Summer 2014 Art + Design Courses

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ARH 415u Issues In Asian Art (4) - New Topic
ARH 392 History & Contemporary Issues In Photography (4)
ART 299/399 Spst: Digital Art & Design For Non-Majors
ART 299/399 Spst: Experimental Animation (4)
ART 299/399 Spst: Creating Short Comics - Practical Comic Creation (4)
ART 299/399 Spst: Applied Contemporary Illustration (4)
ART 410 Top: Prof Practices For Designers (4)


ART 410/510 Top: On Foot: An Educational Journey From Portland To Mt. Hood
ART 299/399 Spst: Painting The Social Terrain (4) 
ART 399 Spst: Mural Painting A- Z (4)



Fully or Partially Online and Accelerated (4-Week Courses)

Art History

ARH 204 History Of Western Art (4)
Fully online 6/23-7/17                                                    
Instructor: Nicolette Trahoulia

ARH 205 History Of Western Art (4)
Fully online 7/21-8/14                                                       
Instructor: Laurel Pavic

ARH 206 History Of Western Art (4)
Fully online 8/18-9/11                                                       
Instructor: Graham Bell

A survey of the visual arts from prehistoric art to the present. Selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts are studied in relation to the cultures that produced them. ArH204: Prehistoric through Early Medieval. ArH205: Romanesque through Rococo. ArH206: Enlightenment through Contemporary Art. Open to non-majors.

ARH 290 History of Modern Design (4)
MTWR 1000-1220 7/21-8/17
Instructor: Meredith James

A history of graphic design from c. 1800 to the present, focusing on the changes in style within the field, but also on the interconnection beween design and other forms of expression. Open to non-majors.

ARH 457u Byzantine Art (4)
Fully online 6/23-7/17                                                       
Instructor: Nicolette Trahoulia

Focuses on the art and architecture of the Byzantine world from the founding to the fall of Constantinople (330-1453 A.D.). Prerequisite (for art and art history majors only): ARH 204. Prerequisite for all majors: Upper division standing. Open to non-majors.

ARH 415u Issues In Asian Art (4)
Partially online 8/18-9/11 MT 1300-1520                          
Instructor: Graham Bell

Issues in Asian art might be keyed to museum exhibitions or deal with thematic topic or specific media. Examples might be Buddhist or other religious art, tomb art, ceramics, special topics in Korea art, or the work of Asian-American artists. During this term East Asian Contemporary Art will be explored. The course will primary focus on Japan and China and will look at thematic elements like tradition & technology, translation, and East/West confluence. Prerequisite for all majors: Upper division standing. Open to non-majors.


ART 312 Art In The Elementary School (4)
Partially online M 100-450  6/23-8/13                               
Instructor: Nancy House 

This course is designed to give the elementary educator knowledge, skills, methodologies and resources that encourage the incorporation of art education as a regular, ongoing and sequential part of the core curriculum. Art 312 is based on contemporary theory and practice focused exclusively on the teaching of art at k-5 levels. This course is required for all students seeking a general multi-subject teaching license at the elementary level. General objectives include establishing a theoretical and methodological foundation that enables the student to teach age appropriate art lessons that engage children not only in art production activities but also to address the areas of art history, criticism and aesthetics. Open to Non-majors. Maximum 4 credits.

ART 410/510 Top: On Foot: An Educational Journey From Portland To Mt. Hood
Partially online & Off Campus T 6/24, T 7/1, T 7/8, 7/14-7/20, 7/24
TIMES TBD                                                       
Instructors: Harrell Fletcher and Eric Steen 

This course will examine various aspects of Oregon’s regional natural history and contemporary urban and rural issues through place-based art experience and by exploring ways that walking plays a role in contemporary artist practice. Five days of the five-week, 6 credit, class will be spent walking, presenting, and camping out on a route from PSU to Timberline Lodge. Leading up to the walk classes will meet online and in person to discuss readings and prepare for the journey. All student participants will be responsible for presenting research related to the environment we travel through, and for documenting using various artistic approaches (photography, video, drawing, audio recording, etc.) the experience. The documentation will be used after the walk as part of a web based presentation about the project. To see video documentation of a previous similar project go to: Exploratorium Project. If you have interest in the class and/or would like additional information regarding timelines and student responsibilities, email Eric Steen at

Fully Online (10-Week Course)


ART 299/399 Spst: Digital Art & Design For Non-Majors
Fully online 6/23-8/28                                            
Instructor: Sean Schumacher

An introduction to concepts, practices, processes, and applications of design intended for designers and non-designers alike. The course offers consideration of practical and conceptual methods of production, framing art and design as tools to reshape the world and exploring the tools designers use to do that reshaping. Uses of digital imaging, compositing, typography, design fundamentals, and color theory will be explored. All enrolled students must have regular access to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, version CS5, CS6, or CC, for coursework. No prerequisite is required.

