PNCA Welcomes Kristin Rogers Brown as new Department Head of the Graphic Design program

July 02, 2018

Headshot of Kristin Rogers Brown


July 2, 2018
Contact: Lisa Radon,

Portland, OR—July 2, 2018—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is delighted to welcome Kristin Rogers Brown as the new Department Head for the undergraduate Graphic Design program. Creative director, designer, and educator, the award-winning Rogers-Brown has been assistant professor in charge of PNCA's Illustration Advanced Studio in addition to teaching communication and collaborative design courses. She has also been in demand as a for mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students during thesis.

For the last eight years, Rogers Brown has served as the art director for Bitch Media, an independent media organization whose mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful, feminist response to mainstream media and pop culture. There she collaborated with top illustrators while opening doors for many emerging illustrators and designers from PNCA and beyond. 

Rogers Brown has also been a community leader in Portland’s sustainable design and design community serving as vice president of AIGA Portland (the professional organization for design) and collaborating on projects including AIGA Portland's SHIFT, the social change project Design for Good; the Exploregon zine project; regional environmental art magazine Bear Deluxe; Worldstudio's Urban Forest Project; and Design Week Portland. She generously shares her experience and expertise while convening conversations around topics such as sustainability and gender equity in design occupations.

PNCA’s Search Committee enthusiastically cited Rogers Brown’s pedagogical vision and experience, her wide-ranging professional practice, her vibrant communication skills, and her ability to inspire students and colleagues alike. 

Rogers Brown calls herself an "amplifier of talent" within the classroom, in her professional work, and as she bridges gaps between pedagogy and practice.  She encourages learning by doing, regularly bringing professional studio work into her classes to create a culture of experimentation and a smoother transition into working life.

“There's some really ambitious, rich conceptual work happening at PNCA, and I want to make sure students are able to apply that kind of thinking beyond this community in practical ways,” says Rogers Brown. “Our environment should foster a resourceful, hybrid practice and allow students to take risks in this 'incubator' that we have here, to create relevant, applicable design work.”

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.