Mack Carlisle

Avid creative in love with the visual world, bright ideas, sound concepts, Illustrator, Photoshop, clean code, thoughtful writing, engaging design, memorable lessons and transformative learning experiences.

Education & licensure

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies
Pacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR — May 2017

Oregon & Washington Teaching Licenses
High School and Middle School authorizations, Art, Language Arts & CTE endorsements — 2011
AP Studio Art training — College Board AP Summer Institute — University of San Diego — Summer 2013

Master of Arts in Teaching
Pacific University — Forest Grove, OR — Spring 2011

Continuing Education
Intermediate Spanish Immersion — Portland State University — Portland, OR — June 2018
Ceramics — Portland Community College — Portland, OR — Fall 2011
Scanning & Printing — Newspace Center for Photography — Portland, OR — 2009
Letterpress, Bookbinding — Independent Publishers Resource Center — Portland, OR — 2008
Illustration — Pacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR — 2008

Certificate in Digital Media for Print and Web
Moore College of Art and Design — Philadelphia, PA — Summer 2006

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

University of Massachusetts — Amherst, MA — Spring 2004
Year of Study Abroad — University of Hull, UK — 2002/2003

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
Greenfield Community College — Greenfield, MA — Spring 2001

Design experience

Designer, Illustrator & writerFreelance — ongoing since 2002
Design and produce websites, blogs, emails, identity. Illustrate book covers, logos, portraits, information design, collateral. Retouch photography. Write and edit copy. Design, edit, art direct, typeset and produce books, journals, publications. Work with design firms, photography studios, publishers, non-profits, small businesses, individuals. Manage contracts, timelines, budgets, invoicing. Analog and digital. Adobe suite.

Designer & Marketing CoordinatorPECI — Portland, OR — 1/10 to 5/10
Design brochures, brand identity, point of purchase, direct marketing, creative collateral. Illustrate icons, supporting graphics. Procure quotes, work with vendors. See print pieces through to completion. Temporary contract followed by additional freelance illustration.

Production Artist & Asset ManagerSecond Story Interactive Studio — Portland, OR — 6/08 to 9/09
Retouch, manipulate and produce diverse graphic assets. Educational interactive experiential projects for museums and cultural institutions. Assist with illustration and design. Manage, curate and archive studio and project related assets through all phases of development.

Art Director — Virso Hosting & Design — Portland, OR — 6/07 to 3/08
Design company website and identity. Design identity, websites, blogs, emails for numerous non-profits, small businesses. Hire and manage staff. Determine project workflow. Conduct client meetings.

Web DesignerExpensewatch Software — Conshohocken, PA — 6/06 to 3/07
Design, build and maintain company website. Improve SEO via keyword placement. Design and build microsites. Design and produce newsletters, emails, direct mail, webcasts.

Associate Website Editor1&1 Web Hosting — Chesterbrook, PA — 2/06 to 6/06
Manage content of the U.S. website for international web hosting company. Ensure accurate visual and textual reflection of branding and latest marketing campaign. Travel to and collaborate with offices abroad in Germany and England.

Content SpecialistLightsky Web Design — Philadelphia, PA — 4/05 to 2/06
Produce and maintain websites for small businesses, non-profit clients, school districts. Write and edit client copy. Ensure SEO. Write briefs. Manipulate images. Conduct client training. Help determine site architecture and critique design mock-ups.

Teaching experience

TEACHER — Portland Public School District — CTE, Art, and English endorsements
Creative Technology — Faubion K8 — Spring 2020
Architectural Drafting & Design — Grant High School — Fall 2017 through Spring 2018

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER — Portland Public School District — Portland, OR — Fall 2016 through present
GeoTech, Business, and Architectural Drafting long term placement — Grant High School — Fall 2019
Black Studies, and Language Arts long term placement — Grant High School — Spring 2019
Art long term placement — Irvington K8 — Fall 2016

MENTOR — Youth Artist Mentorship Program — KSMoCA — Portland, OR — Fall 2018

INSTRUCTORPacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR
Pre-College: Mixed Media Painting — Fall 2016
Pre-College: Experimental Painting — Summer 2016
Pre-College: Drawing From Life — Summer 2016
Youth 9-11: 3D: Magic & Mysteries — Summer 2015

TEACHING ASSISTANTPacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR
Pre-College: Beginning Painting Techniques — Kendra Larson — Summer 2016
Pre-College: Painting the Figure — Kendra Larson — Summer 2016
SA 300: Studio Arts Professional Practice — Victor Maldonado — Fall 2015
THESIS 402: Thesis Development & Professional Practices — Victor Maldonado — Spring 2015
SC 291: Beginning Sculpture: Soft Sculpture — Nan Curtis — Spring 2015

MFA Visual Studies Thesis Editing SupportPacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR — 3/15 to 4/15
Temporary position assisting an international student.

