Clemans was a man of many interests and passions. Some of the interests he
cared most deeply about are part of the landscape now at Clackamas Community
College in the Chuck Clemans Memorial Sculpture Garden.
supporters of Clemans and the college gathered late last month to celebrate
completion of the first phase of the sculpture garden. Clemans, a longtime CCC
board member and citizen activist, died in December 2011. The sculpture garden honors
Clemans’ memory and his commitment to the arts.
After more than a
year’s planning the garden, near the college’s Art Center, is dotted with
life-size outdoor sculptures. Some sculptures were donated from the personal
collection of Clemans and his wife, Nancy Hungerford. Other pieces were
purchased through the Clemans Campus Art Endowment, established to provide
funds for art work at CCC. Three sculptures were part of the college collection
and have been moved to the garden. The garden has been carefully designed and
landscaped to highlight the art work.
at the garden’s opening celebration on June 27 and shared that the garden
represents many of Clemans closest held values: the garden, community college
and the promise education provides, and his love for CCC, its staff and
“Chuck knew that
nothing is more lasting than art,” she said. “In this place, I feel his legacy
and his presence.”
Clemans served for
years as the superintendent of the Oregon City School District. He joined the
CCC Board of Education in 2001 and was also a member of the CCC Foundation
board. He played a key role in influencing policy through the Oregon Community
College Association in Salem. He took a leadership role in CCC’s 2000 bond
election, which funded six new buildings at CCC’s Oregon City campus and
spearheaded the CCC Foundation campaign that raised $3 million to complete the
buildings and support programming.
prints are everywhere, in every corner of our campus,” said President Joanne Truesdell.
supported emerging local artists. One of those artists, Ben Dye, whose work is
included in the sculpture garden, spoke at the celebration. Dye met Clemans at
an art show when he was feeling discouraged, but the support he received from
Clemans renewed his dedication to art.
“Chuck did not
make me a better artist, but knowing Chuck made me a better person who makes
art,” Dye said.
Nearly $70,000 has
been invested in the garden so far including gifts, art and in-kind donations.
The CCC Foundation is now accepting gifts to build an endowment that will fund
long-term care of the Clemans Memorial Sculpture Garden including public
seating, landscaping and additional outdoor sculptures. To contribute to the
endowment, please contact the CCC Foundation at 503-594-3131.
The sculpture garden is located in the wooded
area between Randall Hall, the Art Center and Niemeyer. It is open to the
public. For more information, contact Vicki Smith, 503-594-3128.