Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts

Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

May 20, 2011
Boundary Crossings: An Institute in Contemporary Animated Arts

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.


Building off the success of Boundary Crossings 2009, which featured an international panel of teachers, Boundary Crossings 2011 extends its 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.


Norman Klein, author of Seven Minutes: the Life and Death of the American Cartoon and Vatican to Vegas: a History of Special Effects, is the Institute scholar, sharing ideas of embedded media and scripted spaces. New York-based media artist Marina Zurkow teams with Rose Bond for the Animating Public Space strand; and experimental animator and interdisciplinary artist Lorelei Pepi joins PNCA’s celebrated sculpture/performance artist David Eckard as co-teachers for Gizmos and Gadgets.


I have always been a storyteller, and within my oil paintings, the stories are dark and uncertain. Devising Narratives (Boundary Crossings 2009) with Paul Wells was really an exceptional experience for me. I have always been interested in ways to explain a situation as it moved through some sort of physical, as well as metaphysical space. Whether a simple idea is less sophisticated than a complex one, is up to the individual, but in my case, within the complexity, I began to see possibilities of something I have been after for many years. I only wish the class had gone on longer.
Sally Cleveland, painter, PNCA faculty member, Alum Boundary Crossings ’09


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
Gallery talk focused on the concurrent PNCA exhibition Re-situated Animation
Special opening of Pre-Nostalgia, a large-scale animated installation by Portland’s Drip Drop 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.


Learn more about a BFA in Contemporary Animated Arts and PNCA Continuing Education‘s animation class offerings.


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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