Campus Life

OCAC is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered art college gathering people from all over the country. Student life centers around the studio and the adventure of becoming an artist. The student body supports both social and professional activities. Events are planned by a Student Council, which includes students, faculty and a staff advisor. In recent years, students have sponsored a visiting artist lecture series, inviting artists from the Portland vicinity to share their work at a monthly brown bag lunch. Other events include the First Thursday gallery tour, Greek dinner, bowling night, the winter party and the student holiday sale. Events and activities evolve to reflect student interests and needs.

The OCAC campus sits high in the West Hills of Portland overlooking the Oregon coastal mountains, yet it is minutes from downtown's cultural resources. Portland is a city of trees, bridges, hip urban culture, neighborhoods, and activism. You will find it alive with art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and a diversity of shopping venues (everything from great thrift stores, trendy boutiques and recyclers to the well known department stores).

Wherever you go in Portland, you are never far from an art house cinema, performance space, brewpub, farmers market, public park, or community garden. Portland attracts many musicians due to the healthiness and diversity of the music scene as well as its emergence as an international cultural center.

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Calendar Events

August 5, 2014 to September 27, 2014
OCAC CAMPUS | HOFFMAN GALLERY
Opening Reception TUES AUG 5th | 5-7pm

August 7, 2014 to August 31, 2014
NINE GALLERY (INSIDE BLUE SKY GALLERY) | 122 NW 8TH AVE
Opening Reception | August 7 | 6-9pm

August 24, 2014 to August 30, 2014
BULLSEYE GALLERY | 300 NW 13th Avenue
Artist Talk SUN AUG 24 | 1:00-2:30pm

September 4, 2014 to September 28, 2014
OCAC CAMPUS | CENTRUM GALLERY
Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 4-6pm

News

Arthur DeBow awarded Oregon Higher Education Art Educator of the Year
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Alumnae Lauren (Wilson) George featured in "New American Paintings" magazine
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Jiseon Lee Isbara, OCAC Dean of Academic Affairs featured in Surface Design Journal
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"BirdWingFeather", a children's book by painter and OCAC staff member Siri Schillios published by Pomegranate
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Handcrafted mortar and pestle by Alumnus Sterling Collins ('14) included in The New York Times.
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