Allyson Mitchell

Sonya Clark




Kate Bingaman-Burt

















Allison Ullmer





Alexander Isley

Christine Lee

Amos Kennedy

Hazel Clark

Pearl Fryar

Iris Eichenberg  

RALEIGH DENIM : Victor Lytvinenko + Sarah Yarborough

Nikki McClure

Natalia Allen

Doug Browe

Paul Wong

Luis Camnitzer

Donald Fortescue

Chris Taylor







Allan Wexler

Elmar Heimbach

Maria Elena Buszek  

Andy Brayman

Gerhardt Knodel

Gabriel Craig

Lew Oliver

Laura Allcorn

Adam Garcia

Marc Moscato

Steve Badanes

Ethan Allen Smith

Aly Khalifa

Arthur Hash

Po Shun Leong

Susan Brandeis  

Shashi Caan

Natalie Chanin


2015 / 2016 Lecture Series


9/9  Young + Local: PDX Panel Discussion :  Laura Allcorn: Second Story, Adam Garcia: The Pressure, Marc Moscato: Know Your City, Ethan Allen Smith: PeetKegler, Allison Ullmer: Allison Ullmer JewelryKate Bingaman-Burt: PSU. Moderated by Killeen Hanson and Dave Laubenthal.

10/22  Stephanie Syjuco / Co-Sponsors: PNCA Exhibitions Dept and Museum of Contemporary Craft

11/4  Marcin Jakubowski

12/1  Julie Green


2/3  Carl Alviani / Co-Sponsor: OCAC Professional Practices

3/9  Martha Buskirk

4/20  Rowland Ricketts / Co-Sponsors: OCAC Fibers Dept and Museum of Contemporary Craft

2015 / 2016 LECTURE SERIES


pdx Panel discussion

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm


Co-Sponsors: PNCA Exhibitions Dept and Museum of Contemporary Craft

Thursday, October 22, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; presenting a parasitic art counterfeiting event, "COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone" for Frieze Projects, London; and “Shadowshop,” an alternative vending outlet embedded at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exploring the ways in which artists are navigating the production, consumption, and dissemination of their work.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award. Her work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The 12th Havana Biennale, The Bucharest Biennale, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Germany; Z33 Space for Contemporary Art, Belgium; UniversalStudios Gallery Beijing; and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others. She is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, and lives and works in San Francisco.


MARcin jakubowski

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open collaborative of engineers, producers, and builders developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. Marcin believes that true freedom – the most essential type of freedom – starts with peoples’ individual ability to use natural resources to free themselves from material constraints – to unleash human potential.

Marcin has been called an Innovation Stuntman, a Disruptive Hero, was recognized on the Enrich List, and gained the distinctions of a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a 2013 White House Champion of Change. The Global Village Construction Set was recognized in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.

He came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton University and earned his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin. After receiving formal education, he found himself useless in solving wicked problems, and started a farm in rural Missouri – which was to become the birthplace of the GVCS.

Julie GreeN

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Julie Green, a professor of art at Oregon State University, lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley with her husband, painter turned quilter Clay Lohmann, and their small cat, Mini. 

Half of each year, usually winter months, is spent on The Last Supper. To date, 650 final meal requests of U.S. death row inmates have been painted. In summer, Green works on new projects. Her egg tempera is included in the new edition of A World of Art published by Prentice Hall. She has been featured on PBS, The New York Times, a Whole Foods mini-documentary, National Public Radio, Ceramics Monthly, Gastronomica and others. Julie Green received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors and just completed residency at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.a

Green, with thirty solo shows in the U.S. and abroad, is showing My New Blue Friends paintings at Upfor in Portland, Oregon thru 19 December 2015.


Co-Sponsor: OCAC Professional Practices

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

6:30pm - 8:00pm

I’m a writer, editor and researcher, living and working in Portland, Oregon since 2006.

My undergraduate training is in Structural Engineering (I got a BS from UC San Diego in 1994), and I received my Masters in ID from the Pratt Institute in 2004, writing my thesis on the emotional effects of technology in presentation settings. In between, I spent three years in East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and three more in New York City teaching high school science. I can honestly say that teaching is the most useful skill set I’ve ever learned.


