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.

Photo of Maslow workshop

Portland company makes plywood construction accessible to all

Last year the Portland based architecture firm SERA Architects developed a sleeping pod for the POD Initiative, a project that set the standard for affordable housing options for the Portland houseless community. This year, in conjunction with Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon, and Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design they re-designed the pod using plywood. John Yeon was a pioneer of plywood house construction and plywood was invented here in Portland.