Monday, December 3, 2007

Fall Term Reviews for All!

On Friday, November 30, all first- and second-year MFA students presented their fall quarter research to the faculty and their fellow students. Several presentation styles were in evidence, including some lesser-known powerpoint bells and whistles, as well as flashes of live action. Amy Steele's creative-block-busting moves rounded out the morning, while Cyrus Smith's choreographed celebration brought the day to a festive end. Later, some participants were seen de-briefing at the Candlelight next door. First reports indicate that the single-day format worked well. Feedback on the day's structure is encouraged.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Call for Transmissions

Here's a call for entries worth checking out.  It will
be on display in March/April of next year at NAAU.

Applications due January 15th.

Planning for NYC Trip

Some of you have been asking about plans for our trip to NYC and the Whitney Biennial. This year the biennial (Mar 6-Jun 1) includes a short run of performances and installations at the Park Avenue Armory (Mar 4-Mar 22). To take advantage of that, we are planning to move our trip up to the week before spring break, Mar 18 or 19 - Mar 23 or 24. This is finals week of winter term. Please begin to think about how this will fit into your plans. Also, the Dean's office is interested in some kind of "trip cam" account of your activities so ideas for this are welcome.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Something Else to Check Out This Month

Avant Blog/More Reporting From the Blogosphere

Following up the November "Art in America" article by Peter Plagens titled "Report From the Blogosphere," PNCA will host PORT's Avant Blog. A panel talk which seeks to expand and focus the conversation begun by Plagens. The panel will include: Amy Bernstein of PORT, Jeff Jahn, co-founder of PORT featured in "Report From the Blogosphere," Erin Langner, Communications Assistant at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle and a regular contributor to Hankblog, the Henry Art Gallery’s blog, and Carolyn Zick, blogger at "Dangerous Chunky." Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator Portland Art Museum, will server as moderator.

Thursday, November 29, 7:00 pm, PNCA Commons

Fall Term Reviews

Fall term reviews in Art Building Room 200 on 11/30 9:30-5:30.

All students will be giving 15-minute powerpoint presentations on their work and research for this quarter. Second-year students are expected to re-present their proposals for their exhibition projects.

All MFA students are required to attend the entire session. Undergrads and guests also may attend.


9:30 Posie
9:50 Shelby
10:10 Joel
10:30 Amber
10:50 Kevin
11:10 Kate
11:30 Amy

Noon-1:00 lunch

1:00 Katy
1:20 Steve
1:40 Vanessa
2:00 Varinthorn
2:20 Damien
2:40 Bethany

3:00-3:20 break

3:20 Avalon
3:40 Laurel
4:00 Sandy
4:20 Rebecca
4:40 Cyrus
5:00 Eric

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Avantika Bawa artist lecture this Friday!

Avantika Bawa (ATL) will be speaking about her new project this Friday, November 2 at 3pm in the Autzen Gallery. Bawa is a visual artist, curator, and co-founder of the arts and culture magazine Drain (

Working site-specifically as well as with objects fabricated in her studio, Bawa continues to explore the relationship of these objects with the time and space they occupy. In Sit, Stack Bawa puts the act of drawing into the service of sculptural design so that handmade gestures intimately connect to architectural supports. Functional flat materials such as cardboard and Styrofoam become flexible three-dimensional structures. Bawa's work defines a new territory that allows for subtlety, anti-monumentality and unexpected levels of candor.

Her exhibition Sit, Stack is opening this Saturday Nov. 3 in the Autzen. Please join us for the reception from 5-7p.

Sit, Stack runs from Nov. 3-29, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fall Quarter Tasks for Second-Years

  • Submit three choices for your Exhibition Review Committee adviser and the names of proposed committee members in writing to Pat's mailbox by Friday, November 16.
  • Run your transcript and compare it with the program plan in the 2006/07 MFA handbook; check that current class enrollment is accurate (i.e., you are enrolled in sections for 2nd year students); schedule an advising appointment if you have questions about your transcript.
  • Review and refine your proposal for your Exhibition Project (to be re-presented at fall term review 11/30).
  • Work with Jenene to finalize gallery assignments and schedule for your exhibition projects.
  • Get the lead out.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Other Visiting Artist & Curator Lectures/Gallery Talks

Hugh M. Davies, Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, November 1st, 5:00
Hugh M. Davies, Director of San Diego MOCA and curator of William Kentridge: WEIGHING...and WANTING, Gallery Talk at exhibition opening reception

Larry Rinder, PNCA, Swigert Commons, November 2, 6:30
Larry Rinder is the Dean of the College at the California College of Arts. He has published poetry, fiction and art criticism extensively during his career. Rinder will be lecturing at PNCA for students and faculty on art criticism and education.

