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Courtney Kemp, Metals Faculty, "Our Roof, Our Rules," 2014, aluminum, Turkish rug, plywood, vinyl, paint, 7’h x 4.5’w x 6.5’d
Michelle Ross, Drawing and Painting Department Head, "As Invisible as Possible Unfolds In a Twinkle," 2015, oil, Flashe, paper, plaster, and chalk on birch panel, 62” x 65”
Christine Clark, Metals Department Head, "Amass," 2014, urethane resin
Dylan Beck, Ceramics Department Head, "Overburden,", 2015, ceramic, digital print on vinyl, 18" x 52" x 48"
Karl Burkheimer, MFA in Craft Chair, "Not It," 2015, wood, cardboard, concrete blocks, paint, digital prints


In keeping with the mission of the College, the faculty at Oregon College of Art and Craft are nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars.  They are experienced educators, innovative makers and thinkers, communicating formal and conceptual content through their rigorous exploration of creative practice.  


Dylan J. Beck
Ceramics Department, Head/Associate Professor

MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Post Baccalaureate Fellowship, Illinois State University; BFA, Ohio University.  Born in rural southeastern Ohio, DYLAN spent his childhood living between small town Ohio, inner city Columbus, and the wooded Hocking Hills. These diverse environments had a major impact on how he interprets landscape. As a teenager Dylan worked for his father’s home construction business which directly informed his use of materials and understanding of infrastructural development. His artwork explores the interaction of human activities with the natural environment and the idea that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, where human activities have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems. 

EXHIBITIONS: Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, 2016 NCECA Invitational; Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics; Scratching the Surface at Red Lodge Clay Center, MT; Rhythm Repetition Ritual at Pottery Northwest; Cloud Sourcing at Eutectic Gallery, Portland; and Constructed at Nightingale Gallery in Eastern Oregon University.
PUBLICATIONS: The Flight Patterns of Dylan J Beck, Garth Clark's CFile; An Overwelming Trust in Progress, NCECA Journal 2012 vol.33; and 21st Century Ceramics: The First Decade. COLLECTIONS: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Ohio University School of Art, OH; and IDL Merchandising Solutions, PA.  AWARDS: NCECA Emerging Artist, National Award, 2012; Emerging Artist Award, Windgate Charitable Foundation, 2012.  SERVICES: NCECA 2017 Portalnd Onsite Liaison, NCECA Board member; Board member at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts; and Board president for ArtAxis Organization Inc.


Ryan Burghard
Foundations/General Studies Department, Instructor

headshot_Burghard_0.jpgMFA and MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; BFA, Bowling Green State University. RYAN has had numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and has exhibited internationally in Canada and Australia. In addition to his work at OCAC, Burghard is a Public Art Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission's Percent for Art program, and serves on the Board of Directors at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. 



Karl Burkheimer
MFA in Craft, Chair/Professor

MFA in Craft and Materials Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University; BED in Architecture, North Carolina State University.  KARL leads the newest OCAC graduate program, the MFA in Craft. Formerly the head of the College’s Wood Department, Karl has been actively involved in the development of OCAC’s MFA programs, and was the Associate Chair within the Applied Craft + Design program. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, Karl was an Assistant Professor of Design at Virginia Commonwealth University’s branch campus in Qatar. He has also worked with students and faculty from the University of Manitoba as a guest artisan for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa.  Karl’s artistic practice is founded on his complicity with material culture and the built environment, particularly as expressed through a making space.
EXHIBITIONS: Of Silence: Outpost porjects, Yucca Valley, CA; Not It, Linfield College, OR; All Rise: Seattle City Denny Substation Project, WA; and Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, OR, PUBLICATIONS: “Making Awareness an Interview with ” Joshua West Smith, Drain; and, “The Object of Exchange”, Ceramic Monthly, AWARDS: U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship Finalists for 2013, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission; Finalists for 2013 Northwest Contemporary Art Awards, Portland Art Museum; and Project Grant and Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, SERVICES: Committee member and selection panel at Portland Metor Scholastic Art Awards, Regional Art & Culture Council, Disjecta, Portland; lecturer at numerous organizations including Anderson Ranch, CO, Portland Art Museum, OR, Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR, Umea Institute of Design, Sweden, and International House of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.


