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Fifth Annual Benefit Art Auction for Student Scholarships


PNCA celebrates the College's creative community, raising money for student scholarships.

PNCA’s Benefit Art Auction is one of the College’s signature annual benefits helping to meet the needs of student scholarships and financial tuition assistance. 95.7% of PNCA’s 500-plus BFA and MFA students receive financial aid.

PNCA’s Fifth Annual Benefit Art Auction at the Vestas America Building.

This year’s Auction featured an impressive collection of works more than 25 artists including Pam Greene, Manuel Izquierdo ’51, Christopher Rauschenberg, and Donald Sultan. Spirited bidding wars erupted over several of the pieces including “Nose Gay,” by PNCA alum Lucinda Parker and “A.T,” by former faculty member Louis Bunce.

For the first time this year, PNCA also offered a silent auction of fine jewelry, sculpture, and glass works, as well as a print sale of lithographs by PNCA Printmaking Award winner Stephanie Benheim ’14 and by Master Printer James Reid of Gemini G.E.L. Reid has worked closely with artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Brooke Sivo, Vice President and Director of Bonhams American Furniture and Decorative Arts, led the auction, which in addition to work by Oregon artists Tad Savinar, Louis Bunce, and Charles Heaney, included a print portfolio from the PNCA Printmaking Department entitled, “Fact or Fiction.” A catered, gourmet artistic experience on the rooftop terrace of Museum of Contemporary Craft was also auctioned off.

Bidding at PNCA’s Benefit Art Auction.

In a special video recognizing the impactful mentor relationships at PNCA and the significance of the College’s growing alumni family and art community, PNCA alumni and Board Member Jean-Pierre Veillet ‘97 said, “One of the strengths of PNCA is the instruction, the teachers, the community. The feeling that you’re a part of something not just taking a class.” As Eric Trine, a current MFA student in PNCA’s Applied Craft and Design Program put it, “It doesn’t stop at graduation. You’re always a part of the PNCA community, and that’s something you can keep coming back to.”

Anna Gray ‘08 and Ryan Wilson Paulsen ‘08, both PNCA alumni and practicing artists in Portland explained, “The people who really impacted us both at PNCA were people who were pushing us to interrogate our own assumptions. And I think that’s really led us to where we think and make now.” Paulsen added, “I think that since we left PNCA, we haven’t really left in a lot of ways.”

See a Flickr gallery of the Benefit Art Auction and watch the video about PNCA’s creative community that premiered that evening.

February 22, 2012. Photography by Micah Fischer ’13 and Clinton Chambers ’13.

You can view more terrific photography of PNCA events, exhibitions, classes, and projects on the PNCA Flickr page.

— Posted on 03/04 at 02:13 PM

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