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Mary Mattingly to Deliver PNCA’s Homecoming Address

Release date: 10/09/12

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October 9, 2012

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Mary Mattingly to Deliver PNCA’s Homecoming Address
Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degrees to be presented to Arlene Schnitzer

PORTLAND, 0R – OCTOBER 9, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that 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 the public dedication ceremony at 12 noon, 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.

Also at this event, 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.

Mattingly’s work explores the themes of home, travel, cartography, and human relationships, expansively including not only humans’ relationships with one another, but also with the environment, with machines, and with corporate and political entities. She is currently represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York. Mattingly has described her work as, “fantasy based and serious, exploring systems of survival, interaction, mobility and power structures.”

The annual Homecoming address is one of PNCA’s four Cornerstone Lectures, which also include the College’s Convocation Lecture David Shipley, of Bloomberg News, delivered in September, the Edelman lecture in March, which will be delivered by author Rebecca Solnit, and the Commencement Address given in May, Roger Mandel, former president of RISD.

ABOUT PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled the endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on our boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond. For more information, visit pnca.edu.

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