Art Teacher — Ridgefield High School — Ridgefield, WA — Fall 2011 through Spring 2014
Painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, design. Write curriculum. Manage classroom, budget, supplies. Mentor student teaching assistants. Chaperone events, art club. Facilitate district art exhibits. Build ceramics program. Successful grant writing. Communicate with guardians, administrators, faculty, staff, students, stakeholders.

Student Teaching Practicum — Portland Public School District — Portland, OR — 2010/2011
Art and Language Arts at George Middle School and Lincoln High School.

Classroom Assistant — Albina Youth Opportunity School — Portland, OR — Fall 2009
Middle Eastern Literature — Fall 2009
Business Pathways — Fall 2009

Group LeaderNorris Square Neighborhood Project — Philadelphia, PA — 2004/2005
Fourth grade.

Teaching AssistantUniversity of Massachusetts — Amherst, MA
Psych 305: Educational Psychology — James Royer — Fall 2003

Tutor — Amherst Regional Middle School — Amherst, MA — Fall 2001
Primarily assist students who speak English as a second language or have learning disabilities.

Classroom Assistant — Horace Mann Elementary School — Iowa City, IA — Fall 1999
Behavioral needs pre-K classroom.

Arts administration

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTChicken or Beef — Issue 1, 12/17 to 2/18 — Monthly arts publication out of Chicago, IL

CO-FOUNDER, EDITOR, GRANT WRITER, EDUCATION CONSULTANTMiss Anthology — Portland, OR — 8/16 to present
Supporting racially and economically diverse young female and genderqueer comic artists through free hands-on workshops, as well as online and print publication. Awarded a 2017 c3:initiative Residency, and a Grant from the Precipice Fund, Calligram Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Recruitment and hiring. Community outreach.

Graduate Research AssistantPacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR — 3/15 to 9/15
Arts integration curriculum research and data collection for NW Noggin, a collaborative outreach initiative between PSU, WSU, OHSU, PNCA, Portland Public Schools. Lecture graduate and undergraduate neuroscience and art students on arts integration and evaluation practices.

WriterPortland Institute of Contemporary Art — Portland, OR — 5/15 to 6/15
Temporary position writing and editing 2015 Time-Based Art Festival content.

Youth Program Assistant Pacific Northwest College of Art — Portland, OR — 9/14 to 5/15
Interface with parents and instructors for youth art classes. Maintain attendance records. Help set up classrooms and manage materials. Observe and assist in classes as needed. Program documentation.

Marketing & Communications Intern Portland Institute of Contemporary Art — Portland, OR — 6/14 to 10/14
Assist in the creation of marketing and promotional materials for PICA's 2014 Time-Based Art Festival. Promote programming via social media. Build website pages for artists and events. Asset production, copyediting, press release updates. Meet with various PICA staff to ensure accurate representation of an array of projects. Gain insight into the operation of a nonprofit arts organization.

CO-FOUNDER & PRODUCERBaffling Combustions — Northampton, MA — 2003
Limited edition, handmade poetry journal, including works by Eileen Myles, Anselm Berrigan, Mark Salerno, Elizabeth Willis, Hoa Nguyen, et al. Communications, typesetting, binding, marketing, distribution.

Curatorial Experience

Curatorial Assistant Center for Contemporary Art and Culture — Portland, OR — 9/14 to 10/15
Assist Gallery Director with writing, editing, research, design, condition reporting, project documentation, maintaining gallery space, scheduling staff. Exhibition preparator, handler, gallery attendant.

PREPARATORMuseum of Contemporary Craft — Portland, OR — 8/15
"Alien She."

CO-CURATORMuseum of Contemporary Craft — Portland, OR — 5/15 to 6/15
"The Conservation Project: Discovering and Developing Perspective." PNCA Youth Program Exhibition. Co-curation of new and historic works, writing, installation design, public programming with Melody Rowell.

Student CuratorMuseum of Contemporary Craft — Portland, OR — 1/15 to 7/15
"Considering the Body." An exhibition within "Extra Credit: Students Mine the Museum."
Public programming: panel lecture, curatorial walk through, presentation to Roosevelt High School students.

Curator — MFA Pop-Up Gallery — Portland, OR — 11/14


"Unlimited." Group show. Page Space Gallery: Portland, Oregon, October 2019.

"Criminalize This!: The Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness." Group show. Mary Gagler and Lorenzo Triburgo, curators. Amos Eno Gallery: Brooklyn, New York, July 2019.

