Joanna Powell, July 13, 6 - 8 pm

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies welcomes Joanna Powell to lecture on her work. Powell comes to PNCA as a Visiting Artist for the Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies program’s summer intensive.

Joanna Powell (b.1981,Dallas,TX) received a BFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas(2008) and received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2012). Powell has exhibited her work throughout the United States including The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena; Showpen Gallery, Denver; and the Center for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2011, she was a LEAP finalist at The Center for Contemporary Craft. Powell was a finalist in the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics and received Honorable Mention. From 2013-2015 she was a long term-resident at The Archie Bray Foundation. Recently, she was named a 2015 NCECA Emerging Artist. From 2015-2016 she was an Artist-In- Residence at Kansas State University and taught ceramics. Currently she is a full-time studio artist in Helena, Montana.

—Bio and image provided by artist.

You can find information about Joanna Powell here:

2015 NCECA Emerging Artist – Joanna Powell:

Ceramic Artists Now Article

— Research blog post by Gerardo Vargas, 2016 Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies candidate.

Steve Locke, July 6, 6-8 pm

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Program is pleased to welcome Steve Locke to lecture about his work. Locke is a Visiting Artist for Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies, a seminal component of the program’s summer intensive.

STEVE LOCKE (b. 1963, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is a Boston-based artist, raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received a B.S. in 1984 from Boston University, a B.F.A. in 1997 and an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002. He has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Art Matters Foundation, and the LEF Foundation Contemporary Work Fund Grant. His solo exhibition, there is no one left to blame, was curated by Helen Molesworth for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. This show traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and was on view through July 2014, and coincided with the publication of the artists first monograph by the same title. He is represented by Samsøñ in Boston, MA. He has had solo exhibitions with Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo, Brasil and a solo project at VOLTA 5 in Basel, Switzerland. He has been included in group shows in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Savannah, Seattle, Sao Paulo and Beijing. His work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art New England, JUXTAPOZ, The Boston Globe, and The New Yorker. He writes the blog, Mr. Locke is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

You can find information about work related to Locke in the following books from our collection:

Wet – N 72 .F45 S36 1997

Headmaster No.2 – TR 674 .H43 2011 vol.2

Learn more about Steve Locke and his work:
Steve Locke’s watercolors at New American Paintings

— research blog post by Richard S Boswell

Shana Moulton, June 29, 6-8 pm

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies welcomes Shana Moulton to lecture on her work. Moulton comes to PNCA as a Visiting Artist for the Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies program’s summer intensive.

Shana Moulton creates performance and video works that examine bodily and spiritual anxieties and their relationship to popular culture, self-help goods and functionless consumer objects. In her works, Moulton creates surreal narratives about the life of Cynthia, a woman trapped in a mundane life searching for enlightenment. Cynthia engages in pathetic situations that become playful and profound. Using visual and aural displacements to create narrative twists, Moulton reveals the strangeness of reality and an endless labyrinth of associations that can be drawn from the trashiest of media and consumer goods. Through her banal home decorations, Cynthia searches for fulfillment, purpose and salvation. Her struggles with the mundane, the eclectic and the disposable, offer a unique perspective on the relationship between spirituality and consumerism in contemporary society.
—Bio and image provided by artist.

You can find information about Moulton in the following resources from our collection:
Futurist life reduxDVD NX 456.5 .F8 2011

SFMOMA and Portland Green Cultural Projects ; produced by Performa.

The first Futurist film ever made, “Vita Futurista” was created in 1916 by Arnaldo Ginna and other artists. The only known copy of this film is lost. Now, an extraordinary group of contemporary film and video artists create a brand new version for the twenty-first century.

Cartune XprezDVD PN 6727 .C374 2008

A collection of fifteen animated short and loop films created by animators from around the world.

J&L Video #1DVD N 6498 .V53 J22 2007

Short live action and animated films.


Moving Image — NX 650 .M64 M68 2015

edited by Omar Kholeif.

This anthology examines the expanded field of the moving image in recent art, tracing the genealogies of contemporary moving image work in performance, body art, experimental film, installation, and site-specific art from the 1960s onwards.

Learn more about Shana Moulton and her work
Shana Moulton on Art 21
View her Whispering Pines project on Creative Capital.
Shana Moulton interview with Frieze / The New York-based artist talks about character, the west coast, process and slime.

— Research blog post by Harrison Creech

(NOTE: lecture cancelled)

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Tannaz Farsi, June 22, 6-8 pm

The Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies welcomes Tannaz Farsi to lecture on her work. Farsi comes to PNCA as a Visiting Artist for the Low-Res MFA in Visual Studies program’s summer intensive.
Utilizing the language and history of sculpture, installation, and conceptual art practices,Tannaz Farsi’s work highlights and re-presents objects and images that contextually start from a collective experience found in the current news or within the milieu of our cultural archive. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, (Portland, Oregon), Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center (Portland, OR), Pitzer Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH.) She has been granted residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ucross Foundation, the McDowell Colony and Santa Fe Art Institute. Born in Iran, Tannaz Farsi lives and works in Eugene, Oregon where she is faculty at the University of Oregon.
—Bio and image provided by artist.

You can find information about Farsi in the following books from our collection:
The 9th Northwest biennial catalog — N 6512.5 .T33 2009
The exhibition catalog for the Northwest Biennial held in Tacoma, Washington in 2009.

The long now — N 6537 .L66 U55 2012
A catalog for an exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art held from January 21 – April 8, 2012.

Learn more about Tannaz Farsi and her work
Tannaz Farsi on Oregon ArtBeat
tannaz farsi: the formal absences of precious things: The third of the 2008 Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series at the Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
Download a podcast from her residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska in 2009.

Closed Monday, May 30th

We will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.



Recently, the PNCA Library was lucky to have a visit from Marshall Weber of Booklyn, Inc. Booklyn is an artist-run, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and dispersing artist books and print collections. Weber and the folks at Booklyn work with libraries, museums, and educational institutions around the world to make these objects available to the public.

Booklyn currently places a particular emphasis on the intersection of art and activism, working with individuals and groups, like Maria Veronica San Martin and Justseeds Artists’ Collective, who explore issues like political oppression, migration, climate change, and war through powerful formal and conceptual experimentation with books, prints, and zines.

We are delighted to announce that we have added one of Booklyn’s publications to our Special Collections: the AIGA award-winning Another Booklyn Chapbook boxed set, featuring the work of Raymond Pettibon, Julia Hall, and Chrissy Legio, among others. Swing by the library soon to see it!

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Bring us some non-perishable food and get rid of your library fines! Amnesty Days are May 1st through 13th. All food goes to our neighbors at Blanchet House.

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