Christine Weber, Department Chair
- Christine holds an MA in Art History from the University of Washington with a focus on Modern Art and Critical Theory. As an undergraduate, she completed an interdisciplinary studies BA at Western Oregon University and studied literature and theater at the University of Cambridge in England.
- As a graduate student, she conducted archival research in Western and Central Europe and wrote a Master’s Thesis on the Bauhaus, titled The Architect and the Hausfrau: The Haus am Horn and the New Woman. In Seattle, she assisted painter Norman Lundin on the exhibition, Perception of Appearances: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing at the Frye Art Museum. She has worked as an assistant in the collection of Native Alaskan art and artifacts at the Jensen Museum in Monmouth, Oregon. She has also worked in New York at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and curated a show on literature and the landscape at NYU’s Bobst Library.
- Christine has taught art history at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Mount Hood Community College and has been teaching at Portland Community College since 2006. She teaches the Modern Art sequence, Women in Art, the History of Graphic Design, Understanding the Visual Arts and Understanding New Media Arts.
- Amanda Chao holds a Master of Arts in the History and Conservation of Buddhist Art from The Courtauld and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Wellesley. Her portfolio won Pacific Northwest College of Art’s first juried Leta Kennedy Scholarship.
- After undergraduate studies she returned to Portland Art Museum, where during summers of her youth she learned studio practices, to assist with the exhibitions Ceramics of the Islamic World: The Ottis Collection, Noh: Dance Drama of the Samurai, and Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.
- Her graduate thesis investigated Eighteen Venerable Arhats, an album attributed to Wan Shouqi; her field study comprised a condition assessment of paintings at Mogao Caves World Heritage Site in cooperation with Getty Conservation Institute and Dunhuang Research Academy.
- Through the study of art, courses she teaches focus on indigenous traditions, cross-cultural connections, and sources of influence— such as belief systems, modes of existence, and social context— that shape the forms art manifests and the functions it fulfills.
- She presented seminars at Wellesley, King’s College London, and The Courtauld before joining the faculty at PCC, where she has taught the History of Asian Art, Modern Art, and Understanding Art sequences.
- Bruce Conkle declares an affinity for mysterious natural phenomenon such as snow, crystals, volcanos, rainbows, fire, tree burls, and meteorites. His work combines art and humor to address contemporary attitudes toward nature and the environment, including deforestation and climate change. Conkle's work often deals with man's place within nature, and frequently examines what he calls the "misfit quotient" at the crossroads. His work has shown around the world, including Reykjavik, Ulaanbaatar, Rio De Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, and Portland. Recent projects include public art commissions for the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet/MAX Light Rail, and Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union Public Art + Residency. In 2011 Bruce received a Hallie Ford Fellowship and in 2010 and an Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship. His 2012 show Tree Clouds was awarded a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
- Michael Creger is a sculptor and teacher who has been working in the Portland, Oregon area since 1995. He works with a variety of materials including bronze, aluminum, steel, cast glass, and stone. His sculpture involves ideas of language, philosophy, history, and spirituality. He explores questions about who we are as human beings; our interconnectedness, and the boundaries of our human potential.
- Gene was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. The youngest of eight, he graduated with a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He then received a fellowship to attend the University of Iowa where he received his MA and MFA with honors in printmaking.
- After graduating Iowa he returned to El Paso where he soon became the Gallery Director as well as teaching basic drawing courses at UTEP. After three years he moved from El Paso and returned to Iowa City. Gene taught a life drawing course at the University of Iowa, while at the same time, was hired as a preparator at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A year later Gene moved to Portland, Oregon where he met his wife and became a part-time art instructor at Portland Community College as well as Clackamas Community College.
- Gene was hired full-time at Portland Community College in 2005 where he continues to teach life drawing, basic drawing and printmaking courses. Gene Flores and his wife live in Washington state.
- All my works are self-portraits, a reflection of my life, from the death of my father to the joys of being alive. My images have been described as humorous, insightful, and disturbing. Many of works are a play on words and imagery, with mythological creatures and a combination of human and animal characters (logic and instinct) playing a vital role. I view my works as a window to another world with reoccurring characters and themes. My work tiptoes between surreal and absurd. When making my art, I play the role of the viewer and try to capture a glimpse into this strange world, a world where anything is possible and where anything can, and often does, happen.