"Unlimited." Group show. Page Space Gallery: Portland, Oregon, September 2018.

"We Are Here: Recomposed." MFA thesis show. Pacific Northwest College of Art: Portland, Oregon, May-June 2017.

"Rejuvenation." Group show. Hazel Miller, curator. Cerulean Gallery: Portland, Oregon, March 2017.

"Dys U." Group show. Washington State University: Pullman, Washington, November 2016.

"Free Radicals" in "Origins." Group show. Lodge Gallery: Portland, Oregon, September 2016.

"Breaking Ground." Group show. Arlene & Harold Schnitzer Innovation Studio: Portland, Oregon, November 2015.

"Place Art Here." Group show. Javier Hernandez, curator. Placeholder Gallery: Miami, Florida, September-October 2015.

"Skinning Vision." Solo show. Gallery 2: Portland, Oregon, September 2015.

"PNCA MFA VS DVD SUV VCR RIP TBD." First year exhibition. Libby Werbel, curator. Disjecta: Portland, Oregon, July 2015.

"Artworks Northwest." Juried group show. Umpqua Valley Art Association: Roseburg, Oregon, May 2015.

"Combat Paper." Group show. Ash Street Project Gallery: Portland, Oregon, April 2015.

"Soft." Group show. Manuel Izquierdo Gallery: Portland, Oregon, March 2015.

"Happy Hour: The Retrospective." MFA first year group show. Lodge Gallery: Portland, Oregon, December 2014-January 2015.

"Additional Experiments" in "Show, Peanuts, Snow." Group show. Drewelowe Gallery: Iowa City, Iowa, December 2012.

"Imminent Perception." Solo show. Albina Press: Portland, Oregon, August-September 2012.

"Plastics 2." Group show. Albina Press: Portland, Oregon, December 2011.

"Specimen." Collaboration. Mississippi Health Center: Portland, Oregon, May-June 2011.

"Postal." Group show. Jinx Art Space: Bellingham, Washington, February 2011.

"Survival Knife" in "Wild Roses." Group show. Jamison Brousseau Gallery: Brooklyn, New York, May 2010.


Essays & Reviews

Review of The River of Consciousness, by Oliver Sacks. Discursive Impulse (August 3, 2018),

Review of Trans* A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability, by Jack Halberstam. Discursive Impulse (February 10, 2018),

“Exploration of Character.” Miss Anthology. Edited by Mack Carlisle, Emily Lewis, and Melanie Stevens. (2017): 71-73.

Contributor to Compassion Currency, a book of prompts created by artists to encourage compassion in the face of racism, misogyny, sexism, homophobia, bigotry, and xenophobia. Edited by Roz Crews and Nico Mazza. Forthcoming Spring 2017.

"Appropriation, Information, and Cyborgs: An Interview with Michele Fiedler." Interview with Disjecta Curator-in-Residence Michele Fiedler and Artist Ad Minoliti, conducted January 15. Oregon ArtsWatch (January 19, 2017),

"Through the Lens of 'Foreigners'." Review of Foreigners by Modou Dieng, Bukola Koiki, Victor Maldonado, and Angelica Millán at Nationale. Oregon ArtsWatch (October 25, 2016),

"Still Lifes Gone Wild." Review of Everything We Ever Wanted by Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, and Sarah Mikenis at Nationale. Oregon ArtsWatch (June 19, 2015),

"Oscar Murillo: Casting Off The White Gloves." Review of Forever Now: Painting in an Atemporal World at MoMA. Untitled (May 28, 2015),

"Tenuous Constructions." Review of Hedonic Reversal, by Rodrigo Valenzuela at Upfor. Oregon ArtsWatch (March 22, 2015),

"Bernadette Mayer." Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. Ed. Terence Diggory. New York: Facts on File, Inc. (2009): 310-312.

"The Golden Book of Words by Bernadette Mayer." Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. Ed. Terence Diggory. New York: Facts on File, Inc. (2009): 199-200.

"I Remember by Joe Brainard." Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. Ed. Terence Diggory. New York: Facts on File, Inc. (2009): 247-248.

"Joe Brainard." Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. Ed. Terence Diggory. New York: Facts on File, Inc. (2009): 70-71.

"The Vermont Notebook by John Ashbery and Joe Brainard." Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. Ed. Terence Diggory. New York: Facts on File, Inc. (2009): 487-488.

Review of Coming After, by Alice Notley. Rain Taxi 10.3 (Fall 2005): 35.

Review of Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard, by Ron Padgett. Rain Taxi 9.4 (Winter 2004): 15.

