Cornerstone Lectures

Each year the President’s Office invites distinguished speakers to address the PNCA community at the College’s four Cornerstone Lectures.

PNCA’s Cornerstone Lectures bring distinguished artists, scholars, innovators, and critics to PNCA for lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and a variety of related interactions with faculty, students, and the community at large. Funded by the President’s Office, these programs explore the evolving role of arts education in the 21st Century.

The Cornerstone Lectures include the annual Convocation Address, which officially opens the academic year; the College’s Homecoming Lecture during Alumni weekend; the Edelman Lecture in March; and the Commencement Address given at Commencement in May.

Recent speakers have included David Shipley, Mary Mattingly ‘02, Rebecca Solnit, Roger Mandle, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Malia Jensen ‘89, Sally Lawrence, Michael Curry ‘81, Joanna Berton Martinez, Derrick Jensen, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Alan M. Kapuler, among others.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, President Tom Manley and the PNCA Board of Governors are pleased to welcome:

About the Convocation Address
Convocation, which is from the Latin term for “calling together,” is an annual opportunity for the College’s community of students, faculty, staff, and Board Members to come together and mark the beginning of the new academic year.

About the Homecoming Lecture
Homecoming is PNCA’s annual Alumni Reunion reunites PNCA alumni on campus for a lecture, dinner, workshops, and more. The Homecoming Lecture is one of the most popular and memorable highlights of PNCA’s annual Alumni Reunion. All graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy a lecture delivered by one of PNCA’s notable alumni.

About the Edelman Lecture
When the late Portland architect and photographer, Alfred Edelman, taught three-dimensional design at PNCA, he challenged his students to consider the principles of engineering, kinetics, physics and other subjects seemingly dissimilar to art. In doing so he brought the outside world into his classroom. Founded by Carol Edelman, the Alfred Edelman Lecture was created to enhance the student’s understanding of the visual world by presenting timeless and/or unique ways to examine and manipulate three-dimensional space and to be a catalyst for lively discussions in the classroom at PNCA.

About the Commencement Address
The annual Commencement Address given to graduating students and seeks to situate students’ college work into the context of their future. The term “commencement” reminds us that graduation is not an end, but a beginning.



2013 Homecoming Lecture: Samuel Rowlett ‘02

PNCA is pleased to announce Samuel Rowlett ’02 as this year’s Homecoming Speaker.  Dec 02, 2013


2013 Convocation Address: Lisa Strausfeld

Lisa Strausfeld opens the 2013-2014 academic year with a Convocation Address on design, defining success, and finding what makes the difference.  Sep 20, 2013


2013 Commencement Address: Roger Mandle

PNCA is pleased to welcome art historian, curator, and educator Roger Mandle to deliver the 2013 Commencement Address.  May 29, 2013


2013 Edelman Lecture: Rebecca Solnit

Celebrated author, activist, and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit delivers the 2013 Alfred Edelman Lecture.  Apr 08, 2013


2012 Homecoming Lecture: Mary Mattingly ‘02

PNCA welcomes alumna Mary Mattingly ’02 as the 2012 Homecoming Speaker, part of the Cornerstone Lecture series.  Dec 11, 2012

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3 Questions with Samuel Rowlett

Artist and alum Samuel Rowlett on collaboration, paying the bills, and not letting your art define you.  Oct 02, 2013


What Did You Say? Thoughts about Contemporary Art

Roger Mandle delivers the 2013 Commencement Address for Pacific Northwest College of Art  May 31, 2013


3 Questions with Mary Mattingly

Artist and photographer Mary Mattingly '02 on constant curiosity and unconventional careers.  Dec 11, 2012


3 Questions with David Shipley

Convocation speaker David Shipley on collaboration, editing, and great examples.  Oct 03, 2012


2008 Commencement Address: Susan Szenasy

Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis magazine, delivers the 2008 Commencement Address.  May 25, 2008

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