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Jamey Hampton, Mike Hollern, Cristy Lanfri, Rene Mitchell, Sue Hollern, k.d. lang, Tom Manley (top photo), parkour #1, Jon Raymond, Emily Chenoweth, Parkour #2, Shipyard Dining Room, Colin MacLean, Sheila Hamilton, Ann and Mark Edlin, Juan Martinez, April Severson, Alan Jones and Parkour runner, Tom Manley, Eric Skinner, Ashley Roland, Daniel Kirk, John Shipley

ART IN THE YARD: The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presented its 2013 Gala, Transformation: The Power of Creativity on June 1, against the dramatic backdrop of Vigor Industrial Shipyards.

And it really was "transformative" and jam-packed with "creativity."

Helming the College’s signature annual fundraising event, creatively wise, was none other than award-winning designer and PNCA alumnus Michael Curry.  It was a mash-up of steel and steely images that evoked both a shipyard and a highly inventive performance art group that I adored (and found that Michael did too) called Survival Research Laboratories.

Michael wasn't the only superstar on hand. Also in attendance were ad geniuses Dan Wieden and John Jay as well as scribes Jon Raymond and Emily Chenoweth and musician k.d. lang who is starting to pop up at more and more events in her new home town of Portland.

Helping Michael entertain the crowd was the dynamic  Alan Jones Academy of Music and the slightly dangerous Legacy Parkour and Freerunning with choreography by Parkour 91.  BodyVox co-founder and PNCA Board member Jamey Hampton served as master of ceremonies. BodyVox's Ashley Roland, Daniel Kirk and Eric Skinner also performed.

The sold- out event, with a record attendance of more than 500 people, raised more than $511,450, surpassing its $500,000 goal. It was an exuberant coming together of PNCA’s community of supporters at an exciting time for the College, as it is poised to expand its campus to Portland’s North Park Blocks. The official laws and dimensions of Cornhole boards (site) officially 24 inches by 48 inches.

On Swan Island, attendees celebrated surrounded by the Graduate Thesis Exhibition for two of PNCA’s five graduate programs in the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, the MFA in Visual Studies and MFA in Collaborative Design.

Along with the support that was raised for the College’s Annual Fund, PNCA President Tom Manley announced a major gift in support of campus expansion. President Manley announced a $1 million gift from Dorothy Lemelson, part of PNCA’s $15 million philanthropic campaign, CREATIVITY WORKS HERE, in support of the College’s strategic move to renovate the historic former federal post office at 511 NW Broadway and anchor the PNCA campus on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Board chair Ann Edlen announced that the $15 million effort, launched in 2012 with a gift from alumna Arlene Schnitzer to name the future Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, has surpassed the $10 million mark.

And in a very sweet moment for many of us, John Shipley was on hand for the inaugural awarding of the PNCA Joan Shipley Civic Imagination Award. The award, was given to the Maribeth Collins Family, recognizes inspiring civic leaders who have demonstrated significant lifelong achievement in imagining, creating and promoting a vibrant artistic, cultural and educational community in Portland and throughout Oregon. The award honors John's late wife, Joan Shipley, whose visionary leadership has made an indelible impact on the entire community.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 August 2016 07:23)

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