PNCA President Tom Manley was on a panel Friday morning for the Better Bricks Awards for commercial real estate. The Portland Business Journal quotes Manley on the challenges of public/private partnerships in real estate finance. “These kinds of deals take time,” he said. “They evolve, and in the words of Nelson Mandela, they look impossible until they are done.”
PNCA was awarded the Innovation in Project Finance of the Year award for its transformation of the former Federal Building at 511 NW Broadway into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, scheduled to open February 2015 as the anchor of PNCA’s new North Park Blocks Campus. The project was facilitated by a PDC loan package of $20.3 million, approved in 2013. Construction on the project began in February of this year.
The PNCA Community is saddened by the loss of Ken Shores, who passed away yesterday.
An accomplished artist and inveterate collector, Ken was the director of Museum of Contemporary Craft between 1964-68 and a beloved friend and mentor to students, colleagues and many others in the arts community. He established the ceramics program at Lewis and Clark College, helping to build a collection there and continued to make and encourage gifts to many other collections around Oregon, including important pieces to the Museum.
In 2008, Museum of Contemporary Craft presented the well received Generations: Ken Shores, a retrospective of his life and work, followed in 2010 by the MoCC/PNCA publication by Namita Wiggers, Clay Has the Last Word, which chronicled Shore’s contributions to ceramics and craft in general and also revealed his life-long passion for the alchemic process of making. In it he was quoted saying,
“Clay, I think, is such a magical material…it’s a material that is so responsive, and has so much life in it. I don’t know of any other material that has that quality.”
One might easily have said the same thing about Ken Shores. He will be missed.