• Stephen Slappe

    Lead Faculty in Video & Sound, Associate Professor in Intermedia, MFA Visual Studies

    Stephen Slappe is an artist and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

    Slappe is an Associate Professor in Video & Sound and the MFA in Visual Studies departments at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is an active curator and organizer of video exhibitions including Out of the Great Northwest at The Horse Hospital (London) and Subduction Zone at The Front (New Orleans). Slappe’s newest project, 8, is an immersive iOS app available on iTunes.

    MFA – University of South Carolina – 2001
    BFA – University of North Florida – 1997

  • Victor Maldonado

    Assistant Professor in BFA Intermedia, BFA Thesis, MFA Applied Craft & Design; Inclusion Specialist

    Victor Maldonado is a Portland-based interdisciplinary artist who creates conceptually driven multidisciplinary works drawing from his upbringing in California and Mexico in a family of migrant field workers . He is an Assistant Professor and Inclusions Specialist at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is also a freelance writer and independent curator of Northwest art. Maldonado received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art (2000) and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005) and his work has most recently been acquired by the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Maldonado is represented exclusively by Froelick Gallery, Portland OR.

  • David Eckard

    Associate Professor in Sculpture, Foundation, Intermedia

    1988 BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Sculpture)

    My practice as a visual artist includes fabricated objects, drawings, paintings and prints, installations, videos and performances.

    Through these various approaches and presentational strategies, I fabricate residual, fictive artifacts, create biomorphic, sexualized schematics, and orchestrate transient theatrics and temporary monuments for incidental audiences in civic spaces.

    Futility, authority, absurdity, theatricality and persona enter into my creative explorations as notions to investigate, critique, utilize, and exploit.

    David Eckard is an artist, educator, and performer based in Portland, Oregon. He is exhibiting in Portland2016 (the biennial curated by Michelle Grabner) and recently exhibited at Atelier Dado in Cetijne, Montenegro, and at the Centre International D’Art Contemporain in Pont-Aven, France.
    Solo shows include Kim Foster Galley, New York; Fassbender Gallery, Chicago; Consolidated Works, Seattle; and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland. He performed at PICA’s TBA Festival in 2004, 2006, 2011, 2014 and for Northwest New Works at On The Boards, Seattle, in 2005.

    His work has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, Art in America, ARTnews, and Sculpture.

    Eckard was awarded the RACC Individual Artists Fellowship in 2015, the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship for 2010, was one of the inaugural recipients of the Hallie Ford Fellowship in Visual Arts for 2010, and was a Juror’s Award recipient at the 2006 Oregon Biennial.

  • Linda Kliewer

    Director of BFA Thesis Program, Associate Professor of Intermedia, Video & Sound

    BFA University of Virginia (Studio Art/ Photography)

    Linda Kliewer is currently Associate Professor, and Director of BFA Thesis, teaching in Intermedia and Video + Sound.

    As a queer artist, Linda has spent much of her life pushing against the current of misinformation to make herself and others visible. Sharing her own truths through images.

    Linda is an award-winning queer filmmaker and photographer who has been making film, video and still images for over 30 years. Her passions are social documentary and teaching. Her art centers on self-portraiture, social comment and most recently swimming pools.

    The body of her documentary photography is one of the largest photographic collections of Portland’s queer community. Kliewer’s work is part of the Visual Chronicle of Portland, has been screened in the Sundance Film Festival, NW Film and Video Festival, the Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, and has been published, exhibited and screened nationally and internationally (Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Paris, and Belgrade, Serbia).

  • Emily Ginsburg

    Chair of Media Arts, Lead Faculty in Intermedia; Professor in MFA Visual Studies

    MFA 1991 Cranbrook Academy of Art (Printmaking)
    BA 1986 Trinity College (Art History)

    Emily Ginsburg is currently Professor, and Chair of Media Arts, teaching in the Intermedia, Printmaking, MFA in Visual Studies, and MFA in Print Media Programs respectively.

    Her conceptually driven work maps, physical, written and spoken behavioral patterns in the context of the everyday through diverse media. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally as well as commissioned for public art projects at Seattle City Light, Seattle Washington, Portland State University and Cyan/Pdx in Portland, Oregon. She has also been awarded various research grants to Istanbul and London, project grants through the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and residencies in Mexico, Vermont, Florence, Brazil, and Finland. Her work has been published in books such as: DATA FLOW, THE MAP AS ART and projects have been reviewed in Art Papers, Art US, and The 22 Magazine amongst others. Her research involves explorations into psychology and sociology through the lens of media and design within popular culture. She is continuing to engage in work on human emotion and the complex mechanics of consciousness involving sculpture, animation, works on paper, and sound.

