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Oregon College of Art and Craft Will Close

Above: The campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft. Photo: Charles Rose/Courtesy of OCAC.
Above: The campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft. Photo: Charles Rose/Courtesy of OCAC.

PORTLAND, OREGONOregon College of Art and Craft announced Thursday, February 7, that it will close at the end of the current academic term. In a statement, the board of trustees of the Portland, Oregon, art school said that commencement exercises on May 19, 2019 will mark the end of 112 years of operation. Closure was the only viable option for the institution, the board said, following “years of restructuring, none of which could sufficiently eradicate the rising costs of running a private arts college in the twenty-first century.”

The school enrolls 112 undergraduate students and hosts Masters programs in craft and design, as well as certificate and post-baccalaureate course. The school plans to find transfer opportunities to institutions that are appropriate for remaining students’ educational needs. Similarly, OCAC will help faculty and staff “transition to the next phase of their academic and professional lives.” The board’s statement noted that many faculty members have taught at OCAC for more than thirty years.

In recent months, OCAC had explored merging with the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. Talks with both institutions did not find a suitable path to merging. Portions of OCAC’s southwest Portland campus will be sold to fund the school through the end of May 2019.

February 8, 2019