In 2007 Robert and Emily Steele established The Steele Family Fund — a restricted Fund within The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund. The Steele Family Fund is dedicated to activities of the Exhibition Program, and ensure high quality exhibitions remain accessible for the entire community. One example is the Around Oregon Annual show, selected by a different juror each year. Past jurors include, Terry Sund, Imogen Gallery; Martha Lee, Russo Lee Gallery; and John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum.
Emily Steele served on the Board of Directors & Exhibition Committee of The Arts Center for many years after retiring from a successful career as an artist, working in glass & metal.
In 2018, Emily and Robert Steele and their family donated twelve sculptures to The Arts Center, that make up the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection, as well as future funding support for the organization. Works from the collection are meant for the public to enjoy.
Anyone may Donate to this Fund that supports inspiring, arts exhibitions in our galleries.