On view through June 12, PNCA’s 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition is ambitious in scope, spanning three exhibition spaces and encompassing immersive installations, textile explorations, and participatory projects; large-scale paintings, experimental photography, and intermedia objects; video and sound works, performance, and design projects.

Throughout the past two years of uncertainty, uprising, and crisis occurring in Portland and in the world at large, these artists, designers, and makers formed networks of care. This cohort of MFA candidates learned flexibility and adaptability under shifting circumstances and proved that art is a means of resilience and survival. This exhibition is more than the individual works on display; it represents the “care webs” formed between students, faculty, and mentors, along with their processes, materials, plants, and animals. We can learn from these artists how to make a present and future that is restorative and fosters more radical vulnerability, creativity, and interdependence.

Dr. Shawna Lipton, Academic Director of Graduate Studies, PNCA

PNCA’s MA and MFA programs support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, student-centered pedagogy, and one-on-one mentorship. Graduate study is supported by a broad network of peers, faculty, visiting artists, writers, and scholars, as well as community partners.

Located in Portland, Oregon, a creative urban center surrounded by natural beauty, PNCA offers eight programs of graduate study: MFA in Visual Studies, MFA in Applied Craft + Design, MFA in Print Media, MFA in Collaborative Design, MA in Design Systems, MA in Critical Studies, and low-residency MFA programs in Visual Studies and Creative Writing.

To get in touch and learn more about these graduate programs, visit admissions.pnca.edu.

Support for the MFA Thesis Exhibition has been made possible through partnerships with CCAC, Pearl District Portfolio, Stelo Arts, and Allie Furlotti.

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