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Release date: 03/28/13
PORTLAND, OR – March 28, 2013 – In celebration of the launch of its new BFA in Writing program, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome three acclaimed Portland writers – Lidia Yuknavitch, Tom Spanbauer, and Chuck Palahniuk – for an evening of words and on words. Write Now; Tom Spanbauer, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Chuck Palahniuk on Monday, April 22 at 7:30pm in the Commons at PNCA celebrates this new writing program chaired by associate professor and award-winning novelist Monica Drake, author of the just-published Stud Book which Cheryl Strayed called “a take-your-breath-away good, blow-your mind wise, crack-your-heart-open beauty of a novel,” and Clown Girl, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards.
Release date: 03/12/13
PORTLAND, OR – March 12, 2013 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in collaboration with Oregon Humanities is honored to welcome celebrated author, activist, and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit who will deliver the 2013 Alfred Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm.
Release date: 02/07/13
Portland, OR—February 6, 2013—The Feldman Gallery and Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents two projects by the internationally renowned arts collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) Wednesday, March 13, 2013 through Sunday, June 2, 2013. CAE’s visit to Portland will include programs dedicated to the issues of income disparities and the practice of research within the arts, building on CAE’s expertise in areas of tactical media, archive and database reuse, and media literacy. One of the programs will be a lecture by theorist Brian Holmes.
Release date: 01/18/13
Portland, OR—January 21, 2013—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) brings provocative and pivotal thinkers, designers, and artists from all over the country to Portland for the Spring 2013 PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Each of the lectures is free and open to the public.
Release date: 01/07/13
Portland, OR—January 3, 2013—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is poised to celebrate the completion of a three-year, student-led project to build a new bicycle shelter for the College. Alumnus David Boekelheide, who received his MFA in Applied Craft and Design (a joint program of PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft) in 2011, designed and fabricated the organic structure as well as shepherded the project through an extensive approval process. PNCA Dean of Student Services Michael Hall spearheaded the project for the College.
Release date: 11/29/12
Portland, OR – November 29, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes Sean Woodard as Director of Human Resources. Woodard joins PNCA with more than 10 years of human resources management and business partner experience working for such organizations as OHSU, Knowledge Learning Corporation, and the City of Portland.
Release date: 11/29/12
Portland, OR – November 29, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Oregon College of Art and Craft welcome the public to an Open Studios event for the Masters of Fine Art in Applied Craft and Design program on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6pm-9pm. The public is invited to meet students, faculty, staff, and mentors and see the range of projects on which MFA candidates are working in the bustling open studios located in the Bison Building (421 NE 10th Avenue), a former warehouse in Portland’s Central Eastside. Projects range from installation art to hand dyed fibers to modern craft furniture.
Release date: 11/20/12
Portland, OR – November 20, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes two new members to its Board of Governors: alumnus Jean-Pierre Veillet ’97, designer, builder, developer, and owner of Siteworks; and Craig Boretz, Vice President of Corporate Development for Con-way, Inc. Both Boretz and Veillet are artists, Boretz a painter and Veillet a sculptor. PNCA also welcomes Board member Tom Shipley to a new term and honors two emeriti governors, John Shipley and Sally Lawrence.
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Students Create Limited-edition Line for the Gallery Store at Museum
Release date: 11/16/12
PORTLAND, OR — November 16, 2012 — Combining traditional craft with modern design, the 2014 MFA candidates in the Masters in Applied Craft and Design program, jointly offered by Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (OCAC), collaborated to develop Center + Nest, a limited-edition line of centerpieces inspired by the season. Center + Nest is available at the newly redesigned Gallery Store at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Release date: 11/08/12
PORTLAND, OR – NOVEMBER 8, 2012 – In an exhibition exchange that is unprecedented for Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the College’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space will partner with Threewalls, a Chicago nonprofit art organization dedicated to cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse. For Binary Lore, Feldman Gallery curator Mack McFarland and Shannon Stratton, curator and director of Threewalls, have collectively selected two artists from their respective cities for the dual exhibitions. Opening on December 6 in the Feldman Gallery + Project Space Binary Lore will showcase Edie Fake, from Chicago and PNCA alumna Brenna Murphy ’09, from Portland. A new version of the exhibition will be on display at Threewalls in June 2013.
Release date: 11/06/12
PORTLAND, OR – NOVEMBER 6, 2012 – The Master of Fine Arts in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in partnership with SOLVE is issuing the Clean Beaches Design Challenge, inviting teams of college students to design innovative solutions to clean up tsunami and other marine debris on Oregon beaches.
Release date: 10/24/12
PORTLAND, OR – OCTOBER 24, 2012 – The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research Program at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Rob Marks has won the Hannah Arendt Prize for his essay “The Site of Imaginative Contention,” with judges citing his direct, unblinking address of the question. The prize, in its inaugural year, carries a $2,000 cash award and is funded by the Colville Foundation and Gard Communications.
The competition elicited submissions from applicants hailing from 33 countries around the globe. Judges included Keith Gessen, Lewis Hyde, Atta Kim, Geoffrey Mann, W.J.T. Mitchell, Sina Najafi, and Jacques Rancière.
Release date: 10/15/12
PORTLAND, 0R – OCTOBER 15, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome Gillian D. Floren to the newly created position of Director of Executive Operations and Chief of Staff in the President’s Office. Floren brings top-level management experience and broad connections in the regional business community to PNCA as the College undertakes a $34 million project to expand campus to Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA is poised to begin transforming the former Federal building at 511 N.W. Broadway into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. A $15 million capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, is underway.
