We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 PNCA Laura Russo Luminary Alumni Award: Anthony Hudson ‘13, Ellen McFadden ‘49, Lucinda Parker ‘66, and Arvie Smith ‘86.
The Laura Russo Luminary Alumni Award recognizes PNCA alumni who demonstrate excellence, impact, innovation, and integrity in their lives, work and creative practice and aims to celebrate the broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional paths to alumni excellence.
Established in 2010 as the Laura Russo Distinguished Alumni Award, the Laura Russo Luminary Alumni Award celebrates Laura Russo ’75 and the contributions she made to the development of the Portland arts community, including her work with Arlene Schnitzer and the Fountain Gallery, founding the Laura Russo Gallery (now the Russo Lee Gallery), and establishing the First Thursday Group (now Portland Art Dealers Association), as well as her service to many arts organizations including PNCA. Russo was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award in 2010 and recognized posthumously in 2011 as the first recipient of the Laura Russo Distinguished Alumni Award.
2011: Laura Russo ’75 for her contributions to the Portland arts community.
2013: George Johanson ‘50 for his lifelong commitment to the arts and to nurturing students’ creative development.