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THIS TIME… A WaterShed Graphic Novel Series Exhibition

Sep 1, 2022 - Oct 17, 2022


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

CCA&C Exhibitions

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

A WaterShed Graphic Novel Series Exhibition
Melanie Stevens

Dates: Sept. 1 – Oct. 17, 2022
Location: Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collections Study Lab, PNCA – 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR
Contact: Hannah Bakken, Interim Director CCAC,

Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Public Reception: Thursday, Sept. 1, 5-8pm
Artist Talk: Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8pm

(Portland, OR) The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA is pleased to announce “THIS TIME…” A WaterShed Graphic Novel Series Exhibition by Melanie Stevens, featuring WaterShed Vol.I: PostModern, and WaterShed Vol. II: In the Black, the 1st two volumes in a ten volume series. Stevens’ prophetic voice eerily foretells of moments that reverberate through realities in a gripping time traveling thriller.

This exhibition, curated by maximiliano, presents WaterShed in a variety of methods to be experienced; a reading area for the viewer to spend time and enjoy the work, video installations, as well as large format prints of pages from the graphic novel displayed through the gallery. Stevens also uses quotes from WaterShed to activate the space, bringing the viewer into the graphic novel. WaterShed is an engaging and beautifully illustrated narrative only two volumes in. “This Time…”

Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator, and writer. She is the creator of the graphic novel series, WaterShed, and the co-founder and co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a fugitive gallery space that provides funding and spaces for artists of color to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree for Political Science from Yale University and her Masters of Fine Arts degree for Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she currently teaches.

Ig: @brownivyx

Link to purchase WaterShed Vol. I: PostModern
Link to purchase WaterShed Vol. II: In the Black

Fifth curation by maximiliano.

Exhibition supported by Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, PNCA Digital Print Studio, Sharita Towne & Black Art Ecology of Portland, and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

About CCAC and PNCA:

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is a platform for cultural production including exhibition, lecture, performance, and publication. Housed within Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), the Center throws open its doors to the greater public to foster conversation and community.

Pacific Northwest College of Art is the leading professional arts and design school in the Northwest; we are the heartbeat of learning and experimentation in Portland’s vibrant cultural ecosystem. We spark curiosity and sharpen skills so students can build creative careers anchored in innovation, justice and civic imagination.