Accelerated (4-Week Courses)

Art History

ARH 392 History & Contemporary Issues In Photography (4)
MWF 0900-1210                                                                  
Instructor: Molly Newgard

The history of photography focusing on it's exemplary masters, the impact of photographic technologies and techniques, contemporary issues of aesthetics and ethics in photography, the role of photography in fine arts and design, and emerging photographic media.

ARH 471u, 472u, 473u Italian Renaissance Art (4,4,4)
MTWR 1000-1220 6/23-7/17                                               
Instructor: Jesse Locker

ARH 471u, 472u and 473u covers painting, sculpture and architecture from the 13th to the 16th century in Italy. ARH 472 surveys major monuments and artworks created on the Italian peninsula from the end of the fifteenth century to the late sixteenth century, with particular emphasis on in Florence, Rome, and Venice, including major works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Bramante, and Raphael. Prerequisite (for art and history majors only): ARH 205. Prerequisite for all majors: Upper division standing. Open to non-majors.

Art Foundation

ART 115 Foundation Studio I: 2-D Design (4)
MTWR 830-1220 6/23-7/17                                      
Instructor: Sara Siestreem

Introduces fundamental principles and their application through the concepts, processes and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory.Students investigate visual problems, develop a visual language for communicating ideas and explore basic materials and techniques. Methods for critical evaluation draw on examples of historical and contemporary art and design, aesthetics and concepts of visual culture. No prerequisite required. Open to non-majors.

ART 117 Foundation Studio Ii: 3-D Design (4)
MTWR 100-450 6/23-7/17                                                     
Instructor: Ralph Pugay

Introduces fundamental principles and their application through the concepts, processes and practices of three-dimensional design and continues the exploration of color theory. Students investigate physical properties of form, the interaction of forms in space, the inherent qualities of materials, basic methods of fabrication and methods for critically evaluating works of art and design. Illustrated lectures, reading, discussion and studio projects place the exploration within contemporary and art historical contexts. No prerequisite required. Open to non-majors.

ART 131 Introduction To Drawing I (4)
MTWR 100-450 8/18-9/11                                                   
Instructor: Amanda Schroer

An introduction to observational, expressive, and formal modes of drawing. Critical approaches drawn from art history, aesthetics, and art criticism are examined relative to these modes of drawing to establish methods of evaluating art and placing one's own work and that of others in an historical context. Emphasis is on strategies, methods, and techniques for translating three-dimensional form and space onto a two-dimensional surface using the language of line and value, and the illusion of depth and texture. Mark making and its expressive and descriptive qualities is examined. Open to non-majors with instructor's consent or departmental approval.

ART 182 Idea & Form (4)
MTWR 100-450 6/23-7/17                                                   
Instructor: Brenden Clenaghen

Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understanding images and image systems, their history, and their intersection with the larger culture. With an emphasis on critical thinking and analysis, the course investigates the way social and cultural dynamics shape meaning and perception in art and design. Examples from art history, contemporary practice, popular culture and print/broadcast culture are examined through illustrated lectures, discussion, readings, writing assignments and studio projects. Prerequisites: Art 115. Recommended Prerequisites: 117 and 119. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent or departmental approval.


ART 203 Making & Meaning (4)
MTWR 100-450 8/18-9/11                                                    
Instructor: Anna Gray

Explores the relationship of material, method and process to the construction of meaning in art practice. Students experiment with various research methods as a way to generate, inspire and inform projects that reflect current topics of interest in contemporary art and culture. Course focus depends on instructor; examples include personal narratives, time, the constructed body, self and ritual, history and memory, public space, concepts of beauty. Prerequisites: Art 182. Maximum 4 credits. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent or departmental approval.