My freelance Industrial Design and design writing careers both began in the summer of 2004: the former with a custom furniture building project for Barneys New York, and the latter with a feature article onCore77 about the lack of a coherent identity in American furniture design.

Since early 2010 I’ve worked full time as a design writer, editor and researcher in Portland, first as a staff writer and content strategist at design agency Ziba, then as a freelancer. In addition to my own writing, I work with creative agencies (Bresslergroup, Ziba), Fortune 100 companies (Microsoft, Intel) and design schools (CIID) to help them get their messages out to the world, through written text, video, interactive media and in-person teaching.

MARTHA buskirk

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Martha Buskirk is Professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she has taught since 1994, and she has held visiting appointments in the History, Theory and Criticism Program at MIT during 2005 and 2013. Her current research examines contemporary artistic production as one aspect of a broad field of cultural activity, including an exploration of advocacy around artist’s rights, the interplay between artistic authorship and legal definitions of intellectual property, and the issue of how proprietary control over cultural forms can be at odds with public interest. She is the author of Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace (Continuum, 2012), which investigates the institutional and economic interests that shape both the reception of art and its creation, and The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art (MIT Press, 2003), which considers transformations in the nature of the object and artistic authorship through an examination of such linked pairs as original and copy, object and context, performance and document, or permanence and impermanence. She is co-editor of The Duchamp Effect with Mignon Nixon (MIT Press, 1996) and The Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents (MIT Press, 1990) with Clara Weyergraf-Serra, as well as author of numerous catalogue essays and articles that have appeared in Artforum, October, Art in America, and other venues. Buskirk earned her Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York, Graduate Center and has held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2000-2001, the Clark Art Institute in 2004, the Henry Moore Institute in 2006, and the Guggenheim Foundation in 2015-16.  

Rowland ricketts

Co-Sponsors: OCAC Fibers Dept and Museum of Contemporary Craft

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design.  Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in Textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art.  His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), and Douglas Dawson Gallery (Chicago) and has been published in Textiles Now, FiberArts, Selvedge, Surface Design Journal, and Hand/Eye Magazine.


2014 / 2015 Lecture Series



(Co-Sponsor OCAC MFA Craft) 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter. 

2009 marks the beginning of Eric Adjetey Anang's international career. He was, with his creations, featured in a television commercial[3] for Aquarius (sports drink).[4] and collaborated with the Oregon College of Art & Craft, by organizing a two-month residence in Ghana[5] for artist and Senior Lecturer Michael de Forest.[6]

Eric Adjetey Anang is also involved in anthropological research related to Ga people with Roberta Bonetti, an affiliate professor in History of Anthropology at University of Bologna[8] and Fellow at Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University.[9]

Within a few years years, Eric Adjetey Anang has become, as a coffin maker, one of Ghana's leading contemporary artists, recognised both locally and internationally. The role of both families ordering coffins for their relatives and some travel agencies which include the visit of his workshop in their packages played a critical role in the local recognition of his talent, and helped to attract interest of cultural institutions established in Ghana.

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(Co-Sponsor Scout Books) 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

*Design Week Portland event - ticket purchase required

Longtime Editor in Chief and Publisher of Metropolis magazine. Leading advocate for ethical, sustainable, human-centered design. 

Susan S. Szenasy is publisher/editor in chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City–based magazine of architecture, design and culture. Since 1986, she has led the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving international recognition. A respected authority on sustainability and design, she served two terms on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the FIT Interior Design board, and the NYC Center for Architecture Advisory Board.

She has received two IIDA Presidential Commendations, is an honorary member of the ASLA and AIA NYC, and the 2008 recipient of the ASID Patron’s Prize and Presidential Commendation. Along with Metropolis magazine publisher Horace Havemeyer III, Szenasy received the 2007 Civitas August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence. She holds an MA from Rutgers University and honorary doctorates from the Art Center College of Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Event Description:

MFA Applied Craft + Design Chair JP Reuer will moderate a highly interactive exchange between audience members and Metropolis magazine Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Susan S. Szenasy. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in shaping the conversation by emailing in questions with subject heading 'Szenasy Talk' by 5pm Monday, October 6 to Questions should generally address issues related to ethics and sustainability. In addition to discussing the questions submitted in advance with Szenasy, audience members will also have the opportunity to comment and/or pose follow-up questions. Szenasy is in Portland as part of a series of national conversations exploring issues of design advocacy and ethics while celebrating Szenasy, Design Advocate, a new title published by Metropolis Books and distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. 



