First Thursday, September
September 05, 2018
Join us! Each First Thursday, PNCA throws the doors open to the Portland community with art exhibitions throughout our main campus building located on Portland’s North Park Blocks.
Unwalking the West
511 Gallery/Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
An exhibition of work by artists who have participated in the Signal Fire program which takes artists on wilderness excursions.
"Please Read Before"
TL;DR this show is about books, text, and the time it takes to read with work by alumni Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen and students Alejandra Arias Sevilla, Julian Adoff, and Russell Wood. Organized by PNCA Graduate Curatorial Fellows Qamuuqin Maxwell and Kelly Brand.
LCG- Land, Construction, and Generation
An installation by Kamrin and Tristan Matlock (with a performance for FirstThursday).
A salon-hung exhibition featuring work by a broad range of alumni artists and designers. Plus Pop-up Shows and sales of work by current students.
Awareness of Placement
The Lodge Gallery (1532 SW Morrison)
An exhibition of work by students in the MFA in Print Media program with work by Hannah Bakken, Heather Coleman, Emma Flick, Devyn Park, Jaynee Watson.
// Alumni Exhibitions in the Neighborhood
Tabitha Nikolai, Utopia Without You
Williamson Knight Gallery (916 NW Flanders)
An exhibition of new sculptural works by Tabitha Nikolai including a custom gaming PC with unique controller, a wargaming diorama, and digital 3D environments with original score by Rook.
Gabriel Liston, Above and Below the Flood
Froelick Gallery (714 NW Davis)
An artistic meditation on how the land and various populations near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers at Portland's North edge have been shaped by millennia of flooding.
Vanessa Englund, Malleable When Under Certain Conditions
Chingada Gallery (328 NW Broadway)
As a third generation Filipina-American experiencing the ramifications of assimilation into American culture from generations back, Englund's research and work look for ways to reconnect with Filipino culture while simultaneously embracing her American identity through abstract sculptural objects of permanence and impermanence.
Samantha Wall, Phantom Limbs
Russo Lee Gallery (805 NW 21st)
An exploration of family identity, cultural history, and loss. This drawing exhibition interweaves portraiture with Korean ritual narratives, summoning the past in order to decipher the present.
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.