Enjoy the rest of this glorious summer before school starts!

Summer fun from the Flickr Commons

Epic adventures, creatures, and space travel? YES!

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year at PNCA because of our amazing Youth Programs, smARTworks and the Pre-College Summer Studios program. smARTworks is where “students build their skills, knowledge and confidence in art making through the use of BFA student-grade art materials. From paper and paints to clay and kilns, our students have access to the high quality art materials and facilities PNCA has to offer. smARTworks experienced and supportive staff and faculty is comprised of working artists and educators, the majority of which have worked with the program for three years or more.”

This week is Creatures Week in smARTworks!

Creature Week poster by Kinoko Evans

Check out what else these young artists and their teachers have been doing the last few weeks on the Youth Programs’ Flickr page.

Treasure map and Beowulf illustrations from Epic Adventure week.

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: http://mimi.pnca.edu/thesis

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 librarycirc@pnca.edu 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.

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