• 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.

  • Yoshihiro Kitai

    Assistant Professor in Printmaking

    MFA 2004 Washington University in St. Louis School of Art (Printmaking & Drawing)
    BFA 2002 PNCA (Printmaking)
    General Certificate 1999 Pierce College

    Yoshihiro Kitai was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1994. He studied and focused on ceramics before coming to the U.S. He received his BFA degree in Printmaking from PNCA in 2002 and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In his prints, Kitai mixes a Western style of abstraction and a Japanese style of metal leafing, conceptually focusing on his perspective as a foreigner in the United States. Kitai is represented by Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon and had a recent solo exhibition at the Portland Art Center. His works are in several public and private collections, including Oregon Health and Science University, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum and Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. Kitai’s art has been reviewed in several publications including: Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Daily Vanguard, and West End Word. Kitai is an Instructor in the Foundation and Printmaking Departments at PNCA.

  • Kate Copeland

    Associate Professor in Photography, Printmaking; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

    MFA – Rhode Island School of Design (Printmaking, 2006)
    Teaching Certificate – Brown University / Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning (2006)
    BA – Macalester College (Studio Art, minor in German Studies, 2000 – magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
    Workshops – Penland School of Crafts (Printmaking, Photography, Painting, 1998-2011)

    Kate Copeland is a conceptual artist and mischievous documentarian with a penchant for craft-intensive 19th century photographic and printmaking processes. Using cyanotype, salt printing, photogravure, letterpress, and more, her work isolates and ossifies moments, objects, and nuances that might otherwise be overlooked. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at a variety of non-profit, alternative and university spaces.

    During her 2013 Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Baroda, India, Copeland taught Alternative Photographic Processes in the Graphic Arts Department of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She also continued a series — initially begun at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum — investigating the role of iconic typefaces in cultural history, using printing technology as source material, process and content. Details of Copeland’s Fulbright experience can be found at

    Over the past fifteen years, Copeland has taught Foundation, Printmaking, Letterpress, Book Art, and Photography classes and workshops at various colleges and non-profit organizations including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Rhode Island School of Design, Portland State University, Portland Community College, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

  • Gordon Barnes

    Assistant Professor in Foundation, Printmaking, BFA Thesis

    MFA 2007 Portland State University (Contemporary Art Practice)
    BFA 2005 Sonoma State University (Printmaking)

    Gordon Barnes has presented a conceptually diverse array of drawings, prints, sculptures, installations, photographs, collages, performances, and various combinations of the above in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, and Melbourne. He employs a variable and experimental approach to his practice with his time divided between collaborative projects (most notably as an Elder of the group Paintallica) and solo endeavors. In addition to facilitating the development of a broad range of technical skills, this flexible approach helps him stay in a fresh and open space in which his true interests are able to percolate through his work in a natural way.

  • Palmarin Merges

    Assistant Professor in Printmaking, CE Faculty

    Departments: Printmaking and Studio Arts

    Artistic Activities:
    Awarded the McGeady Faculty Development Grant for ‘Fort Man Toe’ project to research and create Concrete Poetry that expresses her Filipino-American blend by playing in and around the verbo-voco-visual word play present in both cultures. (Mar. 2018), Caldera Residency (January 2018), WSU-Pullman SIGNAL FIRE Group Show (2017), WSU-Vancuouver PRINT NOW! PNCA Faculty Group Show(2017), ‘Some Assembly’ Project with Mary Krell, University of Sussex (2017-2018), Signal Fire: Unwalking the West (2016), C3Initiative with Pulp and Deckle (2015).

    Palmarin Merges is an artist whose work draws from the desire to become more sustainable by re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Working primarily in mixed media, printmaking, and painting, common materials formed from the fabric of her daily life are processed then transformed into new work. Hopefully descended from mighty Filipino head-hunters and raised in Hawaii and California and spending considerable time in Japan, she incorporates the rich visual languages of her experiences with the inspiration of the natural beauty of her adopted home state of Oregon.

    Palmarin has taught Relief Printmaking, both Japanese & Western styles, Collagraph, Screen and occasionally Lithography, Monotype and Intro to Drawing at a variety of colleges and local organizations including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Pacific University, the Multnomah Arts Center and Atelier Meridian. She is currently a member of Blackfish Gallery located in downtown Portland.

    Palmarin holds an MFA Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Point Loma Nazarene College. She has exhibited in Japan, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. She can be found wandering her neighborhood with her dog Barney looking for magic & inspiration to bring back to the studio.

  • Abra Ancliffe

    Associate Professor and Lead Faculty in Printmaking

    MFA 2005 Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Printmaking) 

    BFA 2003 Pacific Northwest College of Art (Printmaking)
BA 1998 Lewis & Clark College (English Literature)

    Abra Ancliffe is currently BFA Printmaking Lead Faculty and teaching in Printmaking, Studio Arts, and MFA in Print Media.

    Abra Ancliffe engages printmaking and drawing to explore the fixity & frailty of language alongside how printed knowledge is created, stored & accessed. In 2009, she started the Personal Libraries Library, a subscription-lending library in Portland, Oregon that recreates & reconsiders the personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, writers, and thinkers. Ancliffe received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College (1998), her BFA in Printmaking from PNCA (2003) and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (2005). Her Library, print-works and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Portland2014, presented by Disjecta (Portland, OR), galleryHOMELAND (Portland, OR), Beppu Wiarda (Portland, OR), snowflake (St. Louis, MO), Harwood Art Center (Albuquerque, NM), Tækniminjasafn (Seyðisfjörður, Iceland), and Kasteel Le Paige (Herentals, Belgium). She has been awarded multiple residencies, most notably at the Banff Centre in Canada, Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland and at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. She is currently an Associate Professor and Lead Faculty of BFA Printmaking at PNCA.

  • Rory Sparks

    Assistant Professor in Printmaking

    Rory Sparks makes work that seeks to challenge and expand commonplace definitions of publication, collection, archive, and exhibition; projects that explore the notion of a library as a space of becoming, that delve into themes of real and imagined histories, and tools for love and communication. Coming from a craft background, these expressions of love and care often manifest as tools; sometimes manual, sometimes contemplative, sometimes pedagogical, and sometimes discursive. She has come to this notion by way of re-evaluating her daily practice and labor as an artist. Love requires tools for sustaining the lifelong labor of loving expressions.
    She uses bookmaking, printmaking, and multiples as a way to engage the moment where the poetic nears abstraction. Invested in the hand and honoring age old skills, she has expanded her craft practice into performance and creating social spaces. Sparks uses the space itself to encourage conversations and bring forward the cumulative sum of actions, which somehow propose something that each part could not accomplish alone.

    Born in Minneapolis, MN, Sparks now lives in Portland, OR. Her education has included self-study, residency, apprenticeship, and various institutions including the American Academy of Bookbinding and the Hartford Art School where she is currently enrolled in the Nomad 9 interdisciplinary MFA program. Sparks is the founder Em Space Book Arts Center, and has taught at a variety of schools, including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.