MFA in Visual Studies


  • Peter Simensky

    Chair of MFA Visual Studies, Associate Professor in MFA Visual Studies

    Peter Simensky is an accomplished interdisciplinary artist who has extensive teaching experience in programs across the country, including California College of the Arts, Stanford University, and New York University. He has served as Core Faculty in MFA Programs at the Maine College of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Simensky’s varied process-oreinted practice demonstrates interest in the art object as trigger and emblem for forms of exchange. Situated in moments of slippage and interchange, his projects evidence the volatility of art objects, which are on one level cash with which to trade and invest, and other, art-the mysterious objectification of reflection, imagination, desire, and promise.

    Simensky is an active artist whose work has been featured in solo exhibitions at he Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum 52, NY; the Swiss Institute, NY; and Project Row Houses, Houston. He has participated in numerous group shows in the U.S. and internationally at museums, institutions, and galleries. He also served as the Photo Editor at Artforum from 2001-2003.

    MFA 2003, Hunter College, CUNY
    BA 1999, University of California, Berkeley (Art History and Art Practice)

  • Stephen Slappe

    Lead Faculty in Video & Sound, Associate Professor in Intermedia, MFA Visual Studies

    Stephen Slappe is an artist and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

    Slappe is an Associate Professor in Video & Sound and the MFA in Visual Studies departments at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is an active curator and organizer of video exhibitions including Out of the Great Northwest at The Horse Hospital (London) and Subduction Zone at The Front (New Orleans). Slappe’s newest project, 8, is an immersive iOS app available on iTunes.

    MFA – University of South Carolina – 2001
    BFA – University of North Florida – 1997

  • 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.

  • MK Guth

    Associate Professor in MFA Visual Studies

    MFA 2002 New York University (Studio Art)
    BA 1987 University of Wisconsin-Madison (Sociology/Psychology)

    Small shifts in what is familiar amplify human presence and speak to the intricacies of social relations in MK Guth’s work. Her videos depart from everyday scenarios into the site of fiction as an entry point to more complicated notions of identity and self, and her sculptural installations often act as visual containers for audience interaction.

    MK Guth is a visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon. She works in video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive-based exchange projects. Her work has been discussed in periodicals including The New York Times, Flash Art, New Art Examiner, and Art in America. She has exhibited with numerous galleries and institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art; Boise Art Museum; The Melbourne International Arts Festival; Nottdance Festival, Nottingham, England; Swiss Institute, NYC; Cristin Tierney Gallery, NYC; White Columns, NYC; Artists Space, NYC; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gallery Pfeister, Gudhjem, Denmark. Guth’s videos have screened nationally and internationally. She is a member and the originator of RED SHOE DELIVERY SERVICE, a collaborative interactive video/performance project with Molly Dilworth and Cris Moss. ( Guth is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

  • Laura Hughes


    Assistant Professor in BFA Thesis, MFA Visual Studies, Low-Res MFA Visual Studies

    MFA Visual Studies, 2010
    Pacific Northwest College of Art

    BFA with Distinction, Drawing, 1997
    Alberta College of Art & Design (Calgary, Canada)

    Laura Hughes is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates site-specific installations that investigate how light, form and space surround and shape one another in our perception.

    Recent exhibitions include the de Menil Gallery, Groton, Massachusetts, the Littman Gallery at Portland State University, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Disjecta, White Box at University of Oregon, and LxWxH in Seattle. Laura’s work is frequently exhibited and she has curated and co-curated exhibitions, performances and video screenings locally and nationally. Honors received include grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Laura was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, featured in the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, and was awarded a 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

  • Daniela Molnar

    Assistant Professor in Foundation, Painting & Drawing, Liberal Arts, Intermedia, MFA Visual Studies

    MA 2006 University of California at Santa Cruz (Science Illustration)
    BA 2000 The Evergreen State College (Art and Environmental Studies)

    Daniela Molnar is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Her projects include art direction, design, a collaborative poetry/public art project, writing, and painting. She is a Trip Leader and President of the Board for Signal Fire, an organization that provides opportunities for artists to engage with public wild lands.She is Art Editor of The Bear Deluxe Magazine, a publication devoted to exploring environmental issues through the arts, and Art Director of Leaf Litter, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal. She is a full time Assistant Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students about painting, drawing, visual culture, critical theory, pedagogy, and illustration since 2007.