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 a dedicated and dynamic space where each student has their own studio. Individual studios are surrounded by community shops and workspaces.
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.
Critical Studies Instructor, Associate Professor, Architecture/History, Oregon College of Art and Craft
Mentor Student Relationship
MFA AC+D students work one on one with a different mentor each semester, meeting every week for 60 minutes to discuss their work and process.
The mentor-student relationship is personal and unique and is at the heart of the MFA AC+D program. This one-on-one relationship makes use of the knowledge transfer from mentor to student and creates a supportive environment for the candidate to conduct original research and develop new ideas. Mentors include PNCA faculty; Portland designers, architects, artists, and makers; curators and critics; entrepreneurs; as well as faculty from other academic institutions.
Abbie Miller, Abra Ancliffe, Adam Arnold, Allison Ullmer, Charissa Brock, Barb Tetenbaum, Ben Buswell, Bobbi Woods, Brett Binford, Brenda Mallory, Chelsea Heffner, Colin Kippen, Courtney Kemp, Crystal Schenk, Dana Lynn Louis, Dayna Pinkham, Daniel Meyers, Dianne Pfieffer, Dylan Beck, Emily Ginsburg, Jen Stady, Jeremy Pelley, John Paananen, Judilee Fitzhugh, Kari Merkl, Karl Burkheimer, Kristina Gerig, Laura Allcorn, Laura Heit, Lauren Sinner, Leslie Viegeant, Lisa Congdon, Loo Bain, Nan Curtis, Randy Higgins, Reiko Igarashi, Rory Sparks, Rose Bond, Roz Crews, Ryan Noon, Ryan Burghard, Sarah Wertzberger, Susanna Hohmann, V Maldonado, Whitney Lowe
Studios and Collaborative Spaces
MFA AC+D students have twenty-four-hour access to the exclusive MFA studios at all times during their two years in the program.
Students have access to all labs, shops, libraries and equipment at the PNCA main campuses. Labs are staffed by highly 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.