Pacific Northwest College of Art Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Summer Lecture Series

June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016
Contact: Lisa Radon

Pacific Northwest College of Art Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Summer Lecture Series

Portland, OR—June 15, 2016—The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) launches its Summer Lecture Series with a lecture by David Horvitz June 15, 2016. All lectures are held in PNCA’s Mediatheque theater at 6pm unless otherwise noted below. PNCA is at 511 NW Broadway, and all lectures are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, June 15
David Horvitz
(exhibitions opening at 5pm + lecture at 7pm)

David Horvitz is an artist who lives in Brooklyn. In his practice, Horvitz grapples with time and standardized measurements, and the shifts that occur when natural phenomena are subjected to manmade systems and vice versa. His participatory practice, often involving close collaborations with other artists, as well as a web-based audience, considers strategies of information circulation and the impermanence of digital artifacts. Unfolding as concrete actions, Horvitz’s works are often ongoing or self-generating projects. His work shifts seamlessly between the Internet and the printed page. Taking advantage of diverse systems of circulation, he gathers and disperses images and objects through media such as the internet, the postal system, libraries, and airport lost and found services. He is known for his often bizarre and absurdist DIY instructional projects, including work on Wikipedia. Optimistically alluding to the possibility of an alternative logic, Horvitz exploits the structures in place around him as much as he deliberately counters patterns derived from professionalization and efficiency.
Recent solo exhibitions include: concurrent shows at Jan Mot, Brussels, and Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw; Peter Amby, Copenhagen; Statements, Art Basel; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Chert, Berlin. His work has been shown at EVA International 2014, Glasgow International 2014, LIAF 2013, MoMA, The Kitchen, and the New Museum. In New York, he has realized projects with Recess, Clocktower Gallery, post at MoMA, Printed Matter, Rhizome, and Triple Canopy. Recent artist books include The Distance of a Day (2013; Motto Books & Chert) and Sad, Depressed, People, (2012; New Documents). He has received the Rema Hort Mann Grant in 2011 and was nominated for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2011. In 2013, he founded Porcino gallery in Berlin. This summer, he will have his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, June 22
Tannaz Farsi

Utilizing the language and history of sculpture, installation, and conceptual art practices, Tannaz Farsi’s work highlights and re-presents objects and images that contextually start from a collective experience found in the current news or within the milieu of our cultural archive. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, (Portland, Oregon), Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center (Portland, OR), Pitzer Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH.) She has been granted residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ucross Foundation, the McDowell Colony and Santa Fe Art Institute. Born in Iran, Tannaz Farsi lives and works in Eugene, Oregon where she is faculty at the University of Oregon.

Wednesday, June 29
Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton creates performance and video works that examine bodily and spiritual anxieties and their relationship to popular culture, self-help goods and functionless consumer objects. In her works, Moulton creates surreal narratives about the life of Cynthia, a woman trapped in a mundane life searching for enlightenment. Cynthia engages in pathetic situations that become playful and profound. Using visual and aural displacements to create narrative twists, Moulton reveals the strangeness of reality and an endless labyrinth of associations that can be drawn from the trashiest of media and consumer goods. Through her banal home decorations, Cynthia searches for fulfillment, purpose and salvation. Her struggles with the mundane, the eclectic and the disposable, offer a unique perspective on the relationship between spirituality and consumerism in contemporary society.

Wednesday, July 6
Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a Boston-based artist, raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received a B.S. in 1984 from Boston University, a B.F.A. in 1997 and an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002. He has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Art Matters Foundation, and the LEF Foundation Contemporary Work Fund Grant. His solo exhibition, there is no one left to blame, was curated by Helen Molesworth for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. This show traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and was on view through July 2014, and coincided with the publication of the artists first monograph by the same title. He is represented by Samsøñ in Boston, MA. He has had solo exhibitions with Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo, Brazil and a solo project at VOLTA 5 in Basel, Switzerland. He has been included in group shows in Boston, Los Angeles New York, Philadelphia, Savannah, Seattle, Sao Paulo and Beijing. His work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art New England, JUXTAPOZ, The Boston Globe, and The New Yorker. He writes the blog, Mr. Locke is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Wednesday, July 13
Joanna Powell

