• Morgan Walker

    Associate Professor and Lead Faculty in Painting & Drawing, Printmaking

    MFA 1995 University of Oregon (Painting and Printmaking) 

    BFA 1993 PNCA (Printmaking)
JD 1982 Tulane University School of Law (Law)
BA 1979 Washington and Lee University (Philosophy)

    Morgan Walker was born and spent his early life in rural Louisiana. His mother left off the study of English Literature with one year remaining on a scholarship to Sophie Newcomb College to marry his father, a rodeo cowboy who raised Brahman-cross cattle and later became a pioneer catfish farmer. His maternal grandfather, a lifelong Shriner, took him to any carnivals and circuses that passed through the parish. The paternal grandfather for whom he was named was a small-town businessman and farmer (cotton, sugarcane, oranges) with a distinctive wooden leg. His grandmother was a well-known breeder of show horses, dairy cattle, and rhesus monkeys. Morgan’s great-grandparents include a distiller of undocumented spirits, two Confederate soldiers, a French Quarter shopkeeper, and a professional fortune-teller who roamed Louisiana and East Texas in a horse-drawn wagon. After an early education in the cattle and catfish businesses he was sent away to study philosophy and law. It was during this period that he studied with the Chinese painter I-Hsiung Ju and worked as a line-handler on the Mississippi River (Port of New Orleans), heavy equipment operator in a gravel mine, and other professions including cook, bartender, and meat cutter. As a Fulbright Fellow (Fine Art) to the United Kingdom he spent significant time working in London, as did his brother D.H. Walker (film) and uncle Lestarjet Martin (architecture). This family peculiarity has never been adequately explained. Originally arriving in Oregon after traversing the North American continent by bicycle, he settled here to paint, raise a family, and play the ukulele.

  • Paul Missal

    Professor Emeritus in Painting

    MFA 1967 Yale University (Painting)
    BFA 1965 Cleveland Institute of Art (Painting, Printmaking minor)

    A painter and founding member of Blackfish Gallery, one of the nation’s oldest continuously running cooperative galleries, Missal has taught painting, drawing and design at PNCA since 1972. Classes he contributed curriculum to include The Costumed Figure, Observational Painting, The Narrative in Art, and Techniques of the Old Masters. Outside of his teaching responsibilities, he maintains an active studio practice while showing in numerous regional one-person shows. Missal also paints many official portrait commissions, including the official state portrait of Governor Bob Straub, four of the deans of OHSU, and Dr. Chenowith of the Devers Eye Clinic at Good Samaritan Hospital. Currently, he is working on a portrait of retiring OHSU President Peter O. Kohler. In addition, Missal has painted numerous murals locally, nationally and internationally, in private residences and for companies and hotels such as The Benson Hotel and the Imperial Hotel, Portland; the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong and Bangkok; and the Hilton Hotel, Hong Kong. He was recently commissioned to paint for the website of Evolving Life Ministry, a global New Thought Church.

  • Barry Pelzner

    Associate Professor in Foundation, Painting

    BFA 1977 PNCA
    Art Students League of New York (studied with Robert Beverly Hale) 1974-75
    MAT 1970 Reed College
    BA 1968 Reed College

    Barry Pelzner has taught Drawing, Painting and Anatomy at PNCA for more than 30 years. His work is exhibited extensively in the region and is in many corporate and public collections, including a 50-foot wall relief at the Department of Human Resources Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. He is represented in Portland by Froelick Gallery.

  • 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)

  • Michael Lazarus

    Assistant Professor in Foundation, Painting & Drawing

    MFA 1994 School of Visual Arts (Visual Arts)
    BFA 1992 Rhode Island School of Design (Painting)

    Michael Lazarus works with a variety of materials, using carefully crafted color choices, patterns, and a vocabulary of pared down imagery to create paintings with a dynamic and powerful presence. Lazarus has shown nationally and internationally, including at Feature, Andrea Rosen, and PS1 in New York, NY; Marc Fox, Acme, and Sister in Los Angeles, CA; and Elizabeth Leach and Adams and Ollman in Portland, OR. His work has been written about in Art in America, Artforum, Flash Art, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among others.
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    Michael Lazarus teaches in the Foundation Department, Painting Department, and as a Mentor in the MFA Visual Studies program.

  • Roy Tomlinson

    Director of Foundation; Associate Professor in Painting & Drawing

    MFA University of California, Berkeley 

    BFA San Francisco Art Institute

    Roy Tomlinson, a native of Seattle, is a painter and interdisciplinary artist. He was awarded the Eisner Prize from the University of California at Berkeley, and is the recipient of a Gottlieb Foundation Grant. His work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Art Gallery, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and Friesen Gallery in Seattle. His solo exhibitions in San Francisco include Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Gallery 16, Miller/Brown Gallery, and SFMOMA Artist Gallery. Tomlinson has also exhibited throughout the Portland Oregon area including a solo exhibition funded by a McGeady award at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. His work has been published in Eleven Eleven, ZYZZYVA, Inquiring Mind, and Micro Publishing News among other publications. Tomlinson lived in the Bay Area for many years and taught in the Painting and Graduate departments at the California College of the Arts before joining the faculty at PNCA. He is now the Foundation Program Director and teaches in the Foundation, Painting, BFA Thesis, and Graduate programs at PNCA.

  • Ardis DeFreece

    Assistant Professor in Foundation; Painting & Drawing

    BA Art – Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA
    MFA Visual Studies, PNCA
    Studied classical drawing methods at Charles Cecil Studios, an atelier in Florence, Italy

    Foundation Faculty – PNCA
    Painting & Drawing Faculty – PNCA