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Release date: 06/28/11
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June 28, 2011
Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art
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Pacific Northwest College of Art announces a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation in support of exhibitions and programs at its Feldman Gallery
June 28, 2011 – PORTLAND, OR – Pacific Northwest College of Art has received a grant of $40,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of a six-exhibition series in the Feldman Gallery exploring various medias and methodologies in contemporary art. This is PNCA’s first award from the New York City-based foundation, which was established in 1987 by Andy Warhol in his will to advance the visual arts.
“Educating and expanding the contemporary arts audience is an important part of what colleges and universities must do,” says Tom Manley, President of PNCA, “And, at art schools like PNCA, it is absolutely vital that students engage diverse and challenging work firsthand as a key dimension of their creative training. We are, therefore, most grateful to the Warhol Foundation for the support and national recognition this grant provides PNCA in introducing new, leading-edge art makers to the broader public of Portland and the region, and to those young artists whom they will inspire.”
The series will be on view in PNCA’s Feldman Gallery and Project Space from February 2012 – May 2013. The exhibitions embody the wandering and fluent nature of artistic practice. The ten thousand people who will visit the exhibitions over the sixteen months they are on view will see clear, compelling examples of the various strategies artists use in the conception and production of creative work. The exhibitions will be enriched by free public artists lectures and by incisive scholarly essays and information about the artists and their work. The full series will be officially announced in late fall and will include such artists as B.Wurtz & Xylor Jane, Walead Beshty and Critical Art Ensemble.
Feldman Gallery Curator Mack McFarland commented, “It’s thrilling to have the philanthropic encouragement of the Warhol Foundation, for the already joyful task of exposing our students and artistic community to a dynamic mix of today’s artists.”
About Feldman Gallery + Project Space
The Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space is dedicated to the work of national and international contemporary artists. Mounting six exhibits a year for eight-week runs, visiting artists are invited to lecture or participate in student workshops and studio visits, and each show culminates in a First Thursday opening and a Gallery Talk given by the artist and open to the public. Students participate in all aspects of the show, from the details of curation to the logistics of installation. Through Philip Feldman Gallery exhibitions and events, PNCA collaborates with other art institutions such as the Cooley Gallery at Reed College, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies and an MFA in Collaborative Design, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. The agreement allows the two organizations to share resources and staffing while each organization retains its own 501c3 status and Board of Directors. For more information, visit www.pnca.edu.
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