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Founding member of nomadic Jersey Devil design/build, director of University of Washington Neighborhood Design Build Studio. 

Steve Badanes is a co-founder of Jersey Devil, a group of architects, artists, and inventors, committed to the interdependence of design and construction. Jersey Devil builds all their own work, which shows concern for craft and detail, innovative use of materials, and a strong environmental consciousness. 

The work has been the subject of two monographs: the Jersey Devil Design/Build Book and Devil's Workshop--25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture. Badanes has lectured on design/build at over 100 universities & a dozen countries. At University of Washington, Badanes holds the Howard S. Wright Endowed Chair and directs the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio, which builds small public projects for Seattle area non-profits. He has led design/build studios throughout the US and in Canada, Cuba, Finland, Ghana, India, and Mexico. 

Badanes has been awarded the Solar Pioneer Award from the American Solar Energy Society, Education Awards from the AIA, and a Weird Home Award from the National Enquirer.


(Co-Sponsor PNCA Bridgelab) 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Founder Firebelly Design. Pioneer in socially responsible design. Named one of 11 most generous designers by Fast Company.

Dawn Hancock knows that sustainable innovation and social responsibility are not simply badges or buzzwords. They are principles. Ways to live. Through the Foundation’s work and her civic and social engagement, Dawn is ceaseless in her dedication to building and inspiring, to connecting ideas to individuals, and individuals to each other.

Upon joining the board of AIGA Chicago as Community Outreach Chair in 2009, Dawn seized upon the opportunity to create a free mentorship program available to the entire Chicago community. Each year, nearly 300 individuals from all areas come together in design therapy groups. They share their success stories as well as their missteps and questions, seeking and offering guidance regardless of career level. Together they form a community that believes, as Dawn does, that we are all in this together.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Professor Emeritus of design history, University of Illinois, Chicago. Co-editor of academic design journal Design Issues. 

Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. Professor Margolin has published widely on diverse design topics and lectured at conferences, universities, and art schools in many parts of the world. Books that he has written, edited, or co-edited include Propaganda: TheArt of Persuasion, WW II, The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, 1917-1936, Design Discourse, Discovering Design, The Idea of Design, The Designed World; Images, Objects, Environments, The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies, and Culture is Everywhere: The Museum of Corn-temporary Art. He is currently working on a World History of Design to be published by Bloomsbury in London. The first two of three volumes are scheduled for publication in early 2015.

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(Co-Sponsor Newspace Center for Photography)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Guggenheim, Fletcher and MacArthur Fellow. Chair of Photography and Imaging, NYU. Leading historian and curator of African American photography and culture.

Deborah Willis, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment as a University Professor with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fletcher Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow. Willis is the author of Reflections In Black and Let Your Motto Be Resistance. Her book Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs received the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Biography/Autobiography. She has exhibited her photographs at the Zora Neale Hurston Museum in Eatonville, Florida and just released two books: a co-authored book entitled Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery, published by Temple University Press, and Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty, published by the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington Press.



Thursday February 12, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Aly Khalifa is a design entrepreneur that is addicted to inventive culture. He has specialized in innovation development and launched products for some of the most exciting sports brands in the world.  Trained as both an engineer and a designer, Aly has traveled extensively for 19 years to manufacture sporting goods design and technologies. His collaborations have garnered more than 16 patents, been nominated for a Grammy Award and exhibited in the Louvre.

Aly is a co-founder of Designbox, a leading multi-disciplinary workspace of creative professionals. Additionally, he founded and leads SPARKcon, the nation’s largest open source festival that promotes local creative culture. As a result he has garnered significant attention as a voice for the creative community, leading to lectures worldwide.

Aly's designs of the Gamila Teastick and Impress Brewer have paved the way for single-serve gourmet beverages that avoid paper taste and paper waste. This work garnered significant success on Kickstarter and with baristas worldwide.

Aly and his wife Beth recently founded Lyf Shoes to put their latest patent to work. Lyf fuses technology with just-in-time assembly at the retail shop, and eliminates adhesives in order to achieve a new standard in sustainability. The company was seed-funded by Cherokee Investments Group in 2012.



