The staff and trustees of the Portland Art Museum mourn the passing of arts patron and philanthropist Richard “Dick” Geary. For decades, Geary and his wife, Museum Trustee Janet Geary, have been generous supporters of the Museum. Janet and Dick Geary have significantly supported the Museum’s major capital projects, allowing the Museum to grow; and special exhibitions, including Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art, and Paris to Portland. Most recently they were the lead sponsors for the presentation of Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music and led fundraising efforts to bring this international exhibition to Portland. “Dick’s deep appreciation of our mission, the role of the Museum within the community, and thoughtful counsel will be missed greatly,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director. “This is a significant loss for our Museum and our City.”
New for the Wall event adds five selections to the collection
New for the Wall, the Museum’s evening to grow the collection, has resulted in the acquisition of five of the curators’ choices. On the night of the Oct 1 event, the guests voted to acquire Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Likunt Daniel Ailin (The World Stage: Israel) and the millennia-old Katsusaka Jōmon Deep Pot, and several guests stepped forward with the funds to purchase the Abelardo Morell photograph Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room. The generosity of donors since the event has secured two more acquisitions for the Museum: the two-part Native American work Tribute (Panel and Chest) by David Boxley and his sons; and a pair of European paintings, The Village Party and The Game of Bowls by Pieter Angillis. Learn more about New for the Wall and the curators’ choices.
Museum Receives IMLS Grant
The Museum received a $148,306 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a new exhibition and education space for Native American art and culture. The center will be named for the Chinook Wawa (jargon) word for “welcome,” and the Klahowya Gallery and programs will become a resource for fostering deeper understanding of Native American art and artists in the contemporary world.