One of Denise
Opening the book on a new era, OCAC hasn't wasted any time in finding outgoing president Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson's
successor. Their choice, Denise Mullen signals some very important directions.
As a practicing artist and collector it insures that the school will continue
to have a very close to the art approach... so it looks as if concerns that they
would go in a more corporate mass-enrollment driven approach have been effectively
quashed. Yet, the school needs to grow and expand its national profile. This is
incredibly important as the school is in the midst of an ambitious 15 year campus
building program kicked off by the soon to open the architecturally
significant, Charles Rose designed Drawing Painting and Photography + Studios
. OCAC is already Portland's most focused art school but that's a
tricky balance to maintain while growing the way OCAC has planned. Mullen's decisions
will prove crucial to the success of that plan. It's a very competitive environment
and all of Portland's art schools have been experiencing record enrollments in
recent years as the city has become so popular as an art center (built primarily
through the initiative of those artists). At the same time, I can't think of a better way for an art school to distinguish itself than being focused.
Here's the press release:
Randy OConnor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Oregon College of
Art and Craft (OCAC) today announces the appointment of Denise Mullen as president
at OCAC. Her position will begin effective August 23, 2010.
As a practicing artist, gifted college administrator, highly respected
professor and thought leader in creating art through craft, Denise will continue
OCACs service to both the Portland area and the larger art and craft world,
states OConnor. Denise is expected to expand OCACs voice and
vision about how art created through craft fits into a larger picture that includes
the melding of new technologies with traditional techniques to create objects
that stir the soul.
OCAC's new leadership possesses the vision and experience to build on the Colleges
distinguished history and reputation, as well as representing OCAC in the international
conversation regarding the future of craft. Mullens extensive background
as a leader in higher education is a strong asset for OCAC. She has a proven
track record of outstanding accomplishments in her prior positions at Alberta
College of Art + Design, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Purchase College
and Pratt Institute.
"The opportunity to lead OCAC in framing the discourse around craft for
this century is an exciting prospect," says Mullen. "Articulating
the value of the creative process as a transferable methodology that can assist
corporations, businesses and non-profit organizations in being more innovative
will be a focus for OCAC in the Portland community."
As an active advocate for arts education on a national level, Mullen has served
on the boards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the
National Council of Arts Administrators, the New York Executive Committee of
ArtTable, and the Art Education Advisory Board of the District of Columbia Commission
on the Arts.
Mullen is also an avid art collector and practicing artist represented by Joshua
Heller Rare Books, Inc. in Washington, DC. Her work is included in twelve major
collections including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Celanese Corporation,
Rochester Institute of Technology, and Schering Plough Corporation among others.
Recent exhibitions include Basso da Fortezza in Florence, Italy; the Biblioteque
Historique de la Ville de Paris; the Center for Book Arts, New York; the University
of the Arts; and Dieu Donne Papermill Gallery, New York.
Mullen received a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York, and
a Bachelor of Arts from Art Sweet Briar College in Virginia.