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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

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.

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May 14, 2019 @ 4:30 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.


May 31, 2019 @ 6 p.m.

Bliss House Museum
Enjoy a special evening hosted by Bliss House Museum, a private collection by Betsy Warren. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while browsing a beautiful array of vintage women’s fashion in advance of the gala! Dressing Vintage and the Vault will join this special evening with items for purchase.

August 14, 2019 @ 6 p.m.

Masterworks | Portland, Georges De La Tour: The Magdalen with the Smoke Flame
Join curator Dawson W. Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art to discuss Georges de la Tour’s The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame, the sixth installment of the Museum’s ongoing series. This is a rare opportunity for close looking and in-depth understanding of one of the great Old Master paintings in America.

September 19, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

Welcoming Reception for Kathleen Ash-Milby, Curator of Native American Art
In partnership with the Native American Arts Council and the Native Advisory Council, join us in celebrating Kathleen Ash-Milby, the Portland Art Museum’s newly appointed curator of Native American Art.

Save the Date

Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019: Critical Conversation with the Artist
  • Friday, October 11, 2019: Member Preview
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019: Opening Celebration Dinner & After-Party

Join us to celebrate the opening of the first major survey of Hank Willis Thomas, one of America’s most important conceptual artists. More information to come.

Patron Society Travel Opportunities

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.


  • 2019 – Aspen & Denver, CO
  • 2020 – Mexico City


  • 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

*Our Patron Society travel opportunities are initially offered to Leadership Circle members and above. These opportunities are then offered to other members when there is capacity available.