Signal Fire was formed in 2008 by Amy Harwood and Ryan Pierce, in response to the urban demand on working artists. The project brings artists to the farthest stretches of our remaining wild and open places. Utilizing Oregon’s vast area of public lands, Signal Fire advocates for the importance of access to and protection of these places in order to enrich and sustain society. In 2009, Signal Fire hosted a retreat in eastern Oregon and had seven artists participate in the residency program. Signal Fire maintains a commitment to keep programming low-cost or free and accessible to artists working in all media.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Portland Center for Public Humanities, Wealth Underground Farm, Bear Deluxe Magazine, and Northwest Film Center. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.

Missed your favorite artist at PMMNLS? Want to hear them again? Stop by the PICA Resource Room (open Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 5 PM) and watch past PMMNLS events, including lectures by Dan Attoe; Kenneth Goldsmith; Althea Thauberger; Yan Chung-Hsien; Anne Daems; Bill Daniel; Jim Drain; Kate Fowle; Jo Jackson; Chris Johanson; Arnold Kemp; Jeffry Mitchell; Journal of Aesthetics and Protest; Simparch, Steven Badgett; Edie Tsong; and Leonie Guyer. Contact PICA for availability. You can also now watch this current term’s lectures online directly from Portland State.