Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Boundary Crossings 2009 student Liz Harris manipulates film.
Photo: Matthew Wright.
May 29, 2011
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Boundary Crossings
An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts
July 18–29, 2011


Register now for this two-week innovative institute, which explores the emerging field of animated arts through hands-on making, infused theory, screenings, exhibitions and collaborations with visual artists across disciplines. The Institute concludes with a site-specific exhibition opening featuring work from the Institute’s two strands–Gizmos and Gadgets and Animating Public Space–that spills out of the PNCA campus and activates the surrounding neighborhood.

Featuring an international panel of teachers, Boundary Crossings 2011 extends exploration with two strands: Animating Public Space, where students engage the medium of animation to make work that cohabits in architectural space, and Gizmos and Gadgets, where students incorporate principles of animation as a medium for fabricating moving devices that expand notions of sequential imaging.


Along with two weeks of immersion in contemporary animated arts, participants take in a rich array of programming that includes:
Panel discussion featuring Norman Klein, institute scholar
Gallery talk focused on the concurrent PNCA exhibition
Special opening of Pre-Nostalgic, a large-scale animated installation by Portland’s DripDrop collective
Film screening of animated works by Marina Zurkow, Marieke Verbiesen, Duncan Malashock, Lorelei Pepi and Rose Bond.

Register now for Boundary Crossings 2011: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts.


Summer Institute in Collaborative Design
August 15–18, 2011


The Summer Institute in Collaborative Design allows participants to assemble transdisciplinary resources and practice emerging methods for creating successful collaborative design engagements. A series of four workshops introduces novel design strategies and methods for engagement to address design challenges such as resource depletion, emerging technologies, climate change and global demographic shifts. These complex and multifaceted problems typically elude full resolution and can produce collateral costs when approached from within (as opposed to across) disciplines.


A mentor considered an innovator in their field leads each day-long workshop. Institute presenters and mentors include Carl DiSalvo, Cathrine Kramer, Sara Wylie and Tad Hirsch. To begin each workshop, lead mentors will present exemplary design practices and projects, exposing participants to some of the emerging methods in collaborative design. Mentors will then lead participants in highly interactive exercises that model team-based strategies for addressing wicked problems.


The Institute is hosted by PNCA’s new MFA in Collaborative Design: Design Ecologies, Systems Thinking and Cultural Entrepreneurship.


Register now for the Summer Institute in Collaborative Design.


About Pacific Northwest College of Art


Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies and an MFA in Collaborative Design, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with the Oregon College of Art and Craft. 

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit


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