Ongoing programs

Group of people at the Hank Willis Thomas exhibition holding up signs like "Honor King: End Racism" and "I am Som

In addition to special and exhibition-specific programs, we are pleased to offer visitors ongoing opportunities to engage with art and learning. These regular offerings have included tours, in-gallery talks, family and community centered engagements.

Art & conversation


This quarterly offering features coffee and conversation followed by a lecture.

Art & Conversation is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund. Additional support comes from Rick and Erika Miller.This program is relaunching in the fall of 2023.  Please see the events calendar for updates.  Watch past virtual Art and Conversation Talks.

Artist talks series

Occasional program

This occasional series offers the opportunity to join artists in the galleries for discussion about works of art and how they relate to their practices. Participants depart at 6 p.m. from the Hoffman Lobby. Talks are followed by a complimentary happy hour until 8 p.m. Please see the events calendar for updates. Watch past Artist Talks.

Lunchtime photography talks

Monthly program

Every third Wednesday of the month at noon, photography enthusiasts gather at the Museum to hear talks by regional photographers, gallerists, historians, curators, and collectors. Please see the events calendar for updates.


Occasional series

An interdisciplinary seminar series coordinated in partnership with PSU University Studies. Seminars explore big ideas raised by the Museum’s exhibitions through topics in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Seminars are limited to 30 participants and open to the public, but are offered free to educators and students.Please see the events calendar for updates.  View past virtual In Dialogue engagements on the Museum’s Youtube Channel  and Blog.

Past programs


Educator Programs are supported in part by the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, FRAME, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Pamplin Foundation Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Reser Family Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Foundation, The Roundhouse Foundation, Silver Family Foundation, Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation, the people of Portland through the Arts and Education Access Fund, and Anonymous.