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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.

Upcoming Events

Coffee with the Director

April 21, 2017
This intimate, informal event orients new members to the Museum and for some to a new city. This opportunity creates a space where likeminded people, who appreciate and support art, can meet and enjoy coffee with Director Brian Ferriso and a special curator-led tour of Reunited.

Artist Talk and Reception: Mickalene Thomas

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Join us for a conversation and special reception to follow with acclaimed multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and former Portlander Mickalene Thomas. Thomas’ work is part of significant permanent collections around the nation and often investigates complex notions of femininity, beauty, and racial representation.

Summer Dinner Celebrating John Yeon

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Enjoy an evening of music and dinner en plein air in the Evan H. Roberts Sculpture Mall in celebration of this summer’s exhibition Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon.

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


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. Destinations include:

  • 2017 – Münster & Kassel, Germany, Venice & Milan, Italy
  • 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