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Patron Society events are a wonderful way for Patrons to learn, share, socialize, and be inspired by a world of art. Members of the Patron Society are offered a host of exclusive opportunities throughout the year, including invitations to major exhibition openings, customized travel opportunities, behind-the-scenes private art viewings in the homes of local collectors, and much more.

For more information, contact Genesha Murray at or 503-276-4312.

Visit our Flickr page for photos from Patron Society events.

2016 Patron Society Dinner celebrating Native Fashion Now.

Events and Opportunities

Please note that the date for the Warhol Gala has been changed to Thursday, November 17, 2016

Patron Society: Corita Kent – Spiritual Pop Gallery Talk
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Mary Weaver Chapin, Ph.D., Curator of Graphic Arts, for an exclusive after-hours viewing and discussion of Spiritual Pop, followed by a private reception.

Patron Society: Warhol Gala with Pink Martini
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm
[no title] 1967 by Andy Warhol
[no title], 1967, Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Purchased 1971
Celebrate Warhol Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation with Pink Martini at a Pop Art inspired gala. This lively evening will be an ode to the Warhol era, with dinner, dancing, a private viewing of the exhibition, and surprise performances.

Please call Emily Wright at (503) 276-4312 for more information or email

* This event is by invitation only and attendance is limited. Priority registration for Patron Society members and exhibition sponsors.

In recognition of their generosity, Patron Society members are offered a host of exclusive opportunities throughout the year designed to enhance their connection to the Portland Art Museum in new and meaningful ways. To learn more about the Patron Society and any of the opportunities below, contact Emily Wright at 503-276-4312.

Patron Society: Rodin – The Human Experience Opening
Jan 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the artist who is considered the crucial link between traditional and modern sculpture at the opening of Rodin.

Patron Society: Constructing Identity Opening
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of this important exhibition of prominent contemporary African-American artists as well as significant artists from the 1930s, 1940s and through the Civil Rights Era.

A brief video from the 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards opening reception.

Art Salons

Art Salons are a series of intimate, invitation-only events in the homes and privately-owned spaces of Portland’s collectors. Past Salons include:

  • 2014 – Intimate dinner in the Museum galleries dining at a lavishly set table in the grand style of the 18th Century amongst Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen.
  • 2013 – Stunning art collection and waterfront home designed by Seattle architect Jim Olson.
  • 2012 – Spectacular home and one of the most important private collections of Abstract Expressionism in Portland.
  • 2011 – Internationally recognized collection of Chinese and monochrome porcelains and exquisite Chinese snuff bottles, along with major works by some of the Northwest’s most celebrated artists.


Delve deep into the arts and culture of select destinations. Patron Society trips feature luxurious accommodations, private collection viewings, and behind-the-scenes access to museums, galleries, and other fascinating art destinations. Past destinations include:

  • 2016 – Boston, MA
  • 2014 – Napa Valley, CA & Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 – Houston, TX
  • 2012 – Philadelphia, PA
  • 2011 – Dallas, TX
  • 2010 – Chicago, IL
  • 2009 – New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA