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.
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.
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
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.
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.Learn more
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.Learn More
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.Learn More