Oregon College of Art & Craft

Oregon College of Art & Craft
Oregon College of Art & Craft (OCAC)
Oregon College of Art and Craft entrance - Portland Oregon.jpg
Established 1907
Type Private, non-profit
President Denise Mullen
Dean Kate Bodin
Undergraduates 140
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
45°30′38″N 122°45′43″W / 45.51056°N 122.76194°W / 45.51056; -122.76194Coordinates: 45°30′38″N 122°45′43″W / 45.51056°N 122.76194°W / 45.51056; -122.76194
Website www.ocac.edu

Oregon College of Art & Craft (OCAC) is a college in Portland, Oregon, United States that grants Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and certificates in book arts, ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metals, photography and wood. The college also offers an Artist-in-Residence program and provides continuing education in the arts to the local community. It was founded by Julia Hoffman, a photographer, painter, sculptor, metal worker and weaver, out of her desire to foster the Arts and Crafts movement through classes and exhibitions.



OCAC opened in September 1907.[1] The school was formerly known as the Oregon School of Arts & Crafts‎. In 1978, the school expanded its campus, adding 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) of space at a cost of $1.5 million.[2]

About 2005 the school started a capital campaign in order to raise over $14 million to expand the campus and double the size of their facilities.[1] Plans called for a new library and studios for their painting, drawing, and photography programs that would add 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) of space on campus.[1][3] In September 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) studios building, with plans calling for completion in summer 2009.[4] OCAC announced a joint master's in fine art program for applied craft and design with the Pacific Northwest College of Art in October 2008.[5] College president Bonnie Laing Malcolmson announced her resignation in December 2009, effective May 2010.[6]


Enrollment in the BFA program is about 140 full-time students. Most students are between 18 and 27 years old. The Continuing Education and Art Adventures children's programs serves more than 2,000 students per year.

The school is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).[citation needed] OCAC is a candidate for accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).[citation needed]

Degree and certificate areas

Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building


OCAC employs 15 full-time faculty and 8 part-time faculty in the degree program, as well as a number of instructors in the Studio School continuing education program.


OCAC is located on a wooded 9.5-acre (38,000 m2) campus,[1] approximately 3 miles from Downtown Portland in unincorporated Washington County.[7] The campus was designed by Barbara Fealy, a landscape architect, and John Storrs, a Portland architect.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Row, D.K. (September 21, 2007). "The little craft school that discovered it could". The Oregonian. http://blog.oregonlive.com/visualarts/2007/09/ocac_grows_up.html. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Lent, Christina (March 18, 2010). "Officials from art college say they are ‘nervous’ about looming funding goal". The Beaverton Valley Times (Beaverton, Oregon). http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/news/story.php?story_id=126888319746148700. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Row, D.K. (September 8, 2008). "Oregon College of Art & Craft lands $1.25 million". The Oregonian. http://blog.oregonlive.com/visualarts/2008/09/oregon_college_of_art_craft_la.html. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Row, David (September 5, 2008). "Groundbreaking at the Oregon College of Art & Craft". The Oregonian. http://blog.oregonlive.com/visualarts/2008/09/groundbreaking_at_the_oregon_c.html. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Row, D.K. (October 16, 2008). "Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art & Craft Collaborate". The Oregonian. http://blog.oregonlive.com/visualarts/2008/10/pacific_northwest_college_of_a_1.html. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Row, D.K. (December 15, 2009). "Bonnie Laing Malcolmson to resign from Oregon College of Art & Craft". The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2009/12/bonnie_laing_malcolmson_to_res.html. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "GeoSearch District Overlay 1S101CB03400 (8245 SW BARNES RD. PORTLAND OR, 97225)". Geographic Information Systems. Washington County. http://washims.co.washington.or.us/GIS/index.cfm?id=29&sid=3&IDValue=1S101CB03400&x_coord=7622338.17129278&y_coord=680588.85973700. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 

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