Alumni Stories & Careers

Through community partnerships, Art + Ecology students have many opportunities for direct engagement with environmental activism as well as residencies and excursions exploring the rich natural world that surrounds us in Portland.

Signal Fire's Wide Open Studios

Wide Open Studios is Signal Fire’s arts and ecology field institute that makes their innovative wilderness excursions available to college students and emerging artists, seeking an immersive, hands-on, and transformative arts education. These trips invite students to explore their studio practice in stunning wilderness locations, amidst an atmosphere of friendship and critical thinking.


Schedule a visit to find out more about PNCA, in the heart of downtown Portland, minutes from forest and river and a short drive to mountain and sea.

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