Afro Contemporary Art Class! Join for Winter!

Posted on Nov 16th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Hey GD friends! Sign up for Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. class this upcoming winter term! This course can count for your UD ARH elective or it can count as an UD GD/AP Elective.
The Afro Contemporary Art Class at Portland State University will be an exploration of
contemporary artists of the African Diaspora. We will explore the work through different
mediums including visual resources, film, podcasts, as well as live presentations from artists.
From this education about Afro Contemporary Artists students will collaborate to collect and arrange an archive of Afro Contemporary Art at PSU. Thinking through questions: What does an archive mean? What makes an archive? What’s getting included? And why is it necessary to archive this content in this way?
Students will be invited to utilize their newfound understandings as a mirror to gaze upon their own practices and will be encouraged through the class to implement new ways of thinking into their work.
The Afro Contemporary Art Class curriculum will involve class visits and presentations from local and regional Black artists throughout the term. These artists will be invited to the archive being built by the class. The guest artists will be PAID though the speaker fee for the class.
The Afro Contemporary Art Class is especially relevant for students in the school of art and design as well as the black studies department.

ART 399 – Sec 003 – SPST: AFRO CONTMP ART – CRN: 44999
Winter Term on Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Institutional (PSU) Campus | Remote Instruction | Online Participation

Instructor:  Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. is black, non-binary, and practices primarily in America. Their collaborative approach results in artwork by and for the people. Stevenson’s practice has been dedicated to supporting young people ages 4 to 15 in developing the necessary skills to encourage advanced imaginative thinking and self-confident expression. They have spent the last year developing the Afro Contemporary Art Class at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School. Stevenson also has a robust portfolio of artist projects centering food and gathering around it, and new work in collaboration with currently and formerly incarcerated folks such as Gallery Blue and Tin Can Phone, a forthcoming radio show on KBOO Community Radio. They pursue these professional and creative goals passionately because they believe that empowered and open-minded young people are the best and most direct way toward ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future for all.


Save the Date: Fresh Portfolio Review!

Posted on Nov 16th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

In a time when the world has become still, PSUGD wants to bring a fresh perspective into the virtual world we are living in.
20 students are graduating from the program this term and are full of energy and a passion to bring movement and humanity back into our daily lives.
Please accept our invitation to come and meet these Fresh students – they are eager to show you all of their hard work and to receive your design expertise insights.

A Fresh Perspective
PSU’s Graphic Design Senior Showcase
Dec 4th, 202012pm – 8pm PSTA
virtual event to connect.

If you are a professional looking to sign up for a few virtual meetings with our soon to be grads, please register here!


Deadline for Movement Registration is 11/18/20!

Posted on Nov 16th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Movement is for BIPOC students, allies, faculty, and all of us at PSUGD.

 Join us on November 20th from 10am–Noon as we come together to fight for systemic anti-racism, inclusion, and equity within the GD department. There will be a short presentation to share the themes that came up in the confidential listening sessions. Students and faculty (who will also take notes) will then be invited to participate in breakout rooms based on the themes. The meeting will culminate with a group discussion to determine some ideas for next steps and to enlist a coalition of volunteers to act as a workgroup to support holding the department accountable.

This meeting is open to the entire PSUGD community.

 Register by Nov 18th at noon:
Visit for more information.

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Collage Club Potluck!

Posted on Nov 16th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means! Holiday parties, quality time with friends and family, and some questionable potluck side dishes…if only! Since we are unable to host an in-person potluck, we have created a virtual collage event where everyone can bring in and share digital collage assets – potluck style! Our plan is to create a holiday-inspired collage story for the next collage club zine, and we need your help!
Everyone who signs up will be given a theme to base their asset collection around. We will then convene over zoom to hang out, enjoy our own food and drink, and build collages in Figma.
Register now at

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Show & Tell: Dinesh Dave!

Posted on Nov 9th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Join us fro the LAST Show & Tell of the term!

Dinesh holds a Graphic Design BFA from SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design) Atlanta and graduated in 2012.

Dinesh is currently a Product Designer at Facebook in San Francisco, California.

But prior to joining Facebook, Dinesh was at Apple, launching the worlds best products on dot com and AKQA and Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon where he designed delightful ads in all kinds of different mediums such as print, web, film, motion and interactive experiences for an arrange of clients like Levis, Oreo, Coca-Cola and Nike.

Originally from London, England, he whisked off to USA, at the age of 18 to pursue the American dream.

Dinesh is happy to no longer worry about things like MySpace and crummy British weather (But dearly misses crumpets and M&S sandwiches). When he’s not playing with pixels, Dinesh likes to tinker with new technology, drones, making mini films, VR, and take an obscene number of photos and cross things off of his YOLO (You Only Live Once) list.

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