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PNCA’s Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

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September 12, 2012

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist 971-255-5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications 971-255-5511

PNCA’s Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Free Public Lectures at PNCA

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) brings bright lights from the worlds of art and design to Portland for the Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Notable artists, designers, editors, activists, educators, and theorists have been invited to lecture by each of PNCA’s five graduate programs, including the MFA in Visual Studies, MFA in Collaborative Design, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, and MFA in Applied Craft and Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft. Most lectures take place in the Swigert Commons in PNCA’s Main Building in Portland’s Pearl District and are always free and open to the public. For a complete listing of PNCA events, please visit

September 13
George Mobus, PhD
MFA in Collaborative Design

Author of the popular blog, Question Everything, George Mobus pursues several related lines in energy and economics from a systems approach. These include a multi-disciplinary collaboration with scientists around the world who are pursuing a more rigorous biophysical approach to economics by specifically modeling the energy dynamics of macroeconomics. Dr. Mobus is currently designing a new Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering program at University of Washington’s Institute of Technology.

September 19
Alex Isley
co-sponsored by the MFA in Applied Craft + Design and PNCA’s Communication Design Department
@ Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue

Alex Isley first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He also served as the first full-time art director at the funny and fearless Spy magazine, and in 1988 founded Alexander Isley Inc. He has lectured and taught in design, typography, and exhibit design at Yale, The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, and Rhode Island School of Design, and has been president of the New York Chapter of AIGA.

October 8
Sina Najafi
MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research
supported by Paul Livadary and the Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation

Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet, an award-winning quarterly of art and culture. Known for its inimitable sensibility, quirky humor, and insistent linking of curiosity and ethics, the magazine was dubbed “the secret best art magazine” by critic Jerry Saltz. Najafi has curated several exhibitions, including Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates at White Columns and Queens Museum of Art, and has taught at The Cooper Union, Yale, and Rhode Island School of Design.

October 10
AA Bronson
MFA in Visual Studies

AA Bronson formed General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal in 1969. The trio lived and worked together for 25 years, undertaking more than 100 exhibitions and public art projects. They were known for their magazine, FILE (1972–1989), their production of low-cost multiples, and their early involvement in punk, queer theory, and AIDS activism. In 1974, General Idea founded Art Metropole, a distribution center and archive in Toronto for artists’ books, audio, video, and multiples. Bronson’s solo work focuses on death, grieving, and healing. He founded the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

October 17
Christine Lee
co-sponsored by the MFA in Applied Craft + Design and OCAC’s Wood Department
@ Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue

Christine Lee is an Oakland–based artist whose work crosses between sculpture, furniture/woodworking, and installation. Constructed through a process-driven, in-depth exploration of materials, her work stretches the typical associations, intended functions, and final destinations of mundane materials. Lee has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., including Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

October 17
Gregg Bordowitz
MFA in Visual Studies

Gregg Bordowitz is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. His collaboration with artist Paul Chan, titled The History of Sexuality Volume One By Michel Foucault: An Opera, premiered in October 2010 in Vienna, Austria. His books include General Idea: Imagevirus (2010) and The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986–2003 (2004). For the past three years, Bordowitz has turned his attention to performance; Testing Some Beliefs is an improvisational lecture that he has delivered at Iceberg Projects (Chicago), Murray Guy (New York), Temple Gallery (Philadelphia), and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas). He wrote and directed Sex Mitigating Death: On Discourse and Drives: A Meditative Poem, which were presented at the Tate Modern, London. Bordowitz teaches in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

October 30
Michael Anton Dila
MFA in Collaborative Design

Michael is a founder of UNFINISHED (2012) and Moso (2010) and a co-founder of Foundery (an innovation lab in Toronto, 2010), Torch Innovation (2010), Overlap (peer-to-peer innovation organization 2006), Torch Partnership (strategy and Innovation consulting 2006), and Aegis (strategy 1999). Michael is chief catalyst of the Unfinished Business initiative, and helped establish the Strategic Innovation Lab at the Ontario College or Art & Design.

November 2
Caldera Residency Report
Special time: 12:30 pm
MFA in Visual Studies

MFA in Visual Studies Caldera students, artists-in-residence Julie Ault and Gregg Bordowitz, and Tracey Cockrell, chair of the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, present the experiences and work completed while at their Caldera Artist Residency. PNCA Caldera Laboratories is a collaborative effort between Caldera Artist Residency and Pacific Northwest College of Art, who have joined forces to construct a program where visiting artists, scholars, curators, and critics come together with PNCA faculty and MFA in Visual Studies students to engage in art making, research, and visual and written investigations in a laboratory setting.

November 2
Julie Ault
MFA in Visual Studies

Julie Ault, an artist who assumes a curatorial role as a form of practice, individually and collaboratively organizes exhibitions, multiform projects, and publications. Her work emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics. She is the co-author with Martin Beck of Critical Condition: Selected Texts in Dialogue (2003), and is the editor of Alternative Art New York 1965–1985, an in-depth history of New York’s alternative art scene. Ault co-founded Group Material, an artist collaborative that explored relationships between politics and aesthetics between 1979 and 1996. Her projects include Social Landscape at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, and the exhibition Outdoor Systems, Indoor Distribution at NGBK, Berlin. Ault has taught at École Supérieure d’Art Visuel (Geneva), UCLA, Rhode Island School of Design, CalArts, and The Cooper Union.

November 14
Del Harrow
co-sponsored by the MFA in Applied Craft + Design and OCAC’s Ceramics Department
@ Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue

Del Harrow is a sculptor and educator based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His work in ceramics explores the intersection of digital design and manual, skill-based fabrication processes. Harrow is an assistant professor of art at Colorado State University and has taught at Penn State University and Kansas City Art Institute. He has taught a number of workshops that address digital and parametric modeling in conjunction with analog fabrication and “hands-on” work with clay.

November 15
Gregory Dees
MFA in Collaborative Design

Gregory Dees has played a leading role in developing the academic field of social entrepreneurship, helping to found social innovation programs at Duke, Harvard, and Stanford. His work bridges the gap between business and the social sector, and between theory and practice, making knowledge useful for social entrepreneurs as well as for the funders, consultants, and educators who work in this field. In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work with their first Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Entrepreneurship Education.

November 29
Jayson Scott Musson
MFA in Visual Studies

Best known for his character “Hennessy Youngman,” who delivers pointed and very funny art world critiques from an outsider perspective via YouTube, Jayson Scott Musson is an interdisciplinary visual artist and an original member of hip-hop group Plastic Little. Musson has been featured in Art in America, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Artnews. He holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

December 12
Amos Kennedy
co-sponsored by the MFA in Applied Craft + Design and PNCA’s Printmaking Department
@ Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue

Amos Kennedy is a letterpress printer, papermaker, and builder of artist’s books based in Gordo, Alabama. He quit his corporate computer programming job at the age of 40 to follow his dream of becoming a letterpress artist, or as he calls himself, “a humble negro printer.” His work embodies his passion for stirring up strong emotions and encouraging people to think in new ways. Kennedy is the subject of the documentary Proceed and Be Bold.


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 1,500 students through its continuing education programs. 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. Portland Monthly, in its January 2012 issue, called PNCA “a creative class crown jewel.” With the support of FIVE, the College has an operating partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit

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