Joanna Powell (b.1981, Dallas, TX) received a BFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas (2008) and received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2012). Powell has exhibited her work throughout the United States including The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena; Showpen Gallery, Denver; and the Center for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA. In 2011, she was a LEAP finalist at The Center for Contemporary Craft. Powell was a finalist in the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics and received Honorable Mention. From 2013-2015 she was a long term-resident at The Archie Bray Foundation Recently, she was named a 2015 NCECA Emerging Artist. From 2015-2016 she was an Artist-In-Residence at Kansas State University and taught ceramics. Currently she is a full-time studio artist in Helena, Montana.

Wednesday, July 20
A.K. Burns

A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and compulsive collaborator who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008, Burns co-founded the artists activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). Burns also co-founded and co-edited Randy—an annual trans-feminist arts magazine from 2009-2013—and released a compendium publication in June 2016. Working in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, the feature-length socio-sexual video portrait, Community Action Center was released in 2010 and subsequently toured worldwide, including the TATE Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Warhol Museum, Pittsburg. Additionally, Burns maintains an ongoing collaborative practice with her partner Katherine Hubbard, that has resulted in a series of performative explorations like the ongoing project The Poetry Parade... that most recently took place at The Whitney Museum of American Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art . Additionally, Burns’ solo practice has been exhibited internationally and she debuted the first in a series of works from Negative Space last fall with a multi-channel video installation called A Smeary Spot at Participant, NY. Burns has two forthcoming solo exhibitions at the New Museum and at Callicoon Fine Arts both in New York in early 2017.

A.K. Burns is a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a recipient of the 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award. She is represented by Callicoon Fine Arts in New York and Video Data Bank in Chicago. Burns is currently full-time faculty at Hunter College Graduate Department of Art & Art History and a mentor in the Graduate Department at Columbia University School of Visual Art.

Tuesday, July 26
Shannon Stratton

Shannon R. Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at The Museum of Arts and Design. For 12 years she was the Director and Curator of Threewalls in Chicago, a contemporary art space that she co-founded in 2003. Threewalls founded the Hand-in-Glove Conference and later, co-founded the Common Field Network for grass roots arts initiatives as well as publishing PHONEBOOK, a guide to grass roots and alternative artist resources throughout the United States. Current exhibitions include Atmosphere for Enjoyment, the first exhibition to deal solely with Harry Bertoia's sounding sculptures and the traveling exhibition, Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries, the first retrospective of the work of Wilding, a key figure in the feminist art movement.

All lectures are live streamed at

About the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
PNCA’S Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies is ideal for motivated students who can work independently, who desire a flexible structure, and who are seeking the challenge and community of an immersive graduate program. This 60-credit multi-disciplinary and mentor-based program combines intensive graduate seminars, an exceptional visiting artist program, and a focus on the educational and professional goals of each individual student. Intensive courses occur during three 8-week Summer Intensives and two one-week Winter Intensives. The Low-Residency program’s flexible schedule, lower tuition, and the distance-learning component, which does not require students to permanently relocate, make it suitable for students who are already engaged in the professional world.

Learning is achieved through independent inquiry, rigorous studio exploration, peer-to-peer dialogue, intensive cross-disciplinary group critiques, and exposure to a wide range of visiting artists, critics, and scholars. Through the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, students engage a mix of emerging as well as prominent national and international professional artists, curators, scholars, and critics. Recent visitors include: Peter Halley, Sarah McNeil, Richard Shaw, Stephanie Syjuco, Vivian Beer, Joseph Del Pesco, Shirley Tse, Walter Maciel, Sanjit Sethi, Beth Sellars, and Marina Zurkow.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As the Northwest’s premier college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers four BFA programs with 10 concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.