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Current MFA CD Students
EMMA DOROTHY CONLEY
MFA Collaborative Design, PNCA (candidate for 2013)
BA Visual & Liberal Arts, Bennington College (2010)
Emma Conley is an artist and designer living in Portland, OR. With a focus on imagined futures, she creates practical and speculative work that aims to solve problems and expand realities. She designs experiments in learning, and repurposes the material world around her to create new objects and experiences that prompt new and useful kinds of conversation.
Laura DeVito is a questioner through art, design and photography.
DeVito is currently working on the Frames Project. The Frames Project was started to focus on experience and show that even though there is a seemingly narrow frame, there is an infinite amount of perspectives that can be experienced. DeVito believes that one of the most complex problems is the inability to think and see in other perspectives. People get stuck in their one perspective due to being comfortable and perhaps gradually believing that their truths are concrete. You can see the latest progress of the project on DeVito’s blog here. Next steps are to begin collaboration with people in the field of neuroscience.
MA Oregon State University (Interdisciplinary Studies — Political Science, College Student Services Administration, & Photography)
BFA University of Kansas (Graphic Design)
Sharon Dvora is a community-based artist and creator of innovative curriculum and public programs in the field of museum, early childhood and art education. Sharon’s prime passion is collaborating with others to create new worlds that inspire, including works of public art, public art happenings and workshops designed to elicit creativity from intergenerational participants. Sharon moved to Portland from Ashland to pursue her deep curiosity to discover new methods of practice for community engagement and catalyzing systemic change in education for the 21st century.
MA Southern Oregon University (Teaching)
BFA CA State University
Santigie Fofana-Dura has over 10 years experience working as a teacher for elementary, middle and high school students. His vigorous passion for creativity has served to inspire hundreds of Portland area youth as he has worked in schools in all quadrants of the city. In addition to spending time in classrooms, he has spent the past five years with Portland Parks and Recreation facilitating programs geared toward the physical, social, and emotional health of kids of all ages.
Santigie’s main artistic practice is illustrative design. His work is often compared with M.C. Escher for it’s use of three dimensional interplay between realism and fantasy.
MAT Concordia University (education)
BS Santa Clara University (sociology)
I’m an experienced interactive producer and project manager with 12+ years helping business connect with new clients, readers or customers.
Currently focusing on research and developing projects to improve firm capability, project management and promote healthy design ecologies in the online media production space.
Additionally, I create and manage multi-media distribution channels increasing internal collaboration, on-project learning opportunities, social media footprint and network outreach.
Experience creating and producing traffic-driving, customer focused copy for high-profile clients like eBay, VH1, and Tech TV.
Available for consulting and engagement opportunities in:
• Project Management Consulting and Analysis
• Organizational Problem Identification and Remediation
• Firm Capability Development
• Media and Marketing Consulting
Joan Lundell earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree at Auburn University. After graduation she lived for one year at Arcosanti, a sustainable community located in the high desert of Arizona designed by visionary architect Paolo Soleri. While there she worked in the bronze foundry crafting the bells that are sold to generate funding for the project. Following six months of travel throughout South America studying the language and culture, she settled in Portland where she worked for PVS In-Store Graphics, a large format print production company. Her responsibilities included working with clients to develop prototypes for retail displays and signage. She is now beginning graduate studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art leading to an MFA in Collaborative Design.
BA Auburn University (Industrial Design)
Katie comes to the Collaborative Design program with an interest in finding the intersection of Design and Social Justice, especially through the built environment. Her work has included BLIGHT magazine, and an open-source guerrilla street furniture project. Prior to Collaborative Design, Katie has worked as a Jesuit Volunteer at a nonprofit cafe in Portland to serve meals to people experiencing homelessness and in an architecture firm in Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s of fine art in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, where her thesis centered on the idea of Design Volunteerism– enabling design students to gain real world experience working on social change projects that wouldn’t normally fall within the scope of traditional design practices.
BFA 2008 The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago (Interior Design)
Danielle is a collaborative designer who loves to take on challenging work and help others pursue their passion. Her arenas of particular interest are education and social entrepreneurship. She is currently working on her capstone project, Visualizing an Adaptive Future, a collaboration with Greg Dees. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University Moorhead. For fun, she goes dancing, draws people, and explores the Oregon coast with her husband Robert.
Jake Richardson is a freelance graphic artist and photographer in Portland, Oregon. Be it art exhibitions or corporate work, Richardson creates dynamic images focusing on geometry and vivid color. Jake received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI, where he has taught Typography II as an adjunct professor. As an experienced screen printer and print artist, Jake finds himself designing and creating anything from a limited run T-shirt or poster design, to an identity system and collateral for a diverse clientele. His photography projects range from fine art and fashion, to architectural and product photography. Currently he is enrolled in the Collaborative Design MFA program at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Prior to entering the MFA in Collaborative Design program, Halley worked as a professional photographer for a number of years, during which time she started her own editing business, as well as taught beginning graphic design. Currently she is working on a local food project for the city of Portland to create a dynamic visual guide to food systems within the Pacific Northwest. She will be studying indigenous food systems this summer, and looking at the larger system of food through the PNW.
One of the most transformative aspects of the Collaborative Design program for Halley thus far has been the self-discovery, leadership training, and individual growth involved, as well as the continually expanding interpersonal dynamics that take shape as relationships are formed through the program.
BA Humboldt State University (Studio Art, Photography and Graphic Design)
Lauren’s academic and professional focus has been in management and development in the arts and design industries. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has worked with nonprofits and galleries in positions such as exhibition assistant, project curator and event coordinator. Lauren has worked in various development departments as well, most recently with the Seattle Symphony. She has also exhibited her work in galleries, including the Science Museum of Minnesota and was an honorary member of the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, Missouri.
Emerging Leader Scholarship
BS Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Visualization)
Emilie means ‘industrious’, causing me to believe I was aptly named. I’m a self-purported Generalist with a “get the job done” kind of attitude. The Collaborative Design MFA path I am traversing is helping me better combine my eternally warring left and right brain in order to fuse creativity and strategy and re-discover my niche in the professional world. I’m honing my skills and broadening my mind, searching for a place in this world (preferably Portland) that will utilize what I have to offer and suits me.
Just a girl in grad school tryin’ to find my way.
Chelsea Stephen’s interest lies in finding cohesion between her background in science and her passion for art. She was drawn to the Collaborative Design program with the hope that it will help her stay rooted in the fields of research and science, while bringing a new and fresh meaning to it through the creative process — incorporate her scientific knowledge into illustrations and other forms of media.
After working in the fisheries and aquaculture field for several years, and taking a stab at advancing her science degree, she realized that she sought something simpler, and her focus as of late has been on fostering happiness, contentment, and fulfillment with less – less consumption, less wants, less needs, and less waste. She and her canine companion, Luca, are most happy being with people, listening to stories, sharing stories, challenging constraints (personal or otherwise), traveling and experiencing new places, new landscapes, and new cultures, and creating beautiful and sometimes provocative imagery through illustration. For Chelsea, design should be about striking a balance with all parts of the system; where humans are functioning units rather than viral antagonists.
I am a multi-talented artist/designer with a broad range of experience in the fine arts and design, event planning, and social and entrepreneurial collaboration. I believe art should be a part of everything we do; not just in aesthetics, but in the fundamental ways in which we use resources, build systems, and interact with each other and other species in our world to the betterment of all.
My philosophy is to promote design and systems thinking in the creation and practice of more thoughtful, sustainable, and socially and environmentally responsible ways of living. My goal is to work as a collaborative designer in a forward looking organization to make a positive impact on wicked problems.