New campus flagship

New campus flagship

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Image courtesy of Pacific Northwest College of Art.
February 26, 2015
New campus flagship

March 15, 2015, 6–9pm

511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97202

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) throws open its doors to the public First Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6 to 9pm with exhibitions and installations throughout its new campus flagship in downtown Portland, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

PNCA’s new home on Portland’s North Park Blocks is a historic Federal Building re-imagined with a striking contemporary interior by award-winning architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture. The generous design offers PNCA’s ten undergraduate and five graduate programs light-filled studios and gathering spaces, state of the art media labs with Mediatheque black box theater for time-based art, and eight exhibition spaces, including project spaces, galleries, and critique spaces in the tower.

The design, centered around a new 2.5 story glass-roofed atrium, brings natural light into nearly every working space in the building by opening existing skylights such as the enormous sawtooth skylights in the New Commons.

PNCA’s new 511 Gallery presents Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the first retrospective of the work of this print cooperative of 30 artists focused on work with a radical social, environmental, and political stance. There will be an exhibition of work by PNCA students, alumni, and faculty who participated in the 2014 Wendover Residency at Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) in Utah. And there will be exhibitions of student art in the main floor Project Spaces, the Graduate Gallery, and New Commons as well as video installations by students and faculty throughout the building.

At PNCA’s Museum of Contemporary Craft, visitors will be able to view an exhibition of more than 200 works of Italian glass, Living With Glass: The Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collections. Also on view is Extra Credit: Students Mine the Collection, an exhibition curated by PNCA students during a two-week winter intensive workshop.

About the 511 Gallery
The 511 Gallery is PNCA’s premier exhibition space for national and international art. Located on the first floor off the main historic corridor of the new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, the 511 Gallery is the primary interface between students and the greater art world.

As a teaching gallery, the 511 Gallery is devoted to enhancing and supporting PNCA’s curriculum, as well as providing an opportunity for students to learn gallery management in a hands-on setting.

About Museum of Contemporary Craft
Founded in 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming, supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, the Museum advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement.

About PNCA
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. Since 2008, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA recently moved into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, flagship of its new campus on Portland’s North Park Blocks.

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