a two-person show presenting major new works by two important contemporary artists. Dealing in the complexity and specificity of color and material, Xylor Jane’s and B. Wurtz’ artworks are rigorously executed translations of environment and experience. B. Wurtz (b. 1948) makes sculptural assemblages from string, socks, buttons, household implements and plastic bags. Xylor Jane (b. 1963) draws on numerical series including the Fibonacci sequence and prime numbers to make intricately patterned paintings, finding hidden curiosities and subtle patterns amidst swarms of numbers. This exhibition, curated by MFA in Visual Studies Chair, Arnold J. Kemp, represents the first time work by these two artists has been shown together, offering a unique opportunity to consider complimentary practices by two artists of different generations whose bodies of work are outside of the mainstream museum and gallery fare. The exhibition is the first major showing of the work of both artists in the Pacific Northwest and follows on the heels of the summer 2011 retrospective of B. Wurtz’ work at Metro Pictures, New York.

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PNCA Welcomes D. Jean Hester as New Director of Admissions

Release date: 01/05/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 3, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome D. Jean Hester as its new Director of Admissions. Hester comes to Portland from Los Angeles, where she has lived for the past two decades working in education and the arts as well as doing web development for NASA and Fortune 500 companies. With her breadth of experience, Hester brings a unique perspective to the recruitment and retention efforts that will be her purview. As an educator, having taught at institutions including California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and Loyola Marymount University, she has first-hand knowledge of the student experience and challenges. At the same time, she has a solid background in strategic and tactical use of technology as a marketing tool, having recently developed marketing strategies and an interactive touch-screen information booth for the Web Design and Interactive Media program at the Art Institute of California, where she has taught for the past five years.

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