Christine Clark
Metals Department, Head/Professor

MFA in Metals, Rochester Institute of Technology; BFA in Metals/Jewelry, University of Washington.  Along with teaching traditional metalsmithing and jewelry, CHRISTINE's personal work focuses on installation art, abstract sculpture in steel, wire, and mixed materials. Her work examines subjects such as human habit and predisposition.

EXHIBITIONS:permanent public art at Eastern Oregon University and at OCAC; Weight, Nine Gallery, Portland; Amass, Nine Gallery and Herded, Nine Gallery. COLLECTIONS: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA; and Portland Community College, Portland, OR.  AWARDS: Ford Foundation/Ucross Residency; Ucross Foundation Residency, Wyoming; and Jogn Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Wisconsin.  
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Ben Ediger
Wood and Foundations Department, Instructor

MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art; BFA in Wood , Oregon College of Art and Craft.  BEN is a Portland–based artist, who along with Todd Isaacs is a founding member of SPACECRAFT. Part workshop and part idea factory; they produce everything from hand-tooled furniture, fixtures and interiors, to impromptu installations.



Phil Harris
General Studies Department, Humanities and Social Sciences/Professor

MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology; BA in Semiotics, Brown University.  PHIL worked virtually exclusively as a photographer for over thirty years, exhibiting his work in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. In recent years, Harris has begun to work with other two- and three-dimensional materials to address perceptual and philosophical concerns, including balance, imbalance, prosthesis, the interconnected nature of human existence, and the limits of individualism.

EXHIBITIONS: See For Yourself: Experiential Prototypes(solo), Doppler PDX Gallery, Portland, 2010; Shadows/Transmit (two-person with Susan Dunkerley Maguire), Houston Central Community College Gallery, Houston, TX, 2010. PUBLICATIONS:  Independent  (Lisbon, Portugal),September 2003; Portland Magazine, Winter 2001and Spring 2001; and The Oregonian, January 2001.  COLLECTIONS: Arquivo Fotográfico da Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University; and New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.


Jiseon Lee Isbara
Dean of Academic Affairs/Professor

MFA in Fibers, Colorado State University; MFA in Fibers, Ewha Womans University; BFA in Fibers, Ewha Womans University.  JISEON is the Dean of Academic Affair and Chief Academic Officer and a formal Fibers Department Head at OCAC. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, she was an Assistant Professor of Textile Design at East Carolina University in NC. Born and rasied in South Korea, her work reflects her experiences as an immigrant by creating anxiety with prestinely orderly and delicate forms. Jiseon's current body of work tempers the chaos of communication through simple, essential techniques and fluid textile materials.  

EXHIBITIONS: Hold That Thought, HAP Gallery, Portland; Top Ten Books to Read Before You Die, Nine Gallery, Portland; and invitational group shows Hands of Korea, exhibited in Korea, Europe, and the United States; and Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers, exhibited in many states in the US.  PUBLICATIONS: Textile Fibre Forum magazine in Australia; the Fiber Art Now catalog; and the Surface Design Journal.  COLLECTIONS:  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; and Colorado State University.  SERVICES: member, Disjecta Consilario Committee, Portland; member, Disjecta Biennial Community Committee 2015 Portland Biennial Curator selection; member, Artist in Residence selection committe, Caldera; and member, Oregon Zoo Public Art Advisory Committee, Portalnd.


Abby McGehee 
General Studies Department, Head; Art History, Professor

Ph.D. in Art History, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., Pomona College.  ABBY's recent projects include studies of Late Gothic architecture in Paris and Normandy. She also co-edited a volume of essays, New Approaches to Medieval Architecture, published in 2011. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Program, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Getty.

