MFA in Applied Craft + Design


  • Victor Maldonado

    Assistant Professor in BFA Intermedia, BFA Thesis, MFA Applied Craft & Design; Inclusion Specialist

    Victor Maldonado is a Portland-based interdisciplinary artist who creates conceptually driven multidisciplinary works drawing from his upbringing in California and Mexico in a family of migrant field workers . He is an Assistant Professor and Inclusions Specialist at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is also a freelance writer and independent curator of Northwest art. Maldonado received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art (2000) and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005) and his work has most recently been acquired by the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Maldonado is represented exclusively by Froelick Gallery, Portland OR.

  • Namita Wiggers

    Instructor, Critical Studies, Applied Craft + Design

    Adjunct Instructor, MFA Applied Craft + Design
    Director and Co-Founder, Critical Craft Forum
    Former Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft

  • Heidi Schwegler

    Chair of MFA Applied Craft + Design, Professor

    Heidi Schwegler explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Her style as an artist is a hybrid of conceptual art and craft, the objects well made and at the same time provocative and meaningful. She has participated in numerous shows, including exhibitions at Halsey McKay (NY), the Sheldon Museum (NE), Platform China (Beijing), Portland Art Museum (OR), and the Hallie Ford Museum (OR). Schwegler is a Fellow through the Ford Family, the MacDowell Colony, Oregon Arts Commission and Yaddo. She has lectured on her work at institutions such as the Burg Giebichenstein, (Germany), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan) and Kendall College of Art and Design (MI). Reviews of Schwegler’s work have been published in Art in America, ArtNews, Drain Magazine, Daily Serving and the Hyperallergic. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is represented by Upfor Gallery (Portland) and Asphodel (NYC).

  • Julie Beeler

    Assistant Professor in MFA Applied Craft + Design

    Julie Beeler is an artist, designer and co-founder of Second Story whose work is at the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling. Passionate about educating, inspiring, and informing diverse audiences through storytelling innovation, Julie’s work builds powerful connections between people and the world of ideas. Collaborating with some of the world’s most respected organizations, museums, institutions, and universities, she led in the creation of a wide variety of digital media experiences that support cultural vitality with a commitment to preservation. She believes that story-driven design changes minds by bringing the voices of the people into the fabric of communities—ultimately informing future generations. Since her transition from Second Story, Julie has been focused on her visual arts practice, exploring how storytelling and interpretation can blur and blend in creating experiences that challenge certainty, cultivate curiosity, and inspire meaning-making for the natural and cultural worlds we inherit. Julie graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Art History from the University of the Pacific.