- Bethany Hays was born in a small town outside of Yakima, WA and holds a BA in Foreign Language, Spanish from Central Washington University; a BA in Studio Art from The Evergreen State College; and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practices from Portland State 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.
- Recent exhibitions and awards include: Erratic 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; Artistic Focus Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council; Money for Women Grant, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.
- Nate Marcel has been an adjunct drawing instructor at Portland Community College since 2004. In addition to teaching and lecturing for PCC, Marcel is a freelance illustrator, producing traditional and digital-based artwork for private clients and collectors. His recent works can be seen on his blog. Mr. Marcel received his Bachelor’s Degree in drawing, painting and printmaking in 2001, and his MFA from Portland State University in 2003. He has been drawing and painting in a professional capacity since 1995.
- Although Nate works in mixed genres and multiple media, his work is always directly anchored in the drawing experience. He has trained as a fine artist and studied fine arts extensively, including architecture and both modern and ancient sculpture, but the majority of his skills have centered around illustration. Mr. Marcel’s heaviest influences include Silver Age and European sequential art, Secession movement artists, The Cubists, 19th Century illustration and art from the Northern Renaissance. His tastes are eclectic and diverse, dipping heavily into the naive well of Outsider, Art Brut and Kitch culture.
- When students enroll in Nate Marcel’s classes, he will most notably stress the importance of building a new way of "seeing". Nate approaches drawing fundamentals by first training students in layers to observe the largest forms first, then build details to complement and complete the needed content. He stresses perspective study to build skills in seeing and flattening three-dimensional space, and as a much needed means towards a realistic comprehensive skill level goal. Mr. Marcel supplements all of his teaching with lectures, critiques and examinations of the historical visual media which builds the context for a greater appreciation of drawing in students of all ability levels, and art in general, as well as demystifying, by example, a complex and demanding subject of study.
- I am interested in the stories of space, place and objects & Home. I explore the histories, memories and narratives that can be excavated and communicated through the photograph. I’ve worked in the photographic medium for over two decades now and still use both film and digital processes to create my images. Sometimes I use both, sometimes neither.
- I have taught photography here at Sylvania for over eight years now and while I am myself a photographer, there are so many more things that I do - that make me who I am. Not just as an artist, but as an instructor. For me, my interests in the memories, moments and behaviors that are unique to each one of us are reflected not just in my work but in the way I teach.
- Photography is pretty awesome! My love is studio photography and enhancing and creating great light.
- I have my BFA in fine art and BA in education from Ohio University and my MFA from New Mexico State. I actually started out as an oil painter and mixed wet media artist. I then gravitated toward documentary photography and naturally found my way into studio photography. I am drawn to technically challenging mediums.
- I often get asked to teach private classes to entrepreneurs who are looking to improve their ecommerce sites with less laborious, faster and more consistent photographic and tighter lighting techniques.
- As an educator I want to learn and be there when people absorb something challenging and rewarding into their making. I use my mastery on your behalf. I aim to be honest, helpful and inspiring.
Rochelle Kulei Nielsen
- Rochelle Nielsen lives in Vancouver, Washington and works in Portland, Oregon. Rochelle is a Graduate in the MFA Contemporary Studio Practice at Portland State University, 2012. Received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Marylhurst, University, 2009. Rochelle is very involved in the Native American community. As well as working for the Evergreen School District as a coordinator for the Native American Education Youth Program. Adjunct Professor at Portland Community College. She is a member of the Northwest Band of Shoshone Tribe.
- Cora Pearl is a calligrapher and lettering artist and has been doing calligraphy since 1978. Cora got her B.A. in Art and Art History at Oberlin College where she taught calligraphy at the Experimental College and also studied Chinese calligraphy. In addition to teaching calligraphy and hand lettering at PCC, Cora also teaches private sessions and does commissions for poetry, quotations and certificates as well as calligraphy and lettering for special events. In 2012, Cora had the honor of creating an honorary degree for the Dalai Lama.
