Congratulations to McGeady Fund Awardees
April 04, 2018
Congratulations to faculty members Palmarin Merges and Martin French who were each awarded $10,000 by the McGeady Faculty Development Fund at PNCA. This is the third year that the fund has offered this significant support for the researches and professional development of faculty at the college. Each year the Personnel and Tenure Committee of the Faculty Senate reviews faculty proposals and recommends the awards. The committee reports that, "The winning proposals were selected for, among other criteria, the clarity and coherence of the applications, their evidence of commitment to the applicant's discipline and/or field of research, and how their proposal was likely to contribute to the applicant's creative and intellectual development. Many more extremely worthy proposals were received than could be funded, and the jurying was exceptionally difficult."
For five years Steven and Linda McGeady have generously provided these awards in support of the creative potential and growth of member of PNCA's faculty.
Inspired by the Concrete Poetry of the Noigandres group and Bern Porter’s collage works and a desire to deepen her engagement with her Filipino heritage, Merges will create a visual syllabary of invented symbols based on the shapes and sounds of the ancient Philippine script ‘baybayin’ derived from Brahmic scripts of India. The award supports her travel to the Getty Research Institute and Sackner Archives for research in support of this project.
French will spend an extended period in Harlem in New York, building on working relationships he has developed over time with the Harlem Arts Alliance and Harlem Swing Dance Society, furthering his research into social dance and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the work of illustrator and muralist Aaron Douglas. The second phase of his proposal focuses on the development of an editioned poster series and set of motion graphics drawing from his research.
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.