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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

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Daily Art Moment: Bue Kee

“Bue Kee’s ‘Self-Portrait’ is currently a part of the exhibit, Portraiture from the Collection of Northwest Art, and it is a work I am eager to see again in person. Kee worked in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, and photography. Born and raised on a farm outside of Portland, Kee was Chinese-American. Despite…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Wendy Red Star

“As we face uncertainty about our lives in the wake of a pandemic, I find comfort in works by Native artists who create visions of a future where traditional knowledge and culture continue to thrive. Crow artist Wendy Red Star created a photography and fashion series, Thunder Up Above (2011) which imagines this presence in…  Read more

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Online Exhibition: Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, we are thrilled to share a new online exhibition experience for Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art. We are also pleased to announce that the exhibition will be extended to January 2021 so that when it is safe for us to…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Payne Studio

“Most U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools (and, increasingly, preschools and grade schools!) hold commencement ceremonies in May and June. Photography has long played a part in commemorating the celebrations that mark these significant educational milestones. This year, cameras are especially important, since they’ll be used to help graduates participate in online commencement ceremonies, while…  Read more

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Mount St. Helens Eruption 40th Anniversary Partner Programs

The exhibition Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art, marks the 40th anniversary of the 1980 eruption and examines artists’ responses to the awesome beauty and power of the volcano. While the physical exhibition remains closed and planned programs and events canceled, we are pleased to share a sampling of programs from organizations around the region…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Volcano!

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the great eruption of Mount St. Helens, here are two distinct impressions of the volcano’s beautiful conical shape before its radical transformation on May 18, 1980. The paintings were created about thirty years apart by two of Oregon’s most distinguished women artists. Grace Fountain lived in Ashland and…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Brian Calvin

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the enormity of both our own and the world’s pain. It feels even more important now to take moments to pause. Writing is a great tool to reflect, de-stress, #breakforjoy, and heal. Using this piece from Brian Calvin as inspiration, here are two prompts to help you get the pen…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Dakota artist

“This tender drawing of a couple courting was created by a Dakota artist at the end of the nineteenth century, a time of great loss and conflict for Native people on the northern plains. Yet the artist chose to depict an intimate moment. We see a young man with his arms outstretched toward a young…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Bactrian Camel

“This expressive camel, with its head thrown back, makes a bellowing cry that seems relevant to these times. Bactrian camels were often part of a larger set of funerary sculptures in Tang dynasty China. As symbols of prosperity manifested through the Silk Road trade routes, camels would have been placed with other ceramic figurines in…  Read more