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Design critic and author of books and essays about design, culture, and nature. 2013 collection of essays Incidental Steward addresses citizen science and stewardship.

Akiko Busch is the author of Geography of Home, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects, and Nine Ways to Cross a River. The Incidental Steward, her collection of essays about citizen science and stewardship, was published by Yale University Press in 2013 and awarded an Honorable Mention in the Natural History Literature category of 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her essays have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. She has taught at the University of Hartford and Bennington College, and currently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation, NYFA, and Civitella Ranieri. 


(Co-Sponsor OCAC'S Professional Practices) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Artist and author of Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art. Teaches and writes about arts & entrepreneurship.

Amy Whitaker is a full-time member of the Art Business faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. She is also the president of the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts (POWarts) and a mentor for fellows of the TED Conferences. 

Amy holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in oil painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her undergraduate degree is in political science and studio art from Williams College.

Amy teaches and writes about the intersection of art, business, and everyday life. She has taught courses in economics and entrepreneurship at The School of Visual Arts, The Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, Williams College, and Trade School, a social-practice school founded by artists. Her teaching has been cited in the Financial Times, Forbes, Corporate Counsel, The Awl, the New York Times Cityroom Blog, and elsewhere. She has lectured widely on art museums, creativity, and business principles. She has worked in museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tate, as well as for the artist Jenny Holzer, for the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P., and as an Olin Fellow in Economics at the Yale School of Management. 

Amy is the author of the book Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009), an essay collection about the creative life of museums and the public life of art. Museum Legs was included in the Authors@Google program, recommended by the Association of Art Museum Directors, and chosen as freshman read at RISD in 2010. Amy’s work has also appeared in, the New York Times, the New York Post, Art21, Artwrit, and The Millions, among other publications. She is the 2013 recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and is at work on a new book about creative process in the market economy, to be published by HarperCollins.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Artist in Residence, Head of Ceramics, Cranbrook. Recipient of numerous international awards whose work explores boundaries of ceramic medium as an idea and a material.

Anders Ruhwald lives and works at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005.

Ruhwald has had more than 20 solo exhibitions for the last 10 years in museums and galleries around the world including Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK), The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and the Saarinen House (USA). During the this time his work has also been shown in more than 80 group shows at venues like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Fondation d’entreprise Richard (Paris), Pinakotek der Moderne (Munich), Taipei Yingge Museum (Taiwan) and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)

His work is represented in over 20 public museum collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), The Denver Art Museum (USA), The Detroit Institute of Art (USA), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (France), The National Museum (Sweden), The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and Taipei Yingge Museum (Taiwan).In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Biennial in South Korea. He also received a Danish Art Foundation three-year work-stipend in 2010 and the Sotheby’s Prize (UK) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2007. Reviews include publications like the Guardian (UK), Wallpaper (UK), (US), Financial Times (UK) and Avenuel (Rep. of S. Korea).




Date TBD

Composer and improvisor. Founding member of avant-rock group Henry Cow. Subject of award-winning documentary Step Across the Border.

Fred Frith is a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar that began with Guitar Solos in 1974.

He learned his craft as both improviser and composer playing in rock bands, notably Henry Cow, and creating music in the recording studio. Much of his compositional output has been commissioned by choreographers and filmmakers, but his work has also been performed by Ensemble Modern, Hieronymus Firebrain, Arditti Quartet, Robert Wyatt, Bang on a Can All Stars, Concerto Köln, and Rova Sax Quartet, among quite a few others.

Fred enthusiastically records and performs all over the place with icons of contemporary music, younger players you may never have heard of, and everyone in between. He is currently leading the Gravity Band, Eye to Ear (his film music group), and Cosa Brava, whose second CD—The Letter—was released to critical acclaim in 2012.

Fred teaches at Mills College in Oakland California and at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. He is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s award-winning documentary film Step Across the Border. 


2013 / 2014 Lecture Series



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Mary Smull is an artist and educator living in Philadelphia, PA.  Recently, her work has been exhibited nationally at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and Daimler Financial Corporate Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and internationally at Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea and Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2009, where she was nominated for the Cranbrook Museum of Art Purchase Prize and the Daimler Emerging Artist Award.  Recently, Smull received a University of the Arts Faculty Enrichment Award to study computer-aided woven design at the Jacquard Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  She is a member of the Philadelphia cooperative gallery Grizzly Grizzly.