ART 250 Life Drawing I (4)
MTWR 100-450 6/23-7/17                                                   
Instructor: Charles Siegfried

Developing skills for drawing the human figure from observation in a variety of poses and media. This is the first of a sequence of three classes. Develops, skills in observation and perception. Later, analytic skills are combined with personal expression and invention. A variety of media is used to explore the implications of line and modeled form to explore the figure in compositional environments. The skeleton and muscles will be studied in relationship to the model poses. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent or departmental approval. Prerequisites. (for art and art history majors only) Art 115 and Art 131. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent or departmental approval.

ART 257 Video I (4)
MTWR 100-450 6/23-7/17                                                     
Instructor: Pam Minty

Studio introduction to moviemaking with digital video technologies. The language and aesthetics of cinematography are explored through design and production of a digital video short. Pre-production practices include: conceptual, character, and narrative development, screenplay, scene and lighting design, and sound design, with an emphasis on storyboard visualization. Production practices include: camera operation, scene setup and lighting, direction, acting, shooting, audio recording, digital transfer, editing, and composition. Post-production practices include: titling, special effects, and output for tape, web, or disc formats. Recommended prerequisites: Art 115 and Art 119.

ART 260 Black And White Photography (4)
MTWR 830-1220 6/23-7/17                                                 
Instructor: Julia Grieve

Studio introduction to black and white photography using both film-based darkroom and digital imaging techniques, including 35mm camera controls, film processing, enlargement, digital image capture, and basic digital image adjustment. Assignments focus on two dimensional design principles of line, shape, pattern, texture, symmetry, asymmetry, and vantage point, and culminate in a coherent photo story. While learning basic photographic techniques, students discuss form, content, and the aesthetics of photographic image-making. Studio includes lecture, demonstration, critique, and supervised lab work. Students must furnish a focus camera, film or digital, with adjustable f-stops and shutter speeds. Automatic cameras must have manual override.

ART 261 Color Photography (4)
MTWR 100-450                                                  
Instructor: Motoya Nakamura

Studio Introduction to color photography concentrating on the use of color as an aesthetic tool. Additive and subtractive color theory, color perceptions, and aesthetics are investigated through lecture and shooting assignments. Color materials and alternative color processes are investigated. The use of color by various photographers is examined. Basic 35mm camera controls are mastered, culminating in a portfolio of images. Photographs are output with digital printers. Studio includes lecture, demonstration, critique, and supervised lab work. Students must furnish a focus camera, film or digital, with adjustable f-stops and shutter speeds. Automatic cameras must have manual override. This course requires that students furnish a laptop computer that meets the departmental standards in terms of hardware and software (see departmental website for requirements).

ART 287 Introduction To Jewelry And Metalsmithing (4)
MTWR 830-1220 6/23-7/17                                                  
Instructor: Gunnar Adamovics

A beginning level course in the exploration of materials and processes basic to jewelry and light-metal design and fabrication. This includes high temperature soldering, use of jewelers’ saw, files, hammers, small casting, and stone setting. Emphasis on idea development and craftsmanship. This course is the foundation for continued work of increasing conceptual and technical complexity. Prerequisites: Art 117. Open to non-majors with consent of instructor.

ART 291 Introduction To Sculpture I (4)
MTWR 1300-450 8/18-9/11                                                
Instructor: Rene Allen

The first of a two-term sequence course that provides an introduction to basic materials, processes, and concepts fundamental to sculpture. Students gain command of specific sculptural processes and materials while engaging in concept-generated assignments. Lectures and readings expose students to the work of modern and contemporary sculptors. Introduces methods used in making sculptural forms such as rendering from observation, mold making, wood construction, and assemblage. The use of clay, plaster, wood, and found objects/materials will be covered. In addition to the materials and processes introduced, a mixed-media approach is encouraged in all projects. Students at this level also begin experimentation with a range of alternative materials and process that support current practices in contemporary art. Prerequisite: (required for art and art history majors and recommended for non-majors), Art 117. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent or departmental approval.

ART 299/399 Spst: Painting The Social Terrain (4)
MTWR 830-1220 6/23-7/17                                                 
Instructor: Travis Neel

In this course we will leave the four walls of the gallery/studio and take painting into public space. Through traditional approaches such as retinal painting, the transcription of perceived color through observation, we will explore how the physical nature of vision is directed by color and shapes. Our initial focus will be to accurately transcribe colors and shapes from three dimensions to two. Later in the course, we will depart from traditional approaches to painting and investigate the more temporal and critical strategies that artists have used to expand the field of painting in public space. Throughout the course we will attempt to answer the following questions. Can painting cause a shift in perspective and change the way we see the world? And in what ways does painting interrupt or reinforce the everyday? Our source materials will include historical examples as well as contemporary artists whose practice has expanded the field of painting.

