Marylhurst University has received its largest award ever from a foundation.

A $1.25 million grant awarded by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation will permanently endow the curator position for Marylhurst’s Art Gym, the school’s award-winning art gallery, and the Belluschi Pavilion, the newest addition to the school campus.

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, Calif., foundation.

The large grant will cap the career of Art Gym Curator Terri Hopkins, who will retire in January after 33 years directing the gallery.

Under her leadership, the Art Gym has become a regionally renowned gallery showcasing contemporary Northwest artists. The gallery has shown the work of more than 500 artists, produced more than 65 exhibition catalogs and sponsored numerous artist roundtables and public forums.

Hopkins expressed delight about the grant.

“It’s both rewarding and humbling to see such a large financial vote of confidence in the Art Gym,” Hopkins said. “I am beyond grateful to the trustees of the Eichholtz Foundation for allowing the work I have done championing artists of our region to continue.”

The 2013-14 exhibition schedule begins Oct. 6 with “The Method of Loci” exhibit by artist Fernanda D’Agostino. Other exhibitions scheduled include:

  • Native American artists — January and February 2014

  • Heather Watkins — late February through early April

  • Vanessa Renwick — mid-April to mid-May

  • Student art exhibition — June

    The Belluschi Pavilion, designed by Pietro Belluschi, will open in late September. Belluschi was a leader of the midcentury modern style of architecture, and the pavilion will serve as a lasting tribute to the architect as well asa venue for diverse exhibitions and seminars.

    For more about the Art Gym, Belluschi Pavilion and the $1 million challenge grant, go to

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