Bellwether: MFA Visual Studies Thesis
Heavy Light: first-year exhibition

Bellwether: MFA Visual Studies Thesis
Heavy Light: first-year exhibition

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Left: MFA 2014 Thesis candidate Mark Palmen. Right: MFA 2015 Thesis candidate Annie Oldenburg. Image courtesy of Pacific Northwest College of Art.
May 13, 2014
Bellwether: MFA Visual Studies ThesisHeavy Light: first-year exhibition

MFA in Visual Studies Thesis exhibition
May 25–June 13, 2014
Opening: May 25, 6–9pm

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, Oregon 97209

Bellwether encompasses work by the 2014 graduating class from the MFA in Visual Studies program this May, including Sarah Abbott, Stephanie Brachmann, Mary Mac Dahlke, John Dougherty, Mario Gallucci, Thomas Gamble, Jonathan Gann, Michael Horwitz, Leif Lee, Travis Nikolai, Mark Palmen, Anya Roberts-Toney, Lauren Seiffert, Jessie Spiess, Rachel Wolf, Richard York, and Stephanie Yu.


Heavy Light
MFA in Visual Studies first-year exhibition
July 5–July 28
Opening: July 5, 6:30–9pm
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

Including 2015 MFA candidates Maria Davidoff, Lucas Haley, Evan Isoline, Candace Jahn, Marisa Lee, Kelly McGovern, Jung Min, Bertrand Morin, Annie Oldenburg, Nicholas Patton, Katie Piatt, Micah Schmelzer, and V2R2.


PNCA’s Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies is a 60-credit, two-year studio program that is multi-disciplinary and mentor-based. The flexible character of this kind of program allows students to work within a singular discipline (traditional painting, for example) or to pursue a combined practice that bridges disciplines and media. This generalist structure compliments PNCA’s educational philosophy of supporting independent inquiry and encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue. Our students also benefit from a dynamic national and international roster of visiting artists, curators and scholars.

Graduate work at PNCA offers motivated students the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the faculty and arts community. In our mentor-based program students are connected with a studio practitioner or scholar who provides one-on-one support and guidance for their disciplinary practice. Mentors are chosen to match the focus and concerns of the individual student. The mentor relationship provides the backbone of our program, and participating faculty and community members bring diversity, richness and depth of knowledge to our MFA candidates. The mentorship in combination with a required curriculum and elective offerings provides a supportive and rigorous MFA experience. The MFA in Visual Studies studios are the epicenter of making and an energetic site of art discourse. 

1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209

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