Wall Street Journal: PDX Next Art Capital? (And PNCA!)
May 02, 2012
In the latest Wall Street Journal, Peter Plagens asks whether Portland may be the nation’s next “art capital.” If the answer is yes, it puts PNCA in a good position, as Plagens’ piece points to the important role that PNCA, its faculty, and alumni play in the region. Plagens writes about the Mayoral Candidates Forum hosted by PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design program and moderated by program Chair Peter Schoonmaker. Plagens also mentions Guggenheim Fellow and Chair of the MFA in Visual Studies Arnold J. Kemp in comments about the role teaching artists play in the arts ecosystem in Portland.
Plagens visited FalseFront gallery to view an exhibition curated by PNCA’s Laura Hughes MFA ‘10 (Visual Studies), and calls faculty member Crystal Schenk’s Artifacts of Memory exhibition at Linfield College “a truly poetic stunner.”
In his article, Plagens, who received pointers from PORT‘s Jeff Jahn, focuses on the role that alternative spaces play in Portland (in addition to the academic galleries), writing that they are “less about art’s being—art objects displayed and for sale—than they are about artists becoming . . . ” This notion could be applied to PNCA and Portland’s larger arts community as well. As Plagens notes, artists like Storm Tharp, who recently completed a portfolio as a visiting artist with PNCA’s Printmaking Department, are here because Portland gives artists the space to do the work they need to do. Becoming “Our Next Art Capital” may be hyperbole, but there’s something happening here, and PNCA is in the thick of it.
Oregon’s Sculptor, Lee Kelly BFA ‘59, passed away on March 28, 2022, at age 89.
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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.