Alumni Stories & Careers

Through community partnerships, Art + Ecology students have many opportunities for direct engagement with environmental activism as well as residencies and excursions exploring the rich natural world that surrounds us in Portland.

Signal Fire's Wide Open Studios

Wide Open Studios is Signal Fire’s arts and ecology field institute that makes their innovative wilderness excursions available to college students and emerging artists, seeking an immersive, hands-on, and transformative arts education. These trips invite students to explore their studio practice in stunning wilderness locations, amidst an atmosphere of friendship and critical thinking.

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Leland Iron Works, artist Lee Kelly’s studio and home, is a wood cabin situated among the evergreen trees of Oregon's Cascade Forest.

Leland Iron Works Residency

A partnership between venerable Portland artist, Lee Kelly and the college, PNCA’s Leland Iron Works Artist-in-Residency Program awards five month-long residencies to practicing Oregon artists and four residencies for students and emerging artists at Leland Iron Works, Kelly’s long-time home, studio, and rustic sculpture garden.

Art & Science Initiative

PNCA’s Art + Science Initiative brings scientists, academics, and community leaders to campus for lectures and workshops. And it sends PNCA student artists and designers out into the world through paid residencies, art commissions, presentations, and grants to support for community projects in collaboration with multiple external scientific partners.

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Schedule a visit to find out more about PNCA, in the heart of downtown Portland, minutes from forest and river and a short drive to mountain and sea.

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