Painting begins with development of core proficiency in the use of painting and drawing materials.
From there it supports both mastery within the discipline and broad interdisciplinary study via numerous electives and opportunities for self-directed work.
As a Painting major, you are encouraged to experiment widely.
Student thesis work takes many forms, including but not limited to painting, drawing, installation, comics, video, and performance.
Our faculty of professional artists is dedicated to challenging and supporting you as you develop an individual vision, voice, and mastery of forms through rigorous studio practice. Visiting artists, lectures, and critical discourse broaden your perspectives and stimulate your investigations into the historical, cultural, aesthetic, and theoretical contexts of the field.
Our aim is development of a disciplined practice that will both drive your creative endeavors and help you to locate yourself as an artist in the contemporary world. Professional issues are addressed throughout the curriculum, and include instruction in writing, studio management, portfolio development, galleries and exhibitions, and public presentation.
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what they are.
Arvie Smith ‘84 to Deliver 2018 PNCA Commencement Address
PNCA is pleased to announce that renowned artist, alumnus, and Professor Emeritus Arvie Smith '84 will deliver the 2018 Commencement Address at Pacific Northwest College of Art's 2018 Commencement ceremony on May 20, 2018.
Forbes Hails PNCA’s Dieng as Changemaker
Forbes magazine credits artist, curator, and PNCA Professor with catalyzing change in a new review of New Feelings, an exhibition at PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture.
PNCA Alumnus and Professor Emeritus Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
We'd like to extend our congratulations to PNCA alumnus and Professor Emeritus Arvie Smith for receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the newly relaunched 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards.
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