PUBLICATIONS: “On the Threshold of Heaven: Text and Ornament at Notre-Dame, Caudebec-en-Caux,”; forthcoming; “Interrogating Space: Jeanne Nagy at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center,” CIR: Curator in Residence, catalog for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland: 2013); Co-Editor with Robert Bork and William W. Clark, New Directions in Medieval Architecture; AVISTA Studies in the History of  Medieval Technology, Science and Art (Ashgate: 2011); The Hand of the Master: Architects and Entrepreneurs in Late Gothic Paris,” AVISTA Forum Journal, 18/1 (Fall, 2009); Reappraising Design Methods in Medieval Architecture,” a review of Nigel Hiscock, The Symbol at Your Door: Numerical and Geometric Symbolism in Medieval Architecture (Ashgate: 2008) in Metascience (Summer 2009).


Cia Mooney 
MFA in Industrial Design, Chair/Associate Professor
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MID in Industrial Design, Domus Academy, Milan Italy; BID in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. CIA leads the new MFA/ID program with the mindset of Portland’s start-up culture fused to OCAC’s preeminence in craft and the digital frontier. Her industrial design career spans product, furniture, lighting and exhibition design in the US and abroad. Her interest in learning and education has led to teaching assignments at Rhode Island School of Design and Miami's Design + Architecture Senior High School.

EXHIBITIONS: Salone del Mobile; Euroluce, Milan Triennale with Isao Hosoe; Gallery 91, New Domestic Objects, New York City. PUBLICATIONS: Abitare, Ocean Drive, ID Magazine PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America), Designer’s Accord, SCRUM Certified License. SERVICES: Design Advisory Board, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Design; Guest Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Emergent Design; Panelist, Arango Design Foundation; Guest Lecturer, IDC, Vancouver, BC; Guest Lecturer, Craft in the 21st Century, Steelcase, Seattle; Volunteer Exhibit Designer, Bainbridge Island Children’s Museum.


Emily Nachison
Fibers Department, Head/Assistant Professor

nachison_headshot edit.jpgMFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art; BFA in Fibers, Maryland Institute College of Art. EMILY explores the desire for alternate realities and liminal space. Through sculptural objects and installation, she investigates the use of story and symbols to mythologize natural phenomena, referencing our collective desire for escapism and secret knowledge. Her material choices are governed by each material's cultural lineage and ability to impart meaning.  

EXHIBITIONS: Long Lost, Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery, Kutztown University; The Realm of Quantifiable Truths, Bullseye Gallery, Portland; Latheron Art Byre, Latheron, Scotland; Across every reason a movement, Littmand Gallery, Portland State University; Dark Ecologies, Bullseye Resource Center, New York. PUBLICATIONS: American Craft Magazine, August/September 2014; Drain Magazine, February, 2014; Art Ltd Magazine, September/October and May/June, 2012.


Georgiana Nehl
Drawing and Foundations Department, Professor

BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. GEORGIANA is a painter who exhibits locally and nationally; working in both two- and three-dimensions and often exploring symbols, systems of thought, and the evocative nature of color. The nature of consciousness is often expored in her work; how we make sense of our world and make connections with each other as sentient beings. For most of her paintings and objects she uses the arcane surface ground of hot-glue gesso, on wood or paper, allowing both additive and subtractive methods as she uses gouache, watercolor, oil paint, cold wax, and a variety of dry media. Currently she is creating a series of small but complex mixed-media paintings exploring the contemplative mandala as a format and a collection of large charcoal drawings relating to her dance practice.

EXHIBITIONS: "Lexicon: 100 Mixed Media Paintings" traveled to Elmhurst Art Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, and several university galleries.


Michelle Ross
Drawing and Painting Department, Head/Professor

MFA in painting and drawing from Washington State University; BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.  MICHELLE's work is concerned with the placement and effect of fragments. Interested in a physical response to form, color and space she operates with the premise that certain arrangements of these simple elements can evoke clearly felt and understood experiences beyond language. Distance, proximity, isolation and repetitive structures of order are utilized as both comforting and alienating. She is convinced that these experiences can be socially powerful and that painting can be a sign, a reminder of this.

