Listen to the Curatorial Walkthrough of Fashioning Cascadia with curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo

We have some really cool stuff in our institutional repository, Mimi, including a lot of great audio. There are lectures, artist’s talks, oral histories, and performances!

Curatorial Walkthrough: Fashioning Cascadia

Join curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo for a walk through of Museum of Contemporary Craft’s most recent exhibition, on view through October 11, 2014

Library Summer Hours

The Library of Now(ish) and the Library of Tomorrow(2015)

For three years, your library staff has been part of the Task Force to plan the library for the 511 Building. It has been a great adventure.

We would like to share with you a glimpse into the fruits of our labors. On display in the entryway to the library is a presentation of The Library of Now(ish) and the Library of Tomorrow(2015).

We have an architectural model of our current library, photographs of the Goodman Building renovation, and plans of the future library.

Architectural model of the current PNCA library

It’s Digital Thesis/Capstone Portfolio submission time!


Here’s a link to the Library page where you can find instructions on portfolio creation and submission.


If you want to see some examples of accepted portfolios, check them out in our institutional repository, Mimi.

Ashley Cluver, Sculpture

Clinton Chambers, Photography

Coren Rau

Katie Mays

Tim Stigliano

All the past thesis portfolios:

I look forward to seeing all your excellent work!

Library Amnesty Days are here!

Take part in our food drive to get rid of fines!

May 4th – May 16th
Each item of nonperishable food you bring in = $3 in fines forgiven, up to $60.

Does not include fines already sent to the business office.
No Ramen or dented cans.

Email us at if you’d like to check on your balance or have any questions.

Discover amazing treasures in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Today at 1!

Have you ever thought that surely a library, museum, or archive must have the thing you need for your research? The Digital Public Library of American (DPLA) aims to make these buried treasures accessible to everyone. Developers and librarians have joined together to open access to collections with a variety of user-friendly applications.

Join me today (Thursday, May 1) at 1 pm in the library computer lab for a fun look into the DPLA.

In the lumber region of Oregon, U.S.A.
Contributing institution: Wallach Division: Photography Collection. The New York Public Library

Word and Hokusai of the week

Journal Profile: Photographies


Print access in the library: 2009 – Present
Electronic access: 2008 – Present
Please see library Homeroom for off-campus access.

Photographies seeks to construct a new agenda for theorising photography as a heterogeneous medium that is changing in an ever more dynamic relation to all aspects of contemporary culture. Photographies aims to further develop the history and theory of photography, considering new frameworks for thinking and addressing questions arising from the present context of technological, economic, political and cultural change.” (From their website.)

Check out this article in the most recent issue (Vol. 7, issue 1, 2014), “Camera Lucida and Affect: Beyond representation,” by Marie Shurkus. Shurkus explores a “close reading of Barthes’s notion of the role of the ‘punctum’ and the analysis of it that the ‘post-photography’ debates of the late 1980s produced in order to explore how images (analogue and digital alike) trigger ‘immaterial signals’ that convey affective qualities.”

See more titles at our Scholarly Journals page.

Book Review: Junky

William Burroughs’ first novel, Junky, serves as the foundation upon which all of his following work is built. It frankly speaks to the banality of life and how it is shattered by incorrigible drug abuse. He takes us, with shocking lucidity, through all the formative events that inexorably lead our protagonist, Bill Lee, to trying junk; then into the grueling highs and lows of acquiring and kicking habits. The reader follows as he navigates the routine obstacles to obtaining the fix, and begins to sense that junk itself is Bill’s preferred means of coming in contact with some transcendent reality. This attainment becomes his sole motivation. He is drawn to it, an average man seeking relief from the tedium of his mundane existence. In this way, he is unsettlingly familiar: just another bug hopelessly seeking liberation in an almighty buglight. Thankfully, this particular bug has a talent for writing grounded in rich tradition, yet unlike any to come before or after him. – Jackson Ward

Word and Hokusai of the week

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