The Nines Hotel Collaborates on Printmaking Project with PNCA to Create Original Prints for Hotel Guestrooms

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The Nines Hotel donates money for ongoing PNCA student scholarship program.

PNCA's master printmakers and members of the faculty will be hard at work the week of May 19-22, 2008 as they design and print monotype and silkscreen images of varying sizes for all 331 guestrooms of Portland's newest luxury hotel, The Nines, opening in September 2008. As part of the hotel's ongoing commitment to Portland's independent artistic community and in the spirit of collaboration, The Nines and PNCA have formed a unique partnership to design original monotype and silkscreen prints for each hotel guestroom. Peter McCracken, the PNCA project manager and faculty member, will lead a team of faculty and master printers, along with student assistants to create abstract images utilizing multiple patterns and materials. Faculty members on the printmaking team include: Christy Wykoff, Tom Prochaska, Morgan Walker, Abra Ancliffe, Yoshihiro Kitai and Pete McCracken.

"As the design for The Nines evolved, we remained focused on art as a key element throughout the hotel," said Walter Isenberg, President and CEO of Sage Hospitality, the developers for The Nines. "Since art is such an important part of what makes Portland unique, we will work with a number of local artists commissioned to create pieces specifically for the hotel. The PNCA partnership is ideal since it gives us a chance to give back to the community through an art scholarship and it allows faculty and students to engage in a collaborative, real-world civic project."

Scholarship Funds Invest in Students:
As part of The Nines' commitment to partnering with PNCA, the hotel has created an annual scholarship at PNCA for $10,000 per year for five years. The scholarship will be awarded to a student during each of the five consecutive years.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA):
Since it's founding in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connects students to a global perspective in the visual arts. The College offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Communication Design, Illustration, Intermedia, General Fine Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. In addition, the College offers a mentor-based MFA in Visual Studies that allows students to create a studio-centered curriculum to support their personal artistic vision. PNCA has the oldest continuously running community arts education program in the Northwest. Located in an award-winning campus in the heart of the Pearl District, PNCA is actively involved in Portland's cultural programming through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and visiting artists from around the world. In connection with its Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) the College most recently debuted the PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios featuring artists James Turrell and philosopher Jacques Rancière. Visit the full events calendar and to learn more about PNCA's BFA degree, MFA in Visual Studies or Continuing Education courses for all ages and skill levels.

About Sage Hospitality:
Founded in 1984, Sage Hospitality has strategically grown into one of the largest privately held hotel management and development companies in the nation and is recognized as a leading innovator in the field. During the past eight years, the Denver-based firm has completed more than $600 million in acquisition and development projects, using some of the most unique financing structures in the industry. Sage Hospitality's comprehensive management portfolio includes major international brands as well as independent boutiques and hotels, including the Oxford Hotel in Denver.

In 1997, Sage Hospitality pioneered the company's urban redevelopment initiative converting the blighted Joslin's department store in downtown Denver into a showplace Courtyard by Marriott. Since then, Sage Hospitality has preserved and transformed five additional, underused national landmark buildings into award-winning hotel properties that serve as important catalysts for downtown revitalization. Projects include the historic Blackstone hotel in Chicago and the upcoming Portland hotel The Nines in the historic Meier and Frank building. For more information, please visit http://www.sagehospitality.com

About The Nines Hotel:
A 331-room Luxury Collection Hotel (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) is scheduled to open in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square in September 2008. Known as The Nines, the hotel will occupy the top nine floors of the historic 1908 Meier & Frank Building. An atrium will provide natural light and views to all hotel rooms - even those on the interior. Interior rooms will overlook the glass-roofed lobby area, while the exterior rooms will feature city views. The hotel will feature an atrium restaurant on the lobby level, a rooftop lounge, a 7,000 square foot ballroom, and 7,000 square feet of additional conference, meeting and banquet facilities. The hotel's eco-conscious renovation efforts include the pursuit of LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The developer, Sage Hospitality, will incorporate water-conservation plumbing, which will save 400,000 gallons of water per year, as well as a "green housekeeping" policy and renewable energy sources. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Meier & Frank Building was designed by Portland architect A.E. Doyle and is one of the earliest examples of a terra-cotta-type commercial palate.

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