Seattle University Announces New Arts Endowment


SEATTLE – Seattle University is pleased to announce the Pigott Family Arts Endowment, which is bringing internationally renowned artists to campus. “The Pigott Family Endowment will enhance the arts at Seattle University and in the community for many years,” said Father Stephen Sundborg, SJ, Seattle University president. “It will provide great educational and artistic experiences for our students and faculty and also for our city and region. We are very grateful to the Mark Pigott family for their ongoing generosity and support of SU.”

David Powers, Dean of Arts and Sciences, added, “The endowment permanently broadens the depth of our arts and humanities curriculum. Our students will have many opportunities to interact directly with exceptional artists throughout the creative experience, and the local community will benefit from the public events it will support.” Inaugurated this academic year, the $1.5 million endowment supports Seattle University student engagement with artists such as Spanish visual artist Carolina Silva, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Charlene Archibeque, one of America’s foremost choral conductors and teachers, and Casey James, an award-winning composer and songwriter. 

Mark Pigott, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, PACCAR Inc, shared, “We are delighted to celebrate the establishment of the Arts Endowment at Seattle University. The Pigott family and Seattle University have partnered in supporting education for over 100 years. We are honored to support the humanities, and we believe that the arts provide a wonderful foundation to enhance learning across the curriculum. We look forward to students at SU being inspired by the creativity, magic, and science of art for many years.”

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival was the first artistic group sponsored by the endowment to visit Seattle University, providing workshops for students and a free on-campus performance on November 28, 2011. Carolina Silva, who began her residency on campus in September, showed her work in January 2012. Charlene Archibeque, who has presented choirs and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Australia, England, Canada, and most of Europe, will hold a three-day workshop in preparation for an April concert. Casey James began his six-month residency in the winter quarter and will collaborate on the 2012 spring theatre production of the pop-eretta “Mirabelle: A Breeze.” Seattle University students and faculty look forward to welcoming many other accomplished artists in coming years.