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Roger Mandle to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address at PNCA

Release date: 04/15/13

April 15, 2013

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

Roger Mandle to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address at PNCA

PORTLAND, OR – April 15, 2013 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is honored to welcome art historian, curator, and educator Roger Mandle to deliver PNCA’s 2013 Commencement Address on Sunday, May 26, 4 pm, at Tiffany Center at 1410 SW Morrison. Dr. Mandle, perhaps best known as President Emeritus of the Rhode Island School of Design, has headed up a number of major museums including the National Gallery of Art in the United States and is currently the Executive Director of the Qatar Museums Authority. He’ll give a talk entitled, What Did You Say? Some Thoughts About the Arts. The annual Commencement Address is one of PNCA’s four Cornerstone Lectures, which also include the College’s Convocation Address at the start of the academic year, the Homecoming Lecture during Alumni weekend, and the Edelman Lecture in the Spring.

About Earl Roger Mandle
As an educator, art historian, and leader of major cultural institutions, Dr. Roger Mandle has been an internationally known figure in the field of education in the arts and humanities for the past thirty-five years. A cum laude graduate of Williams College (1963), Dr. Mandle holds an MA and a Certificate in Museum Training from New York University (1967) and a Ph.D. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University (2002). His dissertation was on eighteenth century Dutch art academies.

From 1993-2008, Dr. Mandle was President of Rhode Island School of Design. He was Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. from 1988 to 1993. Previously he’d served as Associate Director of the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Associate Director and then Director of the Toledo Museum of Art.

Dr. Mandle served as a member of the National Committee for Education Standards in the Arts. He was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by both President Reagan and President George H. W. Bush, and was appointed by President Clinton to the Executive Committee of the Ambassadors for the Arts. He was also a Governor’s appointee to the Ohio Arts Council.

Dr. Mandle was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Federation of Arts, Vice President of the American Association of Museums, and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. He has served on the boards of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Alliance of Artists Communities, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Rhode Island Independent Higher Education Association the Newport Restoration Society, Providence Foundation, the Rhode Island Children’s Crusade, the Advisory Board of Perishable Theater, and Providence WaterFire. Dr. Mandle is a Visiting Professor at Brown University in the Public Humanities Division graduate museum program. He is also a member of the Presidents’ Advisory Council of the University of the People.

Dr. Mandle was Chair of the Board of the Western Art Museums Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Getty Leadership Institute, and a member of the faculty. He is currently a member of the Joint Advisory Board for Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar, and of the Education Committee for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. Dr. Mandle has served on several corporate boards, including Trustcorp, and Cranston Printworks, Deepa Textiles. He was a member of the committee that created the TED Prize and helped to organize the first TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar in 2012

Dr. Mandle has organized numerous international exhibitions including the Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and Mauritshuis, Den Haag; Masterpieces of Dutch Silver at the Toledo Museum of Art and Rijksmuseum, and El Greco at the Prado Museum, National Gallery, Washington, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Mandle is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including seven Honorary Degrees: from University of Toledo, Kenyon College, Brown University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Bryant University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He was awarded Knight of the Order of Isabela la Catolica by His Highness King Juan Carlos of Spain.

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 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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