PNCA Instructor, Laura Masterson, Co-founds Portland Darkroom
February 06, 2018
After the closure of Portland’s Newspace Center for Photography last year, a group of seven photographers, all former Newspace users and volunteers, decided to create a new entity that would offer artists access to the film processing facilities their practices required. A Kickstarter campaign was launched, and the group raised more than $20,000 to buy enlargers, scanners, and other processing equipment from Newspace's closing sale. Now that equipment is installed in a studio in Northeast Portland at the newly named Portland Darkroom, an active space dedicated to continuing the craft of film photography.
Lauren Masterson, an instructor of photography at PNCA and one of the co-founders of the Darkroom, stated that while many local colleges have darkrooms and offer instruction on film photography, there are no darkrooms publicly accessible to non-students. The Portland Darkroom aims to change this by giving artists access to the facilities, community, and equipment they need to continue their work.
Learn more about the Portland Darkroom in this OPB interview with photographer Laura Peltz, a darkroom member and former Newspace user.
Image © Portland Darkroom
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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.