ART 299/399 Spst: Experimental Animation (4)
MTWR 830-1220 7/21-8/14                                              
Instructor: Benjamin Popp

Most everyone recognizes Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros. and the like, but what about all of the animation beyond these commercial constructs? Richter, Fischinger, Lye, Breer, McClaren, Pitt, Priestley, Mack and many more, these names all represent the vast field of Experimental Animation which in many cases influenced the likes of Disney and company. This class will cover the history of experimental animation up to the present day while learning the basics of animation to produce short works using the various techniques employed by these animators. This is not about if one can draw or sculpt, but rather the ability to make something move and the conscious thought which goes into making of this incredible art form.

ART 299/399 Spst: Creating Short Comics - Practical Comic Creation (4)
MTWR 100-450 8/18-9/11                                                   
Instructor: Shannon Wheeler

Basics of comic book story telling will be taught by creating a series of short comics in a variety of forms including; genre fiction, journalism, autobiography, children’s comics, social justice, and satire. It doesn’t hurt to have basic drawing ability but this class is more about the application of story telling than illustrative style. That said; be prepared to draw.

ART 399 Spst: Mural Painting A- Z (4)
MTWR 100-450 7/21-8/14                                                     
Instructor: Una Kim

In this course students will learn all aspects of mural painting. First and foremost we will examine images, techniques, and, and the meaning of public art from a mural painter’s point of view. We will also investigate grant sources and how to apply for them, learn about supplies, how to get volunteers, site selection, easement, contracts, permits, and discuss the necessary safety measures and insurance policies. This class will include field trips to various murals around Portland. This course is restricted to art practices majors. It requires previous painting experience or instructor permission.

ART 370 Topics In Print: Screen Print (4)
MTWR 830-1220 7/21-8/14                                                  
Instructor: Lori Gilbert

Adding on to the principles and skill sets first investigated in lower level printmaking this course explores additional techniques in printmaking. Varying practices, methodologies and theories will be explored. Topics will include but will not be limited to etching, relief, mixed media print, screen-printing, and mono-print. This term screen-printing will be explored. May be repeated for credit. Maximum 12 credits. Prerequisites: Art 270 or 271. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent or departmental approval.

ART 387 Intermediate Jewelry And Metalsmithing (4)
MTWR 830-1220 6/23-7/17                                                  
Instructor: Gunnar Adamovics

More advanced metalworking techniques, (e.g. forming methods) are introduced along with continued development of basic processes. Typical projects include designing and fabricating a series of three, theme-related objects. Can include cast elements and incorporation of non-metal materials. Prerequisites: ART 117 - 3-D Design, ART 287 – Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Open to non-majors with consent of instructor.

Eight- & Ten-Week Courses

ART 200 Digital Page Design I (4)
MW 900-1150 6/23-8/27                                                      
Instructor: Amy Sly

Studio course introducing single and multi-page document design. Projects embody the entire process of creating a publication from concept, through compositional and typographic skills, clear use of hierarchy, and pre-press. Emphasis is placed on work-flow and project management for production of documents in print and electronic media. This course requires that students furnish a laptop computer that meets the departmental standards in terms of hardware and software (see departmental website for requirements). Prerequisites: Art 120. Open to non-majors with instructor’s consent.

ART 210 Digital Imaging And Illustration I (4)
MW 100-350 6/23-8/27                                 
Instructor: Kate Giambrone & Julianna Johnson

Studio course in digital image creation with an emphasis on raster and vector-based illustration. Hybrid illustration techniques of mixing handmade work with digital imagery and photography may also be explored. Basic ways in which form communicates meaning are parsed and explored. This course requires that students furnish a laptop computer that meets the departmental standards for hardware and software. See departmental site for requirements. Prerequisite: Art 120

ART 299/399 Spst: The Craft Of Professional Design Practice (4)
TR 0900-1235 6/24-8/14                                                       
Instructor: Precious Bugarin

In this course students will learn the techniques, tools and tricks in building professional quality 2D and 3D paper and board prototypes at all stages of their design process; from idea to client comp. Emphasis will be placed on practicing and perfecting comping techniques; confident tool usage, folding, scoring, binding, preparing templates for print, how to obtain the best output on your home printer and specialty printing and finishing techniques. Students will take field trips to print and print related businesses as well as learn from guest speakers and hands-on demos.

