Faculty & Facilities

Our faculty are an international assembly of practicing artists and curators. The resources and labs of the school are available to students year-round, with studio space allocated during the Summer Residency.

Department Chair

Ryan Pierce

Program Chair, Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies


Ryan Pierce's paintings, prints, and experimental artist books envision a world recovering from human industry amid the throes of climate chaos. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature, and folk art to create scenes that portray the resilience of the natural world.

He has exhibited internationally and his work has been recognized by grants from the Joan Mitchell and San Francisco Foundations, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, and has reviews in Art in America, Art Papers, and The Oregonian. Pierce has been an artist in residence at the Ucross Foundation, Caldera, and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Norway, and a fellow at the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Pierce has taught at colleges and universities throughout Oregon and lectured as a Visiting Artist at more than 30 institutions. In 2019 his work was showcased in the Portland Art Museum's inaugural triennial of NorthIst Art, titled the map is not the territory... He is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland.

Pierce is the co-founder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines. He is also founding Director of Wide Open Studios, an arts and ecology field program.

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Faculty and Visiting Faculty

Program Mentors

  • Crystal Schenk
  • Otto Von Busch
  • Anna Sew Hoy
  • Bobbi Woods
  • Patricia Margarita Hernández
  • Natalia Zuluaga
  • Domingo Castillo
  • Sondra Perry
  • Alberto Aguilar
  • Chloë Bass
  • Corin Hewitt
  • Michael Jones Mckean
  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins
  • Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
  • Diego Bruno
  • Henrik Andersson
  • Florian Zeyfang
  • Lina Persson
  • Mikko Kuorinki
  • Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz
  • Biquini Wax
  • Ruth Estévez
  • Roger Fernandes
  • Ruth Noack
  • Kyung Me
  • Maricel Alvarez
  • John Riepenhoff
  • + MORE

Facilities Highlight

Sculpture Studios

The Sculpture Studios house a plaster and slip cast mold making facility, a welding and metal working area, and extensive woodshop with lathes, a ceramic studio, glass kilns for fusing and slumping, and tools supporting soft sculpture.

Falcon Student Working Metalshop18

Sun-lit printing presses and other various print making equipment, part of the Print Making Lab facilities at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Print Studio

The Print Studio supports lithography, letterpress, book making, relief, monotype, intaglio, screenprinting in a studio filled with natural light. Tea time is at 3pm every day.


In Make+Think+Code, you can learn about and explore emerging technologies, augmented and virtual reality, (digital) fabrication and prototyping, creative coding, data science, systems-thinking, the internet of things and smart technologies, creative entrepreneurship, STEAM, and privacy and security.

Plotters, scanners, 3D printers, large-scale printers, and other facility equipment in the Make+Think+Code Technology and Research Lab Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).