MFA in Print Media

Faculty

Matthew Letzelter

Matthew Letzelter

Chair of MFA Print Media, Associate Professor in MFA Print Media

Matthew Letzelter is a Portland, Oregon artist who explores his practice through works on paper, print, paitings and photography with a focus on abstracted landscapes. Matthew recieved his MFA in 2003 from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and his BFA in 1998 from University of Florida, College of Fine Arts, Gainesville, Florida. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he is Chair of the MFA in Print Media Program, and Director of Watershed – Center For Fine Art Publishing & Research at PNCA. Prior to moving to Portland, Letzelter was the Master Printer at Stinger Editions and Visiting Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, while also focusing research on digital print mediums. Before moving to Canada, Letzelter worked for Derrière L‘Étoile Studio in New York City as a professional fine art printer. He also worked for Petersburg Press and Suitcase Press in NYC.

 


Abra Ancliffe

Abra Ancliffe

Associate Professor and Lead Faculty in Printmaking

MFA 2005 Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Printmaking)
BFA 2003 Pacific Northwest College of Art (Printmaking)
BA 1998 Lewis & Clark College (English Literature)

Abra Ancliffe is currently BFA Printmaking Lead Faculty and teaching in Printmaking, Studio Arts, and MFA in Print Media.

Abra Ancliffe engages printmaking and drawing to explore the fixity & frailty of language alongside how printed knowledge is created, stored & accessed. In 2009, she started the Personal Libraries Library, a subscription-lending library in Portland, Oregon that recreates & reconsiders the personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, writers, and thinkers. Ancliffe received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College (1998), her BFA in Printmaking from PNCA (2003) and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (2005). Her Library, print-works and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Portland2014, presented by Disjecta (Portland, OR), galleryHOMELAND (Portland, OR), Beppu Wiarda (Portland, OR), snowflake (St. Louis, MO), Harwood Art Center (Albuquerque, NM), Tækniminjasafn (Seyðisfjörður, Iceland), and Kasteel Le Paige (Herentals, Belgium). She has been awarded multiple residencies, most notably at the Banff Centre in Canada, Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland and at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. She is currently an Associate Professor and Lead Faculty of BFA Printmaking at PNCA.

 


Gordon Barnes

Gordon Barnes

Assistant Professor in Foundation, Printmaking, BFA Thesis

MFA 2007 Portland State University (Contemporary Art Practice)
BFA 2005 Sonoma State University (Printmaking)

Gordon Barnes has presented a conceptually diverse array of drawings, prints, sculptures, installations, photographs, collages, performances, and various combinations of the above in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, and Melbourne. He employs a variable and experimental approach to his practice with his time divided between collaborative projects (most notably as an Elder of the group Paintallica) and solo endeavors. In addition to facilitating the development of a broad range of technical skills, this flexible approach helps him stay in a fresh and open space in which his true interests are able to percolate through his work in a natural way.

 


Emily Ginsburg

Emily Ginsburg

Chair of Media Arts, Lead Faculty in Intermedia; Professor in MFA Visual Studies

MFA 1991 Cranbrook Academy of Art (Printmaking)
BA 1986 Trinity College (Art History)

Emily Ginsburg is currently Professor, and Chair of Media Arts, teaching in the Intermedia, Printmaking, MFA in Visual Studies, and MFA in Print Media Programs respectively.

Her conceptually driven work maps, physical, written and spoken behavioral patterns in the context of the everyday through diverse media. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally as well as commissioned for public art projects at Seattle City Light, Seattle Washington, Portland State University and Cyan/Pdx in Portland, Oregon. She has also been awarded various research grants to Istanbul and London, project grants through the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and residencies in Mexico, Vermont, Florence, Brazil, and Finland. Her work has been published in books such as: DATA FLOW, THE MAP AS ART and projects have been reviewed in Art Papers, Art US, and The 22 Magazine amongst others. Her research involves explorations into psychology and sociology through the lens of media and design within popular culture. She is continuing to engage in work on human emotion and the complex mechanics of consciousness involving sculpture, animation, works on paper, and sound.

 


Yoshihiro Kitai

Yoshihiro Kitai

Assistant Professor in Printmaking

 

MFA 2004 Washington University in St. Louis School of Art (Printmaking & Drawing)
BFA 2002 PNCA (Printmaking)
General Certificate 1999 Pierce College

Yoshihiro Kitai was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1994. He studied and focused on ceramics before coming to the U.S. He received his BFA degree in Printmaking from PNCA in 2002 and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In his prints, Kitai mixes a Western style of abstraction and a Japanese style of metal leafing, conceptually focusing on his perspective as a foreigner in the United States. Kitai is represented by Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon and had a recent solo exhibition at the Portland Art Center. His works are in several public and private collections, including Oregon Health and Science University, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum and Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. Kitai’s art has been reviewed in several publications including: Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Daily Vanguard, and West End Word. Kitai is an Instructor in the Foundation and Printmaking Departments at PNCA.

