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PNCA Hosts Conversation with Venerable Sculptors Richard Hunt and Lee Kelly

Release date: 05/18/15


May 18, 2015

Becca Biggs
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PNCA Hosts Conversation with Venerable Sculptors Richard Hunt and Lee Kelly
Hunt to receive honorary degree from the college

Portland, OR — May 18, 2015 — Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to welcome renowned Midwest sculptor Richard Hunt for a conversation with equally venerable Oregon sculptor Lee Kelly Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm in the Shipley/Collins Mediatheque Theater at PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at 511 NW Broadway. Hunt will also be receiving an honorary degree at PNCA’s commencement ceremony. Both Hunt and Kelly interacted with architect, Pietro Belluschi, and this public conversation between these two revered artists will be moderated by PNCA Board Member Tony Belluschi and his wife Marti.

The Smithsonian says of the much-honored Chicago-based Hunt, “For more than three decades Richard Hunt’s status as the foremost African-American abstract sculptor and artist of public sculpture has remained unchallenged. Executed in welded and cast steel, aluminum, copper, and bronze, Hunt’s abstract creations make frequent references to plant, human, and animal forms.”

Lee Kelly is among PNCA’s most prolific and honored alumni who attended the college when it was known as the Museum Art School. Known for his monumental public art works (his “Memory ‘99” is sited at the front entrance of PNCA’s new campus flagship) Kelly has work in numerous public collections, universities, and private sites and collections throughout the West.

“We’re delighted to welcome these two great sculptors who exemplify the rich rewards to be found in a life of creative practice,” says Tom Manley, President of PNCA. “Their ever engaging visions and evolution of visual language are an inspiration to our students and to all of us.”

About PNCA
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers four BFA programs with ten concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.

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