Lis Charman

Spring Term Update

Warmer weather is approaching, trees are beginning to bud, and more vaccines are becoming available to more people, all bringing a renewed sense of hope and relief. I know that COVID-19 upended your lives and dis...
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Please Note: Due to Covid-19, the School of Art + Design office (Art Building 110) will be closed until further notice while our staff works remotely. Any questions or concerns? Please don't hesitate to visit our directory for faculty and staff email information.


We are a thriving community of creative thinkers, makers, and doers

Within our family of programs, you’ll find future-thinking innovation happening alongside deep, traditional studies. You’ll find buzzing, interconnected social practice projects coexisting with contemplative, independent studio experimentation. You’ll find deep art-historical research unfolding in parallel with experimental future-building. 

There’s so much going on here, and we love it!

Whether in the studio, lecture hall, computer lab, or working in the community via internships, service projects, exhibitions, and collaborations, our students have the opportunity to forge connections between traditions of visual art and their own developing expression.

Our urban setting places us within the fabric of Portland’s cultural landscape. The Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Northwest Film Center, endless galleries, and major design firms are all just steps away. Through partnerships and outreach, we cultivate creative and intellectual communities throughout our region.

We provide a place where students from a variety of backgrounds can interact, exchange ideas, and cross conventional aesthetic boundaries.

A group of students gather around a table for a seminar in the BFA studio.

May 25-Jun 27 | Viscous Time: MFA/BFA Showcase

Join the School of Art + Design as we celebrate the work of graduating students in our MFA Studio Practice, MFA Art + Social Practice, and BFA Art Practice programs with this exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. More info coming soon on the museum's website.

Architectural rendering of the Gateway Center building, situated at the current Art Building site

The Gateway Center

Building a place where the doors to new opportunities and partnerships are opened for artists, designers, crafters, and scholars to find value in their work, meet with fellow collaborators, feel inspired and welcomed while maintaining PSU's relentless commitment to access, equity and inclusion.

Three students in a video and community course gather around a camera on a tripod

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