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PNCA Welcomes D. Jean Hester as New Director of Admissions

Release date: 01/05/12

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PORTLAND, OR – January 3, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome D. Jean Hester as its new Director of Admissions. Hester comes to Portland from Los Angeles, where she has lived for the past two decades working in education and the arts as well as doing web development for NASA and Fortune 500 companies. With her breadth of experience, Hester brings a unique perspective to the recruitment and retention efforts that will be her purview. As an educator, having taught at institutions including California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and Loyola Marymount University, she has first-hand knowledge of the student experience and challenges. At the same time, she has a solid background in strategic and tactical use of technology as a marketing tool, having recently developed marketing strategies and an interactive touch-screen information booth for the Web Design and Interactive Media program at the Art Institute of California, where she has taught for the past five years.

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PNCA’s Feldman Gallery Announces Exhibition Series

Release date: 12/01/11

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PORTLAND, OR – November 29, 2011 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes internationally-recognized artists and curators to Portland for its 2012-13 exhibition series which has been supported by a $40,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This is the College’s first grant from this prestigious national foundation. With exhibitions from New York’s Drawing Center, Chicago’s Threewalls, the Critical Art Ensemble, and a group show in honor of the 100th birthday of John Cage, the series includes painting, drawing, object, and installation topped off with thought-provoking public programs.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces Co-Chairs of MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research

Release date: 11/17/11

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PORTLAND, OR – November 17, 2011 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes Anne Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders as co-chairs of the MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research (CT+CR). Oliver is currently Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Contemporary Theory at PNCA and Research Scholar in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Sanders has been PNCA’s Writer-in-Residence since 2009. Between them, Oliver and Sanders bring a combined 60+ years of iconoclastic research, writing, and teaching to the program.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art to Host National Portfolio Day

Release date: 11/14/11

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PORTLAND, OR – November 14, 2011 – Representatives from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and more than 30 leading art colleges from across the country converge Sunday, January 8, 2012 at PNCA for National Portfolio Day (NPD). At this free event, college representatives both answer admissions questions and review portfolios of prospective undergraduate students.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces Changes to its Board of Governors

Release date: 11/07/11

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PORTLAND, OR – November 4, 2011 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomed Anthony Belluschi, Susan Hammer and Yoshio “Kuro” Kurosaki as the newest members of its Board of Governors. It also noted the transition in the Board’s chairmanship, thanking outgoing chair, Al Solheim for his seven years of extraordinary service, while welcoming incoming chair, Ann Edlen. Solheim will remain as an active member of the PNCA board.

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PNCA 2011 Faculty Biennial Exhibition

Release date: 10/31/11

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October 26, 2011 – PORTLAND, OR – The artists, designers and scholars who make up the faculty at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) are among the nation’s most innovative thinkers and practitioners. The 2011 Faculty Biennial celebrates and showcases the rigor, invention and excellence of their creative explorations in a salon-style exhibition that highlights both the diversity and the shared nature of the PNCA faculty.

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Al Solheim to Receive The John C. Hampton Award for Leadership in the Arts

Release date: 10/27/11

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PORTLAND, OR – October 24, 2011 – “The Father of the Pearl District” and longtime Pacific Northwest College of Art board chair Albert W. “Al” Solheim has been selected to receive The John C. Hampton Award by Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA). To be presented to Solheim at the BCA’s annual Arts Breakfast of Champions on November 3, 2011, the Hampton award recognizes leadership in the arts.

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Exhibition at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery Celebrates Collaborative Dance Between Printmaker and Artist

Release date: 10/10/11

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This winter in the Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), new Printmaking Department Chair Matthew Letzelter curates a selection of works from archives of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Collection and printed by Maurice Sanchez, the renowned founder and owner of Derriere L’Etoile Studios in New York City. For over thirty years, Sanchez’s collaborations with artists on technically challenging print works have established him as a preeminent professional printmaker and revealed the expressive and expansive range of printmaking techniques. The Behind the Star exhibition includes print works from some of Sanchez’s many successful collaborations, such as those by artists James Rosenquist, Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, John Baldessari, Red Grooms and Kara Walker.

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I Heart Art: Portland Announces Hello Etsy PDX Sessions and Speakers

Release date: 09/07/11

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September 7, 2011 – PORTLAND, OR – I Heart Art: Portland announces the program lineup for Hello Etsy PDX: A One-Day Conference on Small Business and Sustainability. In addition to listening to keynote speakers Duane Sorenson of Stumptown Coffee and Rebecca Pearcy of Queen Bee Creations, attendees can explore topics from avoiding toxins in the workplace to building a website in a day.

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Bonnie Bronson Retrospective Celebrates 30 Years of Northwest Influence

Release date: 09/01/11

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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to announce the first major retrospective of Northwest artist and PNCA alumna Bonnie Bronson ’61 since the Portland Art Museum’s posthumous survey of her work nearly two decades ago. The exhibition, organized in partnership with the Estate of Bonnie Bronson and curated by Randal Davis, Bonnie Bronson: Works 1960–1990 is a comprehensive exploration of her entire body of work, numbering nearly 60 pieces and spanning 30 years of her career.