EXHIBITIONS: exhibited and curated in print around the United States and in Europe, including by Jennifer Blessing at the Guggenheim, New York; Lowery Sims, of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Jessica Morgan at the Tate, London, the Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Rome International University, Italy; and Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York. AWARDS: Ford Family Fellow (Oregon); MacDowell Colony Fellow (New Hampshire); artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; and Vermont Studio Center, among others. numerous grants and honors, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship; a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant; an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant; and a Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Juror's Award. Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.


Mark Rupert
Photography Department, Head/Associate Professor

MFA in Photography University of Oregon; BFA in Photography, Ohio University. MARK uses a variety of materials and processes to explore historical and contemporary patterns of human interaction with the land.  Recent works include Roll on Columbia, a group of pinhole photographs exploring the Columbia River, Desert Time, a group of large format panoramic images of the deserts of the American West, and the “Art Contemplates Industry” project and traveling exhibition series which, in partnership with Portland General Electric and the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, provides unprecedented access for artists to explore historic hydro-electric power generating stations and their role in the industrial history of the Pacific Northwest.  

EXHIBITIONS: Roll on Columbia, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, 23 Alchemy, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland.  PUBLICATIONS: Window to the Past, The Sandy Post, 2009; Art Contemplates Industry, The Oregonian, 2007. COLLECTIONS: University of Oregon Law School; Ohio University Archives; and International Print Exchange Collection, Graphic School, Prague, Czech Republic.


Heidi Schwegler
MFA Applied Craft + Design, Chair/Professor

MFA in Metals, University of Oregon; BFA in Metals, University of Kansas; BFA in Art History, University of Kansas.  HEIDI is Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft + Design program, jointly offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. Heidi explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Her style as an artist is a hybrid of conceptual art and craft, the objects well made and at the same time provocative and meaningful.

EXHIBITIONS: numerous shows, including exhibitions at the Co/Lab Art Fair in California, Raid Projects in California; Platform China in Beijing, Scope Art 2004 in New York; and the Hallie Ford Museum in Oregon. AWARDS: Ford Family Fellow (Oregon); MacDowell Colony Fellow (New Hampshire); Oregon Arts Commission Fellow; and several Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Individual Project Grants (Oregon) and Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grants. SERVICES: lecturer at many institutions such as the Burg Giebichenstein in Germany, Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan. PUBLICATIONS: published in Art in America, ArtNews; Drain Magazine; and the Huffington Post.


Brian Shannon
Foundations Department, Head/Professor

MFA in Printmaking, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BFA, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  BRIAN has been teaching and mentoring at Oregon College of Art and Craft since 1993 in the Drawing/Painting, Book and Print and General Studies Departments. Prior to working full-time at OCAC, Brian was an Assistant Professor for 11 years teaching Printmaking and Visual Elements at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. His work combines the printmaking mediums of intaglio, lithography and relief as well as mixed media sculpture.

EXHIBITIONS:Flux: The Flowing in the Tide, SGCI, Portland, Oregon; and Ink This: Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington. AWARDS: Artist-in-Residence at Caldera Arts, OR.  PUBLICATIONS: Artweek, exhibition review, “ Brian Shannon & Christy Wyckoff at Alysia Duckler Gallery “; Traversing Territory, catalog, PICA’s Expanding Dimensions in Printmaking, p. 51; Art in America, photo of Choke, fall preview at Alysia Duckler Gallery, Sept. 1999, p55 by Lois Allan, June 2003, p23 (photo of Interlace).  COLLECTIONS: the New York Public Library; New Orleans Museum Of Art; Portland Art Museum; Portland Visual Chronicles; and the Jordan D. Schnitzer Print Collection.  


Steve Taylor
General Studies Department, Writing/Professor

MA in Jounalism/Public Affairs, The American University; BS in Political Science, SUNY, NEW Paltz.  STEVE is an award-winning journalist and writer who has had more than 750 articles, editorials, essays, and other works published by more than 60 organizations and publications, including The Nation, The Washington Post, Public Citizen, The New York Times bestselling history book Chronicle of the 20th Century, and CBS Radio. He’s a recipient of the Washington Press Foundation Award and several journalism grants from various organizations, including The Center for Public Integrity, Voice of the Environment, and The National Forest Accountability Alliance. Currently, he is co-writing a book about ethical leadership and writes monthly articles for a national legal publication called "Of Counsel." Steve is also a performance artist and humorist, exploring socio-political issues in a medium he’s coined “journalistic theater.” In this format, performed as approximately one hour-long monologues, he says he likes to “push his concepts to the outer edge – and sometimes beyond."


