PNCA Alumni Featured in New York Times Article
April 30, 2021
The recent New York Times article “10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them” features two PNCA alumni - Demian DinéYazhi' ‘13 and Lehuauakea ‘18 – speaking to their influences and artistic practices in the wake of a global pandemic and multiple social and political movements.
Including excerpts from interviews with 10 queer Indigenous individuals from across North America, reporters Samuel Rutter and Caitlin Youngquist examine how the past year has “underscored our country’s long history of violence” and the “myriad atrocities perpetuated against Indigenous people in what we now call America.”
“I’m a transdisciplinary artist, and my practice is concept drive,” DinéYazhi' says in the article. “Of course, these are Western terms taught by the art school industrial complex. But my refusal to be one thing – a visual artist, a poet or even a cosmic being – is part of an ongoing Decolonial Indigenous practice.”
The article features Lehuauakea’s piece “Mana Māhū,” which combines handmade plant dyes and earth pigment paints on hand-beaten kapa bark cloth and is describe as being about “how the spirit and energy (or mana) or being māhū – a nonbinary third-gender identity in Native Hawaiian culture – is closely tied to one’s relationship with the land.”
Special recognition given to PNCA alum Mario Gallucci ‘14, whose photograph of Lehuauakea’s piece “Mana Māhū” appears in the New York Times article.
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.