September 20, 2013

2013 Public Lecture Series

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University
PNCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Hennessy Youngman. Photograph by Micah Fischer ’13.

PNCA Public Lecture Series
Throughout the year, artist, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the globe are invited to engage with students and the community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops and studio visits. These visiting artists contribute to, challenge, and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the possibilities for innovative instruction and learning. The PNCA Public Lecture Series highlights a selection of these visitors and includes PNCA’s Cornerstone Lectures: Convocation, Homecoming, The Edelman Lecture, and Commencement.

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All lectures take place at Swigert Commons, PNCA Main Campus Building, 1241 NW Johnson. Check to confirm dates and times.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Lisa Strausfeld
Friday, September 13, 11am
Part of PNCA’s Cornerstone Lecture Series

Lisa Strausfeld is a design professional, information architect, and currently Global Head of Data Visualization at Bloomberg, Strausfeld has been honored for interaction design in the Cooper-Hewitt’s 2010 National Design Awards, named one of BusinessWeek’s “cutting edge designers” in 2007, and had work in Design and the

Elastic Mind at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008. Fast Company featured Strausfeld as one of its 2009 Masters of Design, and she has received six awards in the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

Samuel Rowlett
Friday, October 4, 6:30pm
Samuel Rowlett
Homecoming Lecture
Part of PNCA’s Cornerstone Lecture Series

Samuel Rowlett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art, a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has received a fellowship from Yale University School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center. He is now Assistant Professor of Drawing and 2D Design Studio at Landmark College in Vermont.

Jay Harman
Monday, October 7, 6:30pm
Bimimicry: How nature is inspiring innovation
Presented by the MFA in Collaborative Design

An award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor, Jay Harman has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with the deep patterns found in nature. Harman is credited with being among the first pioneering scientists to make biomimicry—the science of employing nature in advancing sustainable technology—a cornerstone of modern and future engineering.

Claire Bishop
Friday, October 25, 6:30pm
Presented by the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Claire Bishop is Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Exhibition History and Executive Officer, PhD Program in Art History, Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Recurrent themes in her research are spectatorship and the relationship between art and politics. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and other magazines, editor of Participation (Whitechapel/MIT Press), and author of Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso).

Ann Hamilton
Friday, November 1, 6:30pm
Co-sponsored with Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Presented by the MFA in Visual Studies

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Hamilton has been the recipient of awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Biennial, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the world.

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