Pacific Northwest College of Art Hosts Dia de Muertos

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Hosts Dia de Muertos

Portland, OR—October 23, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), in collaboration with Latino Art Now and Don’t Shoot PDX, is honored to host a series of events, October 24-November 2, 2017 surrounding the traditional celebration of Dia de Muertos. PNCA’s MFA in Print Media and Students of Color Coalition have worked with Maria Garcia, President of Don’t Shoot PDX and owner of Revolución Coffee House and Hector Hernandez, artist and professor at Portland State University to develop a series of programs that delve into the historical origins of this traditional day for the celebration of one’s ancestors. Both Garcia and Hernandez are from Mexico City and wanted to bring a traditional celebration to the Portland community. The Portland Art Museum has provided crucial support for this series.

“Maria and Hector have been wanting to make a community celebration for Dia de Muertos in Portland, and they reached out to Meghann Gilligan, Print Media Program Coordinator, and I here at PNCA as we had done another Community Print event with Marylhurst and Portland Art Museum in Spring of this year,” said Matthew Letzelter, Chair of the MFA in Print Media program. “We are happy to throw our doors open for conversation and celebration around this traditional event.”

Day of Dead is a traditional Mexican celebration recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For the first time held at PNCA where local artists, students, and community members will celebrate and learn history and meaning of this cultural Mexican celebration that is becoming more popular in the Northwest.

"Celebration of life and death is deep in the Mexican hearts, but now it should be a conscious state of mind in every individual due to our current political climate," Maria Garcia states. "How are we living our life? Are we giving the best of us every day? Are we living the live we are supposed to? Through art, we would like to transmit  our respect to cultural traditions and express how this 'life-death' topic is interpreted by younger generations in the college of art."

Events include collaborative printmaking, a wheatpaste workshop, lectures, a demonstration of prehistoric instruments, and a Dia de Muertos celebration on First Thursday, November 2, 2017 with art, food, traditional music, and Aztec dancers. The full schedule of events follows.

 

October 24, 12-2pm
Collaborative Printmaking Event
PNCA Atrium

October 26, 6:30pm
Origins of Dia de Muertos
Guest Speaker - Willan Cervantes
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

October 27, 12-2pm
Workshop on Wheatpaste Techniques
Guest Artist & Alumna Kanani Miyamoto
2nd Floor, Watershed Studio

November 1, 6:30pm
Conversation with the Past
Guest Speaker - Vojislav Radovanovic
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

November 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Dia de Muertos Celebration & Opening Reception
with Mexican coffee, traditional foods, and music

5:30pm Presentation & Demonstration of Prehispanic instruments
Guest Speaker - Eduardo Cruz
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

6pm “Day of the dead, Day of the life”
Guest Speaker - Hector H Hernandez MA, MFA
2nd Floor, Design Corridor

6:30pm Aztec Dancers
PNCA Historic Corridor

About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Projects for the Page

PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Presents Expansive Exhibition of Artist’s Publications

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PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Presents Expansive Exhibition of Artist’s Publications

Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to present Projects for the Page, an expansive exhibition of publications made by artists, opening November 2, 2017 and running through January 12, 2017. There will be an opening reception on First Thursday, November 2 from 6 to 9pm.

The exhibition broadly considers the subversive potential of the publication as an alternative exhibition space to include questions around and implications of publications' potential to circulate works of art outside of traditional channels.

The more than 50 works by artists published in the past 50 years that are included in the exhibition imagine the scope of possible works that might be envisioned as living in books, zines, and folios. Collectively, the works also demonstrate the scope of disciplines contemporary artists fold into their practices, with conceptual projects and works of philosophy, literature, translation, anthropology, comics, and poetry. Some of the works offer critiques and détournements of the publications commonly produced by institutions, and some highlight the economies and assumptions around the production of the publications themselves.

