Architectural drawing of the current passage gallery design concept.

Current design concept of the passage gallery. Hennebery Eddy Architects and Vinci Hamp Architects.

Process & Next Steps

  • Portland City Council approved the amendment to the SW Madison Street passageway. (December 13, 2017) Learn more.
  • American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Audit of entire Museum campus. (January 31, 2018)
  • Design Advice Request meeting #1. (April 9, 2018)
  • Design Advice Request meeting #2. (August 27, 2018)
  • Design Advice Request meeting #3. (January 14, 2019)
  • Disability advisory committee formation (March 2019)
  • Landmarks Commission Hearing #1 (March 11, 2019)


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The Portland Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the individuals and organizations that have supported the Connections Campaign with gifts of cash, property, or through charitable estate planning. These gifts of confidence have helped us to move ahead with planning for the Rothko Pavilion and growth of the endowment to secure our future. We look forward to keeping all apprised of our progress. (List as of March 15, 2019)

$5 Million+

  • Anonymous
  • The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
  • Nani S. Warren / The Swigert Warren Foundation

$2 Million+

  • Mary and Ryan Finley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frederick D. Jubitz/The Frederick D. and Gail Y. Jubitz Foundation
  • Trudy and Pat Ritz

$1 Million+

  • Missy and Peter Bechen
  • The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
  • Joanne Lilley
  • Nancie S. McGraw
  • Laura S. Meier and Family
  • J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • State of Oregon
  • Travers Hill Polak and Vasek Polak
  • Maribeth Collins* Exhibition Endowment Fund
  • Thomas Holman* Charitable Trust
  • Andrée H. Stevens
  • Mr. and Mrs. William A. Whitsell
  • The Smidt Foundation


  • The Mildred and Harvey S. Mudd Foundation
  • The Jim and Susan Winkler Family
  • Judi K. Hofer*
  • Dr. Marilyn L. Rudin and Mr. Richard S. Testut Jr.
  • Linda and Scott Andrews


  • Sharon and Keith Barnes
  • Mrs. Mary Cecilia Becker
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • David E. Wedge*
  • The Standard


  • Karen and Harry Groth
  • Joan Lamb, Lamb Family Foundation
  • Judy Bradley and Dave Mitchell
  • Jerry G. Jones*


  • Grace Serbu
  • Ann Flowerree/Flowerree Foundation


  • PDX CONTEMPORARY ART / Jane and Spencer Beebe
  • Anonymous