ART 299/399 Spst: Applied Contemporary Illustration (4)
MW 900-1150 6/23-8/27                                                       
Instructor: Rory Phillips

This course explores conceptual and applied contemporary illustration practice. Students will examine the use of illustration to visually communicate complex ideas, through storyboarding, character, design and editorial illustration. Projects reflect current illustration markets and practical application to communication design. A diversity of practices and approaches are welcome in this class

ART 354 Typography Ii (4)
MW 100-350 6/23-8/27                                                         
Instructor: Rob Bonds

The second course in a sequence on typography addressing more complex communication problems. An emphasis is placed on developing strong conceptual solutions and integrating text and image. Design, Art and Literary Theory is introduced and applied to the problem-solving process. Continued emphasis is placed on understanding design within a historical context. Projects to include large, multiple page formats, such as books, editorial design and annual reports. This course requires that students furnish a laptop computer that meets the departmental standards in terms of hardware and software (see departmental website for requirements). Prerequisites: Art 200, 254 and formal acceptance into the third year by Sophomore Portfolio Review. Open to non-majors who have prerequisites and consent of the instructor.

ART 410 Top: Prof Practices For Designers (4)
Partially online M 1800-2050 6/23-8/28                           
Instructor: Susan Stutz

An elective course covering Professional Practices in the working world of Graphic Design. Emphasis will be on identifying and exploring personal and professional goals and skills in preparation for entering a career in this field. Understanding and developing the use of contracts, copyright, design strategy, cost estimation, preparation of the creative brief, effective written, verbal and visual presentation, team dynamics, client meetings, freelancing and project/time management will be addressed. Stress is placed on understanding both the client's and designer's point of view in the working design business and identifying possible areas of interest for the individual student in the field. In-class sessions focus on topics and concerns related to professional practices. This course requires that students have access to a computer that meets the departmental standards in terms of hardware and software (see departmental website for requirements). Restricted to Graphic Design majors.

ART 472 Communication Design Portfolio (4)
TR 100-350 6/24-8/28           Instructor: Sean Schumacher
TR 100-350 6/24-8/28           Instructor: Jason Sturgill

Development of a design portfolio that depicts, in a consistent and professional manner, the creative, conceptual, strategic, and technical abilities of the designer. Independent exploration and refinement of projects is required. Communication of design strategy and accomplishment through effective written, verbal, and interactive presentation. Emphasis is placed on business and promotional skills required in the marketplace. Required course for all majors in design. This course requires that students furnish a laptop computer that meets the departmental standards in terms of hardware and software (see departmental website for requirements). Prerequisites: Senior status in the major and Art 321, 341, 354 and 470.


Art History

Graham Bell
Graham Bell is an art historian and writer with interest in contemporary theory and practice, and new media. He teaches Contemporary Art and general art history survey courses. He is also a frequent contributor to Oregon Arts Watch where he acts as a visual arts critic and writer.

Jesse Locker
Jesse Locker specializes in Italian art of the renaissance and baroque periods. Particular areas of interest include: the art and topography of Rome and Naples, painting and literary culture in early modern Italy; and the religious reform of art. He has published a number of articles and reviews on various aspects of early modern art, including Raphael’s Woman with a Veil for the Portland Art Museum, and, most recently, The Hands of Aurora: Artemisia Gentileschi and the Language of Painting (forthcoming from Yale University Press). Most summers he leads an intensive two-week art history program in Rome, Italy.

Molly Newgard
Molly Newgard has been teaching art history at Portland State and Pacific Northwest College of Art since 2007. With a degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from SAIC, she has taught courses in contemporary art, history of photography, women in art, and survey of Western art. Prior to teaching, Molly spent 4 years at the Portland Art Museum in the Education Department, involved in lecture series programming and education training. Currently she is on a family sabbatical in South America where she is learning about Latin American art, studying the Spanish language, photographing, writing a family blog, and working on a series of essays and short stories.

