Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), Branded Head, 2003, from the series Branded, Chromogenic print, Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, ©Hank Willis Thomas

Museum receives grant for Hank Willis Thomas exhibition

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to announce a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…. The exhibition, slated for Fall 2019 highlights the work of an artist devoted to reframing perspectives on difficult issues central to American history and the representation of race and the politics of visual culture.

The lantern artist Jang Jin-ik and his work Fulfillment of Emptiness II at the Korean gallery.

Lotus lanterns light up Portland

Korean lantern making workshop and gift of lantern sparked by the Museum’s repatriation of Five Buddhas painting.

Matsubara Naoko, Tibetan Monastery A, 1986, color woodblock print on paper, Gift of the Society of American Graphic Artists, © 1986 Matsubara Naoko, 92.62

Museum receives grant to digitize Japanese print collection

The Museum is excited to announce a 2017 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This two-year grant supports the Japanese Print Initiative, which will create online access to the Museum’s collection of almost 3,000 traditional and modern Japanese prints, books, and portfolios.

Rothko Pavilion update

The Portland Art Museum has revised its plans for the Rothko Pavilion to better reflect and serve the community. Named for artist and former Portland resident, Mark Rothko the Pavilion will connect the Museum’s two buildings and ensure access for people of all ages and abilities. In response to public feedback, the Pavilion will welcome everyone, including individuals with bicycles or pets, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Photo of camper at Adelante Mujeres

A busy summer for education programs at the Museum

Summer at the Museum may be missing the sights and sounds of school students on tours, but the education team kept busy hosting educational, interactive conferences, workshops, and events. Including the Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference (TPS), a two-day workshop on East Asian art, and a celebration of classical Indian arts. While each was different from another, all were essential in propelling the education department forward.

Arvie Smith speaking at the Constructing Identity exhibition

The 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards include two Museum nominees

Governor Kate Brown recently announced two artists and three organizations as winners of the newly relaunched 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards.  Two of the winners were nominated by the Museum—Portland artist Arvie Smith (Lifetime Achievement Award) and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.