First Thursday is a free, public event that has been a Portland tradition since 1996. Every First Thursday of the month, PNCA invites the public to join us in celebrating art, joy and community through expanded public programming including exhibitions, music, performances, artist-led special events and more. PNCA also works with our neighbors to coordinate a wider network of art-centered First Thursday activities throughout the North Park Blocks in galleries, arts organizations, businesses and more.
All Events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
We are thrilled to announce PNCA’s 2023-24 Visiting Artist Lecture Series!
PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies and Center for Contemporary Art & Culture welcomes prominent artists, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the country and beyond, to engage with the Portland arts community.
Steven Xue BFA‘19 is a powerhouse graphic designer who has carved out a niche for himself working with brands like Nike and Adobe.
View the student orientations schedules here
Currently accepting applications for Fall 2023
Special Programs offer a range of expanded learning opportunities for students and the community.
These include projects, workshops, and intensives in applied art and design in the realms of environmental science, technology, science and tech pedagogy, and industrial design. Programs also include a variety of international studies opportunities, an artist residency, and a professional print publishing studio.