Faculty & Facilities

Our faculty of accomplished artists support the development of your ideas and the skills to execute them. You'll work alongside them in our photography facilities, which support traditional and emerging photographic practices.

Department Head

Teresa Christiansen

Teresa Christiansen

Department Head and Assistant Professor, Photography


MFA 2008 Bard College – International Center of Photography (Advanced Photographic Studies)
BA 2001 Bates College (Studio Art, Psychology)

Teresa Christiansen is a visual artist born and raised in New York City. She studied psychology and painting as an undergraduate in Maine at Bates College, and in 2008 completed her MFA in photographic studies through the Bard College – International Center of Photography program in NYC. She was an Assistant Photographer in the Photography Studio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and taught at the International Center of Photography before moving to Portland to teach at PNCA. She has exhibited her work widely, including New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland. Most recently she has shown work at Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle and the Portland Art Museum. She was a 2007 winner of PDN Photo Annual, a 2013 Regional Arts & Culture Council grant recipient and a summer 2014 Wassaic Artist Resident. Her work is in the collection of the Portland Art Museum.

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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) dIGITAL print Studio, a sun-lit room with hardwood floors and city views with a large format epson printer and MAC computer workstations.

Digital Print Studio

Our Digital Print Studio features large format Epson and Canon archival inkjet printers up to 44” wide, 27” 5K iMac computer stations, Epson flatbed scanners, an Imacon virtual drum scanner and a daylight light booth print viewing wall. All monitors and printers are custom color calibrated for an industry standard color managed workflow. The Studio is both staffed for student support and open for after-hours independent access.

​Lighting Studio

Our Lighting Studio is equipped with a white 14x14’ cyc wall, a green screen cyc wall, 9’ and 12’ seamless racks, cameras set up for tethered shooting, Speedotron strobe kits, Lowel and Moel-Richardson continuous lights and a wide range of modifiers and grip equipment including soft boxes, umbrellas, beauty dishes, barn doors, snoots and a Manfrotto super boom stand and studio stand.

​Photo Lab

Our Photo Lab houses a traditional black and white darkroom with 12 individual enlarger stations with large format capacity, a film development area, a wide selection of chemistry for the production of alternative process images, and a post-production area with print storage.

Media Resource Center

Our Media Resource Center is stocked with a wide range of lenses, lights, tripods and cameras for checkout by students for use on and off campus. Lighting and camera gear includes Profoto strobe kits, Lowel continuous lighting, Canon digital SLRs, Mamiya and Hasselblad medium format film cameras, Toyo large format field cameras, and a wide range of grip equipment and accessories.

Everything you need for your practice

Every door is open to you. All of the tools in all of the labs across campus are available for your making.

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