Barb Tetenbaum
Book and Print Department, Head/Professor

MFA in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BS of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. BARB is an artist working in printed books and installation. In 1979, she founded her imprint, Triangular Press. This work can be found in many private and public collections in the US and abroad.

EXHIBITIONS: My Ántonia: Instructions for Seeing, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE; Four Proposals Toward the Future of Reading, Seager Gray Gallery,Mill Valley, CA; Approximate Exactitude: The Diagram and the Book, SGC International, Knoxville, TN; Redux: Selected Featured Artist Projects Renewed, Center for Book Arts, NYC, NY;  Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Carpe Librum.  COLLECTIONS: Houghton Library, Harvard Univ.; Univ. of Oregon Special Collections; Multnomah Co. Public Library, Portland, OR; Otis College of Art and Design, LA; Cerritos Public Library, CA; Getty Art Center, Los Angeles, CA; Kohler Art Library, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison; Lilly Library, Bloomington, IN; Victoria & Albert Museum; Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany; Weserberg Museum, Bremen; Deutsches Bucherei, Leipzig   Deutsches Bibliothek. PUBLICATIONS: The Artist Book Yearbook; UWE-Bristol, England; A Close Read: The Cather Projects; 2011 Masters: Book Arts; Lark Books; The Blue Notebook; UWE, Bristol England (Artist Page)  AWARDS: Merit Award; Book As Art 3.0, Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, GA; 2014 Exhibition and Purchase Awards; Print/Publish/Produce; Marriott Library, Univ. of UT, Salt Lake City; 2013 Finalist, MCBA Book Arts Prize, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN; And Fulbright Lectureship; Faculty of Applied Art and Design, J.E. Purkyne Univ., Usti n. Labem, CZ 


Bill Will
General Studies Department, Studio/Professor Emeritus

BA from Washington State University.  BILL is a sculptor and installation artist who has also completed numerous public artworks. In 2005 Bill completed a large sculpture for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington and has worked on commissions in Seattle, Washington and Phoenix, Arizona. The Art Gym at Marylhurst University recently presented a mid-career retrospective of his work- Bill Will: Prototypes, 1980-2005.






Lucas Bernhardt
General Studies Department, Writing Instructor

lucas_small rectangle.jpgMFA Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; MA in Writing from Portland State University; MA in English Literature from Portland State University; BA in English from Portland State University. LUCAS is a poet, a Senior Editor at Propeller Magazine, and Manager of the Portland State University Writing Center. 




Victoria Christen
Ceramics Department, Instructor

Vic-4 copy 2 _0.jpg MFA, University of Minnesota.  A full-time studio potter, VICTORIA makes everyday objects for the home, pieces that individuals use in the supposedly mundane activities of their lives. She has been a resident artist at Guldagaard, the International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark and the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. She has given many workshops across the United States and has been the recipient of an NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award, two Minnesota Arts Board Grants, and a travel grant to Japan. 

EXHIBITIONS: “Anderson Ranch Legacy: Mentoring Artistic Excellence”, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO; “Constructed Vision: Two Views, Monica Rudquist and Victoria Christen”, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN; Past Presenter’s Exhibition,” as part of the 6th edition of the “Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object,” Conference, San Angelo TX; “Courses: Soup to Nuts,” Watkins Gallery, Northampton, MA. PUBLICATIONS: 2013 Ceramics Art and Perception, International Issue 93, p. 38-41, by Craig Adcock; 2010 Ceramics Monthly, summer issue, cover, p. 34-35; 2002 500 TEAPOTS, Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, Editor: Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, p.47, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co.; 2001 The Washington Post, February 8, Home Section, p. 10, “Tantalizing Teapots.”


Isabel Duffy
Book and Print Department, Instructor

MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College; BA in Art from the University of Oregon. ISABEL is a book artist who focuses on where writing and print processes intertwine.




