l'appel du vide 2023 MFA First Year Exhibition

January 25, 2023

l'appel du vide 

2023 MFA First Year Exhibition

January 25 - February 11, 2023 

Public Reception: February 2nd – 5-8pm

Location: 511 Gallery, 157 Gallery, B10 Gallery & Atrium - PNCA, 511 NW Broadway 

(Portland, OR) The Center for Contemporary Art and Culture and the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA are pleased to present l’appel du vide, a group exhibition of new and recent works by First Year MFA Graduate Candidates and Post-Bacc Programs students. 

Exhibition Statement: Walking along a high cliff path, you are gripped by a terrifying urge to leap. As an express train hurtles into view, you itch to fling yourself in front of it. People talk of a fear of heights, but in truth anxieties about precipices are often less to do with falling than with the horrifying compulsion to jump. The French have a name for this unnerving impulse: l’appel du vide, “the call of the void.” As Jean-Paul Sartre recognized, l’appel du vide creates the shaky sensation that even our own instincts are not always to be trusted. - Blue Corvidae, MFA in Visual Studies + MA in Critical Studies Candidate ‘25 


MFA Applied Craft + Design 

Yara Bertran 

James Kennon 

Raz Mari Sanaz 

Masoumi Prativa Shee 

MFA/MA in Collaborative Design + Design Systems 

Angie Bravo 

Molly McLain 

Austin Roch 

Charlie Wilcox 

MFA in Print Media 

Mikelle Adamczyk 

Lucas Cantoni 

Jose Freyja Kohler 

Sam Orosz 

Denyse Stawicki 

Lauren Voigt 

Post Baccalaureate Program 

Lily Currin 

MFA in Visual Studies 

Blue Corvidae 

Bryce Frimming 

Adia Gibbs 

Ansley Gwin 

Jessica Joner 

Jessie Lawson 

Flannery Smith 

Claire Frances Spaulding 

Daniel Sundberg 

About the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies: 

The MA and MFA programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, student-centered seminars, and one-on-one mentorship. Graduate study is individualized and self-directed, yet highly collaborative, and supported by a broad network of peers, faculty, visiting artists, writers, and scholars, as well as community partners. For more than 100 years, the Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists, designers, and creators with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. 

Graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support students as they professionalize as artists, scholars, and cultural workers. Our students develop a broad range of skills, and a network of peers and mentors that support their work as they continue to evolve years after graduation. 

For more information on Graduate Studies at PNCA, please visit the HFSGS Website or email pnca-gradaddmissions@willamette.edu. 

About CCAC and PNCA: 

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community. Pacific Northwest College of Art is the leading professional arts and design school in the Northwest; we are the heartbeat of learning and experimentation in Portland’s vibrant cultural ecosystem. We spark curiosity and sharpen skills so students can build creative careers anchored in innovation, justice and civic imagination.