Lacy Jane Roberts, Visiting Artist in Textiles, U of O, November 8th, 7:30
Roberts is an accomplished artist and author, recently published in both Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture and Contemporary Art and Sightlines. Her written and visual work surround reimagining craft identities using tactics of queer theory. Roberts received an MFA in Textiles and an MA in Visual Criticism from the California College of the Arts. Her work can be viewed online at

November 13 Lecture: Gary Hill at Reed College

hill lectureRecognized internationally as one of the most important artists of his generation, Gary Hill has been working with electronic media and language since the early 1970s, producing a large body of single-channel video works, mixed-media installations and performance work. He comes to Reed through the Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts. 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall.

Do-Ho Suh, Oregon State University, Corvallis, November 14, 7:oo
Best known for his intricate sculptures that defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity, Suh’s work draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. Whether addressing the dynamic of personal space versus public space, or exploring the fine line between strength in numbers and homogeneity, Do-Ho Suh’s sculptures continually question the identity of the individual in today’s increasingly transnational, global society. Do-Ho Suh represented Korea at the 2001 Venice Biennale. A retrospective of the artist’s work was held jointly at the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum in 2002. Major exhibitions of Suh’s work have also been held at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris (2001), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO (2002-03).

Beth Campbell, PNCA, Swigert Commons, November 15, 6:30 pm
Currently Artist-in-residence at PNCA, Campbell is a New York based artist working with drawing, painting, audio, installation,video and photography to explore the psychology and perception of the self and one’s physical surroundings. Campbell shows with Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York and has had previous solo shows at Roebling Hall in New York, Sandroni Rey Gallery in Los Angeles, Sala Diaz in San Antonio and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She just completed a major project with the Public Art Fund in NYC titled “Potential Store Fronts” and will be included in the upcoming 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Human Pyramid for Coexistence

Exhibition of 2nd-Year Students in the MFA Program, Oct 15-26th, 2007

Emilie-Rose Currin, Shelby Davis, Joel Garcia, Amber Moss-Jensen,
Kevin Nagler, Kate Simmons, Amy Steel

Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall (2nd Floor)
724 SW Harrison Street, Portland OR
Gallery hours M-F 9am-5pm

Closing reception for HPfC and the Scholarship exhibition in the MK Gallery
Friday, Oct 26th, 5-7pm

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Lecture Series

Lecture are Monday evenings at 7:30pm.

Fall Quarter
Oct 1st: Corin Hewitt
Oct 8th: Jean Marie Casbarian
Oct 15th: Allan McCollum
Oct 22nd: Steve Badaness
Oct 29th: Fritz Haeg
Nov 5th: Brad Adkins
Nov 12: Holiday no lecture
Nov 19th: Arthur Bradford
Nov 26th: Jay Boss Rubin

Winter Quarter
Jan 7th: Marc Fisher from Temporary Services
Jan 14th: Amy Franceschini
Jan 21st: Holiday no lecture
Jan 28th: Andrew Dickson
Feb 4th: Kate Pocrass
Feb 11th: Emily Prince
Feb 18th: Center for Land Use Interpretation
Feb 25th: Andrea Bowers
Mar 3rd: Julio Morales
Mar 10th: Anissa Mack

Spring Quarter
Mar 31st: Keegan McHargue
Apr 7th: Hamza Walker
Apr 14th: Marie Watt
Apr 21st: Regine Basha
May 5th: Rebecca Ripple
May 12th: Edgar Heap of Birds
May 19th: Karen Yasinsky
May 26th: Holiday no lecture
June 2nd: Amy Yoes
June 8th: John Malpede

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

mfa student blogs

amy steel --
shelby davis--
kate simmons--
kevin nagler --
amber moss-jensen --
Joel Garcia --
emily rose "posie" currin --
miles goodwin
bethany hays --
Damien Gilley --
Vanessa Calvert --
Laurel Kurtz --
Cyrus Smith --
sandy sampson --
Varinthorn Christopher --
Avalon Kalin --
Katy Asher --
Steve Baggs --
eric m steen --
rebecca shelly --
social practicers --

Monday, October 1, 2007

You've Done Yours, Now We'll See How This Works

As rumored, we will temporarily be using this spot to post program news and other items of interest. Most students have begun their own blogs -- for our purposes, a space to record and share your research on artists and other info pertinent to the development of your work. Those of you who have not yet created a blog, please do so soon.

We had a great start to the term with our trip to Seattle last Friday. Thanks to Harrell for arranging for visits with Marisa Sanchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum and Sculpture Park; Scott Lawrimore; James Harris; Robin Held, Chief Curator at the Frye Museum and Sara Krawjewski, Associate Curator at the Henry Art Gallery. Lots of interesting work and good information.