Associate Professor and Lead Faculty in Printmaking
MFA 2005 Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Printmaking) BFA 2003 Pacific Northwest College of Art (Printmaking) BA 1998 Lewis & Clark College (English Literature)
Abra Ancliffe engages printmaking and drawing to explore the fixity and frailty of language alongside how printed knowledge is created, stored and accessed. In 2009, she started the Personal Libraries Library, a subscription-lending library in Portland, Oregon that recreates & reconsiders the personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, writers, and thinkers. Ancliffe received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College (1998), her BFA in Printmaking from PNCA (2003) and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (2005). Her Library, print-works and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Portland2014, presented by Disjecta (Portland, OR), galleryHOMELAND (Portland, OR), Beppu Wiarda (Portland, OR), snowflake (St. Louis, MO), Harwood Art Center (Albuquerque, NM), Tækniminjasafn (Seyðisfjörður, Iceland), and Kasteel Le Paige (Herentals, Belgium). She has been awarded multiple residencies, most notably at the Banff Centre in Canada, Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland and at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. She is currently an Associate Professor and Lead Faculty of BFA Printmaking at PNCA.