Farewell to Lee Kelly
Oregon’s Sculptor, Lee Kelly BFA ‘59, passed away on March 28, 2022, at age 89.
PNCA offers generous scholarships to transfer students
Pacific Northwest College of Art is offering an affordable and accessible option for transfer students who want to earn a BFA degree.
Welcome PNCA's New Dean
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 celebrates completion of merger with Pacific Northwest College of Art
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.
PNCA’s Illustration Program Ranked Top 50 Nationally by Animation Career Review
ACR has ranked the top animation, design, and gaming programs across the country through annual lists for each state since 2011.
PNCA Alumni Featured in New York Times Article
PNCA alums Demian DinéYazhi' ’13 and Lehuauakea ’18 discuss their influences and practices.
PNCA MFA in Visual Studies Alumna Elizabeth Malaska Named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow
Pacific Northwest College of Art extends a huge congratulations to MFA in Visual Studies alumna Elizabeth Malaska, who was recently named one of the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows in Fine Arts.
PNCA Remembers Beloved Community Member and Philanthropist Dorothy Lemelson
It is with deep admiration and respect that Pacific Northwest College of Art remembers Dorothy Lemelson who passed away on March 10, 2021.
Portland Art Museum Acquires Painting by Nationale Artist and PNCA Alumna Anya Roberts-Toney ‘14
Mar 08, 2021
The museum obtained the painting through a generous gift on behalf of PNCA Board Chair Scott. D. Musch.
Black History Month: PNCA Recognizes Adrian Piper
In recognition of Black History Month, PNCA recognizes Adrian Piper and her critically acclaimed video installation titled Cornered (1998), where viewers are encouraged to acknowledge miscegenation in America and challenge themselves to honestly address Black ancestry.
PNCA Alumni’s Transformative Work for Five Oaks Museum Featured in ARTnews
PNCA alumni create a replicable model that other museums and institutions can utilize in response to calls for systemic change.
Q&A: Focus Week at PNCA
We sat down with Linda Kliewer, Director of BFA Thesis, to gain a better understanding of what Focus Week is and why it’s such a key part of PNCA’s culture.
Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies’ 2020 Symposium Showcases Portland’s Creativity and Resilience
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA will host a two-day online symposium on November 20-21, 2020, that explores the intersections of art, design, technology, critical race theory, disability studies, and activism through collaboration and creative practice.
PNCA students receive $15,000 in scholarship support in our Annual Collaboration with Argyle Winery: The Art of Sparkling
Nov 10, 2020
For the fifth year, three PNCA students received $5,000 scholarships for their individual designs of labels featured on a set of limited edition bottles of bubbly.
PNCA Animated Arts Students’ Short Film Premieres on World Fish Migration Day
The film is part of an effort to raise awareness of the importance of free flowing rivers and migratory fish
Sharita Towne Appointed Program Head of PNCA MFA in Visual Studies
We are excited to announce that Sharita Towne, who has taught and mentored in PNCA’s BFA, MA and MFA programs since 2016, has been appointed Program Head of PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies in the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies.
In Memoriam: Susan Hammer
We are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend to the college. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hammer family and her partner Lee Kelly.
Q&A: PNCA’s Fall 2020 Plans
We recently sat down with Kate Copeland, PNCA Dean of Academic Affairs, to discuss how 20 PNCA faculty members came together to develop a new hybrid approach to providing an art and design education that continues PNCA’s hallmark ability to prepare students for lives of creative practice.
PNCA Fall 2020 MFA/MA Leadership Scholarships
PNCA announces a MFA/MA scholarship program for Black, African American, Indigenous, Native American, or non-Black students of color with demonstrated financial need.
PNCA Fall 2020 BFA Equity Scholarships
PNCA announces a BFA scholarship program geared toward our incoming Black and Indigenous, Native American, and non-Black students of color.
PNCA 2020 Commencement Speeches
PNCA presents the speakers from our 2020 virtual commencement ceremony, featuring Mikai Arion, BFA Intermedia 2020; Anthony Hudson, Intermedia 2013; and Simone Fischer, MFA Visual Studies 2020.
An Open Letter to the PNCA Family
Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Botham Jean. Atatiana Jefferson. Eric Reason. Breonna Taylor.
Say their names.
PNCA’s BFA Thesis Portfolios Featured in Oregon ArtsWatch
A huge thank you to Oregon ArtsWatch for featuring PNCA’s virtual BFA thesis portfolios in their roundup of how local colleges and universities pivoted and adapted in order to highlight the works of their students in a socially distanced world.
PNCA students’ Panel Project joins the Pearl District’s efforts to protect windows and inspire hope
Following weeks of organizing and painting, students at PNCA launched the first phase of the Panel Project in mid-May, with the help of our wonderful facilities team and support from Blick Art Materials Portland.
In the transition to online learning, Emily Ginsburg’s class found a silver lining
For PNCA Chair of Media Arts Emily Ginsburg, she and many students in her Intermedia Department Theory and Practice class, “Art and the Everyday,” found the shift to remote learning to be a timely complement to an unprecedented upheaval of daily life.
Remembering Arlene Schnitzer
It is with heartfelt respect and admiration that Pacific Northwest College of Art remembers Arlene Schnitzer, who died on April 4, 2020 at the age of 91. A dynamic and powerful, yet quiet and modest voice in Portland’s cultural ethos, her philanthropic legacy has influenced generations of cultural and civic leaders and transformed the artistic landscape of Portland.