Shedrich Williames (American, born 1934), Untitled, 1972, gelatin silver print, Gift of Al Monner, © unknown, research required, 94.36.1

Black Artists of Oregon

Aug 26, 2023 – Mar 17, 2024

Black Artists of Oregon, highlighting and celebrating the work of Black artists in and outside of the collection, will serve to deepen awareness of the talented artists that have shaped and inspired artists regionally and nationally. The exhibition will be the first of its kind to consider the work of Black artists collectively in Oregon, often underrepresented and unacknowledged. Beginning in the 1920s through today, the exhibition captures the African American experience particular to the Pacific Northwest. Among those included in the exhibition will be: Al Goldsby, Thelma Johnson Streat, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Ralph Chessé, Arvie Smith, Shedrich Williames, Harrison Branch, Robert Colescott, Adriene Cruz, Charlotte Lewis, and Carrie Mae Weems. This exhibition will be guest curated by artist Intisar Abioto. In Abioto’s own artistic practice, she has been documenting Black figures in Portland since 2013, through interviews, photography, research, and performance, filling the region’s own historical gaps.

The Museum’s Re:Imagine Artist Fund is providing the seed funding to Abioto for her research and planning. Lead support provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Guest curated by artist Intisar Abioto. 

Presenting Sponsors

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Meyer Memorial Trust

Lead Sponsor

  • Terra Foundation for American Art

Major Sponsor

  • The Ford Family Foundation


  • Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
  • Oregon Heritage Commission
  • The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowment for Northwest Art
  • Museum’s Artist Fund