We deliberately choose the word publication vs. book to be clear that this is not a book arts show with a focus on the precious book-as-object. We are less interested in the object as an object than in its potential as a delivery mechanism for viral, hand-to-hand dissemination of image and word and idea. Thus, while there are publications that privilege design, craft, and material, there are also publications that take on the most pedestrian of forms.

Projects for the Page comprises publications by artists including Sturtevant, Dorothy Iannone, Irena Haiduk, Alice Aycock, Hannah Black, Susan Cianciolo, Trisha Donnelly, Shannon Ebner, Mary Beth Edelson, Madeline Gins, Adrian Piper, Sturtevant, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang.

David Senior, Chief of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA and formerly Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library will give a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition, as will artist and head of PNCA’s Printmaking department, Abra Ancliffe, who will speak on her book projects. Programming for the exhibition will also include a lecture by co-curator Emily Henderson, a reading group, and lunchtime Skype chats with an international slate of artists and curators.

Projects for the Page is organized by art historian and curator, Emily Henderson, Assistant Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Ashley Gibson Graeter, and artist and poet, Lisa Radon. The Center gratefully acknowledges loans to the exhibition made by the Reed College Library, Air de Paris, Container Corps, and private collectors.

About the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art Increases Enrollment by 10%

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Increases Enrollment by 10%

Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to report the largest ever incoming class for the six programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies since its first program was launched ten years ago.

In addition, PNCA reports a nearly 10% increase in total enrollment for the 2107-18 academic year with the largest incoming undergraduate class in five years. PNCA credits part of the boost in numbers to smoothing the process for transfer students, particularly community college students from Oregon as well as others who are seeking to complete their 4-year degree at a private art and design college.

Finally, PNCA's new partnership with Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland has also boosted enrollment. PNCA expects to introduce new design programs for Fall 2018.

"The faculty and staff at PNCA have worked together to bring in many great students from Oregon, across the country, and internationally" says Don Tuski, President of PNCA. 

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Artists of Color

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Pacific Northwest College of Art to Host Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Artists of Color

Portland, OR—October 17, 2017—Portland Northwest College of Art is proud to host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon centered on adding and improving content about artists of color October 26, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm in BridgeLab at Pacific Northwest College of Art at 511 NW Broadway. This event, inspired by the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons now taking place around the world, seeks to address underrepresentation of artists of color from around the world on Wikipedia, one of the most ubiquitous sources of information today.

All are welcome at this edit-a-thon, even those who have never edited Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world. The event is organized by Linden Howe, Reference and Instruction Librarian at PNCA’s Albert Solheim Library.

The demographic makeup of Wikipedia contributors is overwhelmingly white and male. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons such as this one are intended to train and provide community for more diverse contributors through the process of adding content that better represents historical and contemporary artists, movements, exhibitions, and events. By participating in the creation of information, we can begin to address the skewed narrative of contemporary and historical art that prioritizes white artists and omits the contributions of artists of color.

During the event, we are also happy to present brief talks by Portland-based artists Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Kevin Holden.

No experience is necessary, as training sessions will be available with Jason Moore, Senior Wikipedia Editor. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas of pages they want to edit or create, and there will also be a list of possible topics. There will be only a few computers available, so please bring your own laptop and charger if possible. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public!

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

King's Mouth, Wayne Coyne

PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture presents Wayne Coyne’s King’s Mouth

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PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture presents Wayne Coyne’s King’s Mouth

Portland, OR—September 29, 2017—The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents King’s Mouth, an installation by Wayne Coyne, November 2, 2017 through January 2, 2018 in the 511 Gallery.

A surreal and immersive installation, King’s Mouth is an enormous metallic head beckoning visitors to crawl inside its foam mouth, kick back, and experience a cascading LED lightshow synchronized to Flaming Lips music. Baltimore magazine named King’s Mouth one of the year’s best artworks, likening it to a cross between “a bean bag, the iconic Rolling Stones tongue, and an acid trip.” The installation is accompanied by a series of works on paper that illustrate a fantastic creation myth. These pieces—done in hotel rooms after shows, between takes in recording studios, and at the kitchen table at home—combine original drawings with images clipped from magazines, glitter glue and stickers from Wal-Mart, and cut-up pieces of Flaming Lips record sleeves.

