Current MFA CD Students
Kailey Fry is a professional photographer, and a transplant from Denver, with a portfolio that spans the west. As a type-1, insulin-dependent diabetic, she is heavily invested in healthcare reform, patient empowerment, and patient/doctor communication design. She aims to impact healthcare-induced trauma through design strategy, photography and other media to educate and alleviate the anxiety of long-term illness sufferers.
BA 2012 Brooks Institute, Photography
Olivia Güthling is a creative conductor, designer, project manager and founder of Starship. She is most excited designing and producing participatory events.
Starship is an event production company that co-creates experiences and interactions to empower the audience and it’s participants. Starship designs, produces and conducts events and participatory performances. Starship understands events as rituals to built bridges and bring people together. Starship designs events with the awareness of surrounding stakeholders and ecosystems.
BA Visual Communication Design, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany
Fulbright Scholarship for MFA Collaborative Design
Olivia lives in Portland OR.
(Matty M.) A philosophical driven cultural designer. He concentrates on mindful design and disruptive design practices and stuff. His goal is to promote individual responsibility, public communicative engagements, and integrity within the global social systems, and other things, as technology and culture continue to develop around the human experience. Word!
Jake is a design strategist and urban curator . Fascinated by group / ego interaction, he has cofounded multiple artist collectives and curated several collaborative exhibitions. Jake works at the intersection of art, design, entrepreneurship, and urban theory to form better communities and urban environments. While in Collaborative Design he has founded Union, an industrial coworking space designed to catalyze economic development and neighborhood renewal. Union’s first location will open in Ogden, UT.
BFA, Sculpture, Business Administration (minor), University of Utah
Shannon is a social designer working at the interface of urban planning, cultural empowerment and front-end software development. As a volunteer for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) she works on the Steering Committee for Portland Development Commission’s Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Project known as Jade District, chairing the communications committee.
BA 2013 University of Oregon, Digital Art,
(Minors – Computer Information Technology, Chinese)
Jessica is a professional photographer and designer who uses collaborative-based design processes to gain insight and empower change. She employs visual and systems thinking, storytelling, ethnographic research, cameras, sharpies, and Post-it notes. As an entreprenuer, environmental advocate, and former Naval Officer, Jessica brings a unique perspective that informs her design process. Her capston focuses on time perception and modern life.
M.S. 2013 Johns Hopkins University Environmental Science and Policy
B.S. 2000 Oregon State University Environmental Science
What makes change happen?
Crystal Rome is fascinated by how human behavior, the environment we are creating, and the decisions we make interact to shape our future. She utilizes complex systems modeling, critical analysis, user centered-design, and collaborative problem solving to investigate the edge of what is possible and find ways to wrangle large scale challenges into human scaled action.
Her background includes fine art, archaeology, organic farming, and playing accordion in a gypsy bluegrass band.
Melody is an experimental comic and consultant with a passion for helping individuals find their unique voice via stand-up comedy. Largely inspired by Huizinga’s conceptual Magic Circle, Melody creates a safe space for people to realize their value while exploring comedy as a way to exude confidence in their life endeavors. She combines pedagogy practices with performance design to create an inspiring experience for both her clients and audiences. Melody has personally found her voice through stand-up, and provides an avenue for others to experience the same opportunity.
Jessica is an artist and designer whose background includes studies in fine arts, environmental studies, and philosophy. She has worked for a variety of educational organizations, including: The Portland Children’s Museum, The Boys & Girls Club, and currently the Sun School.
Jessica is researching the application of yoga and meditation for artists. She has always been fascinated by creating healthier people and environments and hopes to work closely with artists in Portland to do just that. She is passionate about making art and fascinated by the creative process.
Klamath/Modoc from Southern OR but Portland has been home for 15 years now. Artist of many mediums, 10 years experience in the Public Health field. Now tackling more goals while combining my passions for art and social change.
Prior to PNCA I studied, painted, taught and generally lived a happy life. Now I am doing more of the same, just in a new place with new friends.
I believe in aesthetic experience, delighting in the world around me and participating in creative communities intent on being intentional in the way we engage and shape the world. I hope to participate in a creative process (especially with traditionally non creative disciplines) to find ways to produce thoughtful design and thoughtful reorganization of our world around humans and the systems we play in. It is my belief that this collaborative process leads to better results, and creates a more dynamic, connected community.
How? I do not know yet, but I plan on having fun finding out.
I live in McMinnville with my wife, 5 year old daughter, brown dog and many good friends.