Smull teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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(co-sponsored w/ DesignWeek)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Hunt is the Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship. Etsy was founded in 2005 and is as they explain on their site, "the marketplace we make together". Their mission is to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. Over the past eight years, their members have grown to 30 million, with over 900,000 active shops, $895 million in goods sold in 2012, and over one billion page views per month.

Hunt co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and worked at Milton Glaser Inc. and Number 17. He writes and lectures about design and has been a visiting designer and critic at many colleges and universities. His first book, Product Design for the Web will be published in November.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Liz Lambert is an improbable success story in the world of hospitality design. Originally a New York trial lawyer, Liz returned to her Texas roots to open a succession of hotels and other properties that have captured the quirky character of Austin. From a wonderful moment of serendipity through years of perseverance launching her now-famous Hotel San José, Hotel Saint Cecilia, and Jo’s Coffee and Jo’s Downtown, she has woven soul, meaning and pleasure into each unique property. Now ready to launch her El Cosmico creative campground in Marfa and the revamped The Havana hotel on San Antonio’s River Walk, Liz continues to deliver a rock-and-roll sensibility and ‘mañanifesto’ vibe.



Wednesday, October 17, 2013

6:30pm - 8:30pm


Benjamin Lignel (1972) first trained in philosophy & literature, then in art history, at New York University, and finally in furniture design, in London: hence his interest in the functional object, complicated by a penchant for art, and further perverted by sustained exposures to literary works, often momentous, sometimes pertinent. 

The particulars of his training (two years of furniture design, and five days in jewelry making) defined the way he initially approached jewellery: concerning himself primarily with notions of function and context of use, and usually working towards self-appointed briefs, whilst one step removed from actual manufacture. Even though he is gradually taking over the manufacture of his work, it continues to offer a design-led alternative to a craft-based profession: as an extended family of individual objects that hope to tackle specific aspects of body adornment - with little concern for overall stylistic or technical homogeneity. 

The laws of gravity, or possibly the cyclical nature of one's interests, have recently been steering him back towards desktop adventures, including, but not limited to, curatorial, associative and writing endeavors.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Ginger Krieg Dosier holds a Master of Architecture (2005) from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Interior Design (2000) from the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

She is currently  an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah College of Architecture, Art and Design, United Arab Emirates.   Prior to arriving at AUS in 2007, Ginger was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the North Carolina State University College of Design.

Over the past eight years she has devoted research in the choreography of materiality with an environmental focus, engaging in co-research forums and cross-disciplinary collaboration; seeking a scientific understanding of the properties of material in relation to architectural performance.



 (co-sponsored by OCAC MFA Craft)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

6:30pm - 8:30pm

In the current complacency of entertainment culture, the creative act has to remain controversial and subversive. One of the few places left for this possibility, strangely enough, is in craft practices.

My work is an investigation of the role and function of ceramics within culture in general and art in particular. I see ceramics (and pottery) as an independent, autonomous and specific art form and it is this specificity that my work explores, around concepts particular to craft practices, like decoration, function and containment, in a unique relation to various contexts, to time, to history and to human experiences.




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Bill Deresiewicz writes about books, higher education, culture, politics, and anything else he can get away with. His forthcoming book is Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, to be published in August by The Free Press. He is the author of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (2011), which is under development as a television series. He is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The New Republic and The American Scholar, for which he wrote the All Points blog on culture and society from 2011-2013. His essays and reviews have also appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticSlateBookforumThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe New Yorker online, andThe London Review of Books.

The subject will be creative entrepreneurship as political practice.

(image from NYT)



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Matthias Pliessnig’s fluid, skeletal furniture forms are made using traditional steam-bending techniques with oak. His interest specifically with bending wood first developed in 2006 after making a boat. As a sculptor and woodworker his training developed during his studies at Kansas City Art Institute, earning a BFA in sculpture, at Rhode Island School of Design earning a BFA in furniture design and at the University of Wisconsin Madison, completing his MFA in wood and art in 2009. Human interaction imposed by furniture intrigues Pliessnig in his one-of-a-kind designs for benches. This interaction provides an additional consideration in the design process, one that is drastically different from considerations in creating a sculpture.

