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$1 Million Art Gym Challenge

Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation issues $1 million challenge grant to endow director/curator position

The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, established in 2011 by Mercedes Eichholz on behalf of herself and her late husband to support the arts, has issued a $1 million challenge grant to endow the position of director/curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion. The challenge grant, which must be completed by 2018, is accompanied by a $250,000 outright grant to support the position.

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The Eichholz family has long supported the arts. The late Mercedes Eichholz was a trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1985 and board president from 2001 to 2003. When she resided in Portland decades ago, she made the acquaintance of Pietro Belluschi, architect of the Lake Oswego home that is now the Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University.

Her son, Michael Davidson, a Portland-based tax consultant who serves on the Eichholz Foundation board of trustees, has taught classes on business to aspiring artists at Marylhurst for years. He became acquainted with Terri Hopkins, director/curator emerita of The Art Gym, during this time.

"The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation is excited to provide the challenge to fund in perpetuity the director/curator position for The Art Gym/Belluschi Pavilion," says Davidson.

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For more information about the challenge grant or to make a contribution, please call Sandy Pittenger in the Office of University Advancement at 503.699.6251.

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