College of the Arts

Experience the arts at PSU

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 Spring 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 2022-05-28 00:00:00 2022-05-28 18:15:26 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

Portland State University Percussion Ensemble Concert

Joel Bluestone, PSU Percussion area coordinator is retiring at the end of…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-29 15:00:00 2022-05-29 17:00:00 Portland State University Percussion Ensemble Concert Joel Bluestone, PSU Percussion area coordinator is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 academic year. Join us for a special concert on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. celebrating Dr. Bluestone's 33-year career with a program of music hand-picked by PSU percussion students, capped by a special all-vocal encore! Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75) 1620 SW Park Ave Portland, OR Joel Bluestone bzjb@pdx.edu Joel Bluestone bzjb@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

In Memoriam: A Choral Tribute to Bruce Browne and David Wilson

The Portland State Chamber Choir honors the memory to its two founding…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-29 16:00:00 2022-05-29 18:00:00 In Memoriam: A Choral Tribute to Bruce Browne and David Wilson The Portland State Chamber Choir honors the memory to its two founding conductors: Dr. David Wilson (1938-2021) who founded the Portland State Chamber Choir in 1975 and conducted it until 1978; and Dr. Bruce Browne (1941-2020) who conducted the ensemble from 1978-2006 and brought the ensemble to international prominence.  GET TICKETS The current Chamber Choir will perform the first half of the concert which includes music they will present at the 2022 World Choral Exposition in Portugal. The Chamber Choir will be joined by many of its alumni for the second half of the concert and perform many of Bruce and Dave's favorite pieces under the direction of many of their former students who are now choral conductors. Proof of Vaccination for all patrons age 12+ or proof of negative COVID test within the last 48 hours will be required of all attendees. Portland's First United Methodist Church 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR Ethan Sperry esperry@pdx.edu Ethan Sperry esperry@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

CETI presents "Seed" at Pioneer Courthouse Square

CETI invites you to Seed, a wondrous experience in the Welcome Dome in…
Add to my Calendar 2022-05-29 10:00:00 2022-05-28 18:15:26 CETI presents "Seed" at Pioneer Courthouse Square CETI invites you to Seed, a wondrous experience in the Welcome Dome in Pioneer Courthouse Square focused on themes of spring and transformative rejuvenation. Join us for two experiences: Efflorescence by Nanda D'agostino, and Let Us Cultivate Our Garden by Scott Garner. On view May 26-30, 2022, 10am-10pm At Pioneer Courthouse Square Artists: Nanda D’agostino, Scott Garner, Scott Nieradka Production Team: Alanna Rise, Hilary Tsai, Miguel Higgins-Moy, Ayşe Gürsöz, Sean Light Efflorescence Nanda D’agostino The dome, acting as an enormous seed in the square, will house a mesmerizing and meditative video experience drawing upon botanical phenomena and responsive to the presence of visitors. This work is best experienced at dusk or evening. It is interactive/responsive to movement, gesture, and sound so feel free to perform! Let Us Cultivate Our Garden Scott Garner Externally, the seed blossoms into a massive floral sculpture through a web-based augmented reality layer encouraging and incorporating interaction with visitors and their mobile devices. This augmented reality app is best experienced by daylight. Bring your smart phone! About CETI CETI, A Creative And Emergent Technology Institute, is a collective, a movement, and an intention to critically and collaboratively engage in creating our technological future. CETI emerged in 2019 after a series of messy conversations and brainstorming sessions amongst a diverse interdisciplinary cross sector community of professionals, educators, researchers, students, artists, technologists, engineers, scientists, activists, policymakers, leaders, and community organizers. CETI offers a vision for an inclusive path of lifelong learning and professional development, supporting a diverse and interdisciplinary community of practitioners, professionals, educators, students, and researchers to successfully create the future. Through a carefully woven tapestry of workshops, institutes, participatory research, projects, convenings, and actions, we inspire our community to create imaginative and impactful responses to emergent social and technological challenges. The CETI Community Technology Lab is located at PSU in partnership with the School of Art + Design. More info at ceti.institute Pioneer Courthouse Square art-design@pdx.edu art-design@pdx.edu 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.