Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize Exhibition

Posted on Oct 17th, 2017 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize Exhibition
Shawn Creeden, Xi Jie Ng (Salty) and Jake Manning

Exhibition on view October 2-25, 2017
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, October 18, 5-7pm, awards presentation at 6pm

Autzen Gallery
Portland State University
Neuberger Hall, 2nd floor
724 SW Harrison St
Portland OR 97201

FREE and open to the public

Portland State University’s School of Art + Design is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prizes.

Two MFA in Contemporary Art Practice candidates, SHAWN CREEDEN (First Place $5,500) and XI JIE NG (Salty) (Second-place $4,000), and an undergraduate Art Practice BFA student, JAKE MANNING (Third Place $3,000), have been selected as the 2017 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize recipients. These students are evidence that Portland State University’s School of Art + Design holds unprecedented creative promise for a community investing in the next generation of artists and designers across disciplines, markets, and industries.

This is the fifth iteration of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize. It was created in 2013 with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to recognize the achievements of School of Art + Design students, raise awareness of the quality of art education at PSU, and honor Arlene Schnitzer, a devoted and inspired leader of art and culture in Portland. The endowed award ensures that each year three aspiring artists and designers will receive significant recognition and a financial leg-up as they began their lives as active, creative practitioners.

Twenty-nine art and design majors submitted portfolios and video statements this year for review by PSU faculty members Lis Charman, Horia Boboia and Alison Heryer; and community representatives Sarah Miller Meigs, (Founder of the Lumber Room, Portland), Grace Kook-Anderson (Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, Portland Art Museum), Tsilli Pines (Director, Design Week Portland, and Creative Director for FINE) and Kelsey Snook (Creative Director, Second Story Interactive Studios).

The jury would like to acknowledge the excellent work and achievements of three additional prize applicants by awarding Jury Commendations to Melanie Flood, (MFA Contemporary Art Practice Studio, 2017), Megan Hanley, (MFA Contemporary Art Practice Studio, 2017) and Kayley Berezney (MFA Contemporary Art Practice Studio, 2017).

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these exceptional emerging artists and the generosity of the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.
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Be Honest Volunteer Sign Up!

Posted on Apr 12th, 2017 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

thumbnail-1Be Honest sign-up is HERE
Be Honest is Portland State University Graphic Design’s student portfolio showcase, happening on MAY 13. It’s part portfolio show, part party, part open house, part alumni reunion, part pop-up shop, part entertainment, and ALL FUN. Now accepting applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Portland State University. $10 participation fee required after approval.FAQ:

Info session: April 20th in AB 320 at 1:00pm
>> Applications Due April 19th [

This Week! Show & Tell! Founders of Ladies’ Night!

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2016 by Kate Bingaman-Burt


We are pleased to welcome Mary Blalock, Ginger Craft and Jordan A. Smith from Ladies’ Night! Facebook RSVP

Ladies’ Night is a quarterly happy hour for the digitally-minded women, committed to conversation, collaboration, and community. Founded in October of 2014, by Mary Blalock, Ginger Craft, Stefanie Hatcher, Colleen Purdy, and Jordan A. Smith, Ladies’ Night has hosted eight sold-out events at agencies and start-ups across the Portland area. Today, the Ladies’ Night team consists of nine female volunteers designing, developing, and implementing creative content and events, managed by Mary, Ginger, and Jordan. Learn more about Ladies’ Night at

Mary Blalock manages business operations for Ladies’ Night and facilitates community engagement between events through online content and social channels. Mary owns Career Camp, a career coaching company that provides workshops and individual coaching for people who want to love their jobs. She also recruits for the creative industry through 52 Ltd.

Ginger Craft runs the external partnerships with companies, communities, and sponsors. She organizes the logistical coordination of each event. With a recruitment background, Ginger is a freelancer, pursuing her passion in people, project consultation, and event management.

Jordan A. Smith is the creative director who oversees the brand, website, and merchandise with the internal Ladies’ Night team and host designers across the community. Between 9 and 5, she’s the Design Lead at Upswell, an experience design studio creating interactive platforms and environments for brands across culture and commerce.

Promos by Vee Chenting Qian


Open House: March 30th!

Posted on Mar 28th, 2016 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

thumbnailJoin the PSU School of Art + Design in celebrating our vibrant programs and our phenomenal students. Our three areas—Art History, Art Practices, and Graphic Design—will present an evening of special exhibitions, events, and excitement every bit as unique as we are.

This night is also the first night of the FLUX Portland: SGCI 2016 and there will be multiple SGCI print show openings and portfolios on view. Come and join the fun! Check out the entire list of events on our event site. Start the party at the art building, our open house headquarters: 2000 sw 5th Ave.

>> Wednesday, March 30, 6–10pm



Posted on Jan 3rd, 2016 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

A+D Scholarship Camp INSTAGRAM

Scholarships awarded to Art Practices and Graphic Design undergraduates, MFA Studio and MFA Social Practice graduate students. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 20 credit hours in their major and all students must have at least 6 credit hours remaining before graduation. Awards are based on financial need, first-generation college student status, enrollment status, creative work and accomplishments in area/s of study in the School of A+D.


Awards will be put toward tuition fees. Amounts vary. Your application to the university scholarship portal ensures that you will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.


1. Set up an account and apply through the university scholarship portal.


2. Create an account at and create a photo set of five examples of artwork. Include title, date, dimensions and medium for each image. (See Portfolio Requirements below.)

3. Copy and paste the link to your Flickr photo set in university scholarship portal application.


Create a Flickr photo set containing five examples of your work. Videos/animations may also be uploaded to the same Flickr photo set. The committee will review up to five minutes of time-based work.

DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2016


Scholarship promos designed by A+D Projects member Amy Gadbois