College of the Arts

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Find your creative voice—and experience the voices of others—at the most dynamic and accessible public arts institution in Oregon.

Through creative research, community projects, and hundreds of public events each year, the College of the Arts makes Portland a better place to live. 

In the studio and on the stage, in the classroom and the community. Our students and faculty cultivate the bold ideas that can change the world. 

Artists are problem solvers. Today more than ever, that’s what the world needs. 

Creative practice demands new ideas, empathy for others, collaboration and practical results. These skills are essential for solving the big challenges facing society today—and they’re at the heart of our college. That’s why our graduates are well prepared for successful careers in the arts and beyond.

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COVID-19 Update: The College of the Arts staff will continue to work partially remotely during Winter term 2022. Don't hesitate to reach out to the-arts@pdx.edu with any specific questions or concerns.

Upcoming events

Epilogue: 2022 MFA/BFA Showcase

Join the School of Art + Design in celebrating the work of graduating…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-25 00:00:00 2022-05-25 20:53:18 Epilogue: 2022 MFA/BFA Showcase Join the School of Art + Design in celebrating the work of graduating students in the MFA Contemporary Art Practice (Studio Practice and Art + Social Practice) and BFA Art Practice areas in this exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU. Opening Reception: May 26, 5-7 pm Gallery Talks by BFA students: Tuesday & Thursday, May 24, 26, 31 & June 2, 2pm-5pm On view May 24 - June 11, 2022 Featured Artists Vika Ayers, Madeleine Beer, Rebecca Copper, Sage Corradini, Nate Doogan, Mo Geiger, Robert Groff, Danny-Olivia Hanson, Johanna Houska, Hailey H., Jessica Joner, Tony Kane, Kylee Kaihūlalilali Iku Kubojiri, Shelbie Loomis, Kaitlyn Lundelius, Justin Maxon, Keenan Mccune, Renee Ollison, Luz Orellana, Alisyn Smith, Ni Made Maya Sutriasa, Laura Swingen, Tenzin Tardiff, Raja Timihiri, Sims Vincent, Maggie Wang, and Illia Yakovenko. JSMA at PSU Hours Tuesday:          11 am – 5 pm Wednesday:     11 am – 5 pm Thursday:         11 am – 7 pm Friday:              11 am – 5 pm Saturday:          11 am – 5 pm Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Image Credit: Ni Made Maya Sutriasa, fish in my head. 8,125 miles across the ocean (detail) 2022. 66.5 in x 46 in. Sarong, fish stamp by Charancreations. Photo by Mario Gallucci. JSMA at PSU Fariborz Maseeh Hall 110 1855 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 art-design@pdx.edu art-design@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Noon Concert Series: Composition Area Recital

PSU Composition students perform their annual spring recital. This spring…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-26 12:00:00 2022-05-26 13:00:00 Noon Concert Series: Composition Area Recital PSU Composition students perform their annual spring recital. This spring we're excited to welcome the general public back to Lincoln Hall to watch the series live. You'll also be able to watch each concert on PSU's YouTube channel using the link below. The Noon Concert Series is a weekly opportunity to experience the sounds of the PSU School of Music & Theater. Join us on Thursdays during fall, winter, and spring terms for a diverse program of concerts featuring students, faculty, and special guests.  Learn more at pdx.edu/music-theater/noon-concert Lincoln Recital Hall & YouTube 1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR PSU Music Department music@pdx.edu PSU Music Department music@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Epilogue: BFA Gallery Talks

Join us as our BFA candidates talk about their work as part of Epilogue,…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-26 14:00:00 2022-05-26 17:00:00 Epilogue: BFA Gallery Talks Join us as our BFA candidates talk about their work as part of Epilogue, the MFA/BFA Showcase happening in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State. Each candidate will give a 20 minute talk in the gallery on Tuesday and Thursday, May 24, 26, 31, and June 2 from 2-5pm. Zoom link to join remotely: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/87207030396  Scheduled Talks:  2:00 - 2:20pm Kylee Kubojiri 2:30 - 2:50pm Maya Sutriasa 3:00 - 3:20pm Danny Hanson 3:30 - 3:50pm Sage Corradini 4:00 - 4:20pm Hailey Hunt Exhibition on view May 24-June 11, 2022 Image Credit: Danny-Olivia Hanson, Tidepool, 2022. 18 in. x 24 in. Water-based brush pen, Micron pen, and paint pen. Photo by Mario Gallucci. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Fariborz Maseeh Hall 1855 SW Broadway Portland OR 97201 art-design@pdx.edu art-design@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its…

As part of | The 7th Vanport Mosaic Festival | May 20-June 7 Join us for…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-26 15:00:00 2022-05-26 17:00:00 Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents As part of | The 7th Vanport Mosaic Festival | May 20-June 7 Join us for a free screening of short oral history documentaries, part of the Vanport Mosaic “Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents” living archive, followed by a facilitated dialogue. With special guest Mr. Ed Washington, Vanport survivor and PSU Global Diversity and Inclusion Director of Outreach & Community Engagement. The event is presented by PSU History Department and Trauma Informed Oregon. 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the building of Vanport, once Oregon’s second largest city, and the largest WWII federal housing project in the United States. At a time when exclusion and racial segregation were the norm, Vanport was a place of belonging for a multiracial working-class community. This thriving small city was also home to the Vanport Extension Center (VEC), the first publicly supported institution of higher learning in Portland. It opened in 1946 to offer housing and college education to returning veterans under the G.I. Bill, and later became Portland State University. On May 30, 1948 a flood destroyed the entire city, killing at least 15 people and forcing Portland to open its doors to thousands of local refugees. Many stayed, forever changing the social, economic, and political fabric of our region. Eighty years later, at a time when today's many crises have highlighted our city's continuing inequities, what can the history and living spirit of Vanport tell us?   RSVP NOW   This event is part of THE VANPORT MOSAIC FESTIVAL 2022: three weeks of memory activism opportunities to explore the many silenced histories that surround us through screenings, tours, performances, exhibits and dialogues. Smith Memorial Student Union SMSU RM 296 1825 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR 97201 info@vanportmosaic.org info@vanportmosaic.org America/Los_Angeles public

Events may be subject to change due to state and local COVID policy updates. Please check individual event details for current information on specific events before attending.

Nurturing Creativity, Transforming Lives

Every day at PSU's College of the Arts, we cultivate the bold ideas that can change the world. In the studio, on stage, in the classroom and in the city, our students and faculty find their creative voices and listen to the voices of others, making the Portland community a better place to live.

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Black Lives Matter

The College of the Arts is committed to working for justice and striving to create an anti-racist environment for our students, faculty, staff and community. Read Dean Leroy Bynum, Jr.'s statement to the community.  

Your generosity makes a difference

Innovation, advocacy, and community building are central to addressing today’s challenges—and creativity is key. College of the Arts students pursue rigorous academic curricula and learn the skills and discipline for successful and sustainable careers in the arts. Your gift will have direct impact on aspiring artists, musicians, designers, and makers!


 

The College of the Arts Student Hardship Fund was created to provide immediate support to students in need of emergency funds to cover both academic and personal expenses, such as housing, medical bills, utilities, and equipment. Thank you for your gift to support College of the Arts students facing financial hardship during this challenging time.