Eichholz Million Dollar Match- to be completed by November 30, 2018

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 and 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's increase to full time during the completion of the match.

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 and curator emerita of the Art Gym, during this time.  Davidson brought the Art Gym full-time director endowment to the foundation, and the endowment challenge was created in 2013.