Artist Talk: Briana Linden

April 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join artists from a range of disciplines in the galleries for lively conversations about works of art on view at the Museum and how they relate to their own practices. The talks are followed by complimentary social hour in the museum cafe.

This month, Briana Linden will be discussing Sleepwalkers by Charlene Vickers.

About Briana Linden

I have been a leader in arts/culture/education non-profits since 1997; prior to that I was a preschool teacher. Most recently I was Director of Programs for an arts education non-profit where I co-founded an inquiry-based professional development program designed for and by teaching artists where the creative process is front and center as artists examine and articulate what lives at the heart of how and what they teach. I now lead educator workshops and arts education professional development all around the Pacific Northwest. An artist and a mother, I work in social practice, encaustic, printmaking, drawing and photography. I earned my BFA in 2005 from Marylhurst University (focus on works on paper, concentration in natural sciences, thesis in encaustic). In 2007 I had first solo gallery show, Sea & Sky, of prints, drawings and encaustic. Then my work began evolving to a more social practice, and in 2008 I had a collaborative show with my sister, depicting our correspondence from opposite shores through photographs, drawings, prints, writing and installation. In 2016, I co-founded a social practice experiment in artmaking between mother/artists, their children and their community, in which children’s ideas spur the creative process. Through this project, I have been creating opportunities for artists and children to work together towards social change. For example, recognizing a need for children to voice their experience of current events, I envisioned and led a rally in which local artists and musicians guided children in artmaking as resistance. I also developed social practice programming for the art museum, such as a recent print-a-thon, in which I asked children and their communities to respond to the prompts “what I love about where I live” and “my wish for Portland is…” in print form. I am curious about how artmaking can provoke social change, and how it can help us connect to a deep sense of belonging.

Program begins at 6 p.m. $5 members, $20 non-members, $17 seniors. Space is limited. Tickets available online or on site.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Briana Linden