Catherine Glass
General Studies Department, Natural Science/Instructor

Ph.D in Plant Biology (Systematics), University of Illinois; B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology, California Polytechnic State University.  CATHERINE spent 15 years as a studio potter before earning her Ph.D. She is well-versed in Field Ecology and Ethnobotany.

PUBLICATIONS:  David E. Seigler, John E. Ebinger, and Catherine E. Glass. 2013. Senegalia berlandieri, S.crassifolia, and S. reniformis Hybrids (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) in Central and Northern Mexico.  Madroño 60 (3):179-185.; Glass, C. E. & D. S. Seigler.  2006.  A new combination in Senegalia and typification of six New World Acacia names.  Taxon 55 (4);  Glass, C. E. 2003. The Acacia berlandieri species group: Armed New World Members of Subgenus Aculeiferum (Fabaceae) North of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. (Doctoral thesis). University of Illinois, Urbana. 320 pages.  PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Botanical Society of America; Society for Economic Botany; Native Plant Society of Oregon; and The American Oriental. 


Bethany Hays
Foundation Department, Instructor

hays_headshot_0.jpgMFA in Contemporary Art Practices, Portland State University; BA in Studio Art, Evergreen State College; BA in Foreign Language, Spanish, Central Washington University. HAYS' work focuses on feminist themes and uses imagery associated with home and domesticity. Her current body of work began when she realized that the persistent piles of clean laundry in her house were like incidental sculptures or landscapes that could also represent the often overwhelming nature of balancing work and family on a metaphorical level. Through large-scale watercolor paintings that play on the word wash, drapery studies and the ‘grand landscape,’ Hays strives to make work that stimulates discussion about the complexities of modern motherhood and our culture’s ideals of beauty and value.

EXHIBITIONSErratic Formations, Alexander Gallery, Clackamas, OR; New Views, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR; Cummulus Congestus, North View Gallery, Portland, OR; Piling Up, Rogers Gallery, Salem, OR; Divergent Strategies, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR; It’s Possible, Disjecta, Portland, OR; AWARDSArtistic Focus Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council; Money for Women Grant, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.


Andrea Joyce Heimer
Drawing & Painting Department, Illustration/Instructor

Andrea is a visual artist and writer who received her MFA from New Hampshire Institute of Art. Recently, Andrea has had two solo exhibitions in NYC at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery and Hometown Gallery. Her work is being included in the current Istanbul Biennial. She has exhibited in Italy, China, England, Germany and Denmark. Andrea's work has been written about in Art Forum, Art in America, the New York Times, Vice, and the Huffington Post. In 2016, one of her short stories was developed into a film, Mildred and the Dying Parlor. Andrea has taught courses and workshops in artist professional development, and the figure and narrative. She is a member of SOIL Artist Run Gallery in Seattle.


Rebecca Kelley
General Studies Department, Writing/Instructor

MA Writing from Portland State University; BA in English from Southern Oregon University.  REBECCA is a fiction writer whose work is infused with the sensibilities of the young creative class that uses the Pacific Northwest as its way station for earnest, well-meaning adventuring to the world at large. She is the author of the novel Broken Homes & Gardens (2015) and co-author of The Eco-nomical Baby Guide (2010).
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Courtney Kemp
Metals Department/Instructor

MFA in Interdisciplinary 3D from University of Oregon: BFA in Metalsmithing from Colorado State University.  COURTNEY is an alumni member of Ditch Projects, an artist-run gallery and collective, and has recently served as gallery manager for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited in both national and international galleries, including SOFA New York 2011, SOIL Gallery (Seattle, Washington), Galleri Puls (Norheimsund, Norway), Disjecta Gallery (Portland, Oregon), and Heidi Lowe Gallery (Rehobeth, Rhode Island).