In addition to being frontman for The Flaming Lips, whose concerts are elaborate, visually stunning, communal spectacles, Coyne has designed album cover art for the band, drawn comic books, released new music on flash drives embedded in gummy skulls, directed a science fiction Christmas film, and opened a funhouse-style arts venue (The Womb) in his hometown of Oklahoma City. In 2015, Coyne made his exhibition debut at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), where King’s Mouth was one of the most popular attractions in the museum’s history.

For more information about King’s Mouth or to schedule an interview with Wayne Coyne, please contact Rick Gershon at 818-953-3473 / Rick.Gershon@wbr.com.

About the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces 2017-18 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces 2017-18 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Portland, OR—August 22, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) brings provocative and pivotal thinkers, designers, and artists from all over the country to Portland for the 2017–18 PNCA Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Each of the lectures is free and open to the public. PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artist program is a dynamic and essential part of each graduate program’s curriculum, inviting artists, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the globe to engage with students and the community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops, and studio visits. These visiting artists contribute to, challenge, and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA. Details can be found on PNCA’s online calendar: cal.pnca.edu

Alison Saar
September 19, 6:30pm
MFA in Print Media Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition + Visiting Artist Series
Sculptor, painter, and installation artist exploring African cultural diaspora and spirituality.

Anicka Yi
September 28, 6:30pm
MFA in Visual Studies
Conceptual artist working with science, scent, tactility, and perishability.

Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop
October 4, 6:30pm
MFA in Applied Craft + Design, Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue
Director, Public Workshop, which creates opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities.

Brian Holmes
October 11, 6pm
MA in Critical Studies
Art critic, cultural theorist, and activist, collaborates with the French cartographers Bureau d'Etudes and is a member of activist association Ne pas plier (Do not bend).

Chuck Collins
October 12, 6:30pm
MFA in Collaborative Design
Author and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good.

Claire Pentecost
October 13, 6:30pm
MFA in Visual Studies
Artist and writer whose projects often address the contested line between the natural and the artificial, focusing for many years on food, agriculture, bio-engineering, and anthropogenic change.

Chelsea and James Minola: Grain Design
October 25, 6:30pm
MFA in Applied Craft + Design, Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Avenue
Grain is a design practice dedicated to social and environmental responsibility.

Sarah Schulman
December 3, 4pm
MA in Critical Studies
Distinguished professor, novelist, playwright, and queer activist. Author of Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.

 

About Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
For over 100 years, PNCA has served as a creative center for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars.

MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Peter Simensky, psimensky@pnca.edu
MFA in Collaborative Design—Chair, Peter Schoonmaker, pschoonmaker@pnca.edu 
MA in Critical Studies—Chair, Shawna Lipton, slipton@pnca.edu
MFA in Print Media—Chair, Matthew Letzelter, mletzelter@pnca.edu 
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies—Chair, Aeron Bergman, abergman@pnca.edu
MFA in Applied Craft + Design—Chair, Heidi Schwegler, hschwegler@pnca.edu 
(offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)

About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Aeron Bergman, Chair, Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, PNCA

Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes Aeron Bergman as new Chair of Low Residency MFA in Visual

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Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes Aeron Bergman as new Chair of Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program

Portland, OR—June 21, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome Aeron Bergman as Chair of the Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program. Bergman, who works as an artist duo with Alejandra Salinas, founded the artist-run space INCA (incainstitute.org) in Seattle and Detroit and the independent art publisher INCA Press. Salinas and Bergman have exhibited widely internationally and have been included in the 4th Athens Biennale, the Bergen Assembly Triennial, and the Turku Biennial. Bergman holds an MA in Studio Art from New York University, an MA in Art History from University of Toronto, and a BA in Art History from Michigan State University.

