Juried Inaugural Exhibition at PNCA New Commons

PNCA To Host First Regional Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
Featuring work by students from five Portland colleges and universities

503/971
New Commons, PNCA
April 2-29, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2 from 6-9pm

Portland, OR—March 3, 2015—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents 503/971, the inaugural juried undergraduate exhibition in its new home, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. For the first time, PNCA has opened the exhibition to undergraduate art students from colleges and universities throughout Portland including Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Organized by two students, Joseph McGehee and Joseph Greer, 503/971 is juried by three of the city’s top contemporary curators, Kristan Kennedy (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), Robert Snowden (Yale Union), Libby Werbel (Portland Museum of Modern Art). 503/971 opens April 2, 2015 in PNCA’s New Commons and runs through April 29, 2015. An opening reception is scheduled for April 2, 6-9pm.

The exhibition poses a trans-institutional perspective as a means of considering PNCA’s position within expanded regional arts and culture networks. Recognizing the diversity of collegiate art programs, this exhibition will act to assemble a collective, media-blind survey of the formal and conceptual investigations within our region. 503/971celebrates the future of PNCA, Portland’s art community, and the potential for collaboration between academic institutions and individuals alike.

The title of the exhibition, 503/971, makes reference to the old and the new, to shared histories and futures, and with a nod to the PNCAbuilding’s history as a federal post office, to networks and communication. And 503/971 celebrates the future of PNCA as a member of Portland’s art community, and the potential for collaboration between academic institutions and individuals alike.