PNCA is saddened to learn of the death of the College’s friend and supporter Ed Cauduro, local arts advocate and well known collector of contemporary art. Ed Cauduro had a great appreciation of the arts world and for decades collected what moved him, creating one of the most impressive private collections in the Pacific Northwest. He gave back to the community, and specifically to young artists, in many ways that will benefit artists and the larger community for years to come.
In 2008, Cauduro established The Ed Cauduro Fund for Pacific Northwest College of Art of The Oregon Community Foundation, a $1 million dollar endowment that awards a $10,000 scholarship annually to a student in each class. The endowment also provides annual funding for art supplies for students who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
“I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Cauduro has provided me with; a chance to expand my vision as an artist and to study with some of the most inspiring professionals around. Were it not for his generosity, I would never have been able to come to PNCA. I sincerely appreciate his love for art and his support for young emerging artists in Portland,” says Ed Cauduro Scholarship recipient Andriana Vawdrey ‘12.
Cauduro was once a board member of the Portland Art Museum and Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, now known as Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art. His impressive collection of well known contemporary masters includes Jean Michel Basquiat, Kenneth Noland and Andy Warhol, and was the subject of a 2004 exhibition at Portland Art Museum.
UPDATE: The celebration for Ed Cauduro that was originally scheduled for February 12 has been cancelled.