Faculty & Facilities

You'll work with the most creative, professional minds in Portland, Oregon—at the leading edge of innovation and creativity—and access new technologies and partnerships with national and international knowledge networks.

Pnca Faculty Mk Guth

M.K. Guth

Director, Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies; Acting Head of MFA in Collaborative Design and MA in Design Systems; Associate Professor


MFA 2002 New York University (Studio Art)
BA 1987 University of Wisconsin-Madison (Sociology/Psychology)

Small shifts in what is familiar amplify human presence and speak to the intricacies of social relations in MK Guth’s work. Her videos depart form everyday scenarios into the site of fiction as an entry point to more complicated issues of identity and self and her sculptural installations often act as visual containers for audience interaction.

M.K. Guth works across video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive projects. She is a recipient of a Ford Family Foundation Fellowship, Bonnie Bronson Award, and a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award through the Seattle Art Museum. Exhibitions include those at The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Boise Art Museum, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia, Nottdance Festival, Swiss Institute, Gallery-Pfeister (Gudhjem Denmark), Franklin Parrasch Gallery, White Columns, The Art Production Fund (NYC / Las Vegas), Yerba Buena, and the Henry Art Museum. Guth is a member of RED SHOE SERVICE, a collaborative interactive video/performance project. She’s represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Cristin Tierney Gallery.

Peter Schoonmaker

Founding Chair

PhD 1992 Harvard University (Organismic & Evolutionary Biology)
BA 1981 Colorado College (Biology)

Peter Schoonmaker is Founding Chair of the MFA in Collaborative Design at PNCA, the first program in the United States to apply collaborative design thinking to real-world wicked problems. He comes to PNCA with a background in non-profit entrepreneurship, working with conservation organizations, community groups, government agencies, and natural resource businesses to design mutually beneficial forest, fisheries and watershed partnerships in the Pacific Northwest.

Peter is founding president of Illahee, a non-profit organization that provides a forum for environmental innovators to exchange ideas and increase the rigor of public discourse around environmental, social, and economic systems. He was also board president of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, facilitating a process that permanently protected 35,000 acres of ancient forest.

Peter has held positions at University of Massachusetts, Oregon State University, Willamette University, Portland State University and Linfield College.



Access to everything

Students also have access to all labs, shops, libraries and equipment at PNCA. Labs are staffed by qualified technicians able to provide students with technical assistance and instruction, with specialized equipment for book arts, printmaking, ceramics, design, metals, photography, wood, video, sound, and interactive digital works. There are several different digital computer labs with professional-level color, large-format printing capabilities.



In our Make+Think+Code Lab, we explore and experiment with a range of emerging technologies. The Lab convenes students and working professionals for workshops, institutes, and hackathons in creative coding, data science, systems-thinking, digital fabrication, AR/VR, IoT and smart technologies, STEAM pedagogy, privacy and security.

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The Pacific Northwest is your classroom

Our classroom extends beyond the walls of the institution with multiple opportunities for fieldwork available throughout the two years of the program.

Get in touch

Get in touch with MK Guth: Director of Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, to learn more.