 


Palmarin Merges

Palmarin Merges

Assistant Professor in Printmaking, CE Faculty

MFA San Francisco Art Institute
BA Point Loma Nazarene College

Artistic Activities: C3Initiative with Pulp and Deckle (2015), Signal Fire: Unwalking the West (2016), ‘Some Assembly’ Project with Mary Krell, University of Sussex (2017-2018), WSU-Vancuouver PRINT NOW! PNCAFaculty Group Show(2017), WSU-Pullman SIGNAL FIRE Group Show (2017), Caldera Residency (2018)

Palmarin Merges is an artist whose work draws from the desire to become more sustainable by re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Working primarily in mixed media, printmaking, and painting, common materials formed from the fabric of her daily life are processed then transformed into new work. Hopefully descended from mighty Filipino head-hunters and raised in Hawaii and California and spending considerable time in Japan, she incorporates the rich visual languages of her experiences with the inspiration of the natural beauty of her adopted home state of Oregon.

Palmarin has taught Relief Printmaking, both Japanese & Western styles, Collagraph, Screen and occasionally Lithography, Monotype and Intro to Drawing at a variety of colleges and local organizations including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Pacific University, the Multnomah Arts Center and Atelier Meridian. She is currently a member of Blackfish Gallery located in downtown Portland.

She has exhibited in Japan, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. She can be found wandering her neighborhood with her dog Barney looking for magic & inspiration to bring back to the studio.

 


Paul Mullowney

Visiting Professor

Paul Mullowney, Master Printer, runs Mullowney Printing in the Mission District of San Francisco.  A multi-faceted print studio, Mullowney Printing focuses on publishing and printing etchings, woodcut, photogravure, direct gravure, screen print, and letterpress editions by leading contemporary artists.  The studio also runs community workshops, internships, and public exhibitions.

 


Rory Sparks

Assistant Professor in Printmaking

Rory Sparks has been a letterpress printer and bookbinder for 16 years. She learned through self-study, residency, apprenticeship, and at various institutions including the American Academy of Bookbinding. Rory worked at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in several positions including Museum Shop Manager, Instructor, Studio Manager and as the Teen Mentor Program Coordinator. Locally, she has taught at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland Art Museum, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Em Space, and private tutorials. Recently, she founded Em Space Book Arts Center where artists can have access to space and rare equipment for their print and book art practice. She is a private practice bookbinder and printer specializing in collaborative limited edition artist books, traditional French style leather binding, and custom designed books & portfolios for artists.  

 


Morgan Walker

Morgan Walker

Associate Professor and Lead Faculty in Painting & Drawing, Printmaking

MFA 1995 University of Oregon (Painting and Printmaking)
BFA 1993 PNCA (Printmaking)
JD 1982 Tulane University School of Law (Law)
BA 1979 Washington and Lee University (Philosophy)

Morgan Walker was born and spent his early life in rural Louisiana. His mother left off the study of English Literature with one year remaining on a scholarship to Sophie Newcomb College to marry his father, a rodeo cowboy who raised Brahman-cross cattle and later became a pioneer catfish farmer. His maternal grandfather, a lifelong Shriner, took him to any carnivals and circuses that passed through the parish. The paternal grandfather for whom he was named was a small-town businessman and farmer (cotton, sugarcane, oranges) with a distinctive wooden leg. His grandmother was a well-known breeder of show horses, dairy cattle, and rhesus monkeys. Morgan’s great-grandparents include a distiller of undocumented spirits, two Confederate soldiers, a French Quarter shopkeeper, and a professional fortune-teller who roamed Louisiana and East Texas in a horse-drawn wagon. After an early education in the cattle and catfish businesses he was sent away to study philosophy and law. It was during this period that he studied with the Chinese painter I-Hsiung Ju and worked as a line-handler on the Mississippi River (Port of New Orleans), heavy equipment operator in a gravel mine, and other professions including cook, bartender, and meat cutter. As a Fulbright Fellow (Fine Art) to the United Kingdom he spent significant time working in London, as did his brother D.H. Walker (film) and uncle Lestarjet Martin (architecture). This family peculiarity has never been adequately explained. Originally arriving in Oregon after traversing the North American continent by bicycle, he settled here to paint, raise a family, and play the ukulele.

 


Meghann Gilligan

Program Coordinator

 


Heather McLaughlin

Heather McLaughlin

Print Studio Manager

BFA 2005 Printmaking, Pacific Northwest College of Art

McLaughlin is an artist and vocalist for the band, ROTTIES. She is an adjunct instructor for adult and youth courses in PNCA's Community Education program. 
Former Executive Director of Flight 64 Studio, McLaughlin volunteers at Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls.