The Voices of PNCA — 2013
PNCA faculty member Kate Copeland has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to India during Fall 2013. She’s currently teaching workshops at M.S. University of Baroda, guest lecturing at nearby institutions, pursuing her own creative projects, and occasionally riding scooters.
As you check out the blog below, please note that this isn’t an official U.S. Department of State website. All content is the sole creation and property of Kate Copeland unless otherwise noted. The content doesn’t represent the viewpoints of the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Dept. of State. The photo above was taken by Dan Kvitka.
Painting major Mary Weisenburger ’15 investigates life as a working artist in York, United Kingdom while attending York St. John University. She’s packed all her oil painting gear (and not much else!) and is ready to embark on creating a series of work during her stay, blending together her western aesthetics with the English culture.
The curatorial and behind-the-scenes blog of the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Modou Dieng, Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing, and nine PNCA students travel to Europe on a summer 2013 Global Studios trip. Follow them on their blog as they explore art and life in Venice and Milan, Italy and Basel, Switzerland, and visit the 2013 Venice Bienniale and Art Basel.
Sarah Cloutier (Illustration ’12), a.k.a. “Rah,” heads to New York City and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) to show and demonstrate her Bootstrap Homes, which were initially developed as her 2012 PNCA Thesis Project.
Bootstrap Homes are miniature homes on wheels, designed for homeless people to live in while they get back on their feet. They are easy to build (and repair) with simple tools and local, cheap materials. For $300, they provide basics of living such as a stove, sink, and safe storage space. Perhaps most importantly, they are legal space to exist, since they evade the camping and sit-lie ordinances. They provide autonomy and agency, and reject obnoxious, bureaucracy-heavy policing: the only rules are ‘Don’t ruin it for everyone else’ and ‘Pass it on when you’re done.’
Building tracks PNCA’s campus expansion with a vision of a new campus centered on Portland’s North Park Blocks.
“We claim the bowl in the name of craft.”
The concept: Object Focus: The Bowl. On the surface, the bowl is deceptively easy form, but objects that occupy daily lives often can be the most challenging to present, analyze, and consider in a museum environment. How can the museum exhibition be used as a platform to bring discussions relating to the cultural history and value of the bowl together with notions related to its everyday use in dining, communal sharing, and food preparation? How can craft be employed explore the production, aesthetic, and cultural significance of the bowl in contemporary culture?
Object Focus: The Bowl, Part 1 opens March 7 in the Collections Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft
Christina Conant ’11 blogs about the developing art residency/enrichment program at Lee Kelly’s Oregon City home and studio, Leland Iron Works.
Devin Amato ’15 sketch-blogs for PNCA’s Untitled Magazine with a regular series of autobiographical comics that show an honest – and thus sometimes unflattering – portrait of one man’s life. His relatable yet critical comics highlight details and situations familiar to the everyday life of the art student. Amato is a Illustration major and comics artist. His most recent book, “The Unfortunate Sir Roger Keene” was released by Pony Club in Fall 2012.
Through the MFA in Applied Craft and Design blog you can travel to the Starn’s brothers “Big Bambu” on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a student spends an internship helping to craft the floating bamboo palace; take a trip to Alabama to Butch Anthony’s 80 acre folk art compound and his own Museum of Wonder or peek ino the MFA studios where students harness hybrid strategies in creating work that addresses social, economic and environmental issues.
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