PNCA Presents A Painted Lens

March 20, 2014

Contact: Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528
Becca Biggs, Director of Communications Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

PNCA Presents A Painted Lens Paintings by Portland native Edmund Wyss in Swigert Commons

Portland, OR—March 18, 2014—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents A Painted Lens, an exhibition of works by San Francisco-based painter Edmund Wyss opening April 3, 2014 and running through May 2, 2014. The exhibition brings together several of Wyss’ detailed renderings of photographic equipment in PNCA’s Swigert Commons. Wyss’s perspectives are idealized, resulting in a shallow depth of field and producing exploded views of mechanical cameras and lenses that might be seen in a more romantic version of a technical manual.

The works are painted without a trace of narrative and resist classification as still life. The images call to be viewed from multiple angles, from afar to perceive the image’s painted form and up close to appreciate the meticulous and active brushwork. Portland native Edmund Wyss lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a commercial and fine artist. His earliest education in art began at Pacific Northwest College of Art in the youth and continuing education programs. He went on to earn degrees in communications design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and painting at San Francisco Art Institute. Wyss has exhibited at numerous galleries in California including Jack Hanley and Toomey Tourell in addition to Blackfish Gallery in Portland.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond.

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