As part of the Homecoming Address as part of PNCA’s annual Alumni Reunion, PNCA President Tom Manley will present the Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree to alumna Arlene Schnitzer, who will also accept a Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree on behalf of her late husband, Harold Schnitzer. A leading Portland cultural philanthropist, Schnitzer was inspired to open her important Fountain Gallery by her instructors at PNCA, then the Museum Art School. This was her entrée into the heart of Portland’s cultural life which she and her late husband have continued to help shape in the decades since. Recently the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation made the lead gift of $5 million for PNCA’s capital campaign for campus expansion to Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway will be the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design when it opens in the 2014 academic year.
Mary Mattingly ’02 will deliver this year’s Homecoming Address before students, alumni, and the general public in Swigert Commons on October 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This lecture is part of a full day’s activities for the annual Alumni Reunion, activities that include a tour of the PNCA Alumni Exhibition, TRUST, and the dedication of Lee Kelly’s ’59 monumental sculpture, Memory 99, in Portland’s future North Park Block adjacent to the soon-to-be home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.