Dedicated to the work of national and international contemporary artists, PNCA’s 511 Gallery is located just off the Ann Payne Edlen Creative Corridor in PNCA’s campus flagship, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Managed by Director of Exhibitions and Curator, Mack McFarland, the 511 Gallery mounts exhibitions that highlight 21st century art and design practices and support the College’s curriculum.
In its long exhibition history, PNCA has featured exhibitions, projects, and performances by such notable artists as Luc Tuymans, Critical Art Ensemble, B. Wurtz, Nina Katchadourian, Edie Fake, Laura Lima, John Cage, Walead Beshty, Alison Knowles, Eva and Franco Mattes, and the Yes Men. Upcoming exhibitions include Alien She in fall of 2015.
The 511 Gallery succeeds the Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, which from 1999-2014 was the College’s premier gallery for national and international exhibitions. That gallery was established in 1999 in the memory of Philip Feldman, a third-generation Oregonian whose passions were creative work and good works.
As a teaching gallery, the 511 Gallery is devoted to enhancing and supporting PNCA’s curriculum, as well as providing an opportunity for students to learn gallery management in a hands-on setting. Students are able to work and converse one-on-one with each visiting artist and, through several work-study positions, help realize each show.
Dedicated to bringing national and international contemporary artists to Portland, the 511 Gallery mounts six shows each year, with each exhibition on view for two months. Students participate in all aspects of mounting the exhibitions, from details of curation to logistics of installation. Visiting artists are invited to lecture or participate in student workshops and studio visits, and each show has a First Thursday opening reception and gallery talk given by the artist and open to the public.
Event Horizon by Elizabeth Harris, May 2012.
Through 511 Gallery exhibitions and events, PNCA collaborates with other academic galleries such as the Cooley Gallery at Reed University and Marylhurst University’s Art Gym. In addition, the College has a recurring collaboration with PICA’s TBA Festival. PNCA provides a crucial element of experimentation to the arts ecology in Portland’s Pearl District, where most of Portland’s art galleries are located.