Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Summer Lecture series

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Summer Lecture series

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

LRVS MFA students look on as Visiting Artists Richard and Martha Shaw demonstrate a screenprinting method to make ceramic appliques.
April 18, 2014
Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Summer Lecture series

Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon


PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies (LRVS) summer 2014 session includes a Summer Lecture series featuring six talks by visiting artists that are free and open to the public. With the visiting artists listed below, LRVS students will participate in a site-specific project retreat at Leland Iron Works, workshops through the Fashioning Cascadia exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC), studio visits, critiques, and demonstrations with visiting artists and scholars each week.

The Summer Lecture series is held at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis Street, in Portland, Oregon. All lectures are at 6:30pm. 

Vivian Beer
Wednesday, June 25

Shirley Tse, 2014 Low-Residency MFA Artist-in-Residence
Wednesday, July 2

Rhea Combs
Wednesday, July 10

Walter Maciel
Wednesday, July 23

Sean J Patrick Carney
Wednesday, July 30

Avantika Bawa
Wednesday, August 6


PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies is currently accepting applications for admission for 2014. Find out more about how to apply here. International applicants may be eligible for the International Studio Fellowship.

For more information about PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, contact Program Chair Tracey Cockrell by email at [email protected]. 

Check out what current students are up to here.

Here are some of the exciting things going on:
Danielle Foushee, LRVS ’15, received a Signal Fire residency for her spring semester and this past fall her work was featured in the Tool at Hand exhibition at MoCC.

Amanda Wilcox, LRVS ’15, will be spending part of her spring semester conducting research in the Gambia.

Judith Hochman, LRVS ’14, spent part of her fall semester on field trips in NYC.

Jeanne Roderick, LRVS ’14, conducted an independent study in Paris, where she worked with Alexandra Grant and Helene Cixious on a collaborative project.

PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies is designed for the non-traditional student who has an independent creative practice. The program is a 60-credit practice-oriented program. It is structured as an individualized, self-designed, mentor-based program. The low-residency program’s longer degree-completion times, flexible schedules, lower tuition and cost of attendance, and the distance-learning component that does not require students to permanently relocate will make it suitable for those arts professionals, such as teachers, curators, designers, who are already engaged in the professional world as well as those independent artists who are seeking a new career path. 

For students unable to commit 18–24 months of their lives to the rigors of full-time schooling, this program provides a platform to engage in rigorous study and a high-level experience of a diverse range of artistic, scholarly philosophical and cultural voices. The Low-Residency program brings students together on campus each summer for an eight-week session, which include graduate seminars, critique sessions, visiting artist lectures, and intensive periods of studio practice and again each winter for a four-day intensive. 

The fall and spring semesters are periods of deeper contemplation and productivity during which the MFA students work off-site in their personal studios to incorporate the ideas and insights gained from the summer into their studio practice, research, and writing. The MFA Chair assists in the selection of a local mentor for these semesters, an expert in the student’s area of focus, who will provide guidance and support while maintaining the rigorous standards of the program. This mentorship is an integral component of the program, bringing diversity, richness, and depth of experience to the MFA candidates. 


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