- Lance Pynes has taught in the Portland Metro area for over twenty years in courses as varied as Art History, Introduction to the Fine Arts ~ Architecture, Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, & Film; Mixed Media, Painting, Basic Design, and Drawing. His work often plays with the elements of representation, abstraction, and non-representation in the development of 2-D images.
Julianne Parse Sandlin
- Julianne Parse Sandlin is an art historian, who received her PhD from Florida State University. Her studies focused on the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Her primary area of research is architecture, especially exploring the manner in which the patron's influence manifests itself in the building. At Portland Community College, she teaches courses on architectural history and the History of Western Art (from the Prehistoric era through the seventeenth century). Julianne is enthusiastic about teaching art and architectural history. Her goal is to help students understand the works as meaningful objects, each reflecting the social, political, religious, and economic climate of the time in which it was made. A native of North Carolina, Julianne moved to Oregon in 2011 to teach at Portland Community College. She enjoys exploring all the new things that Oregon and the West Coast have to offer.
- Rachel Siegel lives in Portland, Oregon. She teaches photography for Portland Community College. She serves on the Portland Women in Art Lecture Series committee. Her artistic work includes photography, digital prints, artist’s books, video, and installation work. Rachel weaves together multiple interests, often using humor and playfulness to investigate issues that are significant to her, including body image, family, health and labor. Rachel works on collaborative and solo projects. She has exhibited national and internationally, received grant funding for projects and her work is owned by private and institutional collections. Her MFA is from University at Buffalo, State University New York. And her BFA is from University of California, Berkeley.
- Micki Skudlarczyk is an artist / educator living and working in Portland. Her work investigates with the psychological and emotional realities surrounding life and the physical transition to death. Micki is a multi-media artist whose foundation is rooted in the ceramic arts. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as shown in Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands. This past year she worked as a collaborating artist in the Netherlands, and was selected to be an artist in residence at the Fundacion Gruber, Jez in Cholul, Mexico in 2008 and at the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon, in 2007. She has been awarded fellowships and grants, most recently a Lighton International Artists Exchange Program Grant from the Kansas City Artists Coalition and a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. She received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Mark R. Smith
- Mark R. Smith holds a BS degree from Western Oregon University, a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Portland State University. He maintains an active studio practice and has completed several large-scale public art projects in the region, most recently for Trimet and Western Oregon University. Past exhibition venues include White Columns and The Drawing Center in New York City, Zimmerly Art Museum at Rutgers University and the Portland Art Museum. His work is also featured in three current book publications; Artists and Maps, from Princeton Architectural Press, Forty Years of Murals in New York City, from University of Mississippi Press, and 100 Artists of the West Coast II, from Schiffer Books. Mark is the recipient of a 2010 Oregon Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work is represented in Portland at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Mark's work can be seen at Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Lewis & Clark Howard Hall.
- Charles Washburn grew up in Mill Valley, California. He studied art at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon under the instruction of Ken Shores. Upon receiving his BA, he landed a job as a laboratory technician in ceramics at Portland Community College. He was smitten and decided he wanted to become a ceramics instructor. With the guidance of Al Bain, he learned about clays, glazes and kilns. Most importantly, he learned about being true to ones self-expression and teaching to a high standard. He was fortunate to study with Rick Hirsch at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology for graduate school. Rick taught him many lessons but the one that hit home was “If you are going to do it, then do it! Don’t do it halfway.” In 1994, he received a master of fine arts in ceramics with a minor in glass. Portland Community College offered him a part-time instructor position teaching 3-D design and ceramics. He was awarded a residency at Contemporary Crafts in 1999 where he continued to develop as an artist. In 2001, Charles received a full-time teaching position at Portland Community College, where he continues to teach all aspects of ceramics (throwing, hand-building, glaze formulation and kiln-firing). He strives to provide dynamic, creative and knowledgeable instruction in the ceramic arts.
- Charles lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two daughters (his greatest creations) and their dog. When he is not teaching and creating he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, gardening, hiking and reading.