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.

Photograph of Prue Miller

In Memoriam: Prudence (Prue) Miller

It is with great sadness that the Museum notes the passing of Prudence (Prue) Miller. Prue was a special member of our Museum community.

Visitors at the Constructing Identity opening

Constructing Identity & Community

This Sunday, June 18th, marks the last chance for visitors to experience an incredible special exhibition that has been on view here at the Portland Art Museum since January — Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American ArtFeaturing 100 inspiring works of art from more than 80 artists, this exhibition has been a meaningful journey of learning, dialogue, and connection for so many here in our Portland community.

Educator and children interacting in gallery

Support Education at the Museum

Join us for our Spring Annual Appeal, campaign in support of the public programming that surrounds each of our exhibitions. Exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum are enhanced by a wide assortment of educational activities, lectures, tours, community partnerships, and interactive media projects.

Photograph of Darrell Grant

Pictures at an Exhibition: A Musician’s Search for the Sound of Identity

When I received the invitation from PDX Jazz and the Portland Art Museum to present a concert in honor of International Jazz Day, I knew immediately that I wanted to tie the performance closely to the Constructing Identity exhibit. This expansive exhibition is a powerful lens through which to view over a century of African-American formation, exploration, and reinvention of identity – much of it in the face of dehumanizing racism and oppression.