The Search Committee was struck by Bergman’s vision for expanding the reach and network of the Low Residency MFA program, bringing to the chair position his extensive curatorial and publishing experience and his broad international network.

The Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program provides the challenge and community of an immersive, mentor-based graduate program in a flexible format for students who are already engaged in the professional world.

Bergman was most recently faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts and the low-residency MFA at the University of Washington, Bothell. He has taught internationally with positions including a professorship at the Oslo National Academy of Fine Art and as guest professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, and Trondheim Academy of Art.  He was the founding chair of Intermedia at the Oslo National Academy of Fine Art from 2007 to 2013; a supervisor of the National Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship; and a faculty liaison between the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah and the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. Aeron served as an advisor and professor in a low-residency MA program in Scandinavia called the Nordic Sound Art MA. 

About Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman
Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman have shown work internationally at institutions such as 4th Athens Biennale; 1st Bergen Assembly Triennial; Turku Biennial, Finland; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Eastside Projects in Birmingham, UK; Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna; ICC Tokyo; IASPIS, Stockholm; Lincoln Center and DAC in New York City; e-flux and Berlin Film Festival; Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow; Edinburgh Film Festival and Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland; MOCA Novi Sad; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Centre George Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris; IMO and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen; Henie Onstad Art Center, Kunstnernes Hus and 0047 in Oslo, MUDAM Luxembourg; Ruler and HIAP in Helsinki; and The Luminary in St Louis, among many others. Their sound art has been broadcast on radio such as the BBC and Resonance FM, London;WDR Cologne; R2 Madrid; SV2 Stockholm; Radio France; CBC Canada; WFMU New York; and Taipei Philharmonic Radio. The pair won an award of distinction in digital music at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Further information can be found at www.alejandra-aeron.com and www.incainstitute.org .

About the MA in Critical Studies program
PNCA’S LOW-RESIDENCY MFA IN VISUAL STUDIES (LRVS) program, rooted in critical investigation and rigorous, self-disciplined creative practice, is ideal for motivated students who can work independently, who desire a flexible structure, and who are seeking the challenge and community of an immersive graduate program, inclusive of both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary practices. Modeled after the successful MFA in Visual Studies Program, this 60-credit low-residency, mentor-based art program combines intensive graduate seminars, an exceptional visiting artist program, and a focus on the educational and professional goals of each individual student. Intensive courses occur during three consecutive Summer Intensives and two brief Winter Intensives.

The low-residency program’s longer degree-completion times, flexible schedules, lower tuition and cost of attendance, and the distance-learning component, which does not require students to permanently relocate, make it suitable for students who are already engaged in the professional world.

Learning is achieved through independent inquiry, in-depth studio exploration, peer-to-peer dialogue, intensive cross-disciplinary group critiques, and exposure to a wide range of visiting artists, critics, and scholars. Through the MFA Visiting Artist Program students engage a mix of emerging as well as prominent national and international professional artists, curators, scholars, and critics. http://pnca.edu/graduate/c/cs

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program. pnca.edu

PNCA PENSOLE Design Intensive

PNCA Announces Design Intensive in Partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Announces Design Intensive in Partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

Portland, OR—May 31, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy. The PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive is a new 15-credit, one semester program designed to ready students for careers in the footwear industry. The Intensive offers three areas of focus from which students can choose: Footwear, Apparel and Accessories, and Color and Material Design. Applications are now open, and the program begins September 25th, 2017. A second intensive is planned for the spring 2018.

PENSOLE’s learn-by-doing curriculum teaches students the entire design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, prototyping, marketing, business, networking, and branding.

PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy was founded in 2010 by D’Wayne Edwards, who, at 30, was one of the youngest Design Directors in Nike’s history and is one of only a handful of designers who has designed an AIR JORDAN. Since its founding, PENSOLE has placed more than 200 young designers in industry positions.

