Pacific Northwest College of Art
- "PNCA" redirects here. For the Pakistani arts organization, see Pakistan National Council of the Arts.
|Pacific Northwest College of Art|
Bike parking at PNCA
|Academic staff||120 full and part-time|
|Location||Portland, Oregon, United States
|Affiliations||AICAD, AAC&U, ACE, NAICU, CHEA, ARC NW, OICA, FATE|
The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is a private fine art and design college in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1909, the art school grants bachelor of fine arts degrees and master of fine arts degrees (MFA) and has an enrollment of about 550 students. PNCA actively participates in Portland's cultural life through a vibrant public program of exhibitions, lectures, and internationally recognized visual artists, designers, and creative thinkers. Thomas Manley serves as the school's president.
The college has eleven Bachelor of Fine Arts majors: Animated Arts, Communication Design, General Fine Arts, Illustration, Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video and Sound, and Writing; and five Master's programs: a mentor-based MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, an MFA in Applied Craft and Design, and an MFA in Collaborative Design. PNCA also provides continuing education in art and design to the local community.
PNCA was founded in 1909 as the "The Museum Art School," part of the Portland Art Museum. In 1980 the college changed its name to reflect its independence from the museum. In April 1994, the school formally split from the art museum to become the Pacific Northwest College of Art, a fully independent institution. In 1998, the college moved to its present campus in Portland's Pearl District.
PNCA hired Thomas Manley in 2003 as president of the institution, replacing Sally Lawrence. The school purchased the building housing the college in 2008, and also that year was given the 511 Federal Building by the federal government as part of a surplus building program. In 2012, the school announced they would centralize their programs in Portland's Old Town at the 511 Federal Building. PNCA opened their first residence hall in August 2013 at a cost of $7.3 million, called ArtHouse. As part of its move to the Old Town area, the college sold its main building in the Pearl District in 2013 for $11.75 million. The school secured $20 million in loans from the Portland Development Commission in November 2013 to fund the renovations.
Campus and facilities
PNCA is primarily located in a cluster of warehouse buildings in northwest Portland, in the Pearl District. The primary campus building at 1241 NW Johnson Street and ancillary teaching facilities in nearby buildings total over 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2).
In March, 2008, PNCA announced the U.S. Department of Education and the General Services Administration approved PNCA's application to make the 511 Federal Building a permanent part of the school's campus. Located on the North Park Blocks, the building is slated to be renovated for use by the college by 2015. Once the $30 million in renovations are complete, the building will be renamed as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon's oldest cultural institutions. Located at 724 NW Davis Street on the North Park Blocks in Portland's Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program. In January 2009, the board of the Museum of Contemporary Craft and PNCA's board of Governors agreed to a partnership between the two organizations.
The campus galleries, exhibiting work by student and professional artists, include: Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, curated by Mack McFarland, Higgins Gallery, Manuel Izquierdo Sculpture Gallery, BFA Gallery, MFA Gallery, Gallery 214, Corner Gallery (Printmaking/Photography), the Swigert Commons, InFlux Gallery, the Charles Voorhies Fine Art Library gallery spaces. Additionally Museum of Contemporary Craft and The Lodge Gallery @ Allied Works Architecture host regular exhibitions.
Programs and degrees
- BFA in the following majors: Animated Arts, Communication Design, General Fine Arts, Illustration, Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video and Sound, and Writing
- MFA in Visual Studies
- MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
- Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
- MFA in Collaborative Design
- MFA in Applied Craft + Design (joined degree) with OCAC (Oregon College of Art and Craft)
- BFA/BA with Reed College
- Continuing Education Program
- Certificate Program: Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration
Global Studios offers off-campus educational opportunities within the United States and abroad. It includes short-term International Instructor-led Programs, International Summer Programs and International Internships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; Dakar, Senegal; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Parma, Italy; London, England; and Pont-Aven, France. The semester-long programs include International Semester Exchange, Service Learning, AICAD Mobility Program, and New York Studio Program. International Semester Exchanges take place in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and Malaysia.
PNCA employs 29 full-time faculty (nine tenured), 91 part-time faculty, and a large number of continuing education faculty. All faculty are working artists and designers, many showing both nationally and internationally. Founding chair of the MFA in Visual Studies program MK Guth was curated into the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Current MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, has been curated into New American Paintings by Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum.
PNCA supports a fully functioning professional design firm, operated by the students and their mentors, the or C4D. This firm, operated in a separate satellite commercial space, works to execute professional design projects for its clients. The client provides funding for production costs and the students receive a portfolio filled with actual design work and a working client list.
There are currently 446 full-time students enrolled in PNCA's BFA program and 105 graduate students. The continuing education program serves more than 1,450 students part-time per year. 80 students currently reside in the PNCA housing, Goose Hollow.
PNCA is led by Thomas Manley, an expert in Asian studies and an art collector. Manley has brought about advances in contemporary art education including his innovative Global Studios courses. Manley, a 22-year veteran of the Claremont Colleges, primarily Pitzer College, has expanded the college both physically and academically. He negotiated with the federal government to secure the historic 511 Federal Building that allowed the campus facility to double in size.
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- American Council on Education (ACE)
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
- Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling (PNACAC)
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- Art Resources Consortium Northwest (ARC NW)
- Oregon Independent College Association (OICA)
- Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)
- As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 17, 2012. p. 21. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- "Centennial". About. PNCA. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- Culverwell, Wendy (May 3, 2012). "Manley leading PNCA's Old Town charge". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- Hottman, Sara (August 28, 2013). "Pacific Northwest College of Art's new student housing designed with visual artists in mind". The Oregonian. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- Njus, Elliot (October 1, 2013). "Pacific Northwest College of Art building sold to Security Properties of Seattle". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- Njus, Elliot (November 13, 2013). "Portland Development Commission approves $20 million loan package for Pacific Northwest College of Art headquarters". The Oregonian. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- The 511 NW Broadway Building brings to PNCA and the State of Oregon a distinctive resource
- Njus, Elliot (June 2, 2012). "Pacific Northwest College of Art unveils $30 million renovation plan for 511 Building". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
- "Craft is a Verb". American Craft. December/January 2012. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "The Pacific Northwest College of Art takes over the Museum of Contemporary Craft". The Oregonian. January 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- "New Yorkers Connect with MK Guth". The Oregonian.
- Pacific Northwest College of Art
- PNCA readies Old Town post office for big move - Portland Business Journal