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PNCA’s Graduate Programs Support Experimental, Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Creative Practices

For more than 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists, designers, and cultural producers.

The MA and MFA programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, one-on-one mentorship, and transdisciplinary exchange.

Explore the artwork and creative projects our students are producing by visiting our online exhibitions, including the 2021 Graduate Thesis Exhibition.

The Pacific Northwest College of Art serves as a cultural hub for the creative community in Portland and beyond. We invite you to join us virtually for our upcoming summer lecture series, featuring visionary artists and writers from around the world.

From June 15 through July 27, the Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies will host weekly lectures on Tuesdays with artists Young Chung, Natalie Ball, Ruth Noack, Keyna Eleison, Chloë Bass, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Minerva Cuevas, and an Art and Economics Roundtable discussion on July 2. RSVP to join.

From June 24 through July 2, the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing will host a series of readings by faculty and visiting artists Alison C. Rollins, Jay Ponteri, Vi Khi Nao, Sara Jaffe, Alejandro de Acosta, Jess Arndt, Juleen Eun Sun Johnson, and Cedar Sigo. The series culminates on July 2 with poets Juleen Eun Sun Johnson, Vi Khi Nao, and Cedar Sigo reading from their most recent works. RSVP to join.

Applications for Fall 2021 are open and scholarship funding is available.

Get in touch to learn more about joining our creative community: [email protected]

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PNCA Low-Residency Creative Writing: Venita Blackburn Reading at Alberta Abbey

Fiction writer Venita Blackburn reads at the Alberta Abbey, as part of PNCA at Willamette University’s Winter Low Residency Creative Writing program intensive. She reads from her most recent story collection, How to Wrestle A Girl (FSG Originals).

Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in, Harper’s, Story, McSweeney’s, Apogee, Split Lip Magazine, the Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Foglifter, Electric Literature, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review, and others. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and several Pushcart prize nominations. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction. Her next collection of stories, HOW TO WRESTLE A GIRL, will be published in the fall of 2021 by MCD books. She is the founder and president of Live, Write (, an organization devoted to offering free creative writing workshops for communities of color. Her home town is Compton, California, and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.

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Venita is also teaching a course on January 10th and 11th. If you are interested in attending via Zoom, please contact [email protected]