Faculty & Facilities

Our faculty embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to making and understanding work. They share an interest in collaboration, and like our students, the faculty represent a wide range of creative practices. We work in the dedicated and dynamic space of the Bison Building in inner NE Portland with all of the tools and resources of PNCA and OCAC at our disposal.

Department Chair

ACD Interim Chair PNCA

Sara Huston

Interim Chair


Sara Huston is an artist, designer, educator, and curator. Her studio practice, The Last Attempt at Greatness which she started in 2009 with her partner John Paananen, is cross-disciplinary and engages design, craft, art, and architecture. Her work explores subjects of progress, expectation, liminality, perception, value and the intersection and language of art and design. Sara's work is aimed at provoking discourse and contemplation in the viewer or user in an attempt to disrupt conventional ways of thinking, induce reflection and challenge the boundaries of what is known.

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Bison Building Studio

The MFA Applied Craft + Design Studio is housed in a dramatic 13,500 sf former warehouse space in the Bison Building. Each student has a dedicated individual work space, as well as use of over 6,000 sf of work areas shared between the program’s 30 students.

Studios and Collaborative Spaces

MFA AC+D students have twenty-four hour access to the exclusive MFA studios at the Bison Building in NE Portland at all times during their two years in the program. The space supports independent studio work and encourages collaborative and cooperative exchange.

Resources of Two Campuses

Students also have access to all labs, shops, libraries and equipment at the OCAC and PNCA main campuses. Labs are staffed by qualified technicians able to provide students with technical assistance and instruction, with specialized equipment for Book Arts, Printmaking, Ceramics, Design, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood. There are several different digital computer labs with professional-level color, large-format printing capabilities. Each student is provided with opportunities to display work and learn preparatory and installation skills in professional level exhibition spaces.

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Get in touch with MFA in Applied Craft + Design Chair, Sara Huston, to schedule a tour or to learn more.

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