Opportunities to show your work

Throughout the main campus building and beyond, PNCA has many galleries and project spaces for student exhibitions.

Student-run galleries and project spaces

Many of our galleries are run by a student coordinator who reviews proposals for exhibitions and schedules those exhibitions throughout the year. Galleries also host award and scholarship exhibitions by undergraduate programs and thesis exhibitions for both graduate and undergraduate students. In addition, during First Thursday, students are invited to install their work throughout the public areas of the building and sell their work through Pop-up Shops.

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 Lindsey Walker '17 Painting thesis exhibition in the 157 Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

157 Gallery

First floor

PNCA's main student gallery is on the first floor across from the central gathering space of the Atrium. Students can apply to produce exhibitions in this space throughout the year. The space also includes a side gallery that can be blacked out for projections.

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Commons and Corner Gallery 1 and Corner Gallery 2

Second floor

PNCA’s central New Commons is the site of PNCA’s annual thesis exhibitions and the First Thursday Pop-Up student exhibitions of student-installed undergraduate works. It has also been the site of the regional Scholastic Student art exhibitions featuring works by exceptional high school students. The New Commons also features two student galleries for undergraduate students’ works.


First floor

The central Atrium is an expansive daylit space surrounded by balconies that regularly is installed with student work.

Projection, Sound, and Space class exhibition at PNCA

Shipley Collins Mediatheque

First floor

This 170-seat theater, with its flexible seating and capacity for high-end lighting, sound, and technology, is perfect for performance, projection, installation works, and screenings. The space includes a green room and sound booth.

Wire sculpture and an arrangement of appropriated art objects in a student installation on the Mezzanine level of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Mezzanine East

This space hosts departmental exhibitions of exceptional student works.

Oskar Radon Kimball's 2017 GAK space installation (contemporary art, 3D blue asterisks, black and yellow floor grid, line illustration on wall) at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).



This small, contained project space is for student solo exhibitions.

Holt gallery student work

Holt Gallery

Room 207 off the Commons

Situated off the Commons the Dave Holt Project Space hosts exhibitions by undergraduate and graduate students.

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Design Corridor

Second floor, West

This skylit gallery hosts exhibitions and events for the MFA in Collaborative Design program, the MFA in Print Media, and the Communication Design and Illustration undergraduate programs.


Room B10, Basement, East

B10 hosts student-curated exhibitions of works by undergraduate students as well as thesis exhibitions.

Elevator Galleries 1 & 2

Students have transformed the historic elevators of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design into moving galleries for student work.

Tiny Thumb

Library, First floor

A student-initiated project, now curated by Library Staff, the Tiny Thumb Student Gallery presents exhibitions of work by current students and rotates monthly. Tiny Thumb is located just inside the front doors of PNCA's Albert Solheim Library.

Focus Week

During Focus Week our students install their thesis works throughout the campus, including the galleries of PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture.

511 Gallery PNCA's main gallery, the 511 Gallery has featured exhibitions by Cauleen Smith, Wangechi Mutu, David Horvitz, and James Rosenquist, as well as the group exhibition Alien She.

Dorothy Lemelson Innovation Lab This expansive space has hosted exhibitions of work by Bruce Nauman, faculty emeritus Christy Wyckoff, student thesis exhibitions, the Faculty/Alumni Exhibition, an exhibition of works by residents of PNCA’s Leland Iron Works Residency, and the Annual Student Holiday Art Sale.


Affiliated and Offsite Galleries

33 NW Park Avenue
The lobby of PNCA’s student housing facility, ArtHouse, features regular exhibitions of works by members of the PNCA Community.

The Bison Building
421 NE 10th Avenue
The Bison building hosts exhibitions of work by the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program.

The Lodge Gallery at Allied Works
1532 SW Morrison Street

1223 Southwest Washington Street #200

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