Art & Illustration

Map illustrations. Europeans Abroad, 1450-1750, by David Ringrose. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (September 2018).

Illustrator & writer. Marriage in Disease: An Incomplete Chapter, Brooklyn, NY: The Sketchbook Project (May 2018):

Food cart illustration. Halcyon Trails: Portland. Adult coloring book produced by Rainbow Squared (2016).

Artist contributor. Additional Experiments. Limited edition of 100. Joshua Doster (2012).

Children's book illustrator. Tito el Pollito. Ixil emergent readers book produced by HELPS International: June 2011.

Artist contributor. Survival Knife. Limited edition of 50. Joshua Doster (2010).

Book cover illustration. Tristan Tzara's Twenty-Five and One Poems, translated by Nick Moudry. Toad Press (2004).

Creative Writing

"Double Bluff." Storm Cellar 6.1 (Spring 2017): 9-11.

"Now in the fourth century of American hate." Gravel (December 10, 2016):

"Condense Roundly." Matchbook 1 (2004): 14-15.

"Men (& Women)." Cant 1 (2004): np.

"21 Rue Messageries." Cre:activity (U.K.) Summer 2003: np.

"It is raining petals." La Voz (Spain) Summer 2003: np.

"You are little and the clouds are so large." Paragraph 23 (Summer 2003): 17.

"Morning Song." "Poem for John Wieners." baffling combustions 1 (2003): np.

"Morning Song." Can We Have Our Ball Back 11 (2002): np.


“Miss Anthology Is Helping to Inspire a New Wave of Femme, Genderqueer and LGBTQIA+ Comic Book Artists.” Andi Prewitt, Willamette Week (September 4, 2018),

“Miss Anthology Teaches the Power of Comics.” Hannah Krafcik, Oregon ArtsWatch (April 5, 2017),

“February Feature Activists: Perspectives on the Women’s March.” Interviews by Tara Miller, Art For Ourselves (February 6, 2017),

Featured Artist in Visual Arts Calendar. Portland Mercury print edition (September 3, 2015), also online

Speaking Engagements

Pochas Radicales: Esto No Es Para Ti / This Isn't for You, S1, Portland, Oregon, November 12, 2016.
Organizer and Presenter on a panel about gender, race, feminism, and inclusion.

“Art & Brains” Presentation with NW Noggin, Oregon Art Education Association Conference, Ashland, Oregon, 2015.

Guest Critic: Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, March 17, 2015.
Painting 1 & 2 — Ruth Lantz

Guest Speaker: Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, July 3, 2013.
MAT School & Society — Elaine Coughlin

Oregon Reading Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2011.
Presenter on a panel about literacy integration.

Gallery TK: Northampton, Massachusetts, July 2004. Poetry Reading.

Twilight Tea Lounge: Brattleboro, Vermont, May 2004. Poetry Reading.

Wordsworth Books: Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 2003. Poetry Reading.

Harvard Square Summer Poetry Festival: Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 2002. Poetry Reading.

Accolades & Affiliations

Scholastic Art Awards Judge, Portland, Oregon, January 2020.

Caldera Artist Residency, Sisters, Oregon, October 2019.

Signal Fire Residency, New Words for Wings, Portland, Oregon, August 2019.

Scholastic Art Awards Judge, Portland, Oregon, January 2019.

Caldera Artist Residency, Sisters, Oregon, October 2018.

c3:initiative Residency & Project Funding, 2017.

Precipice Grant from the Precipice Fund, Calligram Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, December 2016.

Leland Iron Works Artist Residency, Oregon City, Oregon, July 2015.
Built a wood fire kiln as work-trade.

Oregon Art Education Association member. Attended 2015, 2010 conference.

PNCA Merit Scholarship recipient, 2014 through 2017.

National Art Education Association member. Attended 2014, 2011 conference.

Oregon Reading Association member. Attended 2011 conference.

Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society member, 2011.
Kappa Delta Pi Counselor's Scholarship Recipient, 2011.

Adobe MAX Awards, AIGA Annual Design Competition, American Association of Museums Muse Awards, Communication Arts Interactive Design Annual, HOW Interactive Design Awards, Print Magazine Creativity & Commerce, Rosey Awards, Self Service Excellence Awards, Time Magazine 50 Best Websites: awarded to Second Story for projects on which I played an integral role, 2008 through 2009.

Class of 1940 Creative Writing Award: University of Massachusetts, May 2004.

Short Fiction Competition: Hull University (U.K.), April 2003.

Clara Abbott Foundation Scholarship recipient, 2002.

Dean's List: University of Massachusetts, 2001 through 2004.
Dean's List: Greenfield Community College, 2000 through 2001.
3.9-4.0 GPA in all degrees.