Alumni Stories & Careers

Our alumni are successful artists, designers, educators, and curators. We work to give students many opportunities to build a strong foundation and broad network for a thriving career post graduation.

Featured Alumni

Kalaija Mallery

Kalaija Mallery graduated from PNCA's LRVS in 2020 and now lives in St. Louis, where she works as Programs Manager for The Luminary, a center of contemporary art and culture. She is also collaborating with curator Prem Krishnamurthy (Berlin, Germany) on a project called The A̶r̶t̶i̶s̶t̶'̶s̶ Human Way: 54 artists across the world work through The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, to collectively define and practice communal-care and artistic liberation amidst the global crises we now face.

Kalaija Mallery is an research-based artist, writer, and community liaison. She started Third Room in 2017 as a space for experimental exhibitions and DiY programming for young and underrepresented artists in Portland. In 2019, she produced her first major publication project, "You Are Here", which utilized Third Room's conceptual framework of "space in-between", and featured the written work of 10 visual artists' in the form of loose-leaf risograph pamphlets. Her own artwork, which can take the form of photographs, prints, sculptures, video installation, online research projects and social experiments, has been shown in Beijing, New York, Portland, Eugene, and Seattle. Lately, she is making funny sculptures and experimenting with augmented reality to explore imagined narratives of Elon Musk + The Desert.

Harrison Creech

Harrison Creech is an artist and designer who was raised in Seoul, South Korea where he works as an educator, teaching design and fine art at Yongsan International School of Seoul.

His work investigates cross-cultural sites of exchange and how identity is formed in a foreign culture. Through a variety of media including fibers, video projection, and bookmaking, he explores how language, time, and objects can be used to examine communication and miscommunication.

Bre Gipson

Bre Gipson is a multidiscplinary artist who uses common and discarded materials as a means to physically reform the landscape. She received her BA from University of California Berkeley in 2012 and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2016. She has exhibited in art spaces including Pataphysical Society in Portland, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, White Walls Gallery in San Francisco, and the University of Alberta in Canada.


Access to a range of artists and thinkers

During our twice-yearly intensives, we welcome visiting artists and curators to campus. Recently guest artists Alexandria Eregbu and manuel arturo abreu presented performative lectures in our Mediatheque theater. Alexandria Eregbu is a conceptual artist and curator who recently received the 3A Arts Award and was a Curatorial Fellow with the ICI Curatorial Intensive, while the prolific manuel arturo abreu, poet and artist, recently co-produced homeschool Field Day at MoMA PS1.

Visitors include Claire Fontaine and Sondra Perry. Students share time, meals, critiques, and studio visits with these visitors for informal conversation and interactions.


In January, students collaborated with Dorothée Dupuis (Founder/editor in chief of Terremoto Magazine) on Fixed Idée, a publication produced in the framework of a workshop. Fixed Idée was printed in an edition of 100 copies.

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Get in Touch

For more information about the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program, get in touch with Chair, Aeron Bergman.