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Pacific Northwest College of Art Welcomes New Board Members

Release date: 11/20/12

November 20, 2012

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Pacific Northwest College of Art Welcomes New Board Members

Portland, OR – November 20, 2012 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) welcomes two new members to its Board of Governors: alumnus Jean-Pierre Veillet ’97, designer, builder, developer, and owner of Siteworks; and Craig Boretz, Vice President of Corporate Development for Con-way, Inc. Both Boretz and Veillet are artists, Boretz a painter and Veillet a sculptor. PNCA also welcomes Board member Tom Shipley to a new term and honors two emeriti governors, John Shipley and Sally Lawrence.

As a child, Veillet attended the Museum Art School while his mother took art classes. Later, he studied sculpture with the late Manuel Izquierdo, maintaining a friendship with the venerable artist, PNCA alumnus, and faculty emeritus for the rest of his life. Veillet mentors students in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program and underwrites a scholarship for BFA students. Boretz is driving Con-way’s efforts to develop its 20-acre property in Northwest Portland into a sustainable, mixed-use district. Both Veillet and Boretz bring business and real estate development expertise to the Board while PNCA moves forward with campus expansion plans centered on Portland’s North Park Blocks and the College’s flagship Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

Governors Emeriti John Shipley and Sally Lawrence have been essential to PNCA’s success. Lawrence, President Emerita of PNCA, retired in 2003 after 22 years with the College. Her stewardship of the transition from the Museum Art School to a standalone fine arts college and move to the Pearl District was the hallmark of her tenure. John Shipley, who also helped guide the transition to the Pearl, helped found the Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, which hosts exhibitions by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Shipley family has made incalculable contributions to PNCA and to its partner Museum of Contemporary Craft. The late Joan Shipley was a Museum board member and stalwart PNCA supporter. Their son Thomas Shipley continues the family’s service with a second term on the PNCA Board.

“We’re fortunate to have Jean-Pierre and Craig join our Board of Governors,” says President Tom Manley. “Each brings expertise and energy to PNCA that will be invaluable as we build the College as a hub of art, design, and creativity in the North Park Blocks. Their work will also continue a PNCA tradition of engaged leadership including, notably, that of Sally Lawrence and the Shipley family. That Sally and John Shipley are continuing to serve PNCA is a benefit to the College and to Portland’s cultural landscape overall.”

Jean-Pierre Veillet
Jean-Pierre Veillet is owner of Siteworks Design | Build, which has completed interiors for Genoa, NAU, Lizard Lounge, Hopworks, and ISITE Design. Veillet has also develped ecoFLATS, a project incorporating environmentally sensitive elements from a bicycle transportation focus to a reward-based integration of the building’s social scene with its energy credits. Veillet studied at University of Washington and then Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), receiving a BFA in Sculpture. He taught Sculpture Welding Studio for PNCA’s Continuing Education program. Veillet mentors students in PNCA’s Applied Craft and Design program.

Craig Boretz
Craig Boretz is Vice President of Corporate Development for Con-way, Inc. As such, he spearheads the development efforts for Con-way’s 20-acre property in the Northwest corner of Portland’s downtown core with the vision of replacing surface parking area with a sustainable mixed-use district. He also participates on various Con-way teams which focus on mergers and acquisitions, employee pension and profit sharing plans, investment policy, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, accounting policies, and internal control procedures

Boretz is an active member of the Central City Planning Committee of the Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland and the Community Investment Initiative, sponsored by Metro. He has served on two mayoral councils, including the council to evaluate urban renewal and the Northwest District Association advisement committee for parking solutions. Boretz has also been a member of the
Northwest District Association’s Slabtown Planning Committee. Former Treasurer of the Board for Friendly House, he is Chairman of the Board for Third Rail Repertory Theatre and Board Chair for The Park Place Homeowners Association. He is a previous member of the Board of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association.

A CPA, Boretz has held positions with NACCO Materials Handling Group, Ernst and Young, and Arthur Andersen. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon and a BA from California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in psychology and surfing. Boretz is an abstract expressionist painter and has recently opened CraigBstudios in Old Town/Chinatown.

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 its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its 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

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