Holding Sway

Dear PNCA Alumni,

We are thrilled to announce PNCA’s first combined Alumni and Faculty Exhibition.The exhibition is tentatively titled Holding Sway.

Throughout PNCA’s 106-year history, it has been our great pleasure and privilege to exhibit extraordinary work by our many talented faculty and alumni artists. The legacies of artists like Gordon Gilkey, Mike Russo, Sally Haley, George Johanson ‘50, Lucinda Parker ‘66, Manuel Izquierdo, Jack McLarty, Eunice Parsons, and others speak to PNCA’s rich history and enduring impact on the region. Electrifying work by more recent alumni and faculty such as MK Guth, Demian Din√©Yazhi’ ‘13, Mary Mattingly ‘02, David Eckard, Laura Hughes MFA ‘10, Pat Boas ‘98, and Jason Lee Starin MFA ‘11 (among so many others) continue that tradition of excellence. This exhibition is the perfect opportunity to bring the work of PNCA faculty and alumni together.

This combined exhibition was inspired by feedback from both faculty and alumni and takes advantage of the city-wide attention on the College in this, our first year in our new home at the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

We invite you, our alumni, to submit your work for consideration in the exhibition. The application period is now closed. Please see the exhibition details below for more information.


The exhibition will be sited in the New Commons, the Atrium, and the Innovation Studio. We will also be looking to hold a series of public programs of alumni and faculty work to take place in and around the Mediatheque. These events - plus an accompanying exhibition catalog - will be key in showcasing the various kinds of works our alumni and faculty create.

The exhibition will present work from both the faculty and the alumni. Faculty submissions will be selected by an exhibition committee led by Mack McFarland, Director of Exhibitions. Alumni submissions will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition by exhibiting full-time and part-time faculty from across departments. Each of the exhibiting faculty members will select an alumna or alumnus from among the alumni who submitted portfolios. To be clear, one faculty member will select one alumni.


All graduates of the BFA, MFA, MA, and CE certificate programs at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon are eligible to submit work. Works must have been created in the last five years in any discipline that can be shown in a gallery, including design work and detailed proposals for installations. We ask that no student assignment or thesis work be submitted.


Each alum may submit digital images of up to three (3) pieces for consideration, including one detail shot per piece, for a total of six (6) images. Images and documents (jpg, gif, png, pdf) should be no more than 5 MB each. Video and audio submissions are also welcome as links from your or another website. Proposals for installations are also welcome. 

We also require that alumni submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a complete description of the works submitted (including conceptual basis).

All entries should be emailed to alumnisubmissions@pnca.edu. The application period is now closed.


All accepted pieces must be received by August 20, 2015. Work may be hand-delivered or shipped. All two-dimensional artworks must be framed - excluding wrapped canvas - and ready to hang. Watercolors, pastels, and photographs must be under glass or Plexiglas. Artwork must be original.

The artist will be responsible for all shipping charges for both directions, including shipping insurance, if desired. Every precaution will be taken to handle artwork with the utmost care. Works will be covered by PNCA’s insurance policy while on campus, although artists may elect to use their own insurance as well.


Call for Entries May 4, 2015
Submission Deadline June 8, 2015
Notification July 6, 2015
Work Submitted for Publication July 15, 2015
Works Received By August 20, 2015
Exhibition Opens September 3, 2015
Alumni Homecoming Weekend October 9, 2015
Exhibition Closes October 19, 2015


Any questions relating to Holding Sway or to submission requirements should be emailed to Mack McFarland, Director of Exhibitions, alumnisubmissions@pnca.edu