Pliessnig has received national attention for his work and is considered one of the top artists/designers working with wood today. In 2008, he received a grant for his MFA project from the Joan Mitchell Foundation; in the same year he was given the Best of the Year Award for lounge seating by Interior Design Magazine. In 2009, his work was purchased by the Museum of Art and Design’s permanent collection and he received a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 2010, he was awarded one of the most prestigious artist awards given today from United States Artists for $50,000. Most recently, the Smithsonian and Renwick Gallery chose eight pieces of his work to be included in the prestigious Renwick Craft Invitational. Pliessnig was one of four artists selected who represent the forefront of contemporary craft and design.



Co-Sponsoered by MFA Collaborative Design 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

6:30pm – 8:00pm



Rebecca Gates is an Oregon based musician, artist, curator, and activist. She has toured and released albums internationally (both under her own name and The Spinanes moniker), and appeared on recordings by a range of artists including Willie Nelson, Akito Katayose and The Decemberists. Her programs and work relating to issues of sound and space, listening, and artist's roles in their communities have been hosted by PS1, Mass MOCA, WFMU's Radiovision Festival, PICA Symposium, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, New York University and galleries in the United States and Europe. Gates co-curated Ballroom Marfa's sonic exploration of land arts, "The Marfa Sessions", co-founded The Relay Project audiomagazine, and is chief wrangler at The Agency League of Musicians, a musician centered think tank and action network. 


Please note, use as an artist link. 

Twitter: @rebeccagates




(Co-sponsored by PNCA MFA in Visual Studies)


Sidonie Villere is a multi-faceted artist using self-preservation and its contradictions as a common theme in her work. She has had solo exhibitions in Miami, Nashville and New Orleans and been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Atlanta, Miami, New York, and New Orleans. Her large-scale works were recently featured in The P.1 Projects satellite exhibition at the Prospect.1 Biennial Welcome Center in 2008.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014


From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafunikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa. He highlights the history and legacy that are embodied in written words and symbols, and urges African designers to draw on these graphic forms for fresh inspiration. It’s summed up in his favorite Ghanaian glyph, Sankofa, which means “return and get it” — or “learn from the past.”

Saki Mafundikwa wrote Afrikan Alphabets, the book on Africa’s graphic design heritage — then opened the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

As a kid growing up in Zimbabwe, Mafundiwaka loved to sketch letterforms he saw in books and magazines, but he didn’t know graphic design was a career option until he arrived in America. “Sometimes you have to leave home,” he says, “to discover yourself.” He opened ZIVA to pay it forward. “The dream,” he says, “is for something to come out of Africa that is of Africa.”

In 2010, he made the film Shungu: The Resilience of a People, a compelling narrative of the strategies ordinary people use to survive in Zimbabwe today.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Michael Palmieri is a director, cinematographer, and editor. His first documentary feature October Country was a co-directing effort with Donal Mosher that won the grand jury prize for best US documentary at Silverdocs and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2009. He has directed music videos for Beck, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian, and many others, and his film and video collaborations include work with film and fine artists Christopher Doyle, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Adrian Paci and Tauba Aeurbach. He has been a guest lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art and at the Balkan film program in Kosovo and is an adjunct professor of film at CCAin San Francisco.

Donal Mosher is a photographer, writer, and musician. His photo documentary work inspired his collaborative directing of October Country with Michael Palmieri. His visual work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and San Francisco’s SF Camerawork. His fiction and non-fiction writings have appeared in Instant City, Satellite, Frozen Tears, Still Blue – An Anthology of Working Class Writing, Life as We Show it – Writings On Film, and the Lamba Award winning Portland Queer Anthology. He is also a principle subject of Robert Arnold’s documentary film “Key of G,” which focuses on life and work with a severely disabled young man.




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Renowned as the “Queen of Beadwork,” Joyce J. Scott is a versatile artist from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist, and educator, but she is probably most well known for her work in jewelry, beadwork, and glass. Her art, in whatever form, reflects her take on all aspects of American popular culture, her ancestry, and the immediate world of her neighborhood.

Her pieces serve as a commentary for issues regarding race, politics, sexism, and stereotypes. She received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.F.A. from the Instituto Allende. Her work is in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Mint Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.