Alumni Stories & Careers

Our alumni are educators, artists, professional printmakers, entrepreneurs. We offer myriad opportunities for professional growth for students to prepare for life after graduation.

Featured Alumni

Harry Schneider

Harry Schneider lives between San Francisco and Portland. While in San Francisco, he works at Mullowney Printing and is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University. In Portland, he is currently a Creative Technology Lab alumni resident artist. He was recently an artist-in-residence at LeLand Ironworks with Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, and his work was exhibited in IPCNY’s Edging Forward: New Prints 2018/Winter.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Schneider grew up in PNCA's youth programs. Prior to entering the Print Media program, he interned for Hatch Show Print and ran a small print studio out of his garage.

Brandi Kruse

Through print, photography and poetics, Brandi Kruse MFA '16 creates non-places that are simultaneously floating and awkward, void and possible. She's shown her work widely, with Worksound International in Mexico City, Union Gallery in Amherst, The Bemis Building in Seattle, Museum of Contemporary Craft, and many others.

Kruse works as a teaching artist, jewelry designer, adjunct professor at Pacific University, and as a guest teacher throughout Portland Public Schools and the metro area. Her print and video work is currently on view in a group exhibition called REFLECT with Abra Ancliffe and Yoshihiro Kitai at Art at the Cave in downtown Vancouver, WA.

She is the co-founder of a zine-publishing writers’ collective and published Impossible Paper Architecture in 2016. Kruse is the recipient of residencies at Caldera Arts Center (2017) and The Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany (2015).

Carla G. Javier-Brea

Carla G. Javier-Brea is a graphic designer, illustrator, and printmaker from the Dominican Republic. "I grew up in the countryside of the island, always in close contact with animals and the land. My work deals with memory, identity, folklore, and ancient deities from my childhood. I currently work as a letterpress printer at Egg Press in Portland. When I'm not working at Egg or making work of my own, I like to go out exploring with my film camera and going on skate trips."


Watershed Center for Fine Art Publishing and Research

Watershed Center for Fine Art Publishing and Research is the professional fine art publishing program at Pacific Northwest College of Art. A research and education extension of the printmaking lab, Watershed is staffed and supported through the MFA in Print Media program. Watershed welcomes visiting artists, researchers, and professional printers as well as the community to collaborate on editions and projects.

Watershed Center


Every year PNCA sends a large delegation to SGC International, the largest printmaking conference in the United States representing artists of original prints, drawings, books and handmade paper. PNCA hosted the conference in 2016, welcoming printmakers from all over the world to Portland.

Impact Conference, Spain

Further integrating our students, alumni, and faculty into the international printmaking community, MFA in Print Media plans to send a number of students to Impact Conference, an International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference in Spain in 2018.

Community Collaboration

We collaborated with Latino Art Now, Don’t Shoot PDX, and PNCA's Students of Color Coalition to host a series of events surrounding the traditional celebration of Dia de Muertos. Events include collaborative printmaking, a wheatpaste workshop, lectures, a demonstration of prehistoric instruments, and a Dia de Muertos celebration on First Thursday with art, food, traditional music, and Aztec dancers.

Community Printmaking Actions

Our Community Printmaking Actions are designed to support and produce works of art from the front lines of the social justice movement. Recently we collaborated with Don’t Shoot PDX, Portland Art Museum, and Marylhurst University Art Program on a conversation and community building session leading into printmaking workshops. The collaboratively produced artwork wa exhibited at the Portland Art Museum during the Upstanders Festival: Voices of the Unheard event on May 27, which will be a day of spoken word, restorative justice, music and media, interactive workshops, art zines, and poster making in support of Black Lives Matter, houselessness, and building tolerance for immigrants.

Professional Printers

Our students and alumni work in professional print studios with James Reid of Gemini G.E.L and Paul Mullowney in San Francisco.


Reach out to MFA in Print Media Chair, Matthew Letzelter, to schedule a tour or to learn more about the program.

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