MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

CT+CR archival photograph.
July 30, 2015
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

511 NW Broadway
Portland OR 97209

The Faculty of PNCA’s MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research program congratulate the 16 members of the Class of 2015 on the successful completion of their research theses:

Sarah Jo Akers
“How to Design a Guilty Pleasure”

Leon-Miguel Santos Cerdeña  
“Towards an Integral Media Ecology”

Daniel James Cloyd
“Cloud and Aura: A Digital Perspective”

Drake Elizabeth Ewing
“Teaching in Spheres: A Manifesto”

Kyla Renee Foster
“Image/Text: The Mark of a Caesura in Contemporary Art”

Joseph Raymond Glode
“In Defense of Documentary Photography: Three Essays”

Esmé Elizabeth Hogeveen
“She Makes up Her Mind: Female Scrutiny as a Paradigm of Visual Judgment”

Sarah Marie Sophie Marguier
“Island Archive: The Paradoxes of Oblivion in Contemporary Immersive Art”

Delaram Anaram Moradpour
“Aesthetic Intransigence, False Courage: An Insider’s Critique of Contemporary Iranian Art”

Oliver Maxwell Maly Muchmore
“When Horror Imagines Soil: Mediating the Ecological Unthinkable”

Sara Nicole Nyquist 
Irrealis Mundi: On the Eccentric Temporality of Anticipation”

Cristal Azul Otero
“Regarding the Form Called Woman: Plasticity, Planarity, Plenitude, Pleasure”

Wesley Roundtree
“The Arrest of the Image; Or, Stop in the Name of the Real (Banksy Gives You a Piece of His Mind)”

Miles David Sarvis-Wilburn
“Beyond Functionalism: Towards a Posthistorical Politics”

Lisa Genene Siewert
“In Defense of the Intuitively Obvious”

Victoria Jean Smith
“Quote Culture and the Community of Mind: Towards a Critique of the Quippie”


About the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research  
The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research (CT+CR), the first of its kind in the U.S., is an accelerated, 45-credit, seminar-based program (one year + summer intensive) that prepares students for opportunities at the intersection of art, theory and research. Located in a major center of creative risk-taking and social experimentation, the program combines the study of critical theory as a mode of sociopolitical critique concerning human meaning and agency with creative research as a largely process-driven form of inquiry, forcing both theory and research in new directions within the context of a 21st-century art school. Under the direction of Founding Co-Chairs Anne-Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders, the program is devoted to people, ideas, and a rethinking of the present and future of cultural production; of arts-based research and research-based arts; of curatorial practice, documentary and the archive; and of social and political reconfiguration in relation to major sites of contemporary contestation. See for details.

For more information, please contact the Chairs at [email protected] and [email protected].

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. For more information, visit the PNCA website.

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