Conversation Series

A weekly conversation series is hosted by the students in the Art and Social Practice MFA program at PSU. Each week, students interview faculty, students, staff and community members about their work and its relationship to Social Practice.


King School

King School Projects is a partnership between the Portland State University Art and Social Practice Program and Portland Public Schools.  As an expansion of this work, the program has established a civic space at King School in Northeast Portland where PSU students are developing their artistic practices in a PK-8 context, creating neighborhood-based art projects, bringing PSU activities directly to Portland Public Schools, and advancing socially engaged art education.  In the spring of 2015, the program worked in partnership to produce the King School Museum of Art.  The museum’s first exhibition featured photos from several Magnum photographers and was curated by Alec Soth.

British Council Artist Exchange

The Arts and Social Practice Fellowship is a program initiated by the British Council in exchange with alumni from the Art & Social Practice program.   The reciprocal exchange program offers fellowship grants to socially-engaged artists in the US and UK. Fellows are offered residencies of 2-3 weeks with host organizations in Portland and the UK. Each residency is self-determined by the artist whose practice involves public interaction and addresses contemporary social issues through the lens of arts and culture.

2015 Fellows
Travis Sousa (Portland)
Davina Drummond & Yara El-Sherbini (UK)

2014 Fellows
Travis Neel (Portland)
Phobie Davies (UK)


Program Trips

The Art & Social Practice program takes an annual research trip as an opportunity to expand our knowledge of and connection to artists, organizations, communities, and economies in other parts of the world.

In January 2016 we visited Mexico City.  We participated in a 2-day workshop intensive with Pedro Reyes, watched a personal screening of Yoshua Okón’s newest work, discussed DIY publishing with Cráter Invertido, drank Mezcal with Paul Ramirez Jonas, exchanged critiques with students at SOMA, and toured a Leon Golub show with curators at Museo Tomayo.

In November 2015 we traveled to Los Angeles.  We presented the Reference Points series at MCASD, slept in Wagon Stations at AZ West, visited Allison Agsten at the Hammer Museum, met with Mark Allen at Machine Project, ate lunch at Chris Johanson’s studio, workshopped an idea with Miranda July, and engaged with Halprin scores at Fritz Haeg’s last public program at Sundown Dome.


Past Partnerships

Among its many partnerships and projects, the program has done work with Mildred’s Lane, Creative Time, Fluxus Projects, the King School, the Buckman School, the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the Hammer Museum, the California College of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Whitney Museum of American Art, Bétonsalon in Paris, apexart in New York, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, among other venues.

From 2009-2014, the program produced annual intervention called Shine A Light  at the Portland Art Museum. From 2010-2013 students from the program worked in collaboration with Jen Delos Reyes to produce Open Engagement.

From 2009-2013 the Art & Social Practice program obtained an off-campus classroom space from the City of Portland in order to be able to engage more directly and easily with the broader community. The project space and classroom, called Fieldwork, was on the corner of Jefferson and 11th St. Each year students had the opportunity to use that space for projects of their own design, the archive of which can be found here.