Fall 2009 Graduate Lectures


An archive of video and audio podcasts from MFA Visual Studies and MFA Applied Craft and Design Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture series invited twelve architects, artists, critics, designers and scholars to Portland this fall. Lectures are an integral part of PNCA’s two graduate programs, the MFA in Visual Studies and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Steve Badanes
MFA in Applied Craft and Design Lecture | September 2, 2009
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Renowned design build specialist Steve Badanes delivered the first lecture if the series at the MFA Applied Craft and Design Studios at the Bison Building. Badanes is a founding member of Jersey Devil, a design/build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures. He is also a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Architecture.


Ward Shelley
MFA in Visual Studies | September 24, 2009
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Brooklyn-based artist Ward Shelley delivered the first lecture presented by the MFA in Visual Studies program at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Shelley specializes in large-scale projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Over the last five years, Shelley has concentrated on bizarre functioning architectural pieces in which he lives and works during the exhibition, monitored with live surveillance video equipment. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Martin Kersels
MFA in Visual Studies Lecture | October 8, 2009
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Los Angeles-based artist Martin Kersels has long used art as a forum for wrestling with the limitations and possibilities of being a fully embodied, sentient and emotional being. He employs a range of media, from sculpture and photography to video and performance. He has worked on staff at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Art Department, and currently serves as a faculty member and co-director of the art program at the California Institute of the Arts. Kersles was recently selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.


Alix Pearlstein
MFA in Visual Studies | October 14, 2009
Audio Podcast
Alix Pearlstein uses everyday objects, pop cultural artifacts, and art historical references to create narrative meaning through association. Characterized by deadpan humor and a minimalist aesthetic, Pearlstein’s approach is direct and intimate. Her videotapes engage in wry, self-conscious renderings of icons of style, gender, media, and art historical Modernism. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Biennale de Lyon, France; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kunstverein, Cologne; S.M.A.K., Ghent, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at The Kitchen, NYC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Postmasters Gallery and Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York; and The Grossman Gallery, School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Kate Gilmore
MFA in Visual Studies | October 15, 2009
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Kate Gilmore received her MFA (2002) at the School of Visual Arts, New York and BA (1997) at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She currently has a solo exhibition at Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, and last year, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas, Artspace San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, Maisterravalbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain, and CESAC Centro Sperimentale Per Le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy. She is represented by Smith-Stewart Gallery in New York. Gilmore was recently selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Zahid Sardar
MFA in Applied Craft and Design | October 22, 2009
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Zahid Sardar, San Francisco Chronicle Design Editor, presented Material World: The Currency of Craft. Sardar is the author and designer of New Garden Design and San Francisco Modern. He has written about architecture, interiors, craft and design for the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Chronicle where, for 20 years, he has held various titles including Architecture & Design Editor for the Chronicle magazine and most recently, San Francisco Chronicle Design Editor.

Ellen Dissanayake
MFA in Applied Craft and Design | October 29, 2009
Audio Podcast
The writings of independent scholar, author, and lecturer Ellen Dissanayake synthesize many disciplines and draw upon 15 years of living and working in non-Western countries. Her Darwinian viewpoint provides a broader understanding of the arts than is customary in most theoretical approaches: the arts are integral to human nature and they evolved to help individuals adapt to their physical and social environments. Dissanayake is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Aly Khalifa
MFA in Applied Craft and Design | November 12, 2009
Audio Podcast
Aly Khalifa started Gamil Design in October of 1995 to combine his talents of design, engineering and product development. Khalifa has worked in plastic, fabric and metal in the consumer products, sporting good and medical equipment industries and has been a Visiting Professor at North Carolina State University School of Design. He is founder of the creative collaborative Designbox.

Nina Katchadourian
MFA in Visual Studies | November 19, 2009
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Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian presents a lecture about her work in photography, sculptures, video and sound. Pieces discussed include Accent Elimination, GIFT/GIFT, The Mended Spiderwebs Series, Natural Car Alarms, Office Semaphor, Talking Popcorn and Zoo. Katchadourian’s work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. Katchadourian is represented by Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York and Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.


Sandow Birk
MFA in Visual Studies | December 2, 2009
Audio Podcast Coming Soon
Artist Sandow Birk discussed the exhibition of Depravities of War and American Qur’an in the Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA. Birk is a well-traveled graduate of the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works have dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding.


Laura Parnes
MFA in Visual Studies | December 10, 2009
Audio Podcast
Laura Parnes’ videos and installations are informed by traditions and genres in both narrative film and video art, and seek to blur the lines between conventions of story telling and experimentation. Her most recent work, “Blood and Guts in High School” was named in the Village Voice as a top-10 experimental film/video for 2005. She has taught at New York University and The New School. She joined Bennington faculty in fall of 2004. She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally.

— Posted on 12/15 at 02:15 PM

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