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Joanna Berton Martinez to Deliver 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA

Release date: 01/25/12

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January 25, 2012

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Public Health Artist Joanna Berton Martinez to Deliver 2012 Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA
Artist, activist and founding director of Danzine

Alfred Edelman Lecture: Joanna Berton Martinez
“Made in Form! Using self as canvas and stage,”

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 6:30 pm
PNCA Main Campus Building, Swigert Commons
1241 NW Johnson Street
Free and open to the public

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.

Joanna Berton Martinez has been a health educator since the early 90s and has done work ranging from direct services to program management and policy work. Under the name Teresa Dulce, she was for 10 years the director of Danzine, a non-profit organization in Portland created by and for sex workers. Danzine did needle exchange, threw art and film fundraisers, published a zine, and did education and advocacy work on behalf of sex workers in Portland. In 2004, Martinez wrote and directed GAG Rules, a piece addressing health, art, work, and family, which she performed during one of the three-minute time slots allotted during Portland City Council meetings for citizen comment. Martinez edited the public access television footage of the performance into a video of the same title. Moving to Washington, D.C. for graduate school in 2006, Martinez did a two-year live art project, D*TOX, which included both personal transformation and dramatic physical transformations that she documented in a series of self-portraits shot with disposable cameras. Martinez has been a SAMHSA Fellow with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and a CDC Fellow for Leaders in HIV Prevention. She holds a Masters of Public Health, Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature and Film and Video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Martinez currently lives in Boston and is working on overdose prevention and disability rights.

About The Alfred Edelman Lecture
When the late Portland architect and photographer, Alfred Edelman, taught three-dimensional design at PNCA he challenged his students to consider the principles of engineering, kinetics, physics and other subjects seemingly dissimilar to art. In doing so he brought the outside world into his classroom. Founded by Carol Edelman, the Alfred Edelman Lecture was created to enhance the student’s understanding of the visual world by presenting timeless and/or unique ways to examine and manipulate three-dimensional space; and to be a catalyst for lively discussions in the classroom at PNCA

Specially Available At This Lecture: Also available at the lecture will be Alfred Edelman: The Urban Compositions, the second in a series of books of photos by the late architect, photographer, and educator published by PNCA with the support of RACC. This book follows the 2010 publication of Alfred Edelman: The Studio Prints. The book features writings by renowned Oregon literary figures, Kathleen Dean Moore and Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate, in response to images they each selected from the Edelman archive.

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, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, 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. For more information, visit

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