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Marylhurst receives record $1.25 million grant

Challenge grant from the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation will endow curator position for The Art Gym
and Belluschi Pavilion


The curator position for Marylhurst University's award-winning art gallery, The Art Gym, and for the newest addition to campus, the Belluschi Pavilion, will be permanently endowed thanks to a $1.25 million grant awarded by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. The gift includes a $1 million challenge grant, which must be completed by 2018, and is accompanied by a $250,000 outright grant from the Santa Barbara, California-based foundation.

This is the largest grant ever awarded to Marylhurst by a foundation.

The timing of the grant places a fitting cap on the career of Art Gym curator Terri Hopkins, who will retire in January 2014 after 33 years directing the gallery. Under her leadership, The Art Gym has become a regionally renowned gallery showcasing contemporary Northwest artists. Since its founding in 1980, The Art Gym has shown the work of more than 500 artists, produced more than 65 exhibition catalogs and sponsored numerous artist roundtables and public forums.

"The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation is excited to provide the challenge to fund in perpetuity the director/curator position for The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion," said Michael Davidson, a Portland-based tax consultant who serves on the foundation's board.

Davidson, who has taught classes on business to aspiring artists at Marylhurst for years, added, "It is our hope that this grant will honor Terri Hopkins' life's work and will allow The Art Gym to continue to be a powerful force in the arts of Portland and the entire Pacific Northwest."

Lynn Andrews, CFRE, vice president for university advancement, reacted with great enthusiasm to the news.

"We are so grateful to the leaders of the Eichholz Foundation for ensuring that The Art Gym remains a prominent force in nurturing and recognizing talented artists in our region," she said. "This is a true tribute to Terri Hopkins and the inspiring leadership she has shown over the past 30 years. We also look forward to including the Belluschi Pavilion as an exhibition venue."

Hopkins is delighted about the grant.

"It's both rewarding and humbling to see such a large financial vote of confidence in The Art Gym," said curator Terri Hopkins. "I am beyond grateful to the trustees of the Eichholz Foundation for allowing the work I have done championing artists of our region to continue."

Hopkins has assembled a thoughtful exhibition schedule for the 2013-14 season, which opens October 6 with a preview reception for Fernanda D'Agostino and her exhibit, "The Method of Loci."

In January and February, it will showcase the work of Native American artists Rick Bartow, Wendy Red Star, Nicholas Galanin, Terrance Houle and others. Heather Watkins will be the featured artist from late February through early April, and the work of Vanessa Renwick will be displayed mid-April to mid-May. The season ends in mid-June with the annual thesis exhibition of Marylhurst Bachelor of Fine Arts students.

The Belluschi Pavilion, designed by Pietro Belluschi, a leader of the Mid-Century Modern style of architecture, will open in late September. It will serve as a lasting tribute to the architect and be the venue for diverse exhibitions and seminars.

To learn more about The Art Gym, the Belluschi Pavilion and the $1 million challenge grant to fund the curator position, visit

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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