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Kavin Buck Named New Vice President for Enrollment Services at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Release date: 08/29/11

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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kavin Buck in the newly created position of Vice President for Enrollment Services. Buck comes to PNCA from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) where he served as Director of Enrollment Management and Outreach.

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I Heart Art: Portland and Etsy Bring Conference on Small Business and Sustainability to Portland

Release date: 08/08/11

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I Heart Art: Portland, an education program for Portland’s creative community, and Etsy, the global handmade marketplace, will host a one-day conference on small business and sustainability. This satellite conference takes place in conjunction with the flagship Hello Etsy summit in Berlin, Germany and other Etsy-sponsored conferences around the United States.

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Boundary Crossings Summer Animation Institute

Release date: 07/01/11

Pacific Northwest College of Art is proud to announce Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts, a summer intensive that immerses upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in interdisciplinary explorations designed to provoke critical and creative outcomes at the leading edge of contemporary animated arts and scholarship.

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Environmental Scientist, Illahee Founder Peter Schoonmaker Named Founding Chair of New PNCA Program

Release date: 07/12/11

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Environmental Scientist and Illahee Founder Peter Schoonmaker Named Founding Chair of New Pacific Northwest College of Art Program

PORTLAND, OR – July 12, 2011 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) announces the appointment of Dr. Peter Schoonmaker as Chair of the Master of Fine Arts in Collaborative Design program.

“We are very pleased to enlist Dr. Schoonmaker to lead this groundbreaking program. He appreciates fully that the world’s most intractable problems require solutions that are at once creative and collaboratively determined,” said Tom Manley, President of PNCA. “Peter is known to many in Portland through his exceptional work as the founder and president of Illahee, a forum for environmental policy. With an MA and PhD in Biology from Harvard and an accomplished record of field research, policy work and teaching, Peter brings an outstanding professional and educational background to his new work at PNCA.”

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Pacific Northwest College of Art announces a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation

Release date: 06/28/11

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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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Provocative Animation Techniques on view in conjunction with Boundary Crossings Summer Animation Ins

Release date: 06/08/11

PORTLAND, OR – June 8, 2011 – The Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to feature Intermation, an exhibition of animated works that coincides with Boundary Crossings: an Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.

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PNCA Breaks Spring Gala Fundraising Record

Release date: 06/06/11

On Saturday, June 4, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) held its 9th annual gala, Mixed Media on Pavement, and successfully raised more than $440,000 in sponsorships and special appeal gifts.

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2011 PNCA Graduates Honored with Commencement Address from Whitney Biennial Artist Julia Fish ’76

Release date: 05/13/11

May 13, 2011 – PORTLAND, OR – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) proudly presents students in nine undergraduate and two graduate programs, including the inaugural class of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design for commencement on Sunday, May 22.

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Inaugural Graduates of MFA Applied Craft and Design Program Present Practicum Work

Release date: 05/06/11

PORTLAND, OR – May 6, 2011 – The inaugural class of the collaborative MFA Applied Craft and Design Program is pleased to present Make Way, a graduate exhibition marking the culmination of two years of hands-on designing and making. The exhibition features students’ practicum projects that explore the convergence of art, craft and design practices.

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Feldman Gallery + Project Space Hosts Works from New York’s Printed Matter

Release date: 03/21/11

PORTLAND, OR – March 21, 2010 – Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to present Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, curated by AA Bronson, in the Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space. This exhibition “reading room” presents artist books, editions and ephemera that represent the organization’s history.

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Successful Benefit Art Auction Raises $130,000 for PNCA Student Scholarships

Release date: 02/23/11

Portland, OR—February 23, 2011—Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to announce that the third annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams & Butterfields at The Nines Hotel raised $130,000 for student scholarships at PNCA.

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PNCA Announces Miller Challenge Grant, in Support of PNCA’s Programs and Scholarships

Release date: 02/18/11

Portland, OR–February 18, 2011–Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has received a Challenge Grant of $100,000 over two years from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The Challenge is in support of new and increased gifts to the annual fund through general support, as well as gifts through the College’s Gala.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Announces New Grants to Launch 75th Anniversary Exhibition Celebration

Release date: 02/11/11

PORTLAND, OR – February 11, 2011 – Museum of Contemporary Craft was recently awarded several major grants as it prepares to launch its 75th anniversary celebration with the retrospective exhibition, Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on March 17, 2011.

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PNCA Welcomes Environmental Activist Derrick Jensen to Deliver 2011 Alfred Edelman Lecture

Release date: 02/02/11

PORTLAND, OR – February 2, 2011 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes award-winning author, environmentalist and anarcho-primitivist Derrick Jensen to deliver the 2011 Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 pm. Jensen’s narratives question the sustainability of our modern industrial civilization and suggest a radical return to communal agrarian life.

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Feldman Gallery + Project Space Hosts Exhibition Curated by PICA’s Kristan Kennedy

Release date: 12/07/10

PORTLAND, OR – December 7, 2010 – Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to present Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death. in the Feldman Gallery + Project Space, an exhibition curated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Visual Art Curator, Kristan Kennedy. Featuring work by international artists Amy Bessone, Grant Barnhart, Kaye Donachie, Merlin James, Tala Madani, Elena Pankova and Norbert Schwontkowski, Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death. offers a contemporary look at figurative painting styles.

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