PNCA’s BFA Thesis Portfolios Featured in Oregon ArtsWatch
June 02, 2020
A huge thank you to Oregon ArtsWatch for featuring PNCA’s virtual BFA thesis portfolios in their roundup of how local colleges and universities pivoted and adapted in order to highlight the works of their students in a socially distanced world.
As reporter Briana Miller notes, when PNCA closed its campus and moved to online teaching in mid-March of this year, students only had six weeks before their final thesis shows. PNCA’s Technology and Communications departments, and PNCA’s BFA Thesis Program worked closely with students and faculty to quickly “shift away from what has traditionally been a week-long presentation of their final work and their oral thesis defenses to build out a series of galleries on the college’s website.”
“Their ability to revive and just be artists was just quite stunning,” says Linda Kliewer, PNCA Director of BFA Thesis. You can view all 65 online BFA thesis galleries yourself, containing everything from examinations of providing public toilets to a hidden object game, by clicking here.
To read the full piece from Oregon ArtsWatch and see additional works from students at Lewis & Clark, PSU, and WSU Vancouver, click here.
Image credit: Savanna Judd, still from the video game Kitty (2020).
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