Annual Gala

Landmark 2015

Thank you for joining us
at Portland’s newest landmark for PNCA’s Annual Gala:
the year’s biggest and most inspiring art party!


PNCA Celebrates First Gala at New Landmark Campus With Incredible Entertainment and Student Art, Raising $550,000 for the College

PORTLAND, OR–Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) recently held its 2015 Gala, dubbed LANDMARK, under a majestic tent at the College’s new home. The signature fundraising event, on June 6, hosted 450 guests and raised $550,000, to benefit students, faculty, and academic and community programs.

The grand celebratory event came at a pivotal moment for PNCA’s community of supporters; for the first time, the College presented its signature art party at its new home in the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design on Portland’s North Park Blocks.

The evening began at PNCA alum Lee Kelly’s Memory ‘99 sculpture and continued inside the building, throughout the Ann Payne Edlen Creative Corridor, where guests enjoyed energetic entertainment and viewed compelling and profound works by this year’s graduating students. Cocktail hour delights included passed signature drinks and small bites provided by ChefStable. Dancers from Do Jump — nude save for gorgeous paint reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” — wended their way down from mezzanine to Corridor and the Portland Opera’s baritone, Alexander Elliott, belted a full-throttled “Toreador” from “Carmen,” accompanied by Eric Little.

The evening continued in an elegant, massive tent erected outside the building’s east entrance and included more entertainment, showcasing the work of four extraordinary students — Matthew Dan ‘16, Molly Mendoza ‘14, John Summerson ‘15, and Lou Watson ‘15,  — and remarks by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, PNCA board member Susan Hammer, and PNCA President Tom Manley.

“Just a year ago, I announced that all future PNCA galas would be held in the College’s new home. With the building a full-on construction site — loud, dusty, a chaos of old and new — that promise felt a bit out of a reach. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see those words fulfilled and to share this night with all of you.”

His remarks noted the successful event’s honorary co-chairs, Brenda Smola-Foti, David Savinar, and Aric Wood, and he referred to PNCA’s gifted students as “the lifeblood of this place.” He concluded: “Tonight this landmark surges with life, we revelers breathe vitality and joy into its seams and its luminous spaces. There is no place like home — no place like the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.”

To see photos from the event, visit PNCA’s Flickr page!


We want to thank the following supporters for their advocacy and support of PNCA at the Gala. This College is far more than a building, as the following list so evidently shows. We’re proud to count the following individuals, foundations, and corporations as part of the PNCA community:

Arlene Schnitzer/Jordan Schnitzer
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Gerding Edlen
Howard S. Wright
Dane Nelson
Al Solheim
William G. Gilmore Foundation

Brenda Smola-Foti
David Savinar
Aric Wood

Ernie Bonyhadi and Shirley Gittelsohn
Brenda Smola-Foti and Frank Foti
Maybelle Clark McDonald Fund
Sphere M.D.

Allied Works Architecture
Lois Schnitzer

John & Suzanne Bishop
Craig Boretz & Rachelle Jacover from CraigBstudios
Victoria Bryer & Neilson Abeel
First Republic Bank
InterUrban Development and the General Automotive Building
Susan Hammer & Lee Kelly ‘59
Dorothy Lemelson
Casey Mills & Carmen Calzacorta
John Shipley & Tom Shipley
Rain Agency
RBC Wealth Management
Kelli Watson & David Brown
ZGF Architects

Even though the Gala is over, we welcome your support and generosity. To make a gift or to learn more about PNCA and its programs,
please contact Sharon Johnson at or 503-821-8896.

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