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.