The MFA in Visual Studies is a multidisciplinary, mentor- based program that encourages independent inquiry and supports critical approaches to the production of visual art. The program’s flexible structure and nature allow students to pursue a single discipline, such as painting, or a combined practice that bridges multiple disciplines and media, such as installation, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, and video.
As a complement to intensive one-on-one faculty mentorships, students benefit from contact with a rich network of instructors, critical thinkers, writers, and curators in the Portland area, as well as from exposure to a dynamic roster of acclaimed visiting artists and curators. In addition, seminars, lectures, exhibition opportunities, and national and international travel add to a rigorous and investigative educational experience. This is a program for experienced makers who are looking to refine and expand their creative practice.
This free, annual event is an opportunity to get a private view of what graduate students have been working on and to engage with them in conversation about their individual practices and projects.
Every October VS students head out to Sisters, Oregon for the Caldera Artist Residency where they spend a week engaging in art making, research, and visual and written investigations.
MFA VS alumnus Taka Yamamoto debuted his new performance in Seattle and received a new commission from the Portland Art Museum, supported by Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Grant
We are excited to announce the Fall 2019 Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series! Now occurring on select Wednesday evenings throughout the semester, the Graduate Studies Lecture Series sparks meaningful dialogue across the graduate programs, PNCA, and the larger creative communities.
Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Director and Visual Studies Chair, MK Guth, opens her solo exhibition at Cristin Tierney Gallery in NYC on September 13, 2019. Menu presents several new sculptures by MK Guth. Each work takes the shape of a book with instructions for various performances and actions, all oriented around shared experiences and ritual.
VS profoundly catapulted my art career. While there, I took advantage of everything offered: Global studio in Mexico, NYC trip, Caldera, Graduate galleries fellowship, the best cohort, chair, and coordinator I could ask for. All of which has guided me to a steady, critical, and ambitious art practice.
The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series
A dynamic and essential part of the curriculum in each graduate program, The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings artists, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the globe to engage with students and the wider community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops, and studio visits. These visiting art practitioners contribute to, challenge, and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the opportunities for instruction and learning.