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TRUST: 2012 PNCA Alumni Exhibition

Release date: 08/24/12

TRUST: 2012 PNCA Alumni Exhibition

PORTLAND, OR – August 21, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) puts its great legacy on display through the work of its illustrious alumni in TRUST, the 2012 PNCA Alumni Exhibition. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 6 and will be on view through Sunday, October 21, 2012. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, September 5 from 6-8 PM in the Swigert Commons in PNCA’s Main Campus Building at 1241 NW Johnson. The Ford Family Foundation has provided major support for this exhibition.

For TRUST, a distinguished jury reviewed applications by 186 alumni. In addition, the College invited the participation of more than a dozen alumni, some who graduated as early as 1950 and others as recently as 2008, including past Homecoming Lecture speakers.

The jury comprised Randy Gragg, Editor, Portland Monthly magazine; Namita Gupta-Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft; Sarah Miller-Meigs, Founder, lumber room; Deanne Rubinstein, Member, OHSU Art Committee of the Marquam Hill Steering Committee; and Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College. TRUST is curated by Victor Maldonado, Assistant Professor/Inclusions Specialist at PNCA.

“After more than a century of educating artists, PNCA draws students come from all over the country, and our BFA and MFA graduates go on to exhibit and work all over the country,” says Tom Manley, President of PNCA. “This is a pivotal moment in the College’s history. We’ve experienced robust growth in enrollment, have launched five new graduate programs in as many years, and have just kicked off our capital campaign to support campus expansion onto Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA likes to say it prepares students for a life of creative practice. This exhibition showcases some of the riches that life can produce.”

This juried exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see the scope of contemporary art, craft, and design by alumni from PNCA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Continuing Education certificate programs. What’s more, it offers the viewer the opportunity to become an institutional archaeologist, to dig down through the accumulated strata of object, image, and idea to get at the cultural DNA of the College. For alumni, it is an appropriate homecoming or completion of a circle.

Juried Alumni Artists

Delaney Allen, MFA VS ’10
Yothin Amnuayphol ’88
Carl Annala ’87
Ray Barrett, MFA VS ’11
Pat Boas ’98
Allison Bruns ’07
Rebecca Campbell ’94
Thomas Conway ’06
Anne Crumpacker, MFA ACD ’11
Tamara English ’04
Eliza Fernand ’06
Jessalyn Haggenjos ’01
Anne Haley ’10
Laura Hughes, MFA VS ’10
Ruth Lantz, MFA VS ’10
Fritz Liedtke ’02
Gabriel Liston ’98
Helen Liu ’84
Cris Moss ’99
Julie Orser ’99
Antonia Pinter ’11
Esther Podemski ’77
Alyson Provax ’07
Lydia Rosenberg ’10
Rainbow Ross ’09
Samuel Rowlett ’02
Jason Lee Starin, MFA ACD ’11
Margaret van Patten ’92
Marchi Wierson ’89
Sherrie Wolf ’84

Invited Alumni Artists

Michael Brophy ’85
Michael Curry ’81
Alex Felton ’05
Julia Fish ’76
Anna Grey ’08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ’08
Malia Jensen ’89
George Johanson ’50
Lee Kelly ’59
Mary Mattingly ’02
Lucinda Parker ’66
Barry Pelzner ’77
Richard Rezac ’74
Eric Stotik ’85
Molly Vidor ’94

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
PNCA prepares students for a life of creative practice and has been an influential force in art and design education in the Pacific Northwest since its founding in 1909. Today PNCA enrolls over 600 students in 15 undergraduate and graduate programs, and another 1,200 students through its continuing education programs. 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. PNCA’s graduate programs are part of its Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE): an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, an MFA in Collaborative Design, and an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed with the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the first inter-institutional degree of its kind in the US.

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. The Portland Monthly, in its January 2012 issue, called PNCA the “crown jewel of Portland’s creative class.” With the support of FIVE, the College has an operating partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit

More information on PNCA’s BFA, MFA, and MA programs including the new MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Low-Residence MFA in Visual Studies, and undergraduate major Video and Sound can be found on the PNCA website at

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