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Daily Art Moment: Joe Feddersen

“Coming upon Joe Feddersen’s Blue Horizon, from the series Rainscape feels like the perfect embodiment of our elongated spring in the Pacific Northwest, and much like the very weather we are having this week. Blue Horizon captures the opulent layers of the dawn sky as indirect sunlight scatters the soft hues to layers of delicate…  Read more

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Poster Project: Emmet Gowin

Photographer Emmet Gowin arrived at Mount St. Helens in June 1980, one month after its initial, cataclysmic eruption. He secured a permit to fly over the volcano in what became the first of many visits to the site over the next five years. For Gowin, photographing Mount St. Helens from the air did not produce…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Scarabs

“In ancient Egypt, scarab beetles symbolized dawn, life, and rejuvenation. These associations made the scarab beetle the most popular shape for amulets and personal seals. Other auspicious forms were also used as amulets. The annual floodwaters of the Nile River Valley could be a force of destruction but also regeneration. Amulets in the shape of…  Read more

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A Bird’s Eye View of Mount St. Helens

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. In the centuries before the development of aircraft, mapmakers relied on a largely imagined aerial—or “bird’s eye view”—perspective to depict their surroundings. To twentieth-century artists, being able to fly in…  Read more

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Echoes and Impressions

Adapted from a Portland Public Schools Arts projectInspired by the exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art Download the PDF or follow the instructions below. A compression fossil is formed when plants or animals are placed under physical pressure by layer upon layer of sediment that eventually hardens into rock. It’s very common to find…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Erika Stone

“This well-known photograph by Erika Stone is new to our permanent collection. Made in 1956, it echoes the present-day photographic trend of incorporating windows and doorways into portraits. These apertures provide access to people while also symbolizing boundaries or barriers. They protect the health of both artist and subject, highlight the current need for physical…  Read more

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Art and Race Matters Walk-through

Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott opened at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (CAC) on September 20, 2019, and opened at the Portland Art Museum on February 15, 2020. This exhibition is the first full retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists. Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Barbara Noah

“For the 40th anniversary of the great eruption of Mount St. Helens, here is a wonderful work by Seattle artist Barbara Noah. It is based on a United States Geological Survey photograph of the eruption plume. Barbara describes its creation: ‘When Mount St. Helens first erupted with small emissions, I visited frequently, driving up logging…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Heidi Schwegler

During this time, it is important that we all take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy and heal.  Join us for a writing exercise focused on the everyday objects we spend our days with, taking this piece by Heidi Schwegler as a starting point.   Step 1: Make a list…  Read more

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PPS Visual Arts Virtual Gallery

Congratulations to Portland Public Schools student artists and their teachers! PPS has announced the winners of the 2020 HeART of Portland Showcase Poster Competition and launched the new PPS Visual Arts Virtual Gallery. The competition was a very crowded and impressive field of 61 submissions and the jurying went to two rounds. As award-winning entries,…  Read more