Every artist needs a place to call their own for experimentation, critique, and preparation. Our studios in PSU’s Art Building are clustered in small groups, giving our students the opportunity to interact with their fellow MFAs and faculty in an environment that can either be as public and collaborative or private and studious as they choose. Just as artists never stop working, so too do their workspaces: access to studios is available 24 hours a day year-round in a secured, key-card accessible environment.
The Art Building has two gallery spaces, The AB Gallery and the MK Gallery. Throughout the program MFAs are offered several opportunities to exhibit as we encourage highly contemporary approaches to making and exhibiting.
Portland State’s other exhibition spaces, Littman Gallery and the White Gallery in Smith Memorial Student Union, are student run venues. They offer even more opportunities for visitors to engage with art through a compelling mix of work curated from a mix of student, local and regional artists.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University is a cultural and intellectual laboratory that explores ideas relevant to our time through the lens of art, opens the university to its communities, and inspires students and the public to build a just world. The museum occupies 7,500 square feet on two floors overlooking SW Broadway. It offers rich educational and collaborative opportunities, and FREE and accessible art experiences to PSU and the public. Its galleries feature art by Northwest artists, faculty and students as well as exhibitions by national and international artists.
Portland State’s downtown location also makes it close to the city’s premier galleries on both sides of the Willamette River. Pearl District galleries are accessibly easily by foot, bike, car, or the Portland Streetcar, and many more galleries are close-by throughout the city.
Whether working digitally or more traditionally, Portland State’s laboratory facilities include the FPA Media Arts Center–a digital media classroom and lab with state of the art equipment, including large format scanners and printers. Our Materials Lab, in partnership with the Department of Architecture, has some of the latest equipment for producing anything from full-size construction to precise models. A foundry, welding studio, darkroom, textiles space, and a printmaking studio with presses for etching and lithography are also available for use by students.
Portland has a reputation for being one of the premier cities for the arts in the nation, and the arts community here is thriving, vibrant, and contemporary. Since 2002, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) presents the annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) attracting world-renowned artists working with performative or video practices each year around the start of the Fall term. Converge 45 is an annual multi-day event that showcases international, national, and regional contemporary art that happens during the summer. The diverse programing of the Portland Art Museum and Yale Union (YU) is well worth participating in. Portland State’s downtown location makes all of these places and more accessible and brings the primary voices in Portland’s arts culture together.