July 9, 2008 - Portland Art Focus - Visit the City that Creates. Portland.
July 9, 2008

Visit the City that Creates. Portland.

Visit the City that Creates. Portland.

www.portlandartfocus.net

Portland Art Focus is a group of art and cultural institutions in Portland, Oregon, who have come together to raise the national and international visibility of the vibrant culture happening in the city. From collecting museums to contemporary art festivals, Portland’s art programming creates a haven for exemplary art and our city is home to some of the world’s best artists. Visit Portland Art Focus www.portlandartfocus.net , the arts enthusiasts’ first stop to learn about the world-class art happening in the city. Portland Art Focus members include the following organizations.

Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College enhances the academic offerings of Reed College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, and colloquia. In its role as a teaching gallery, Cooley Gallery presents exhibitions with attention to the needs and interests of Reed faculty members and courses, and the larger Portland and Northwest arts communities. Three to four exhibitions during the academic year bring to Reed and the Portland community artists and work that would not otherwise be seen in the region.

Feldman Gallery+Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is dedicated to bringing national and international contemporary artists to Portland and showcases stellar artists who fully participate in a collaborative, creative dialogue that includes studio visits, gallery talks and culminates in a public First Thursday opening. The Feldman Gallery is enriched through the College’s partnerships with leading artistic and educational institutions throughout the city and the region.

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, at Lewis & Clark College, opened in 1997, the Hoffman Gallery emphasizes work at the forefront of the contemporary tradition: challenging, provocative, and international in scope. Its unparalleled site – adjacent to a historic formal garden overlooking Mount Hood – gives the gallery a distinctive place among the venues for contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest.

The Hoffman Gallery, at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, brings the work of regional, national and international artists to the Portland community. Exhibitions are selected to reflect current trends in the arts, as well as the historical and cultural aspects of art and craft. Common to all Hoffman gallery exhibitions is the goal of providing a forum to promote dialogue and education. As OCAC enters its 102nd year of fine art and craft education, the college offers an intense studio experience, personalized and rigorous instruction, and an active ground for exploration.

Museum of Contemporary Craft continues to be guided by the core goals of the organizations founders—to present excellence in contemporary craft, to support artists and their work, to connect the community directly with artists, to deepen the understanding and appreciation of craft, and to expand the audience that values craft and its makers.

Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA), a group of Portland’s foremost contemporary art galleries, presents regional and international artists in exhibits year-round. Galleries include: Augen, Blackfish, Bullseye, Butters, Charles Froelick, Elizabeth Leach, New American Art Union, PDX Contemporary Art, Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Quintana, Laura Russo, and Mark Woolley. Public receptions are held monthly during our remarkable First Thursday evenings of art.

The Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest on the West Coast. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection, programs, and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the worlds finest public and private collections. An active collecting institution, dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its gallery space to its permanent collection.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art presents the annual Time-Based Art Festival, which features performing and visual arts in venues throughout the city. Through year-round residencies, exhibitions, performances and installations, which culminate in TBA, PICA acknowledges and advances new developments in contemporary art while fostering the creative explorations of artists and audiences.

The year round arts offerings of the members of Portland Art Focus www.portlandartfocus.net emphasize and improve Portland culture by showcasing cutting edge contemporary art as well as classic fine arts offerings that enrich our citizens, educate our children and make the city and the region a desirable home for residents and an exciting destination for cultural tourists.

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