Alumni Stories & Careers

Our alumni go on to top graduate schools and successful art careers, and work as filmmakers, art directors, and entrepreneurs. Here you'll prepare for life after PNCA with opportunities to show your work, extend your network, and work in creative industries.

Genevieve Dellinger, co-owner GOLDIE

Genevieve Dellinger

Genevieve Dellinger is co-founder and Managing Partner of GOLDIE Productions, a photo production company in Los Angeles with clients including Nike, Brooks Running, Adidas, Puma, Houzz, Elle Magazine, GQ, Google, The North Face, Samsung, Smirnoff, and Urban Decay. Artist, photographer, and DJ, Dellinger previously co-owned the pioneering independent boutique Denwave in Portland, OR from 2005-2009.

Eliza Fernand ‘06

Eliza Fernand has traveled to many residencies nationwide and exhibited her sculpture, installation, video, and collaborative quilt-based work widely. She works in installation, performance, interactive projects, sculpture, costume, animation, video, and sound. Read this profile of Fernand.

​Sue Arbuthnot ‘81

Sue Arbuthnot is a documentary filmmaker who went on from PNCA to earn an MFA in Film from Columbia University. Arbuthnot founded Hare in the Gate Productions, LLC with partner Richard Wilhelm in 1999. Sue has received a Pacific Pioneer Fund grant and an Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and numerous additional grants for her work. She teaches at the Northwest Film Center in Portland and is Vice President of the Portland Chapter of Women in Film.

Julian Voss Andreae ‘04

Julian Voss-Andreae was a painter before studying physics, mathematics, and philosophy at the Universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. Voss-Andreae pursued his graduate research in quantum physics before moving to the United States to study at PNCA. His background in science continues to inform his large sculptural works, often installed as public art commissions.

An art exhibit featuring connected metal bars that are somewhat painted white

Israel Lund

Israel Lund's abstract paintings, prints, and zines produced using a simplified silk screen process on raw canvas have been widely shown nationwide and much written about in all of the major US art publications. Lund went on from PNCA to get his MFA from Rutgers and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has shown widely and is represented by David Lewis. Read this interview with Lund on Dazed Digital.

Sage Cortez '17

Sage Cortez is a designer, ceramist, and craftswoman whose one-woman business, Hand and Fire produces small-batch functional tableware from a studio in St. Helens, Oregon. She was interviewed recently for The Glossary. Follow Sage on Instagram.


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Sculpture Magazine International Sculpture Center Student Award

Each year, faculty nominate students in the sculpture department to enter the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. In 2017, Andrew Newell '17 was selected as one of the 15 recipients chosen from the 354 student nominees and more than 867 works submitted. Honorees works are included in an exhibition and featured in Sculpture magazine. Winners are also eligible to apply for an ISC Residency in Switzerland, sponsored by Gertrud & Heinz Aeschliman.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field.

snow sculpture by PNCA team in Sapporo Snow Carving Competition

International Snow Carving Competition, Sapporo

Artist and Lead Faculty of Sculpture, Nan Curtis took a team of students to Sapporo, Japan, Portland’s Sister City, to compete in an International Snow Carving Competition at the Sapporo Snow Festival. The team was interviewed on OPB's Think Out Loud.

Leland Iron Works, artist Lee Kelly’s studio and home, is a wood cabin situated among the evergreen trees of Oregon's Cascade Forest.

Leland Iron Works Residency

Students can apply for an artist residency at Leland Iron Works, the scenic rural grounds and work place of venerable sculptor and PNCA alumnus, Lee Kelly.


Students gain professional experience via internships and projects with these institutions and organizations

Pigeon Toe Ceramics

Michael Curry Design

Julian Voss-Andraea

Form 3D

Visit The Office of Career Design

Stop by the Office of Career Design to learn more about internships when you take a tour of campus.