Museum of Contemporary Craft Announces $300,000 Grant to Support Exhibitions

Release date: 10/07/11

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October 5, 2011—Portland, OR—Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) has received a three-year grant of $300,000 from an anonymous donor to support exhibitions and programs. The Museum recently celebrated the second anniversary of its partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

“This gift, the largest for exhibition and public program support in our 75-year history, is indicative of the increased level of support the Museum has been able to attract since the partnership with PNCA,” said Jeffrey Thomas, director. The grant, which runs through June 2014, will require the organization to match $100,000 in additional gifts in each of the last two years of the award.

Recent gifts in honor of the Museum’s 75th Anniversary have included $100,000 over two years from the Meyer Memorial Trust, a $75,000 gift from The Collins Foundation, and a $50,000 challenge grant to expand new gifts and members from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. MoCC also received $50,000 from the Western States Arts Federation and $50,000 from the Ford Family Foundation for its world premiere exhibition, Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, which opened in March 2011, launching the 75th Anniversary year celebration.

“This anonymous award is a testimony to the incredible talents of curator Namita Wiggers,” notes Tom Manley, president of PNCA and chief executive officer of MoCC. “Namita also curated our current exhibition, a retrospective of Olympia papercut artist Nikki McClure, which was mounted with support from the Bank of America and is breaking attendance records.”

The Museum was founded in 1937 as the Oregon Ceramic Studio by artist and educator Lydia Herrick Hodge along with a dedicated group of women volunteers. The Museum’s anniversary exhibition season, which began with the Laurie Herrick exhibition in March 2011, will extend through to the retrospective of work by Oregon ceramicist Betty Feves that will conclude in July 2012.

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Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the way audiences experience it.

Since its founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers graduate education with an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MFA in Collaborative Design, as well as an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed in collaboration with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. With the support of PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education), the College has a partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit