In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy, on view October 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40, on view at the Portland Art Museum October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

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Bruce Guenther Announces Retirement

The Museum today announced the retirement of Bruce Guenther, chief curator and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. His last day will be October 20.

“It has been an honor to have worked with Bruce," said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director. "As chief curator, he has played a critical role in helping define not only our modern and contemporary program, but also our larger curatorial vision and aspirations. His years of experience, knowledge, and deep commitment have left an indelible imprint upon our institution and community. Bruce will be missed."

Read the full announcement here (PDF).


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.


Help Grow the Collection
at New for the Wall

Join us on October 1 for 2014 New for the Wall. Here’s your chance to influence the Museum’s permanent collection. You’ll hear lively presentations from our seven curators and then vote for your choices.


Finalists announced for 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

The Museum is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. The awards exhibition celebrates contemporary art created in the greater Northwest—Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Funded in part by The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art, the exhibition will open at the Museum in the fall of 2015. Learn more and see the list of finalists [PDF].

Permanent Collection
Cobalt Blues
New Photography Additions
This Is War! Graphic Arts from the Great War
APEX: Wendy Red Star

Sept. 25 – Museum Mashup: The Boss and the Bon Marché
Sept. 28 – Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann
Oct. 1 – 2014 New for the Wall
Oct. 8 – Design and the Experience of Art
Oct. 9 – Michael Graves Live

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