Colin Kippen
Foundations Department, Instructor

KippenColin_headshot resize.jpgMFA in Craft and Post Bacc Certificate in Metals, Oregon College of Art and Craft; BA in Studio Art, Carleton College. COLIN's art practice involves a kind of urban beach-combing that sources found objects from free piles, parking strips and roadside detritus. These items are then united with brightly painted concrete castings, resulting in an enigmatic hybrid of photography, painting and sculpture. Colin also teaches figure sculpture at PCC Rock Creek and metalsmithing at OCAC's Studio School.

EXHIBITIONS:  Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, Disjecta, Portland, Curated by Michelle Grabner; Out of Sight Seattle, Seattle WA; Indices, Duplex Gallery, Portland; Re:Surface,  SOIL Gallery, Seattle.


Jim Koudelka
Ceramics Department, Professor Emeritus

MFA from Indiana University; BFA from Ohio University. JIM has taught at OCAC for the past twenty-five years and his residency history includes The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT; Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR; and OCAC Senior Resident. He has maintained an involvement throughout his career in both functional and sculptural work. Some of this sculptural work has investigated environmental concerns regarding water issues, fisheries, and land use. He often employes post-firing construction with other medias such as metal, glass, and wood. Recently, he created a body of work titled, "Man Cans and Boy Toys." These sculptural, yet functional, vessels merge his interested in industrial objects with playful inspirations from his sons' toys. Jim's work has been featured in a variety of publications and exhibited in numerous national and regional shows; receiving honors and awards, including  two solo shows at the Waterstone Gallery in Portland and the Mary Lou Zeek gallery in Salem, Oregon.


Elizabeth Malaska
Drawing and Painting Department, Instructor

MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art; BFA from California College of the Arts. ELIZABETH's paintings portrays the female figure in unsettling interior spaces. Her work is concerned with the ubiquitous and normalized use of the often-naked female form throughout art history, a body that frequently has been depicted as an object on display. Borrowing figures, settings and techniques from the history of painting, her work aims to recontextualize these bodies. In 2015 Malaska received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Most recently she was honored with a 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship through the Oregon Arts Commission. She has lectured, taught, and mentored at such institutions as PNCA, Oregon College of Art and Craft (Portland, OR), and Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, OR). Malaska lives and works in Portland, OR. She is represented by Portland gallery Nationale.

EXHIBITIONS: Portland’s Froelick Gallery, Disjecta, Portland Center Stage, and San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. 


Gina Morris
General Studies Department, Instructor

morris_crop_0.jpgBA in Dance, Loyola Marymount University; Graduate of Small Business Management III, Small Business Development Center.  GINA is a Portland based choreographer, artist, educator, and entrepreneur with a passion for helping creative professionals thrive. She is the co-founder of the independent boutique Radish Underground (est. 2008) in downtown Portland’s West End, where she was the designer of three in-house jewelry lines made from dinosaur bones and recycled wine barrels, as well as the co-founder of the West End Marketing Co-Op ( Gina began teaching designer and artist development workshops in business basics when the store opened and later became the founding Director of BridgeLab Career Center at Pacific Northwest College of Art.  At PNCA, she provided entrepreneurial development and resources for artists, designers, and makers looking to build a sustainable professional practice. Gina has been a public speaker in New York City, Portland, and Vancouver BC and was most recently featured as a creative small business expert on Creative Genius Portland, KXL RadioActive Talk, and SoloProRadio as well as the Committee Chair and Emcee for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network 2015 Entrepreneurial Summit. Gina achieved unexpected worldwide internet fame in the first Live Lip Dub Proposal.  Gina, otherwise known as "The Girl in the Red Dress", choreographed this viral video sensation which has over 80 million views (and counting), and was named in the Top 10 of 2012 lists of Time, CNN, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and many more.  Formerly a principal dancer with the Northwest Ballet Company and a Soloist, Rehearsal Director, and the Assistant Artistic Director of the contemporary ballet company Meh-Tropolis Dance Theatre of Los Angeles, Gina has been a professional artist for twenty years.  Currently, she maintains a modest studio practice in drawing, painting, and sculpture and teaches dance to the Resident Artists at The Portland Opera.

