Pacific Northwest Sculptors was founded Joseph Highfill in June of 2000. He had been working with and learning from Micheal Dente', (the bronze Martin Luther King at the Portland Convention Center is his work), and in the process had discovered how satisfying talking to a like minded individual about sculpture could be. Feeling a need to build upon this he garnered a list of about 10 sculptors and invited them to dinner. A couple of them, Marty Eichinger and Devin Lawrence Field suggested other names and in the end 21 sculptors attended. The invitation read as follows:

Thank you for your interest in attending the Sculptor's Dinner. Everyone is enthusiastic about an evening of engaging conversation. I'll consider the meeting a success if we end with new insights and more questions than we start with. Enjoy this opportunity to discuss issues with people who share a passion for art.

June 6, 2000

Though it was originally suggested the group meet again in six months or a year in the end it was decided the meetings would take place once a month. Pacific Northwest Sculptors was chosen as the name and the first officers were elected with Joseph Highfill as president, Manuel Izquerdo as Treasurer and Patrick Gracewood as Secretary.

The member meetings that ensued rotated between various sculptors studios. At these members may see the techniques used by other sculptors use whether in one's own preferred medium or another. We learn from each other, sculptural questions are answered, methods are shared, and novice sculptors learn from the masters and sometimes vice versa. There is no hording of techniques. The enthusiasm at these meetings is infectious, ideas fly fast and furious and it is difficult if not impossible to leave uninspired.

We publish a bi-monthly newletter and maintain a website, (www.pnwsculptors.org). Both feature artist's works, resources and opportunities. We now replace some of the monthly studio meetings with educational meetings where a lecture is given or a specific technique is demonstrated. These have included photographing sculpture on a small budget, techniques for enlarging small works or maquettes into large pieces and other topics. We also hold occasional seminars separate from our meetings. These may last an entire day and have included, marketing, mold-making techniques, metal working techniques and formatting images for the computer and the web. These events as well as the educational meetings are open to the public.

Members works have been displayed in the lobby of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Portland, at the Salem Art Festival in July in Salem, Or., and at the Art in the Pearl in the Northwest Park blocks of Portland on Labor Day Weekend. At our events not only is work displayed but our members demonstrate their various techniques from forging steel and welding to clay modeling. Please see our calendar and exhibitions pages on this site for a current listing of activities and meetings.

Though we have grown since that original dinner the root of our organization remains the opportunity to interact with like minded individuals. From these interactions has come our efforts to better educate not only ourselves but the general public as well and to share with them our enthusiasm for and love of sculpture.



June 6, 2000 - Organization founded, officers elected; Joseph Highfill president, Manuel Izquerdo; treasurer, Patrick Gracewood; secretary

August 25, 2000 - Mission Statement written

November 2000 - First newsletter

March 2002 - Website, www.pnwsculptors.org, is established

August 19, 2002 - Registered as a non-profit corporation with the State of Oregon

September, 2003 - Joseph Highfill retires, George Heath assumes role of acting president.

February 18th, 2004 - Bylaws adopted

February 25th, 2004 - First annual meeting and election held under the terms of the official bylaws.

March 24th, 2004 - First election of officers under the official bylaws. George Heath; president, Marty Eichinger; vice President, Maria Wickwire; secretary, Carole Murphy; treasurer

Publicity committee formed.

February 23, 2005 - First meeting of Seattle chapter

June 6, 2005 - Granted federal non-profit status as an educational organization. 501 (c)(3)

January 7-8, 2006 - First annual board retreat and organizational conference

March 2009 - Carole Murphy elected president.


July 11, 2000 - First studio tour - Studio of Manuel Izquerdo

February, 2004 - Lecture and demonstration on photographing sculpture by Brian McLernon

July, 2004 - Lecture by art marketing consultant Marty Rudolph and lecture by copyright attorney Kohl Haver

March, 2004 - Tour of Savoy Studios glassworks

May, 2004 - Lecture and demonstration of moldmaking materials and techniques, enlarging materials and techniques and a bronze foundry tour

November 2004 and June 2005 - Joint event with Clackamas Community College featuring welding, forging and metal working demonstrations and workshops

March, 2005 - Demonstration or gold leaf techniques by Nancy Thorn

October, 2005 - Lecture on Carrera marble by author Eric Scigliano

September, 2007 - Demonstration of digital 3d enlarging techniques by Rob Arp of Additive Workshop

June 13-15, 2008 - Sculpture Build Off. A large scale demonstration of sculpture techniques held in conjuction with Clackamas Community College

September 26-27, 2009 - Ready, Set, Sculpt! A collaborative sculpture building event at the Fire and Earth Art Center


September 1-3, 2001 - First exhibition and demonstration. Art in the Pearl, Park Blocks, Portland, Or.

September 29, 2001 - First of series of rotating exhibitions in the lobby of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts

September, 2003 - 2010 - Exhibition and demonstration. Art in the Pearl, Park Blocks, Portland, Or.

May, 2004 - 2007 - Oregon Convention Center. Exhibit in conjunction with the Creative Metal Arts Guild

August 28-29th 2004 - PNWS headlines the first Maryhill Museum Festival of the Arts

November 20, 2004 - Joint event with Clackamas Community College featuring welding, forging and metal working demonstrations and workshops

August, 2007 - Again headling the Maryhill Museum Festival of the Arts

November, 2007 - Gottlieb Gallery

March 1 - 2, 2008 - ArtWalk, Fire and Earth Art Center - group show

July, 2008 - Group show at the Poster Garden Gallery, Portland, OR

July 13th - Display Case at Museum of Contemporary Craft

October 2 - October 29, 2008 - Group show at the Portland Oregon's City Hall

January 2009 - August 2009 - Display Case at Portland Internation Airport

March - April, 2009 - Group exhibition at the Coos Bay Art Museum

April - May, 2009 - Guardino Gallery - group show.

June - July 2010 - Evergreen Air Museum - group show.

August 2010 - Doll Gardener Gallery - group show.

Pacific Northwest Sculptors  4110 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. #302,  Portland, Or.  97214