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FAQs - Community Programs

Will OCAC continue to run the community programs after the college closes?
The Board of Trustees has voted to close the degree–seeking programs. With the sale of campus and dispersion of studio assets, no further community programs will be conducted by OCAC.

What happens to any projects I have left on campus or in studio?
As of the Spring term on May 31, 2019, there is a one-week window to collect your projects.  After that date, there will be no more opportunities to come to campus and pick up projects left behind.

Will there be a summer Art Adventures Program?
Art Adventures is on hold for the summer of 2019.  No future dates have been set.

Where can I take classes with the instructors / studio managers that I love?
Many of our studio managers and instructors already teach classes at colleges and art centers around town. We encourage you to stay in touch with your instructors to learn about other classes they teach.

Is there a message board for OCAC Community Programs participants to keep in touch?
At present, there is an OCAC Community Programs Facebook page and Instagram account. We encourage you to follow OCAC Community Porgrams and spark conversations. There are two new unofficial collaborative groups, the Friends of Oregon College of Art and Craftcomposed of several of our instructors and students, and the Alliance of OCAC Alumni, formed by graduates and alumni. Sign up with both to stay informed. 

What will happen to the OCAC campus after the college closes?
As part of the closure process, OCAC is required to consult the Oregon Attorney General's Office regarding various decisions about the college’s assets. As of OCAC’s closure following the spring term, we are pleased to announce the sale of the OCAC campus to our longtime neighbor, Catlin Gabel School. While this news may be bittersweet for much of our community, we also know many will be relieved that the campus has been sold to Catlin Gabel, a school with deep connections to OCAC.

While the sale is final as of April 29, 2019, OCAC will temporarily lease back property from Catlin Gabel to ensure our students are able to complete the May term and allow for an orderly closure after our final commencement ceremony on May 19. OCAC plans to cease all operations at the end of May 2019. We will continue to share updates on the upcoming closure as new information is available. In the meantime, we hope you will join us in welcoming Catlin Gabel to the campus. Read the full Property Sale Announcement HERE

What will happen to all of OCAC's assets?  Can I ask for, or purchase, a specific item?
In following with OCAC’s century long tradition of supporting academic and arts-based charitable organizations we will be prioritizing the distribution of our studio equipment and tools to regional non-profit organizations for utilization in their current programs. After that process is complete, for profit entities and individuals will be invited on campus to view and purchase remaining studio equipment and tools. Date of studio sales is to be determine. For more information, please contact Michael Oreste in the Office of Advancement at or 971-255-4212.

What will happen to OCAC's permanent collections?
OCAC is reaching out to local and regional art museums to gauge their interest in acquiring items held in our permanent collection.


Is the OCAC library open?
As of May 17, 2019, the library is no longer open.

Can I still check out OCAC books?
As of May 17, 2019, the library is no longer open.

Can I still borrow items through interlibrary loans?
As of May 17, 2019, the library is no longer open.

When are my library items due back?
Everything must be returned by May 10, 2019 and OCAC community members will be billed for items not returned. 

What will happen to my WCCLS library card?
On May 20, all OCAC student and faculty library cards will automatically change to be registered at the nearby Cedar Mill Library. Cards will also be updated to be “limited borrower,” meaning you can still check out up to 5 items at a time at any WCCLS library, ILL services will cease, and library items will start accruing fines. Your card will expire on November 20, 2019.  If you would like to check out more items or extend your library expiration date, please visit any WCCLS library with ID and proof of current address. To verify your identlty anything current with your name and photo is ideal- a driver's license, school ID, work badge, passport, or military ID for example. To verify your address a driver's license, recent bill or utility statement or rental agreement will suffice.

What can I do with a WCCLS library card?
Use your library card to download e-books and audiobooks and stream movies, or visit a WCCLS library for access to over 1 million other items, including things like crockpots and board games.

Where are WCCLS libraries located?
View map, contact information, and hours

What if I have questions about my library account?
After May 17, 2019please contact a WCCLS library with questions.

What will happen to OCAC library items?We are pleased to announce that Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has dispersed nearly 12,000 items from the campus library.  This includes books, special collections, publications, periodicals, and ephemera.  The OCAC library contained a specialized curated collection of books and periodicals about craft, photography, ceramics, painting and drawing, book arts, metals, wood, art history, and the creative process.  We were able to re-home more than 6,000 books to local libraries and arts-education organizations.  The more than 5,000 remaining books and periodicals will be utilized by The Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library for charitable purposes to benefit the Hillsboro Public Library.  Read the full statement HERE.

What is happening to the the collection of OCAC thesis? 
PNCA is excited to care for the OCAC thesis collection and make them available to future art students, practitioners and researchers. 

What will happen to the library’s digital repositories?  
We have collaborated with ARTSTOR to ensure that our digital image collections remain accessible to a wide audience on their platform.

Technology Systems Information

How long will the college’s technology systems be accessible?
Academic and non-academic technology systems will be accessible until your last day of employment.

How can I download data from my OCAC Google Account?
Google has a tool called Takeout that enables you to download all of your data. Please view this help article, and then log into your OCAC Google Account and visit:

Note that information in Team Drives will not be downloaded during this process; you will need to download those files individually.

If you have your own personal Google Account, you can Transfer Your Content here: (Note: This process does not transfer everything; it’s mainly used for email and Google docs. Visit this FAQ for more info.)

Can I set up email forwarding? For how long?
After your final day, we will not be able to forward email from OCAC addresses. After we disable our email system, individuals emailing addresses will receive a bounce back message indicating that the email address does not exist. Please update your contacts with a new email address.

If you have questions not answered here, please reach out to Chris Perisho at

Important Note: For the most accurate, up-to-date information about the closure, please see, where we will be sending pertinent communication.