Museum of Contemporary Craft Receives Grant To Purchase Transference

Release date: 07/30/14

Transference. detail, 2009

July 30, 2014

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Museum of Contemporary Craft Receives Grant To Purchase Transference

Portland, OR – June 30, 2014 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Program in the amount of $11,000 toward the purchase of Transference, a kinetic glass and sound installation by glass artist, Andy Paiko, and sound artist, Ethan Rose. The Museum must raise the remaining $2,000 toward the price of the work through donations. Contributions to the purchase of this work can be made by phone 503-546-2654 or at the Museum.

Transference was commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2009 and has been exhibited at the Museum twice: in 2009 in an exhibition of the same name and in 2013, in Object Focus: The Bowl. It will also be a part of the upcoming 2015 summer exhibition The State of Oregon Craft.

“We’re grateful to The Ford Family Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission for jumpstarting our efforts to purchase this important contemporary work,” says Acting Director Nicole Nathan. “And we’re confident that our Members and community members will step forward to raise the remaining funds. From its genesis as a Museum commission to its future as a featured part of our great Oregon craft survey show next year, Transference is a piece that belongs in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft.”

The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work. Awards help these institutions leverage organization and donor dollars to acquire works. In the four years of this program, 32 works of art by Oregon artists have been placed into permanent Oregon collections.

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.

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. For more information, visit