May 12, 2016

2016 School of Art+Design spring exhibitions and events

Portland State University
PSU Art Building, 2016. Illustrated by Bologna Sandwich.

Come join the students and faculty of PSU’s School of Art+Design as we wrap up 2016 with a series of culminating exhibitions and events.
May 12–15
Assembly: a co-authored art & social practice conference
Various locations in Portland, OR 

Assembly is a co-authored social practice conference organized by students from the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA Program that includes presentations, discussions, interventions, and activities. Participants will shape the collective experience by contributing to dialogue, group projects and publications. Free and open to the public.

PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA is a three-year, flexible residency program that combines individual research, group work, and experiential learning. The program’s blend of critical and professional practice, progressive pedagogy, collaborative social engagement, and transdisciplinary exploration produces an immersive educational environment.


May 5–13 and May 19–27
MFA in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio 2016 Graduate Project exhibitions
Autzen, AB Lobby and MK Art Galleries

The Contemporary Art Practice/Studio MFA presents solo exhibitions of the six 2016 candidates. Work by K.C.R. Anderson, Kyle Lee and Emily Lewis will be on display from May 5 to 13 with gallery talks on May 12 from 4–7:30pm. Sarah Calvetti, Hyunju Kim, and Amanda Wilson will show May 19–27 with gallery talks on May 26 from 4–7:30pm.

PSU’s MFA in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio program is dedicated to interdisciplinary experimentation and the exploration of ideas through the experience of making. Students are supported in a range of research and production, from the traditional to the emerging, as they consider the multiple ways art can live in and beyond the studio.


June 3–10 
Emerging/Developing: 2016 Art Practice BFA thesis exhibition  
Littman, Autzen, AB Lobby and MK Art Galleries
Opening: June 9, 4–7pm

A series of group exhibitions in four of the campus galleries gathers the work of graduating BFA students Thea Frost, Phil Gregory, Jake Manning, Cass Ray, Motz Akzinor, Jordan Behr, Sophia Foster, Anne Fudyma, Philip King, Noah Leen, Christian Profeta, Penny Allen, Abby Moe and Annie Moisan. Their work in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installation, photography and print and digital media represents the varied manifestations of this intensive fourth-year program.


June 6, 5:30–8:30pm 
FRESH: Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Review
XOXO Outpost

33 Portland State Graphic Design seniors share their work for another edition of FRESH: Senior Portfolio Review. Interested in seeing their work? Please visit

Portland State Graphic Design equips students to conquer creative challenges with a breadth of technical and artistic skills. Our program prepares students to be exploratory, experimental, collaborative graphic designers who can thrive in today’s world. See more here.


About Portland State University’s School of Art + Design
Portland State University’s School of Art + Design is dedicated to helping students understand and explore the ways that artists and their works function within a larger social context. Driven by a belief in the power of art to shape society, the School of Art + Design and its dynamic faculty provide a place where emerging artists, designers and art historians can question, create, reflect and learn.

Supported by an acclaimed urban university and part of the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Design is located close to the Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Northwest Film Center, and major downtown galleries and design firms. Whether in the studio, computer lab, lecture hall, or working in the community via internships, service projects, exhibitions and collaborations, our students have the opportunity to forge connections between traditions of visual art and their own developing expression.

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