PNCA Alumni’s Transformative Work for Five Oaks Museum Featured in ARTnews
February 08, 2021
A recent ARTnews piece features Portland’s Five Oaks Museum and the role its codirectors - PNCA alumni Molly Alloy ’18 and Nathanael Andreini ’05 - have played in restructuring the museum, while also developing a sustainable framework that other museums and institutions can utilize when undergoing systemic change.
As the article notes, prior to Alloy and Andreini serving as codirectors, Five Oaks was stuck in the 20th century, with a hard-to-navigate website, outdated and problematic exhibits, and a lack of nonwhite visitors. This all resulted in the institution facing, in Alloy’s words, “total failure.”
A key factor of the new model that Alloy and Andreini have helped create at Five Oaks is the belief that the museum can better serve its community by “flexing as little institutional power as possible.”
“We did not enter into this with a desire to hold power,” says Alloy. “We see our success criteria as decentering the directorship and the museum’s authoritative voice, and leveling hierarchies to create more access and more voice for people.”
Alloy and Andreini brought in fellow PNCA alum Steph Littlebird Fogel ’15 as their first guest curator to overhaul and critique an existing exhibition at the museum – “This Kalapuya Land” – and now have two additional PNCA alums serving in the role of guest creator: Kanani Miyamoto ’16 and Lehuauakea ’18.
Photo: Victoria Sundell/Courtesy Five Oaks Museum.
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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.