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Community Updates

March 31, 2021 - Community Update

Dear PNCA Community,

PNCA eagerly anticipates primarily in-person instruction for Fall 2021. We will continue our effective and long-standing tradition of in-person education, while drawing on innovations developed during the past year. Note that we are prepared to pivot to more remote options should that prove necessary due to unexpected developments with the pandemic. If you are interested in limited remote learning options for Fall 2021 please speak with your admissions counselor or Graduate representative.

As we anticipate the joys of a fully activated campus, we are also enthusiastic to incorporate innovations in teaching and learning that resulted from the opportunities presented during the past year. We will continue to explore and evaluate alternative modes of instruction to determine how they may best serve a broad range of students, enhance student learning, and best prepare students for emergent professional trends in a variety of disciplines.

Thank you,

The COVID Task Force


Mask Refresher

Just a reminder that even if you are vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask inside PNCA buildings and maintain six feet of social distance. The CDC and OHA both offer easy-to-follow guidance on the best type of masks and how to wear them. Cloth masks of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, disposable surgical masks, and N95 masks are acceptable at PNCA.

If you encounter an employee who you believe is violating any of our COVID-19 safety protocols, including not wearing an appropriate mask, you should contact your supervisor or the supervisor of that individual. If the person of concern is a student, please contact Darby Knox (dknox@pnca.edu) or studentlife@pnce.edu.

Covid Testing Sites In Portland

AFC Urgent Care

Afcurgentcareportland.com - (503) 564-1856

  • No appointment required
  • No referral Required
  • Covid and Antibody Testing
  • No symptoms Required
  • Multiple locations: NW Portland, NE Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Oregon City

Providence Immediate Care - Gateway

Clockwisemd.com - (503) 215-9900

  • No appointment required
  • No referral Required
  • Covid Testing
  • No symptoms Required

1321 NE 99th Ave Suite 100, Portland, OR 97220



  • Referral from Virtual Visit required
  • Appointment Required
  • Drive-through
  • Covid and Antibody Testing

Go to the website and book an instant virtual visit

Vancouver Clinic

TVC.org - (360) 882 -2778

  • Appointment Required
  • Drive-through
  • Covid and Antibody Testing
  • Multiple Locations in Vancouver


Frequently Asked Questions

PNCA’s leadership is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation through participation in virtual roundtables and conversations with our AICAD colleagues across the country, as well as the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Campus FAQ
ArtHouse FAQ

Yes, everyone on the building will need to wear masks in all public spaces as per the Governor’s order. We are determining if exceptions can be made for private studios and socially distanced offices.

Yes, the common areas in the 511 Building and Glass will be cleaned several times a day. Sanitation protocols are being developed for shops, printmaking, and other areas with workstations.

Yes, all members of the PNCA community will be expected to wear their IDs to enter and remain in the building.

Our Facilities team and Academic Affairs are currently assessing classrooms to assure there is at least six feet of physical distance between students and students and the instructor. Class sizes will be limited to accommodate physical distancing. We are also establishing cleaning protocols before and after each room is occupied.

We will follow the guidelines issued by the state of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority in regards to the size of social gatherings. For now, gatherings are limited to less than 25 people with appropriate distancing.

In the meantime PNCA faculty and staff are rethinking how we engage students in and out of the classroom to continue to provide a rich educational experience. How are rules for community areas of Art House adjusted? Only residents of Art House are allowed in the building. Gathering in the common areas will require physical distancing, masks and permission from the Director or Resident Hall staff. All common areas and high touch objects such as door handles and elevator panels will be disinfected several times per day.

The CDC has specified that there be 64 square feet per person in the living areas, or 128 square feet for two people. The apartments in Art House have been measured to ensure that each unit meets this requirement. Also, we are recommending that students in shared rooms with bunk beds sleep head-to-toe to provide seven feet of social distancing when sleeping.


COVID Task Force

David G. Ellis, Interim President
Anne Gallagher, CFO/COO
Kate Copeland, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs
Candace Horter, Vice President for Advancement
Ann Hudner, Senior Communications Advisor

COVID Extended Planning Group

Sally Schoolmaster, Faculty Senate President
Jason Redcedar, Chief Information Officer
MK Guth, Director of Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
Anna Miltenberger, Director of Admissions
Greg Herrenbruck, Director of Facilities
Matt Bowers, Creative Director, Office of Communication and Design
Taylor Robertson, Assistant Director of Communications, Office of Communication and Design
Meghann Gilligan, Assistant Administrative Director of Graduate Studies
Mark Taylor, Senior HR Manager

Contact PNCA

if you have questions, please contact any of the following campus offices:

Student Affairs: 503-821-8902

Campus Safety: 503.621.2061

Campus Safety Manager: 503.875.9176