PNCA’s campus is centered on the tree-lined North Park Blocks in downtown Portland in a neighborhood that is home to most of the city’s art galleries and a concentration of design studios.

The Main Campus

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is a 100-year-old former federal post office we’ve renovated with a striking, contemporary design that brings natural light into nearly every working space in the building.

Aerial view of PNCA and the North Park Blocks

Photo by Adam Simmons, PNCA Class of 2017

The Atrium

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) atrium, a three-story contemporary space with concrete mezzanine with cable supports, a restored wooden floor, and ceiling of skylights.

Photo by Adam Simmons, PNCA Class of 2017

Centered around a glass-roofed atrium

Centered around a glass-roofed atrium are galleries and common spaces: the Mediatheque theater for projection and performance; an elegant library; the New Commons flex space which hosts exhibitions, conferences, projects, and events; plus six floors of classrooms, labs, and studios.

Photo by Adam Simmons, PNCA Class of 2017

Student Housing

This is all just a few blocks from ArtHouse

PNCA’s student residence hall, where the bright, airy apartments overlook the park and city, and common spaces such as an enclosed deck and a lounge are convivial and welcoming.

The front door of ArtHouse, the student housing facility at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). photo: Shawn Records

Labs and Facilities

Access tools and resources

The spaces, tools, technology, and expertise – people with the knowledge and experience to make best use of what’s available – abound at PNCA. From the expansive Print Studio’s presses, equipment and technology to the ever-expanding suite of cutting edge tools available in Creative Technology Lab, PNCA’s facilities are rooted in the traditional and reaching for the bleeding edge.

Labs and Facilities
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.

Student Galleries

PMOCA student show '16 at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Display your work

In addition to the 511 Gallery and the Dorothy Lemelson Innovation Lab which regularly host the exhibitions of PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, PNCA also has numerous other gallery spaces for exhibitions primarily of works by students, but also by alumni and faculty at various times throughout the year. There are also several galleries at other locations on PNCA’s campus that showcase student and alumni work, including the Bison Building and ArtHouse as well as two offsite galleries.

Student Galleries

Albert Solheim Library

Research, work, relax

Albert Solheim Library’s core collection consists of materials essential to the curriculum and new materials selected by the librarian to mirror the PNCA curriculum. The library provides coverage of all subjects and viewpoints, with the majority of materials concerning the history and current practice of Fine Art.

Albert Solheim Library
stacks of books in the library at Pacific Northwest College of Art

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