Ai Weiwei Detained by Chinese Government
April 09, 2011
On Sunday, April 3, Ai Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities prior to boarding a flight to Hong Kong. He has not been heard from since that date. The international arts community has launched a petition to gain his freedom, and PNCA and Museum of Contemporary Craft invite you to add your signature. Ai Weiwei’s work was the subject of Dropping the Urn at Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2010 and PNCA students visited his studio in Beijing last year with faculty member Hseuh Wei.
In response to Ai Weiwei’s arrest, PNCA faculty member Ryan Pearce and students designed posters to call attention to this assault on independent thought and artistic freedom. They invite the general public to show solidarity and support by downloading and printing the images for display.
Oregon’s Sculptor, Lee Kelly BFA ‘59, passed away on March 28, 2022, at age 89.
Pacific Northwest College of Art is offering an affordable and accessible option for transfer students who want to earn a BFA degree.
We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Cole has accepted our offer to become the next dean of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), effective March 2022, and delighted that she will hold Willamette’s first named deanship, recognizing a generous new gift from Jordan D. Schnitzer.
Willamette University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art today finalized their merger, officially making the Northwest’s oldest school of art and design an integral part of the region’s leading liberal arts university.
Schnitzer family's $2M gift to support Willamette University/Pacific Northwest College of Art merger
Willamette will launch a search soon to retain a nationally recognized educator and leader in art and design to serve as PNCA’s new dean. This $2 million gift from the late Arlene Schnitzer will create the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer PNCA Dean’s Initiative Fund, and provide the new PNCA Dean with resources to test new initiatives, facilitate collaboration between the PNCA and Willamette faculties, and more. Please enjoy this video to learn more about this generous gift.