PNCA Benefit Art Auction Results Exceed Expectations
February 18, 2010
Pacific Northwest College of Art is pleased to announce that the second annual Benefit Art Auction with Bonhams & Butterfields raised nearly $125,000 for student scholarships at PNCA. Under the leadership of Honorary Chair Jordan Schnitzer and event co-chairs Elizabeth Leach and Kathleen Lewis, an impressive group of 32 lots were donated for auction. A total of 215 guests participated in this event to raise needed funds to support students at PNCA; more than 85% of the College’s students receive financial aid. Auctioneer Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams & Butterfields, led the auction at The Nines Hotel, which included pieces by current Whitney Biennial artists Storm Tharp and Martin Kersels, sculptures by Ken Shores, Mel Katz, and Henry Hillman, Jr.; and a rich selection of works from artists and designers including Brad Cloepfil, Robert Mangold, Sally Haley, Thomas Struth, and others.
In memory of arts supporter and gallery owner Laura Russo, the proceeds from the sale of a painting by Louis Bunce will be used to establish the Laura Russo Scholarship at PNCA.
Members of the 2010 Benefit Art Auction Committee are: Elizabeth Leach, Co-Chair, Kathleen Lewis, Co-Chair, Sheryl Acheson,Tori Bryer, Gregg Fletcher, Wendy Wells Jackson, Arnold Kemp, Selby Key, Linda Taylor McGeady, Rod Pulliam, and Namita Wiggers.
PNCA is also grateful to the following for their support of this event: Laura King Pfaff, Chairman of Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, Fred Kleisner, General Manager of The Nines Hotel, Chris Erickson, General Manager of The Heathman Hotel, Robert Ames, Board of Directors, Bonhams & Butterfields, Al Solheim, Chairman of the Board of PNCA, Dan Kvitka, Dan Kvitka Photography, and
Todd Putnam, Framing Resource.
Oregon’s Sculptor, Lee Kelly BFA ‘59, passed away on March 28, 2022, at age 89.
Pacific Northwest College of Art is offering an affordable and accessible option for transfer students who want to earn a BFA degree.
We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Cole has accepted our offer to become the next dean of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), effective March 2022, and delighted that she will hold Willamette’s first named deanship, recognizing a generous new gift from Jordan D. Schnitzer.
Willamette University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art today finalized their merger, officially making the Northwest’s oldest school of art and design an integral part of the region’s leading liberal arts university.
Schnitzer family's $2M gift to support Willamette University/Pacific Northwest College of Art merger
Willamette will launch a search soon to retain a nationally recognized educator and leader in art and design to serve as PNCA’s new dean. This $2 million gift from the late Arlene Schnitzer will create the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer PNCA Dean’s Initiative Fund, and provide the new PNCA Dean with resources to test new initiatives, facilitate collaboration between the PNCA and Willamette faculties, and more. Please enjoy this video to learn more about this generous gift.