PNCA Welcomes Andi Zeisler, 2017 Commencement Speaker
Release date: 05/04/17
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May 5, 2017
Contact: Lisa Radon
Pacific Northwest College of Art Welcomes Commencement Speaker Andi Zeisler of Bitch Media
Portland, OR—May 5, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome Andi Zeisler as 2017 Commencement Speaker on May 21, 2017. Zeisler is co-founder and Editorial/Creative Director of Bitch Media, a nonprofit, independent, feminist media organization whose mission is to provide and encourage a feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. Bitch Media is best known for the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, which started as a zine in 1996. PNCA faculty, students, and alumni have all been contributors to Bitch over the years.
On May 21, PNCA graduates students from each of its ten Bachelor of Fine Arts programs as well as students from the Master of Fine Arts programs in Visual Studies, Print Media, Applied Craft and Design, and Collaborative Design.
“What Andi has done with Bitch Media and as a freelance writer and illustrator, aligns so well with PNCA’s mission: to empower artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world,” says President Don Tuski. “We could not be happier to welcome her as Commencement speaker as we send our graduates out into the world.”
About Andi Zeisler
Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, Utne, BUST, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Women's Review of Books, and Hues. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives' Tales, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships (both from Seal Press), and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown). She is the coeditor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, and the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press) and We Were Feminists Once (PublicAffairs). Andi graduated from The Colorado College in 1994 with a B.A. in Fine Art.
About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As the Northwest’s premier college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers ten majors within its BFA program, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program. pnca.edu