AWARDS: Best Choreography, Oregon Theatrical Awards Society, 2009; Best Choreography & Best Show Board, Del Rey Players, 2003


Diane Pfeiffer
Digital Strategies, Instructor

pfeiffer small.jpgMS Arch in Industrial Design, Virginia Tech; BA, Antioch College. DIANE is a designer, fabricator, and artist. She wrote her master’s thesis on how independent artists and designers use digital fabrication tools, and the possibilities that are enabled through its use. In 2004, she participated in a year-long design research program at the Bauhaus in Germany, the work from which was shown at the first Architecture Biennial in Beijing. She currently splits her time between making professional architectural models and teaching. Her work has been shown locally at the White Box gallery, Moloko, and ShowPDX. 


Shelley Socolofsky
Fibers Department, Instructor

MFA from the University of Oregon; BFA, University of Poitier, Poitiers, France/University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon; BFA, Fibers / French Art History minor.  SHELLEY has studied Gobelins Tapestry and Medieval Art History in Poitier, Paris, and Uzes, France, Jacquard Hand Weaving at the Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio in Florence, Italy, and Digital Jacquard CAD Design at the Jacquard Center in North Carolina. Considering the action of weaving as an interlacement of opposing systems, her work investigates cloth making and production as a platform for social activism. Examining domestic dislocation through performance, installation, built environments and the woven object, her work is collected and exhibited internationally.

EXHIBITIONS: Materialities, Sandra J Blain Gallery,Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Cauldron: A Wrinkle in Time Festival, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland; The Art is the Cloth: A Series of Reflections, von Auersperg Art Gallery, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts. AWARDS: Individual Artist Fellowships from the Chenven Foundation of New York and the Oregon Arts Commission, COLLECTIONS: numerous public art collections; Marriott Hotel/ installation forthcoming, Portland; Hamersly Library, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR; Public Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Lee Stewart
General Studies Department, Art History/Instructor

MA and PhD in Art History from Columbia University. LEE'S specialty is 19th and 20th century art, with recent research focusing on portraiture.




Sarah Wertzberger
Fibers Department, Instructor

sarah wertzberger BIO PIC 4x4.jpgMFA in Textile Design, Rhode Island School of Design, BFA in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art.  SARAH has a multidisciplinary studio practice with importance placed on playfulness, allowing materials and processes to steer outcomes. Sarah works at Nike as a materials designer and her textile work is in the RISD museum collection.



Bobbi Woods
Photography Department, Instructor

MFA and BFA in Photography, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA; BA in Photography, Columbia College in Chicago, IL.  BOBBI was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA in photography from Columbia College, a BFA and MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004 and 2008, respectively; she also studied at Staedelschule, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.  In 2015, Woods participated in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project presented by LAND (Tucson, AZ), as well as in a two-person exhibition with Brian Kennon at Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland, OR). Recently, Bobbi started Private Places, an exhibition space in Portland, Oregon. 

EXHIBITIONS: Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Pepin Moore, Los Angeles; Loudhailer Gallery, Los Angeles; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles; Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland; Infernoesque, Berlin; Derek Eller, New York; Company, New York; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; White Columns, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France. PUBLICATIONS: The artist's work has been featured in Artforum, Smithsonian, Corner Magazine, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and Bright!: Typography between Illustration and Art, Cologne: Daab Books.  Bobbi is co-founder and co-editer of Leisure: An Art Journal, published by 2nd Cannons. 


Paige Wright
Ceramics Department, Instructor

wright headshot resize.jpgMFA in Ceramics, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; Post Baccalaureate in Ceramics, University of Washington; BFA in Ceramics, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.  Growing up in Portland, PAIGE found clay and the use of the figure at an after school studio art class run by Margarita Leon. Her work developed into discussions of identity and perception using the vehicle of the self-portrait and ceramic processes. Paige is currently designing classes similar to the ones she attended as a young person to offer an environment for building creative thought through studio practice.

EXHIBITIONS: R.A.C.C. Public Mural Permanent Collection, 12th and SW Stark, Portland, OR; (Re)Constructed Hero, Gallery at The Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR; Go Figure, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR; Residents Revisited, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO; Project Network 2013 Revisited, 68 Square Meters, Copenhagen, Demark; Tisdale Figurative Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.