Sally C. Lawrence to Receive Honorary Degree at 2010 Commencement
May 16, 2010
Sally C. Lawrence, PNCA President Emerita, will be presented a Doctor of Art Honoris Causa Degree at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony on May 23. The award honors her longstanding commitment to arts education and her close relationship to the College’s development.
Sally C. Lawrence began her long professional association with the College, which spanned 20 years, in 1981. This was the same year that the College’s name was changed from the Museum School to Pacific Northwest College of Art. In the ensuing years, Lawrence oversaw broad changes at the College when, as a result of a self-study and recommendations from PNCA’s two accrediting bodies, the College took steps in the early 1990s to separate itself from the Portland Art Museum. Lawrence eventually oversaw the 1998 move to PNCA’s present campus in the Pearl District.
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.