HFSGS Graduate Symposium – Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire

September 05, 2018

Headshot of Alan De Souza


September 5, 2018

Contact: Lisa Radon, lradon@pnca.edu

Portland, OR—September 5, 2018—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to announce The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Symposium taking place October 12 and 13, 2018. The Symposium is a free annual event that convenes current and prospective graduate students, as well as educators, artists, and community members to engage in critical dialogue, experiential workshops, and thoughtful interactions surrounding the teaching and learning of art, design, and critical theory. The Graduate Symposium is free, open to the public, and participation is invited. 

The 2018 theme is Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire. This symposium will engage all those who regularly look at, think about, and make art—especially art students and faculty, artists, art critics, and curators. Through a participatory workshop on positionality in the classroom, as well as panels and workshops on critical pedagogy, experiential learning, and critique, we will investigate the ways art is discussed, valued, and taught, generating new strategies for the training of artists and critics, with a particular emphasis on what it means to decolonize places of learning.

October 12, 6-8pm // Keynote: Allan deSouza

Allan deSouza's forthcoming book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke UP, 2018) examines popular terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught. It emphasizes thinking and talking about art as active processes that not only produce meaning and direct how viewers experience art, but which steer artists through the discursive foundations from which art is produced.


October 13, 9:30am-5pm // Symposium Panels, Workshops + Exhibition Reception

9:30am Registration and Welcome

10:00am Panel: Experiential Learning

11:30am Break

11:45am Workshop: Teaching While Marginalized

1:15pm Lunch

2:15pm Workshop: Critiquing the Critique

4:00pm Exhibition Opening + Reception


The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies welcomes RSVP’s so that we can plan accordingly.


About Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

The programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA celebrate and support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through meaningful faculty-student relationships, engaging seminars, and mentor-guided studio practice. For more than 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry and cross-disciplinary exchange.


About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, PNCA offers eleven art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, seven graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Community Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. pnca.edu




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