“This intensive is one of a number of new design programs we have under development to expand options for our ambitious students,” says PNCA President Don Tuski. “And we couldn’t be happier to partner with D’Wayne and all of the folks at PENSOLE to bring the experience of working professionals to bear on preparing students under a compressed timeline to enter into industry.” The college plans to develop the intensive into a full major by Fall 2018.

The competitive program is open to applicants of various educational backgrounds. 30 students will be admitted. In groups of three, they will be assigned to develop a collection for a top brand.

"We have top brands interested in being a part of this program from Adidas, Under Armour, Nike, Puma, Jordan, and New Balance, to Vans, The Northface, Cole Haan, ECCO, and Vibram," says Edwards. “We look forward to launching this intensive as part of the greater PNCA design curriculum.”

“Oregon has a rich history in the footwear industry, and PENSOLE’s team has been a key part of it with over 100 years of combined experience,” says Edwards. "Nowhere else can an emerging designer get this kind of rigorous training.”

About PENSOLE

PENSOLE’s “learn by doing” curriculum teaches students the entire footwear design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding. PENSOLE features the most sought after faculty in footwear, comprised of both young professional designers and established footwear design leaders from the top footwear brands, with more than 100 years combined experience to help you with your professional development.

D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 28 years, founded PENSOLE to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.

Since the first PENSOLE class in 2010, more than 200 Academy graduates have been placed professionally, full-time or as interns, for footwear companies worldwide, including Columbia Sportswear, Timberland, Converse, AND1, New Balance, Wolverine, Cole Haan, Under Armour, Keen, Ariat, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN, Kenneth Cole, Reebok and Nike.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu

Shawna Lipton, Chair MA in Critical Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, PNCA, Portland

PNCA Welcomes Shawna Lipton as New MA in Critical Studies Chair

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Welcomes Shawna Lipton as New MA in Critical Studies Chair

Portland, OR—May 19, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is delighted to welcome Shawna Lipton as Chair of the MA in Critical Studies program. Lipton holds a Ph.D. in English from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation, “Queer Literary Criticism and the Biographical Fallacy,” engaged queer theory, modernist studies, and author theory. Lipton takes the helm July 15, 2017.

“Shawna impressed the Search Committee with her dynamic vision for the future of the program and its presence in the world," says Kate Copeland, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. "She brings a strong background in critical studies and a pointed emphasis on broader emancipatory projects including gender studies and queer theory."

Lipton holds a Ph.D. in English from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.A. in English from Portland State University. She has presented papers at conferences ranging from the Modern Languages Association to the Modernist Studies Association, as well as national and international university symposia. "Returning to The Well: Radclyffe Hall and the Marketing of Lesbian Pulp Fiction," a collaboration with Dr. Ann Martin of the University of Saskatchewan based on research in the Neil Richards Collection of Gender and Sexual Diversity, adds a cultural and historical lens to Queer Studies. Lipton’s scholarly writing has been published in New Cinemas and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Her most recent article, "Girls Like Us: Transgender Girlhood in the Memoirs of Janet Mock and Jazz Jennings," will be published in Girlhood Studies next year. 

"A Critical Studies program in an art school setting is very unique,” says President Don Tuski. “It provides students with the opportunity for not only critique but an opportunity to create and make change."

Lipton’s appointment coincides with the announcement that the Critical Studies program now offers a three year MA/MFA option in partnership with programs in PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies including MFA in Visual Studies, MFA in Print Media, and MFA in Collaborative Design.

For questions concerning the program, contact Interim Chair, MK Guth, mguth@pnca.edu.
 

About the MA in Critical Studies program
The MA in Critical Studies claims critical theory as a creative project of analysis and exposure radically interested in accountability and the material effects of ideas. The two-year program combines the study of critical theory with engaged research so that students are readied not only to critique but also to intervene, reimagine, and remake. The program is designed to help students develop modes of thinking, writing, and making that cross disciplinary boundaries. More information.

 

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Continuing Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu