Fall 2017 Graduate Symposium

“Visualizing Resistance: Examining the Social Functions of Art and Design"

October 5-7, 2017

What is the role of art and design practice in the current political climate which is rife with conflict and regular crises? Over the course of this three-day event we will engage with critical debates both in and beyond the art world in order to contextualize and advocate for the art activist tradition that, in Gregory Sholette's words, "radically-and, at times, deliriously-entangles" the visual arts with political struggles. Gathering together a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars, artists, activists, and educators, this symposium explores the past and present trajectories of activist/community/political/socially engaged art and design practice.

This October, Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA is excited to invite artists, designers, social activists, creative thinkers,as well as all inquiring graduate candidates, to explore our individual and collective roles in social change. Discover how we empower artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world, and learn more about how graduate programming is shaped at PNCA.

Events will include: a roundtable discussion on “The Social Function of Art and Design: Visualizing Resistance and Building the New” featuring Kris Cohen author of Never Alone, Except for Now: Networked Life between Populations and Publics (Duke UP, 2017); a panel of artists moderated by Kristan Kennedy, Visual Arts Curator at PICA titled, “Revolutionary Objects, Do Things Matter?"; performances by artists Alexandria Eregbu and manuel arturo abreu; and a keynote address by Gregory Sholette, author of Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto Press, 2017).

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


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Pacific Northwest College of Art
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
511 NW Broadway 
Portland, OR 97209
Check-in Oct. 5, 2017, 6pm
Last event ends Oct. 7, 2017, 8pm

Keynote Lecture: Gregory Sholette 

Gregory Sholette is an artist, activist and author based in New York. He co-founded two artists' collectives: Political Art Documentation and Distribution (1980-88) and REPOhistory (1989-2000). He is the author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (Pluto, 2010) and co-editor of Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 (2007) and The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (2004).

Program Highlights

Thursday, October 5, 6-9pm
First Thursday Opening Graduate Exhibition & Reception

Friday, October 6, 9am-6:30pm
Individual Program Events

Saturday, October 7, 10:30am-6:30pm
Keynote Lecture - Gregory Sholette & Guest Panels

Full Schedule

Thursday, October 5, 6-9pm

  • First Thursday Opening Reception for Graduate Exhibition
  • Critical Studies Open House With Exhibition Curated by First Brick

Friday, October 6, 9am-6:30pm

Optional Facilities Tours (contact Tyler Mackie, Director of Graduate Admissions: 503.819.2837)

  • 9:00am-11:00am — Open Air Discussion with Andrew Santa Lucia at Applied Craft + Design MFA Studios (at Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Ave, 97232)
  • 11:30am - 12pm  —  Critical Studies - Informal info session (light refreshments) - Room 413
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm — Brown Box Lunch Hour “Graduate School Info. Session”; RSVP with Director of Graduate Admissions, Tyler Mackie - BridgeLab Career Services, 1st floor
  • 1:30pm-2:45pm — MA in Critical Studies Discusses The Black Artist in America facilitated by bart fitzgerald reading The Black Artist in America: A Symposium - Room 413
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm — MFA PRINT MEDIA hosts collaborative print event with Monica Montgomery and the Museum of Impact - Watershed Center for Publishing and Fine Art Printmaking, 2nd floor
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm — MFA in Collaborative Design hosts “Socrates Cafe” with Chris Phillips, Topic: “Disrupting Design Complacency” with panelists from Portland’s design community - BridgeLab Career Services, 1st floor

Saturday, October 7, 10:30am-6:30pm

All events to take place in the Shipley/Collins Mediatheque 

  • 10:30am-12:30pm — Welcome + Keynote Lecture with Gregory Sholette
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm —  Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm — Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Performative lectures presented by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas with guest artists Alexandria Eregbu and manuel arturo abreu 
  • 2:30pm-3:45pm — Roundtable Discussion “The Social Function of Art and Design: Visualizing Resistance and Building the New”,
    Moderator: Chris Phillips
    Panelists: Kris Cohen, Andrew Santa Lucia, Anna Goodman, Amanda Schurr
  • 4:00pm-5:15pm — Panel: “Revolutionary Objects, Do Things Matter?”
    Moderator: Kristan Kennedy
    Panelists:  sidony o’neal, Derek Franklin, Kaila Farrell-Smith
  • 5:15pm-6:30pm — Closing Discussion & Post-Symposium Cocktail Hour

Graduate Programs

MFA in Visual Studies —Chair, Peter Simensky

MFA in Collaborative Design —Chair, Peter Schoonmaker

MA in Critical Studies —Chair, Shawna Lipton

MFA in PRINT MEDIA —Chair, Matthew Letzelter

MFA in Low Residency Visual Studies —Chair, Aeron Bergman

MFA in Applied Craft + Design —Chair, Heidi Schwegler (offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft)

Symposium Contacts

Tyler Mackie
Director of Graduate Admissions

Shawna Lipton
Chair of Critical Studies

About Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA

For over 100 years, PNCA has served as a creative center for artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange. The graduate programs of PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies are rooted in meaningful faculty-student relationships and close community, enhanced with mentors drawn from greater Portland, and expanded further still with visiting artists, curators, and scholars. Learn more about HFSGS here ⟶

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