Events - Rock Creek Campus

Come and join in the celebration: May 11-15, 2009

Rock Creek CampusLocated at 17705 NW Springville Rd., the Rock Creek Campus is a spacious, 256-acre campus in the high-tech corridor near Hillsboro

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Monday, May 11

Mark Andres and Christopher Knight - Painting Demonstration

10am - 2pm, RC 3 Mall

The Rock Creek Mall becomes a huge artist's studio as PCC Art faculty Mark Andres and Christopher Knight collaborate on developing two large multiple-paneled paintings, starting from blank canvas, working from artists' models and other source materials, over two days.

Bag&Baggage - Theatre Performance and Workshop

11am - 12:40pm, RC 3 The Forum

Bag&Baggage Productions perform and discuss scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Comedy of Errors and The Importance of Being Earnest, showcasing differing acting styles. In the workshop following, the audience works with Errors in the style of an old Warner Brothers' cartoon, learning how to create a character pose based on personality traits, how to use the pose as a template for gestures that express specific emotions for that character and how to use those poses and gestures as a vehicle for the text's story.

Tuesday, May 12

DriveBy Press - Hands-On Printing Demonstration

9am - 4pm, Between Buildings 3 and 7

Come and immerse yourself in prints with DriveBy Press. Artists Joseph Velasquez and Drew Iwaniw spend the first day of their visit giving lectures and printmaking demos from their mobile pressroom. On display will be the DBP contemporary print collection, the largest known of its kind. DBP has visited over a hundred college campuses and traveled more than 100,000 miles to engage students and share their passion for printmaking.

Isaac Vasquez Garcia - Artist Talk

10am - 11am, RC 9 Event Center

Internationally-known weaver Isaac Vasquez Garcia from Teotitlan del valle in Oaxaca presents his weaving process from spinning the wool and natural color dying to designing with traditional Zapotec motifs and weaving carpets and tapestries. Vasquez Garcia's work is influenced by Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo, with whom he worked for over twenty years. The slide lecture will be in Spanish with English interpretation.

Co-Sponsored by PCC's International Education

Student/Staff Literary Reading

10am - 12 noon, RC 3 Room 102

Our campus literary magazine, the Rock Creek Review, hosts an open-mic reading in conjunction with the ever-popular annual student and faculty prose and poetry reading.

Grupo Condor - Music Performance

11:30am - 12:30pm, RC 3 Mall Small Stage

Come and hear Grupo Condor in concert—a touring folk music ensemble presenting the traditional styles of Spanish-speaking America. Their concerts blend Spanish, African and Native American influences, creating a tri-cultural art form dedicated to the preservation of their musical heritage.

Kim Stafford - Literary Reading

7pm - 8pm, RC 2 Room 122

Kim Stafford, poet, essayist and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark reads, sings and discusses what it means to be a writer - what it means to be human. Refreshments served.

Wednesday, May 13

DriveBy Press - Hands - On Printing Demonstration

9am - 4pm, Between Buildings 3 and 7

Bring your own work and a t-shirt for DriveBy Press's second day on campus. In the morning the artists of DBP will hold critiques with students and share information about pursuing an education in the arts. In the afternoon, create and print t-shirts in the DBP mobile studio.

Mark Andres and Christopher Knight - Painting Demonstration

10am - 2pm, RC 3 Mall

The Rock Creek Mall becomes a huge artist's studio as PCC Art faculty Mark Andres and Christopher Knight collaborate on developing two large multiple-paneled paintings, starting from blank canvas, working from artists' models and other source materials, over the course of two days.

J.D. Perkin - Ceramics Demonstration

1pm - 3pm, RC 3 Room 126

J.D. Perkin demonstrates the press-mold technique he uses to build his ceramic sculptures. He shows his process of turning a small conceptual sketch into a working drawing and finally into a three-dimensional object.

Holly Andres - Artist Talk

3pm - 4pm, RC 2 Room 128

Photographer Holly Andres speaks about her work and influences. Andres approaches her art in a multidisciplinary manner and has worked in film, photography, sculpture and installation. She has recently shown in NYC and L.A. as well as at film festivals around the world. Andres is currently an instructor of video and photo at Portland State University and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Faculty Literary Reading

7pm - 8:15pm, RC 2 Room 122

Enjoy hearing PCC instructors Alison Apotheker, Kathy Casto, Liz Knight George Staley and others read from their recent works: Poetry, fiction and more, along with refreshments.

Featured Artist Bryan Johanson with the Oregon Guitar Quartet

7pm - 8:30pm, RC 3 Forum

Join for a performance of Johanson's new piece, Fore!, created specifically for PCC's Art Beat. Played by the Oregon Guitar Quartet, this vibrant work features a modular form that can be played in twenty-four different configurations. After the music, Johanson discusses his creative process and how he conceived and composed this innovative work. Portland-based composer Bryan Johanson has performed, recorded and published nationally and internationally, and won numerous major awards. The Oregon Guitar Quartet is composed of David Franzen, Ian Luxton, John Mery and Peter Zisa.

Thursday, May 14

Devon Damonte - Film Demonstration

9am - 12 noon, RC 3 Room 109

Using good old-fashioned 15 mm movie film leaders, students will learn techniques not recommended by any manufacturer to create handmade motion graphics without cameras or computers—and watch it all right away! Tricks of the trade include such instantly-gratifying, no-budget, Do-It-Yourself cave-manic techniques as scratch-on-black-leader, hot iron plastic bag ink transfer, wet tape image lift, transparent patterned contact-paper-a-go-go, and the magic of "Loopology." Along the way we’ll see treats spanning seventy years of direct animation from around the world, including fresh works from Damonte, who has specialized in making, teaching and showing direct animation for over twenty years.

Alison Clement - Literary Reading

12 noon - 1pm, RC 3 Room 102

Alison Clement's work has appeared in The Sun, The Alaska Quarterly Review and High Country News. She has published two novels, Pretty is as Pretty Does and the Oregon Book Award winner, Twenty Questions. She will talk about her writing process, using examples from her work to illustrate her points.

Northwest Film - Film Presentation

1pm - 2:30pm, RC 2 Room 128

Culling its bounty from the region, the Northwest Film and Video Festival's touring collection is a survey of the best recent works from local, independent artists. Now in its thirty-fifth year, it offers Northwest artists recognition, critical appraisal and enthusiastically engaged audiences.

Friday, May 15

Sue Taylor - Art Lecture

11am - 12 noon, RC 3 Forum

Transforming a minimalist aesthetic in her abstract drawings and sculptures, Eva Hesse (1936-1970) produced a remarkable body of work in her relatively brief career. She relied on materials that were unusual for the time - latex, rubber, polyester resin, fiberglass and string - to create irregular forms that often seem humorous or even absurd, a quality she valued above all others. Professor Sue Taylor (Portland State University) explores how Hesse's personal experience of loss informed her concept of the absurd and how grief and mourning shaped her creative process.

Katherine Ace - Artist Talk

1pm - 2pm, RC 3 Forum

"The intersection of contraries fascinates me: ecstasy and agony; humor and tragedy; natural and constructed realities; experience and news. I find that I'm curious about the struggles of diversity vs. unity in human, animal and plant societies," states Ace. Join as she discusses the progression of her work over the years and her focus on "the implied figure."

Gallery Reception

4pm - 6pm, RC 3 Helzer Gallery

The Helzer Art Gallery hosts a juried exhibition of student work: painting, sculpture, drawing and ceramics. Join us for cupcakes and punch! Awards announced at 4:30.