Laurel Pavic
Laurel Pavic is an art historian whose research interests center on the construction, manipulation and presentation of cultural patrimony. She teaches a variety of courses in the Art and University Studies departments including the general art history survey, a course on Renaissance Venice and courses on Modernism. Her research has been supported by the American Association of University Women, the Fulbright Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Nicolette Trahoulia
Dr. Trahoulia specializes in the art of Byzantium. She first studied art history at UCLA where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She has published on Byzantine painted panels, illustrated manuscripts, and metalwork from the tenth to fourteenth centuries. By situating the object within a larger cultural/historical context, her publications demonstrate that these small objects can have big stories to tell about cultural phenomena of their time. Some issues she has explored include the interface between oral performance and illustrated books, the culture of the Byzantine palace, and the role of art as religious and political commentary. A major focus of her work has been the various manifestations of Alexander the Great in Byzantine art. In addition to Byzantine art, her sub-interests and areas in which she regularly teaches include the art of the Medieval West, Islam, and Africa. She is also interested in the effects of feminist thought on the discipline of art history, as well as on Modern and Contemporary art. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, Harvard University

Art - Foundations

Brenden Clenaghen
Brenden Clenaghen has had solo exhibitions at Pulliam Gallery in Portland and Zolla/ Liberman Gallery in Chicago. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Memphis College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, RocksBox (Portland), and Artspace Annex (San Francisco). Clenaghen’s work has been written about in Art In America, ArtWeek, Art Papers, the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, he has co-curated exhibitions for Disjecta Center for the Arts (Portland) Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland) and Portland State University’s MK Gallery. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA in Painting from Portland State University.

Ralph Pugay
Born in the Philippines, Ralph Pugay is an artist living and working in Portland, OR. His work has been exhibited at venues including Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond VA), Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton NJ), Salt Lake Art Center (Salt Lake City UT), The TBA Time-Based Arts Festival (Portland OR), Rocksbox Contemporary Fine Art (Portland OR), Ditch Projects (Springfield OR), Webb Art Gallery (Waxahachie TX), FFDG (San Francisco CA), Vox Populi (Philadelphia PA), Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle WA), New American Paintings Exhibition-in-Print, and Rhode Island School of Design (Providence RI). Writings about his work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Beautiful Decay. He is a recipient of grants and awards from institutions such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation, International Sculpture Center, and Regional Arts and Culture Council. Most recently, he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and was included as a participating artist in Disjecta's 2014 Portland Biennial. He earned his MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University in 2010 and was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013.

Amanda Schroer
Mandee Schroer received her BFA in Drawing & Painting from the University of New Mexico in 2000, and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practices at Portland State University in 2007. Schroer is a mixed media artist, whose focus is painting, drawing, printmaking and small sculptural works. Recent work and exhibitions include: July 2013, Arquetopia Artist in Residency Program, Oaxaca, Mexico; June 2011, Proyecto Ace’s Artist Printmaking Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2011, Portland State University - La Casa Latina Center, Mixed Media Commission; 2009, a project created by Luis Camnitzer, The Last Book - El Ultimo Libro, on display at The National Library of Buenos Aires, the Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland, and New York Public Library, New York. Schroer also has her work published in Volume Magazine Issue #15, and in Portland Modern, Issue #5. Schroer currently teaches Drawing and Mixed Media courses at PSU, and has led PSU classes abroad in both Italy and Mexico.

Sara Siestreem
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos and American, 1976-) is from the Umpqua River Valley in southwestern Oregon. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi from Portland State University in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. She is a master artist, educator, and theorist. Her artwork is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland. She now lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.

Art – Studio

Gunnar Adamovics
Gunnar Adamovics is an Alumnus of Portland State University and has taught Jewelry & Metalsmithing, as well as light metal sculpture, at PSU, for 33 years. Emphasis on fostering creativity via specific process methodologies

Rene Allen
Rene Allen is a multidisciplinary artist whose work examines our relationships to the built environment. Allen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon in 2007, and her MFA in Contemporary Art Practices from Portland State University in 2013. Born in Canada, Rene has lived in British Columbia and Colorado, and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Harrell Fletcher
Harrell Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UCSC and went on to work on a variety of small Community Supported Agriculture farms, which impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990’s. His work has been shown at SF MoMA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wattis Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center, The Wrong Gallery, Apex Art, and Smackmellon in NYC, DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture show in Houston, TX, PICA in Portland, OR, CoCA and The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA, Signal in Malmo, Sweden, Domain de Kerguehennec in France, The Tate Modern in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher has work in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMoMA, The Hammer Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum, The De Young Museum, and The FRAC Brittany, France. From 2002 to 2009 Fletcher co-produced Learning To Love You More, a participatory website with Miranda July. Fletcher is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. His exhibition The American War originated in 2005 at ArtPace in San Antonio, TX, and traveled to Solvent Space in Richmond, VA, White Columns in NYC, The Center For Advanced Visual Studies MIT in Boston, MA, PICA in Portland, OR, and LAXART in Los Angeles among other locations. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Lori Gilbert
Lori Gilbert is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her work is concerned with sensitivity, language, and contemporary culture, primarily taking form in text-based drawing and print media. Gilbert is an adjunct instructor in Printmaking and Drawing at Portland State University.