  • Modou Dieng

    Associate Professor in Painting and Drawing

    Modou Dieng was born in Saint-Louis, Senegal. He is a multidisciplinary artist and curator exploring the symbolic and mythological power of pop culture icons through mixed media and hybrid materials.
    His work constructs a mural of archetypal cultural imagery filtered through the
    perspective of a generation X African.
    Dieng has exhibited internationally and is the founder of the curatorial team Worksound International in Portland, OR.
    Dieng holds an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently Associate Professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art

  • Daniela Molnar

    Assistant Professor in Foundation, Painting & Drawing, Liberal Arts, Intermedia, MFA Visual Studies


    Daniela Naomi Molnar works in a range of forms including painting, art direction, design, site-specific intervention, a collaborative poetry/visual art project (, writing, activism, and teaching. She grew up in the New York City area, a daughter of immigrants, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

    She is a founding member of the Board of Directors, a backcountry guide, and an all-around integral part of Signal Fire (, an organization increasing the cultural value of the natural world by providing opportunities for artists to engage with public wild lands. She is Art Editor for The Bear Deluxe Magazine, a publication devoted to exploring environmental issues through the arts, and Founding Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal.

    Daniela is the Founding Program Director of the Art + Ecology Minor and a full-time Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students about painting, drawing, environmental issues, visual culture, critical theory, and pedagogy since 2007.

    Artist Statement

    Daniela Naomi Molnar’s work operates at the intersection of art, nature, and culture and is informed by a deep ecological worldview. Her work asks questions — big, important, difficult questions: How do we find our place on a damaged planet? How do we visualize the embodied experience of living on a damaged planet, while often damaging it further in our living? How can art help us understand who we are and where we are? How can art have ecological, spiritual, political, and social agency? How can art undo some of the damage?

    On a conceptual level, Daniela’s work engages with these intractable, intersectional questions provoked by the (Mis)Anthropocene. It is inspired by political ecology, sensory experience, science, traditional cultural/spiritual knowledge, and contemporary theorists. On a formal level, her paintings’ intense engagement with color provokes sensory awareness, involving viewers directly in their bodily experience of time and place. Her site-specific and collaborative work invites communities to think critically about the value of public space. Her poetry and her analytic study of others’ poetry focuses on ecopoetry, examining and celebrating all the ways that language can respond to the questions above.

    Daniela believes that artistic practice should be a model for the world that we want to see. In this spirit, her work is collaborative, non-competitive, and exploratory. Art direction, editing, site-specific projects, developing and leading backcountry residencies with Signal Fire, founding and teaching in PNCA’s Art + Ecology program, and various other forms of activism are all ways that she builds and learns from an ecological system. She understands an ecological system as a community: the vast web of relationships that one is enmeshed in; all the things that give life, that we relate to and depend on.



    MFA 2020 Warren Wilson College (Poetry)
    MA 2006 University of California at Santa Cruz (Science Illustration)
    BA 2000 The Evergreen State College (Art and Environmental Studies)

  • Erin Doughton

    Instructor in Intermedia

    Erin Boberg Doughton teaches performance at PNCA as an Assistant Professor and Mentor. She is the Artistic Director and Curator of Performance for PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) curating and producing PICA’s performance programs including dance, music, theatre and multi-disciplinary forms as part of PICA’s annual TBA (Time-Based Art) Festival as well as year-round presentations and residencies. She recently served as a Hub Site representative for the National Dance Project (NDP), as a board member of the National Performance Network (NPN) and as a curator for NPN’s Performing Americas Program focused on artistic exchange between the US and Latin America. She serves on the advisory board for the residency and performance space New Expressive Works.

    Doughton researches, commissions and supports artists through the development, premiere and touring of original works, with a focus on emerging artists and forms, development of new work, socially and civically engaged practice, site-specific projects, collaborations and cultural exchange.

    Doughton regularly serves on artist selection and awards juries for local, regional and national organizations including On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival, REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, Risk Reward Festival, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland Art Museum’s NW Film Center, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Charlotte Street Arts Foundation.

    Prior to joining PICA, Doughton was an intern for Kristy Edmunds at the Art on the Edge program of the Portland Art Museum and served as the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Northwest Film Center’s Video/Filmmaker-in-Schools program, where she coordinated the Young People’s Film and Video Festival. She studied dance, music and theatre at Lewis & Clark College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Theatre in 1994.

  • Alejandra Salinas-Tolosa

    Assistant Professor in Intermedia

  • Jesse Mejia

    Assistant Professor in Intermedia

  • Travis Neel

    Assistant Professor in Intermedia

    I am an artist, teacher, and serial collaborator. I produce projects, events, exhibitions, and publications to unpack power dynamics and test my idealism in the politics of everyday life. For me, art is a useful territory for exercising the muscles of the collective imagination and a vehicle for exploring new ways of being together in the world.

  • Daniel Glendening

    Assistant Professor in Intermedia, BFA Thesis

    Going Clear

  • Jesse England

    Assistant Professor in Intermedia; Video + Sound

    Jesse England is an interdisciplinary artist and post-secondary educator based in Portland, Oregon.