MFA in Applied Craft and Design Presents Ellen Dissanayake

October 27, 2009

PNCA’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series continues with an MFA in Applied Craft and Design lecture by independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29.

Dissanayake’s writings about the arts synthesize many disciplines and draw upon 15 years of living and working in non-Western countries. Her Darwinian viewpoint provides a broader understanding of the arts than is customary in most theoretical approaches: the arts are integral to human nature and they evolved to help individuals adapt to their physical and social environments.

She is the author of three books: _What Is Art For?_, _Homo Aestheticus_, and _Art and Intimacy_, as well as over 70 scholarly and popular articles. Her articles on craft themes have appeared in _American Craft_, the _NCECA Journal_ (1995), the _Glass Art Society Journal_ (1996), _Surface Design Journal_, a _Haystack Institute Monograph_ (2000), and _The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience_ (2004). Currently, she is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | Ellen Dissanayake
6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 | MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building, 421 N.E. 10th Avenue and Glisan Street

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint MFA degree program offered by PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft.