Events - Sylvania Campus

Come and join in the celebration: May 7 - May 11, 2012

Sylvania CampusLocated at 12000 SW 49th Ave., the Sylvania Campus is PCC's largest campus, on a beautiful wooded hillside, between Tigard and Lake Oswego.

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Weeklong Art Beat Events

PCC-Sylvania Art Students' Annual Exhibition

8am - 4pm daily, North View Gallery CT 214

Stop by the North View Gallery to see the exciting new work of 2006-2007 PCC-Sylvania art students. Jury-based awards will be presented at the Gallery Reception on Monday, May 7, from 2:00-4:00. Refreshments served.

International Food Fair

11am - 2pm Daily, Performing Arts Center Courtyard

International food vendors provide a delicious accompaniment to the festivities. Enjoy your meal as you listen to live music, pause between classes or simply relax.

Monday, May 7

Sylvania Campus Art Beat Reception

10am - 11am, Performing Arts Center Foyer

Join us to bring in Art Beat's 25 Anniversary! PCC Sylvania President Linda Gerber presides, and music provided by PCC's own musicians Dan Hays, John Mery and Dave Stout and featuring the amazing vocals of Julianne Johnson-Weiss. Exceptional PCC students will receive awards in a variety of genres. Refreshments graciously provided by Traditions, Rituals and Fun Committee.

Last Regiment - Syncopated Drummers

11am -11:30am, Performing Arts Center Courtyard

Kicking off the Art Beat 25thAnnual Celebration with a bang and a cymbal crash, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, under direction of Portlander Greg Odell, leads a percussive parade through campus to announce the 2012 events. The Art Department's own Vicki Lynn Wilson, resplendent in PCC regalia, will serve as guest drum major to ensure the Regiment won't get lost. All are encouraged to participate in the parade.

Every year The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers is called upon to "kick off" numerous public and private functions all over the Pacific Northwest. LRSD delivers a high energy, heart pounding and visually awe inspiring syncopated drum corps performance. Whether you're celebrating a grand opening, private party, street fair, charitable or athletic event, our music engages audiences of any age and inspires enthusiasm in even the most stoic bystander!

The Last Regiment is one of the few remaining syncopated drum corps. It was formed in September of 1998 by Greg Odell in the hopes of continuing a style of drumming that incorporates both military style rudiments with "street beat" rhythms borne out of Long Beach, California.

ChevronaChervona - Musical Performance

12pm - 1pm, Performing Arts Center Courtyard

"Chervona" – International Power Folk (Gypsy, Klezmer, Jazz, Dixieland, Polka, Ska, Punk) band and ultimate dance party machine. Mixing together the taste and passion of the best Gypsy, Russian, Ukrainian, Klezmer, and Balkan musical traditions, Chervona brings the fire of Eastern European carnivals to the land of America.

With their authenticity and genuine fire, Chervona has stolen many hearts. Shining with their brass section and capturing soul with the traditional sounds of the old world and new interpretations, Chervona transforms a celebration into an ultimate party!

Recognized by The Deli magazine in 2010 as the best Eastern European party band in the Northwest, their songs have been described as "funny, sarcastic, educational, socially conscious and beautiful."

Best of the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival

1pm - 2pm, Little Theatre

The Northwest Film Center is honored to present The Best Of the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, a showcase of outstanding work from resident filmmakers of Northwest North America. The works included in this program were among many to be screened at the Festival and are chosen to represent the quality, range and vitality of filmmaking in the region.

Student Art Show-Gallery Reception and Awards

2pm - 4pm, Northview Gallery, CT Building

Come and see what PCC Sylvania students have created! This annual event highlights and rewards the remarkable work of PCC students. Refreshments served.

Tuesday, May 8

Student Composers' Showcase

10am - 11pm, Performing Arts Center Foyer

Join us for a listening session featuring an assortment of new musical works submitted to the 2010 PCC Art Beat Student Composition Competition.

David Chelsea - Artist Talk

11am - 12pm, Little Theatre (Discussion)

12pm - 1pm, CT 230 (Workshop)

Noted author and cartoonist David Chelsea presents a slideshow and demonstration on perspective for comic artists, using printed perspective grids he's devised to ease the pain of drawing. "It's kind of tedious to set up perspective diagrams for every drawing I ever do, so I created a whole series of them using a 3-D software program." The presentation includes works spanning Chelsea's career in commercial art, including his first 24 Hour Comic, The Harold Project , which was entirely drawn over computer-generated grids. The discussion is followed by a live drawing demonstration and workshop.

Cuba Ache - Music Performance

12pm - 1pm, Performing Arts Center Courtyard

The infectious rhythms of Cuba Ache bring an authentic Cuban dance party to PCC. With Aquiles Montas on timbales, Chris Azorr on piano, Jaime Johnson on congas, and Isa Perez on lead vocals, it is impossible to sit still.

Northwest DanceNorthwest Dance Project - Dance Performance

Doors at 1:00pm, Show 1:15-2:00pm, Performing Arts Center

Founded in Portland in 2004 by award-winning choreographer and dance mentor Sarah Slipper, Northwest Dance Project immediately began making a splash and a name for itself by doing things a bit differently in dance. Their dedication to providing dancers and dance makers the resources and creative room needed to realize new, inspired dance works led Dance International Magazine to proclaim that NWDP is "changing the way dance is created" and establish the Northwest Dance Project as "a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe and North America."

Northwest Dance Project has established itself as both a world-class contemporary dance company and an international leader in the creation and premiere of significant new contemporary dance works. They commission gifted choreographers from around the world to come to Portland to create with this classically trained yet daring and fearless company, giving them the full artistic freedom and resources needed to bring their artistic drives, inspirations and dreams to fruition. The exchange and process works, as is shown by the over 130 new pieces created and premiered in Portland in just nine years – more than any other company in the country. In just the past year, Northwest Dance Project took the Audience Award at the prestigious 25th annual Hannover Choreographic Competition in Germany in April, and most recently was picked the winner out of nearly 200 entrants from around the world of the 2011 Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest. NWDP will have two London performances in June as part of the Olympic Arts Festival.

Northwest Dance'In addition to choreographic creation, rehearsals and special projects for professional dancers and emerging choreographers, Northwest Dance Project offers a full range of classes for adults and youth of all ability in a variety of dance styles from ballet to jazz to hip hop, as well as conditioning classes, in our beautiful and historic dance studio + performance center in the heart of the vibrant Mississippi District.

Art Beat is honored that Northwest Dance Project will be performing at our celebration and sincerely thanks Sylvania Campus for its generous support of this event.

Wednesday, May 9

Featured Artist Yuji Hiratsuka

9am - 10am, Little Theatre

Join as this year's Featured Artist Yuji Hiratsuka discusses his intaglio printmaking process involving etching, drypoint, softground and roulette on a copper plate. Hiratsuka states, "Although my artwork is mainly considered representational, I deal with more metaphorical aspects rather than realistic physical evidence. The human bodies which are often simplified, exaggerated, and /or distorted along with other elements-- fruit, vegetables, furniture, animals, etc.--have been my most recent focus. I am interested in expressing human conditions such as mood, feeling and thought through ambiguous and whimsical figures."

Yuji Hiratsuka was born 1954 in Osaka, Japan. He was first educated in art at Osaka Ichiritsu Kogei High School (Osaka Municipal High School of Art & Industry) and then Tokyo Gakugei University (Tokyo Teachers' University). After receiving a B.S. in Art Education from the University in 1978, Hiratsuka taught art at several high and junior high schools in Osaka. In 1985 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate degree in printmaking at New Mexico State University (MA) and Indiana University (MFA). Since 1987 Hiratsuka has been teaching printmaking and drawing at several universities. He currently serves as a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Hiratsuka's graphic work has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has received numerous awards in international competitions including most recently the Equal Prize at Majdanek 2000, VI International Art Triennial, Lublin, Poland. During the last five years he has had 13 solo shows in the United States, and international solo shows in Seoul, Korea; Quebec, Canada and Lisburn, N. Ireland.

Hiratsuka's work is in included in many public collection including The British Museum, UK; Tokyo Central Museum, Japan; Panstwowe Museum, Poland; The House of Humor and Satire, Bulgaria; Cincinnati Art Museum and Cleveland Art Museum , OH; Portland Art Museum, OR; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and New York Public Library, NY.

Heidi Schwegler - Artist Talk

10am - 11am, Little Theatre

Schwegler is among a handful of contemporary artists willing to investigate some of the darker aspects of human experience. Touching on mental health issues, the history of disease, and physical aggression, Schwegler mines a variety of mediums including resin, metal, wood, wax, found objects and digital media to produce objects which reinforce the humanity within unhappy circumstances.

Schwegler has participated in numerous group and solo shows, including exhibitions at the Tacoma Art Museum (Washington State), Scope Art 2004 (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Craft, (Oregon), and the Hallie Ford Museum (Oregon). Schwegler is a recent recipient of a Hallie Ford Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and several RACC Individual Project Grants that partially funded 'Hold' (2010) and 'Utopia Sighs' (2007). She has lectured on her work and contemporary art and design at institutions such as Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan), Kendall College of Art and Design (Michigan), and the University of Washington. Reviews of Schwegler's work have been published in ArtNew s , Metalsmith, and American Craft . She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is presently Associate Professor of Metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Classical BeautiesClassical Beauties - Music Performance

11am - 12pm, Performing Arts Center

The Classical Beauties (Sylvia Gray, piano; Stacey Minkoff, violin; and Martha Pressler, cello) perform inspiring compositions by a famous 19th century husband and wife: Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck Schumann. Sylvia will give introductory remarks about this fascinating relationship and especially focus on Clara's life, challenges, and her own assessment of her work.

Sylvia Gray, History faculty at Portland Community College, pursues music as an avocation. Sylvia often performs at Vie de Boheme Winery and has taught piano, played for weddings and receptions, and accompanied soloists for over twenty-five years. She participated in the Van Cliburn Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, and she has presented a number of performances on Amy Beach and Fanny Mendelssohn; she has composed and performed art songs to local poetry. Most recently she is performing with a violin-cello-piano trio, the Classical Beauties. She studies with Dr. Susan DeWitt Smith.

Martha Pressler's passion for playing chamber music has been a lifelong pursuit, while also working professionally in the field of gerontology and teaching music to young children. Although she has taken advantage of many professional playing opportunities, she considers herself an amateur in the true sense of the word, a lover of cello and especially chamber music for strings. She currently is on the board of ACMP, the Chamber Music Network, and is the cellist in the Classical Beauties piano trio in Portland, Oregon.

Stacey Minkoff has loved the violin and performed on it for most of her life - while also variously designing jewelry and costumes for movies and Legoland, managing offices, running "Stringworks," which supplied violins, violas, and cellos to school districts, and adjudicating for the California Certificate of Merit in violin and viola for the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). Besides her more classical instruments, she also plays the mandolin and classical baritone ukulele - for five years The Baroqueleles were featured at the SoCal Ukulele festival. Look for her classical ukulele albums on iTunes and CD Baby: "Meet the Baroqueleles" and "A Baroquelele Christmas."

DragonPCC Sylvania Time Capsule Ceremony

12pm - 1pm, Performing Arts Center Courtyard

Join as Sylvania Campus President Linda Gerber anoints and seals our Dragon Boat Time Capsule. Created by PCC students Julian Boyer, Shelly Donohoe and Nina Prince along with PCC instructor Michael Creger, this unique and beautiful vessel will hold its contents until 2062.

Carl Adamshick - Literary Reading

1pm - 2pm, Little Theatre

Winner of the 2012 Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. His poetry has been described as having "a clarity of complex feeling," "emotion embedded rather than proclaimed," and "a subtle artistry." Winner of the 2010 Walt Whitman award, Adamshick reads from and discusses his works.

Bottom Line Duo - Music Performance and Discussion

2pm - 3pm, PAC Foyer

Enjoy as the Bottom Line Duo play their music and discuss their creative and collaborative process. With humor bordering on outright comedy Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland have roots in chamber music that is coupled with an amazing repertoire of modern and popular sounds. As the only full-length bass and cello duo show in the world, these accomplished artists prove chamber music is accessible to all by breaking down common stereotypes.

Student Films

3pm - 4pm, Little Theatre

Drama, comedy, documentary and more: PCC student filmmakers exhibit their creations. Come and enjoy this screening of original works.

Bailey Winters - Discussion and Demonstration

3pm - 5pm, CT 230

Bailey Winters emerged among a generation of artists who are unconcerned with stylistic purity. His paintings borrow freely and effortlessly from Pop Art, classical figuration and comic book-style narration. Regarded by his peers as a master technician, Winters will offer a demonstration of his unique methods following his talk

Bailey Winters grew up in Santa Cruz, California and received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2003. He now lives and paints in Portland, Oregon. His interests include photography and film and these heavily influence the subjects of his paintings.

Thursday, May 10

Graphic Design Panel-Discussion and Conversation

9am - 10am, CT 109

PCC graphic design alumni visit the campus to discuss life after their graphic design education: real-world challenges and entry-level graphics.

Student Reading - Literary Event

10am - 11am, Performing Arts Center Foyer

This always-popular Art Beat event showcases PCC Sylvania creative writers reading from their poetry, fiction and essays.

James M. Harrison - Artist Talk

10am - 11am, Little Theatre

James M. Harrison shows examples of his public work and discusses his engagement with art on a civic level. Hybrids of sculpture, architecture, design and civic planning, Harrison's public art projects reach large audiences are particularly relevant to core discussions about constructing and maintaining place and community.

James's work as an artist involves exploring the realm between sculpture and architecture. "I am fascinated by the seemingly simple act of 'how to build things.' I like to make light beacons and towers and other repositories of myths. My passion is building large strange things, and I consider making sculpture a way to study the world."

His studio specializes in large-scale civic sculpture, master planning, and streetscape improvement projects. Recent projects include a sculptural pavilion for Burien, WA City Hall, and a light beacon in South Lake Union, Seattle, for Vulcan Real Estate.

James studied architecture at the Cooper Union and the University of Florida, and earned an MFA in sculpture from Bennington College.

Everyman - PCC Theater Performance

11am -12:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Everyman (by Anonymous) is a medieval morality play with shockingly modern relevance. Approached by Death, "Everyman" is forced to take account of his worth in this life. Seeking a companion to make the final journey, he (and we) discovers that you really can't take it with you. A humorous, touching, poetic journey that we all must take becomes both universal and personal. Told with giant puppets and shadow play, this performance is appropriate for all ages. With special guest puppetry designer/Fullbright recipient Shae Uisna, this production is PCC Theatre's Spring term main stage offering.

Speaker MindsSpeaker Minds - Hip Hop Music Performance

12pm - 1pm, Performing Arts Center Foyer

Prepare to get your groove on with Speaker Minds' soulful, high-energy brand of Hip Hop. The band features 6 diverse musical talents including Portland's own veteran emcee Diezel P and the lovely vocal stylings of LeNeya Luck.

Chad Rea - Graphic Design Discussion

1pm - 2pm, Little Theatre

Brand Innovator and Social Impact Entrepreneur, Chad Rea, compares Green Design to Good Design and gives examples of how we must merge the two in order to effectively change the way we make and buy things for the better.

Faculty Reading

2pm - 3pm, Performing Arts Center Foyer

Enjoy as PCC Faculty members Tim Barnes, Andrew Cohen, Billy Merck, and Andy Fague read from their works. Including poetry, fiction and non-fiction, these readings are sure to intrigue and inspire.

Friday, May 11

Marilyn Zornado - Calligraphy Discussion and Demonstration

10am - 11am, Little Theatre (Discussion)

11am - 12pm, Performing Arts Center Courtyard (Demonstration)

Zornado discusses the art of calligraphy then shows us calligraphic forms using different pens on a variety of papers and how to turn your experiments into simple books using everyday supplies.

Hands-On Arts Festival

11am - 2pm, Performing Arts Center Courtyard

Don't be afraid to get a little paint or clay on your hands! Come and join for mural creation, aluminum casting and more at today's interactive event. While letting your creativity shine, enjoy the music of Tummybuckles.

TummybucklesTummybuckles - Music Performance

12pm - 1pm, Performing Arts Center Foyer

The Tummybuckles are a small creative ensemble from Portland. They perform compelling original music composed by Oregon songwriters Megan Cronin and Chris Baron. The acoustic lineup features violin, effected guitar and a six-piece custom hand percussion 'kit' (designed by Tummybuckle Leo). The sound draws on studies of classical music, folk and bluegrass as well as rock & roll.

Student Choreography Showcase

1pm - 2pm, Little Theatre

PCC Sylvania students have created their own performances over the term. Come and see the best of them perform!


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