PNCA Presents New Exhibition Resolving Chaos: Honour Mack

June 10, 2015


June 10, 2015

Becca Biggs
Director of Communications
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PNCA Presents New Exhibition Resolving Chaos: Honour Mack

Portland, OR — June 10, 2015 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Resolving Chaos, an exhibition of recent abstract paintings and drawings by Honour Mack at the 511 Gallery at the college’s new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Mack is a visiting faculty member this summer for PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies. The exhibition opens July 2 and runs through August 8, 2015.

The works in Resolving Chaos, Mack says, were, “inspired by the intersection of early esoteric philosophies and early advances in the sciences, when the mysteries of creation and existence were possibly more illusive than they are now.” She is interested in belief systems, the role of spirituality in art, and the possibility of creating a transcendent object.

“Honour Mack is the fourth in a partnership between the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program and the 511 Gallery. The artists in this program travel to campus where they spend a week or more working closely with the graduate candidates during their intensive eight week stay in Portland. Their activities range from critiques and workshops to film screenings and field trips. In Honour Mack's case the students are able to see a series of new paintings created during Mack's recent sabbatical and engage with her in a dialogue around the work. The experience is always rich for the artist, students, and myself,” says Mack McFarland, Curator and Director of Exhibitions.

Honour Mack
Honour Mack received her Master of Fine Art from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and her Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College in upstate New York. She has received Fellowships to attend the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Vermont Studio Colony in Vermont, and at Chautauqua Institution in New York, and has been a visiting artist and critic at Colby College, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Massachusetts College of Art, University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Mack has exhibited her work in New England and across the United States, including exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, The University of Southern Maine, University of Maine, Colby College Museum of Art, Plymouth State College, and Alpha Gallery in Boston.

About the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
For students unable to commit 18-24 months of their lives to full-time schooling the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program provides a platform to engage in rigorous study with a diverse range of contemporary cultural voices. Students gather on-campus each summer for an eight-week intensive that includes graduate seminars, critiques, studio visits, visiting artist lectures and demonstrations, and intensive periods of studio practice. Each week during the intensive a Visiting Artist or Scholar is hosted by the program introducing MFA students to the breadth of contemporary artistic, scholarly, philosophical and cultural voices. Each summer the Low-Residency MFA also hosts an Artist-in-Residence who works for an extended period within the program.

The Fall and Spring semesters are periods of deeper contemplation and productivity during which the MFA students work off-site in their personal studios to incorporate the ideas and insights gained from the Summer into their studio practice, research, and writing. The MFA Chair assists in the selection of a local mentor for these semesters, an expert in the student’s area of focus who will provide guidance and support while maintaining the rigorous standards of the program. This mentorship is an integral component of the program bringing diversity, richness and depth of experience to the MFA candidates.

During five days in January, students meet on campus for Winter reviews during which they receive feedback on work produced during the Fall and engage in intensive seminars and short workshops.

About PNCA
As Oregon’s flagship 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 ten concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.