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!

Summer hours

Summer hours begin 5/14. We will have extended hours from
June 13th – August 5th of:
Mon & Tues: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun: closed

Library Amnesty Days

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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.

Focusing on research and assignments this Focus Week?

We know it’s Focus Week (YAY!) and you have a million, billion fun things to do during lunch, but you may also be using this time to power through some assignments, so… Come visit us at the Reference Desk on the Library Mezzanine this week, Monday – Thursday 12:30 – 2:30.

Image source: Cover of Oregon Where Love is Best, from University of Oregon’s Historic Sheet Music Collection.

Focus Week, Spring 2016!

At PNCA our undergraduates propose and defend their thesis projects and the candidates for the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research present their work during a week we call Focus Week. All classes are canceled to enable all students and faculty to attend sessions. It’s a really exciting week here with lunch-time workshops, performances, and other fun. Focus Week begins now!

Pleas join us!

Click HERE to view the schedule.


Earth Day, 2016

Earth rising above the moon on Dec. 24, 1968. Credits: NASA/Bill Anders

Here’s an article at NASA about how astronaut photography changed the way we see the Earth. Images from space exploration are some of my most favorite!

Departure / Arrival at PNCA

Thursday, April 21 4–7pm / PNCA / 511 NW Broadway
Come to a PNCA open house and Design Arts Senior Portfolio show in conjunction with Design Week Portland 2016!

Join the Communication Design and Illustration students for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while viewing an exhibition of their work including Departure / Arrival, the second annual senior portfolio show.

Check out PNCA Design and Illustration on Tumblr and Instagram.
Design on Tumblr
Illustration on Tumblr
Design on Instagram
Illustration on Instagram

Typefest, oh la la.

In conjunction with Design Week Portland 2016, and taking place at PNCA, AIGA Portland hosts Typefest, a two-day festival of typography and design.

Graphics by Marlowe Dobbe ’16 in partnership with AIGA, as part of a collaboration with Kristin Rogers Brown’s Advanced Illustration Studio class and Thomas Cobb’s Advanced Studio class in Communication Design.

The PNCA library has tons of great books on typography, so come check them out!

Stay tuned for more on Design Week Portland at PNCA.

Welcome, SGCI!

letterpress lantern and mushrooms bookplate

Ex Libris Pacific Northwest (my first multicolor letterpress!)

The PNCA library loves printmakers and printmaking! Please come take a look at our beautiful new space if you’re here at PNCA for the Southern Graphics Council International conference this week.

Here are the demos happening around campus:


  • Dead Matter Mobile Press / Live Printing / In Front of PNCA / 11:00-4:00 (Dead Matter Mobile Press is run by current students and recent graduates from PNCA.)
  • Nature’s Intent / Project / Mediatheque / 11:00-5:00
  • At Last! Real Printmaking that’s sustainable, affordable and relevant to our changing contemporary world / Demo / Printmaking Litho Studio / 11:00-5:00
  • Chine CollePasting, Backing and Joining Techniques for Large Prints / Demo / Printmaking Etching Studio / 11:00-5:00 (With PNCA Faculty Paul Mullowney!)
  • Print Hack / Demo / Fabrication Lab Rm 218 / 11:00-5:00
  • Build Adapt Repeat / Project / Commons / 11:00-5:00
  • Marginal Environments / Project / Commons / 11:00-5:00 (With PNCA Alum Brenda Mallory!)
  • Big Paper, Big Prints / Project / Commons / 11:00-5:00
  • Printing a Trance: Clay as a Medium for Relief Printing / Demo / Commons / 11:00-5:00
  • Prints Suck / Demo / Room 208 / 11:00-5:00
  • Mechanical Reproduction / Project / Atrium / 11:00-5:00

Congratulations to all PNCA staff, faculty, students, and alumni who worked so hard to put this together. We are very fortunate to have you.

P.s. don’t forget to stop by Upfor Gallery to see the excellent exhibition Variable States: Prints Now, curated by PNCA alum Heather Birdsong. Upfor is just a few short blocks from PNCA and in this weather, you know you want to stroll…

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Summer Hours

5/14 – 6/12 and 8/6 – 8/28:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun: closed

Extended hours for summer
session 6/13 – 8/5:

Mon & Tues: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun: closed