PNCA Welcomes New Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean, Tracey Cockrell

July 01, 2015


July 1, 2015

Lisa Radon
Communications Specialist

PNCA Welcomes New Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean, Tracey Cockrell

Portland, OR — July 1, 2015 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome Tracey Cockrell as new Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean. Cockrell was founding chair of PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies in PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies.

“We are tremendously fortunate to be able to welcome Tracey Cockrell as as Chief Academic Officer. Tracey is well respected by faculty and staff alike and has an intimate understanding of the programs and people, the systems of governance, the strengths and challenges of the institution,” says Tom Manley, President.

Tracey Cockrell came to PNCA as Foundation Chair in 2008, and in 2010 was appointed Associate Academic Dean. She served as Interim Academic Dean in 2011 and in 2012 became the founding Chair of the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies.

“PNCA’s faculty and educational programs are becoming increasingly known for a focus on both critical thinking and for creative articulation in a variety of forms. I am profoundly honored to be working with such high caliber faculty, staff, and students,” says Tracey Cockrell. “Working within and through change is essential not only to the ongoing evolution in arts and design education at large, but is especially vital right here, right now at PNCA. I am delighted to step into this leadership role and to partner with both faculty and administration at this pivotal moment in the transformation of PNCA.”

An interdisciplinary artist, Cockrell has cultivated a studio practice that synthesizes sculpture, experimental music, linguistic theory, and collaborative strategies. She has taught in MFA, BFA, and nonprofit institutions including Maine College of Art and The Crucible. Cockrell received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and her studies have included a fellowship to Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, post-baccalaureate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture Department, and a BA from the College of William and Mary.

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.