Anna Gray
Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen are a conceptual artist collective. Working together since 2005, their pieces and projects demonstrate a preoccupation with words, books, and the way that knowledge moves through bodies and discourse. Taking many forms from poster projects, drawings, and sculpture, to photographs, creative research, writing, and speaking their works have been seen at PDX Contemporary Art, Camp CARPA, The San Diego Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Publication Studio, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Arts Festival, and the pages of NOON Literary Annual. They live in Portland, Oregon where they try to spend the majority of their time pretending to 'work' with their 3-year-old son Calder. They teach Idea & Form, Making & Meaning, and BFA Contemporary Studio Practice at Portland State University, bringing a verve for political thought and idea-based artmaking to the classroom.

Julia Grieve
Julia Grieve is a photographer. Her practice consists of traditional lens-based photographs and alternative photographic processes that explore childhood, ritual and the landscape. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art and University of Ulsan. She loves teaching students about image making techniques beyond the click of a shutter. Julia is also currently working on several other art-related entrepreneurial projects, including Oonaverse, a collaborative design project, and Kritsit, a critique website for artists. She received a BFA in Photography from Pacific Northwest College of Art and and MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design.

Nancy House
Nancy House has had a focus on the visual arts throughout her my life. She has taught, written about, researched and produced her own works of art. She has travelled extensively throughout the United States, missing only Arkansas. Her travels have taken her to Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, China and the Soviet Union where she visited their museums, and met working artists.

Una Kim
Una Kim was born and raised in S. Korea and immigrated to Los Angeles, California, USA at the age of sixteen. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Southern California and graduate school at the Parsons School of Design, New York, New York. She has shown successfully nationally and internationally. She recently completed three large murals in Portland area. Her latest solo exhibition is set to open at the Ningbo People’s Museum, Ningbo, China in March 2014.

Pam Minty
Pam Minty is a visual artist whose work explores geography, home and community through the mechanisms of sound recording, still photography and motion picture. Her film and video work has screened at Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies, Cornell Cinema, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Los Angeles Filmforum, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Portland Art Museum, Northwest Film Center, San Francisco Cinematheque, Vancouver International Film Centre, as well as other venues throughout North America.

Motoya Nakamura
Documentary Photographer Motoya Nakamura was born in Nagoya, Japan. He received two undergraduate degrees: one in Spanish Literature from Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan; the other in Journalism from the University of Missouri-°© Columbia. He received his MFA in contemporary art practice from Portland State University in 2010 Nakamura’s work has been awarded both nationally and internationally, including by Communication Arts Photography Annual, Pictures of the Year International, and several others. In 2001, as part of a team of journalists at The Oregonian, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His work has also been exhibited at galleries, institutions and museums such as Portland Art Museum, The Art Gym, 23 Sandy Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, Reed College, and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. He is a two‐time recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s project grant for individual artists. Combining his multiple identities as an immigrant, a husband, and a parent of two boys, he creates unique autobiographical narratives exploring the notions of mortality, childhood memory, diaspora and identity. After a career in journalism, Nakamura is currently teaching photography at Portland Community College Portland State University, The Art Institute of Portland, and Newspace Center for Photography.

Travis Neel
Travis Neel received his MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University in 2014, a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 2007, and attended Yale’s summer school of art in 2006. Travis is a founding member of Guestwork, a Portland based collaborative that creates site responsive projects, events, exhibitions, and publications.

Rory Phillips
Rory Phillips is a freelance art director, designer, illustrator and printmaker. He received his post-bac in Graphic Design from PSU in 2009. Since then, Rory has been lucky enough to work on a wide range of different projects; from animation and storyboarding, to papercraft and game design, and just about everything in between.

Ben Popp
Ben Popp is a filmmaker, curator and instructor with over 15 years experience in the moving image field. He holds an MFA in film, video and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been the recipient of several awards and grants based on his work.  In addition to teaching and creating work, Ben also co-directs the Experimental Film Festival Portland which takes place each May.