Release date: 10/09/12
PORTLAND, 0R – OCTOBER 9, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Mary Mattingly ’02 will deliver this year’s Homecoming Address before students, alumni, and the general public in the Swigert Commons on October 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This lecture is part of a full day’s activities for the annual Alumni Reunion, activities that include a tour of the PNCA Alumni Exhibition, TRUST, and the dedication of Lee Kelly’s ’59 monumental sculpture Memory 99 in Portland’s future North Park Block adjacent to the soon-to-be home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.
Release date: 10/09/12
PORTLAND, 0R – OCTOBER 8, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has invited celebrated Fluxus artist Alison Knowles and her daughter, art historian Hannah Higgins, to present their performance lecture, Fluxus with Tools, on November 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This event is presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening, curated by Mack McFarland for the Feldman Gallery + Project Space to celebrate what would have been John Cage’s 100th birthday. The exhibition features work by Cage and Knowles, among many other artists.
Release date: 09/26/12
PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to invite the public to a dedication ceremony for a new public art work by one of the region’s most venerable artists. On October 19, 2012 at 12 noon, Memory 99, a sculpture by PNCA alumnus Lee Kelly’s ’59, will be unveiled in its new location in what is slated to be Portland’s next North Park Block, adjacent to the future home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design (511 NW Broadway).
Release date: 09/13/12
PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art’s (PNCA) Feldman Gallery + Project Space presents A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence, a performance in concert with the exhibition, Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening, which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of John Cage’s birth. This dance and music performance created by choreographer Linda Austin and sound artist Seth Nehil will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in the Swigert Commons in PNCA’s Main Building at 1241 NW Johnson. The hour-long performance draws inspiration from the cacophonous, multifocal happenings of John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, using chance procedures to spark unexpected simultaneities. A Portland Circus will fill the PNCA Commons with music and movement, with 16 dancers, 10 musicians, recorded sounds, and a poet among and around the audience, on balconies, and in distant hallways. A score produced through rolls of the die will decide what, where, when, and how performers move and play. In true Cage/Cunningham fashion, dance and music are being created separately – the audience will witness the merging of elements for the first time, along with the performers and creators.
Release date: 09/12/12
PORTLAND, OR – SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – 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 cal.pnca.edu.
Release date: 09/11/12
PORTLAND, OR – September 11, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) opens its 2012-2013 academic year with a Convocation Lecture by David Shipley, Executive Editor of Bloomberg View. Entitled, “Learning to Translate,” his lecture, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4pm in the Swigert Commons. Convocation, which derives from the Latin term for “calling together,” is an annual opportunity for the College’s community of students, faculty, staff, and board members to come together to mark the beginning of the new academic year.
Release date: 08/24/12
PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 12, 2012 – The launch of the 2012-2013 academic year finds The Feldman Gallery + Project Space at the Pacific Northwest College of Art opening its most ambitious exhibition to date. Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening marks the centennial of John Cage’s birth by tracing the long tail of influence of Cage’s ideas on sound and chance operations in visual art. The exhibition is curated by Mack McFarland, curator of the Feldman Gallery + Project Space and opens September 5 and runs through November 17, 2012. There will be an opening reception in the Feldman Gallery on September 5 from 6-8 pm.
Release date: 08/24/12
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.
Release date: 07/19/12
PORTLAND, OR – July 19, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Larry Hudspeth is joining the College as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With a broad thirty-year portfolio in non-profit financial and operations management, Hudspeth also brings specific experience in expansion projects just as PNCA embarks on the greatest expansion in the 104-year history of the College.
Release date: 07/05/12
Portland, OR – July 5, 2012 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has received a significant $40,000 grant from The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund through the Oregon Arts Commission to acquire Garden Wall, an important work by ceramic artist Betty Feves. Garden Wall is currently installed at the entrance to Generations: Betty Feves, Museum of Contemporary Craft’s retrospective exhibition of work by this longtime influential Pendleton resident.
Release date: 06/18/12
PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 12, 2012 – The Feldman Gallery + Project Space and the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art bring internationally acclaimed philospher and artist Thomas Zummer to Portland in June for a residency, lecture, and exhibition of his works entitled, a partial retrospective of works I should have done, which opens June 21 with a reception at 5:30 pm in the Gallery and runs through August 5, 2012. The exhibition spans the course of Zummer’s career with more than 30 drawings, prints, and sculptures. Zummer’s work is enriched by the fruits of his rigorous philosophical investigations and critical theoretical work focusing on continued exploration of ideas of Michel Foucault, for whom Zummer was a research assistant at Berkeley, and the history of technology including his obsession with robots.
Release date: 06/06/12
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2012
Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
PNCA Receives Gift of Memory 99 for its Permanent Collection
Lee Kelly’s large-scale sculpture to be a gateway to Emerging Cultural Corridor in North Park Blocks
PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 6, 2012 – At its 10th annual gala on Saturday, June 2, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announced that it had received a gift to its permanent art collection of an important work by alumnus Lee Kelly ‘59. The Ford Family Foundation gave the College a special, one-time gift to acquire Kelly’s Memory 99 as part of the Foundation’s evolving Visual Arts program established to honor the interests and memory of one of its co-founders, Mrs. Hallie Ford. Memory 99 is intended to be installed in the North Park Blocks in proximity to PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design (511 NW Broadway) for which the College just announced a capital campaign and lead gift of $5 million from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.
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