Intervention No. 5, Tonight!

Join us tonight for BriAnna Rosen’s Intervention No. 05, a site-specific, interactive projection. Rosen is currently engaged in the final segment of her master’s thesis in Visual Studies: a five-part intervention series investigating gentrification in Portland, Oregon.

From the artist:

My work centers around two distinct, yet congruent, conversations between the exterior world of gentrification and the interior realm of individual illumination. By incorporating the media employed by these organizations — posters, videos, magazines — my work reveals the constructed nature of broadcast culture. Extensive research is paramount to my process and serves as a means to analyze and assess various fields of political, social, economic, and environmental topics. I use media that have origins in profit-oriented fields and place them in noncommercial ventures so that I may analyze the radiating effects it has on an audience.

Tonight, I encourage everyone to use #freestylepdx to post your thoughts and photos regarding gentrification to social media. Your posts will be live streamed via Tagboard into the windows of the 511 Building beginning at sunset. I will also be in the parking lot of PNCA (wearing a blue Freestyle shirt) from 6:00 to 9:00 to discuss this project with anyone.

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…

Spring Break Library Hours

Sat, Mar 19th through Tues, Mar 22nd: CLOSED
Wed, Mar 23rd through Fri, Mar 25th: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Have a great break!

Journal Profile: Studies in Comics

Studies in Comics

Print access in the library: 2012 – Present
Online Access: 2012 – Present
Please see library Homeroom for off-campus access.

Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium’s formal properties. -from the website

The latest issue of this journal (Volume 6, Number 2, December 2015) is a special issue on Contemporary comics by Jewish women. Awesome!!

See more titles at our Scholarly Journals page.

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