Charles Siegfried
Charles Siegfried received his Masters in Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from Washington State University in 2007. Siegfried’s focus is painting, drawing, and installation. He currently is the Co-President of Blackfish Gallery in Portland Oregon, where he has curated numerous shows for guest artists. Recent work and exhibitions include: October 2013, Collaborative Installation – South Dakota State University; November 2013, Two Person Show – Blackfish Gallery. Siegfried has had commissions in Tokyo & New York City. Siegfried’s work has been collected in Los Angeles, New York City, Tokyo, and Vancouver Washington.

Amy Steel
Amy Steel teaches. She has been teaching art to children for several years. She has been a youth program instructor at PNCA since 2001. In 2013 she completed 9 murals at James John Elementary with teaching artist Alice Hill. Amy holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Portland State.

Eric Steen
Eric Steen's creative work centers on explorations of alternative education, slow living, and the social underpinnings of place through the forms of experiential classes, workshops, performances, installations, time based work, and events. Eric is the Founder of Beers Made By Walking, a program that asks craft breweries to make new beers inspired by plants on local hiking trails. Eric has created work for Performa Festival (NY), Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (UK), Design Week Portland, Portland Art Museum (OR), Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (YT), UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (CO), Charlotte Street Foundation (MO), and Ox-Bow School of the Arts (MI), among others. His work has been published on NPR, Oregon Public Broadcast, Christian Science Monitor, Art Journal, and All About Beer Magazine. His commitment to student learning is exemplified through the prestigious Teacher of the Year award, through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Shannon Wheeler
Shannon Wheeler spans the comic spectrum, from indy self-publishing to appearances in the New Yorker magazine. He started by writing and drawing a daily strip for his college paper. After moving to Austin TX he created the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man and published the character in a series of self-published zines, comic books, magazines, and webcomics for a number of years, culminating in the Too Much Coffee Man Opera. After moving to Portland OR in 1998, Wheeler illustrated over 200 of the Idiot's Guide books. His weekly strip, Postage Stamp Funnies, appeared in the satirical newspaper The Onion until 2009, when he began contributing to The New Yorker magazine.

Art – Graphic Design

Rob Bonds
Rob Bonds is an educator, art director and graphic designer who has worked on a wide variety of projects, from small business branding to international advertising campaigns. Rob was a partner at Visual Resource Society, a local design studio, from 1994–2009. His work has been published in several design journals. He currently teaches Typography, Information Design and Branding at Portland State University. Additionally, Rob works as a freelance art director. His past clients and collaborators include: Cinco Design Office, Wieden & Kennedy, Nike, PNCA, Molson and Ziba Design.

Rob currently pursues his own personal work including writing, music and visual poetry.

Education: Herron School of Art, 1985 – 1992 (BFA); Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1992 – 1994 (MFA)

Precious Bugarin
Precious Bugarin is the principal and designer of a small boutique studio specializing in fine invitation design and branding. Her type driven invitations have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, New York Magazine and Brooklyn Bride among others.

In addition she is an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University in the School or Art + Design and has spent the past 15+ years teaching students the love of paper, type and fine craft.

Kate Giambrone
Kate is one half of the design studio Bologna Sandwich. She grew up on the East coast, migrated to Portland and made it through the PSUGD program as a post-bac student. Her studio work focuses on illustration, copywriting and print design. Kate has a background in communication and film studies.

Meredith James
Meredith James is a maker and educator who earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She engages in a practice that is both contemporary and cross-disciplinary, largely focused on the intersection of art and design. She has shown and performed her work across the United States, both independently and in collaboration. In addition to her own pratice, Meredith has also taught at Drake University and the College for Creative Studies. She has developed coursework on design theory, failure, service-learning and design-based research methodologies.

Rory Phillips
Rory Phillips is a freelance art director, designer, illustrator and printmaker. He received his post-bac in Graphic Design from PSU in 2009. Since then, Rory has been lucky enough to work on a wide range of different projects; from animation and storyboarding, to papercraft and game design, and just about everything in between.

Julianna Johnson
Julianna Johnson is a co-founder and partner at the Portland based design studio, Bologna Sandwich. She recently initiated an independent project titled Single Frame Storybooks. Through a set of unrelated tableaux, the series explores how intent and accident function to create meaning in visual communication. By inviting diverse interpretations, the author accepts the impact a viewer has upon the work. Recognition and evaluation of this influence allows the author to develop a clearer understanding of how to construct meaningful visual communication.