Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes Aeron Bergman as new Chair of Low Residency MFA in Visual

June 21, 2017


June 21, 2017

Contact: Lisa Radon,

Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes Aeron Bergman as new Chair of Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program

Portland, OR—June 21, 2017—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome Aeron Bergman as Chair of the Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program. Bergman, who works as an artist duo with Alejandra Salinas, founded the artist-run space INCA ( in Seattle and Detroit and the independent art publisher INCA Press. Salinas and Bergman have exhibited widely internationally and have been included in the 4th Athens Biennale, the Bergen Assembly Triennial, and the Turku Biennial. Bergman holds an MA in Studio Art from New York University, an MA in Art History from University of Toronto, and a BA in Art History from Michigan State University.

The Search Committee was struck by Bergman’s vision for expanding the reach and network of the Low Residency MFA program, bringing to the chair position his extensive curatorial and publishing experience and his broad international network.

The Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies program provides the challenge and community of an immersive, mentor-based graduate program in a flexible format for students who are already engaged in the professional world.

Bergman was most recently faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts and the low-residency MFA at the University of Washington, Bothell. He has taught internationally with positions including a professorship at the Oslo National Academy of Fine Art and as guest professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, and Trondheim Academy of Art.  He was the founding chair of Intermedia at the Oslo National Academy of Fine Art from 2007 to 2013; a supervisor of the National Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship; and a faculty liaison between the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah and the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. Aeron served as an advisor and professor in a low-residency MA program in Scandinavia called the Nordic Sound Art MA. 

About Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman
Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman have shown work internationally at institutions such as 4th Athens Biennale; 1st Bergen Assembly Triennial; Turku Biennial, Finland; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Eastside Projects in Birmingham, UK; Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna; ICC Tokyo; IASPIS, Stockholm; Lincoln Center and DAC in New York City; e-flux and Berlin Film Festival; Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow; Edinburgh Film Festival and Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland; MOCA Novi Sad; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Centre George Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris; IMO and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen; Henie Onstad Art Center, Kunstnernes Hus and 0047 in Oslo, MUDAM Luxembourg; Ruler and HIAP in Helsinki; and The Luminary in St Louis, among many others. Their sound art has been broadcast on radio such as the BBC and Resonance FM, London;WDR Cologne; R2 Madrid; SV2 Stockholm; Radio France; CBC Canada; WFMU New York; and Taipei Philharmonic Radio. The pair won an award of distinction in digital music at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Further information can be found at and .

About the MA in Critical Studies program
PNCA’S LOW-RESIDENCY MFA IN VISUAL STUDIES (LRVS) program, rooted in critical investigation and rigorous, self-disciplined creative practice, 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, inclusive of both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary practices. Modeled after the successful MFA in Visual Studies Program, this 60-credit low-residency, mentor-based art 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 consecutive Summer Intensives and two brief Winter Intensives.

The low-residency program’s longer degree-completion times, flexible schedules, lower tuition and cost of attendance, 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, in-depth 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 MFA Visiting Artist Program students engage a mix of emerging as well as prominent national and international professional artists, curators, scholars, and critics.

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 ten art and design Bachelor of Fine Art programs, six graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.