Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile: Nan Curtis


A central figure at PNCA and within Portland’s art community, Sculpture Instructor and Artist Nan Curtis discusses her creative practice and her innovative approach to teaching art.

Nan Curtis is a stalwart of the Portland art community and a long-time PNCA faculty member. In both roles, she breaks many molds—of what art can and should be—along with fostering new ideas and definitions of what art is.

Her most recent work explores ideas about home, place, family, childhood, and social relationships. Her October 2009 show with PNCA alumnus Nicolaii Dornstauder at Fourteen30 Contemporary featured simple domestic objects with highly personal associations. Artforum stated that the exhibition “exemplified…some of the best art and literature emerging from the region.”

Smart, brash, and unconventional, Nan Curtis was the College’s Feldman Gallery + Project Space Curator and Director from 2000–2006. She also chaired the Sculpture Department at PNCA for six years and has taught here for over 14 years.

Curtis has exhibited both nationally and internationally in: Bellevue Art Museum, WA; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; FAARM Gallery, PA; ConsolidatedWorks, Seattle, WA; RSDS at the Nottdance Festival, Nottingham, England; Melbourne Art Center, Melbourne, Australia; and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Curtis received her BA from the College of Wooster and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati. She is Assistant Professor in Foundation and Sculpture at PNCA.

by Leah Bobal
Videography by David Roos '10 Nan Curtis interviewed by Katherine Bovee Special thanks to Fourteen30 Contemporary

— Posted on 04/01 at 04:24 PM

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