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Patron Society events are a wonderful way for Patrons to learn, share, socialize, and be inspired by a world of art. Members of the Patron Society are offered a host of exclusive opportunities throughout the year, including invitations to major exhibition openings, customized travel opportunities, behind-the-scenes private art viewings in the homes of local collectors, and much more.

For more information, contact Brianna Hobbs at 503-276-4312 or

Visit our Flickr page for photos from Patron Society events.

Upcoming Events

March 5, 2019 @ 10 a.m.

Coffee with a Curator
We invite our newest members of the Patron Society to join us for a morning at the Museum with Grace Kook-Anderson, our Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art. Come hear about the artworks, history, and exhibitions that make our Museum unique in the Northwest. 

March 14, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

Paris 1900 Behind the Scenes
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the efforts to bring the remarkable Paris 1900 exhibition to Portland. Organized in collaboration with the City of Paris’ Petit Palais, with exceptional loans from the Musée Carnavalet and the Palais Galliera, this exhibition will immerse visitors in the Belle Époque.

March 15, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

Sun, Shadows, Stone Reception
Join Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography, for a reception celebrating the photography of Terry Toedtemeier, the Museum’s first curator of photography.

April 9, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

After Hours Exclusive Opportunity with Curator Sara Krajewski
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to view and discuss Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers) by internationally renowned artist Mickalene Thomas. This will be a special evening with Patron Society members as well as the Museum’s Contemporary Art Council.

June 29, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

Paris 1900 Gala
Save the date for the Portland Art Museum annual gala in celebration of the grandeur of Paris 1900. This exhibition will recreate the feel of the Belle Époque era through over 250 paintings, decorative art objects, textiles, posters, and more!

Table sponsorships available. Please contact Susan Whittaker at or 503-276-4303 for more information.


Delve deep into the arts and culture of select destinations. Patron Society trips feature luxurious accommodations, private collection viewings, and behind-the-scenes access to museums, galleries, and other fascinating art destinations. Destinations include:

  • 2019 – Mexico City (opportunity available for Leadership Circle members and above)
  • 2017 – Münster & Kassel, Germany, Venice & Milan, Italy (opportunity available for Leadership Circle members and above)
  • 2016 – Boston, MA
  • 2014 – Napa Valley, CA & Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 – Houston, TX
  • 2012 – Philadelphia, PA
  • 2011 – Dallas, TX
  • 2010 – Chicago, IL
  • 2009 – New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA