Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft Steps Down

Release date: 04/10/14

Portland, OR – April 10, 2014 – Pacific Northwest College of Art President Tom Manley announced today that Namita Gupta Wiggers is stepping down as Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft, operated in partnership with PNCA. Wiggers served for 10 years at the Museum, including overseeing its move to the North Park Blocks and facilitating its partnership with PNCA.

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Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment

Release date: 03/07/14

Portland, OR – March 7, 2014 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, an exhibition that draws from the experience of both designer and wearer to explore the culture of regional fashion, May 9 through October 11, 2014. Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment examines the design, production, circulation, use, and reuse of garments with works by eight Northwest fashion designers and collectives, including: Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Anna Cohen and Imperial Stock Ranch, Michelle Lesniak, Carole McClellan, The Portland Collection by Pendleton Woolen Mills, Liza Rietz, and Anna Telcs. Organized by Associate Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo, the exhibition features spectacular finished garments alongside ephemera to illustrate the behind-the-scenes of the designer’s process.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents Portland Collects: British Ceramics

Release date: 02/14/14

Portland, OR – February 14, 2014 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents the exhibition Portland Collects: British Ceramics February 28, 2014 – August 23, 2014. This exhibition, the first of its kind in Portland since 1951, mingles local and global perspectives by examining the relationship between objects and those who collect them. Curated by Nicole Nathan, Curator of Collections and Registrar, Museum of Contemporary Craft, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works drawn primarily from local collections in the Portland metro area and will include works from the Museum’s permanent collection. British Ceramics will introduce the public to classic ceramic works by Dame Lucie Rie, Michael Cardew, Bernard Leach, and others. This is a unique opportunity to see these works, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents This Is Not A Silent Movie

Release date: 01/08/14

Portland, OR – January 6, 2014 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents the group exhibition, This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists January 31, 2014 – April 19, 2014.

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The Tool at Hand Opens at Museum of Contemporary Craft

Release date: 09/27/13

Portland, OR – September 27, 2013 – The Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents The Tool at Hand, an exhibition for which 16 artists from Britain and the United States were invited to craft a work using only one tool. Curated by Ethan Lasser and organized by the Chipstone Foundation in partnership with the Milwaukee Art Museum The Tool at Hand will showcase these works, the tools that crafted them, and explanatory videos produced by each artist. The exhibition runs from October 3, 2013 through January 11, 2014.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents Quality is Contagious

Release date: 07/23/13

Portland, OR – July 23, 2013 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works, a retrospective exhibition for this furniture maker turned heirloom-quality tool designer. A highly respected furniture maker until a severe allergy to wood dust ended his career, Economaki brings the same curiosity, creativity, practicality, and innovation that characterized his studio furniture practice to the creation of handtools for woodworkers. The exhibition, curated by Nicole Nathan in collaboration with Economaki, opens August 16, 2013 and runs through February 08, 2014. The exhibition will be accompanied by interactive programming in The Lab.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Acquires Betty Feves’ Garden Wall

Release date: 07/01/13

Portland, OR – July 1, 2013 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Garden Wall, an important work by ceramic artist, Betty Feves. Scores of donors, including volunteers, longstanding patrons, new collectors, and artists, came together with gifts large and small to make the acquisition possible. The fundraising effort was launched with a $40,000 grant from The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund through the Oregon Arts Commission. Thanks to the leadership of newly-elected Board Chair Georgia Erdenberger, who led board giving and the public campaign with support from outgoing Board Chair John Bishop, the Museum was able to raise the remaining funds for the purchase. Other significant gifts included $5000 from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents Interactive Installation, Soundforge

Release date: 04/04/13

Portland, OR – April 3, 2013 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) continues its SoundCraft series with Soundforge, a multimedia installation by metalsmith and “ethical jeweler” Gabriel Craig and composer Michael Remson. Curated by Anna Walker for Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), Soundforge will be on view May 16, 2013 – September 21, 2013 in the Museum’s Upper Gallery.

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Museum of Contemporary Craft Collaborates with Portland Chefs

Release date: 04/04/13

Portland, OR – April 3, 2013 – The second part of the exhibition Object Focus: The Bowl entitled Engage + Use opens May 16 and runs through September 21, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). This part of the exhibition explores the social role of the bowl and features special collaborations with Portland restaurants, chefs, and culinary professionals, and artist projects reaching out into the community and bringing the community into the museum.

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New Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Object Focus: The Bowl

Release date: 02/26/13

Portland, OR – February 26, 2013 – The Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) opens the second exhibition in its Object Focus series, Object Focus: The Bowl, on March 7, 2013. This two-part exhibition, featuring nearly 200 bowls, focuses attention on the most commonplace of objects, asking us to consider the ubiquitous bowl in new ways. As artist and PNCA professor M.K. Guth has pointed out, the history of the bowl is the history of civilization. Yet because it holds our cereal, our soup, our tea, our spare change, it becomes so familiar as to be overlooked. Through a variety of engaging activities, Object Focus: The Bowl invites the viewer to connect the work on display in the Museum with the bowl in his or her everyday life. The bowls on view range from the functional to the decorative, industrially produced to handmade, and span the globe geographically and culturally.

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