Portland, March 14th, 2013. The Pacific Northwest College of Art held a special reception celebrating a gift to the Betty Feves collection from Bank of America. (Photo credit, Clinton Chambers) Attendees heard from Tom Manly, president of PNCA and Roger Hinshaw, President of Bank of America Oregon and Southwest Wash. Guests cheered at the official unveiling of the untitled Betty Feves sculpture donated to PNCA by Bank of America. The unveiling was held at at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Bank of America recently donated a historically significant Betty Feves Sculpture to the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The untitled sculpture is a nearly-seven-foot-tall stacked column of rough clay dug from Oregon soil, with glazes the artist made from natural materials found in the Pendleton area. The sculpture had been in BofA’s Pendleton banking center and when that banking center closed last year, the Bank worked to find a permanent home where the artwork would be accessible to the general public as well as art historians.
Bank of America’s support for the arts is multi-faceted, providing millions of dollars in grants, large and small, delivering a wide range of support for the arts, from education and access programs at the local level to major investments that help institutions expand their size and services and revitalize their communities.
At a ceremony this month where the sculpture was unveiled, BofA’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Monique Barton cited the value of the arts in bringing communities together and building healthier neighborhoods.
“At Bank of America, we’re very committed to doing our part to strengthen local communities and one way we achieve that is by supporting nonprofits that are making Oregon better, like the Museum of Contemporary Craft,” said Barton. “We help not only in traditional ways like with grant dollars and volunteer hours, but also in unexpected ways like this sculpture donation, which ultimately will enable more Oregonians to enjoy the art created by a locally-beloved artist.”
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.