Overview

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The region’s public art enlivens urban and rural landscapes and promotes dialogue among people of all ages and backgrounds. Through a variety of public-private partnerships, RACC helps acquire and maintain community-owned artworks in public places. A Public Art Advisory Committee oversees RACC’s public art program, which is among the oldest and most highly regarded public art programs in the country.

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Current Public Art Opportunities

10/29/14
10/29/14

In response to Michael Graves, the architect who designed the Portland Building, Parts of No Sum by Noah Greene seeks to invert the architect’s emphasis on the union of symbol and...

Exhibition ends: 12/5/14
11/5/14
11/5/14

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites City of Portland and Multnomah County employees to submit their artwork for the 18th annual ALL THE ART THAT FITS exhibition in the Portland...

Drop off day: 12/8/14
9/16/14
10/30/14

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is now accepting applications for mural funding through its Public Art Murals Program. Applications are due the first Wednesday of every...

Deadline: First Wednesday of each month until 6/3/15
10/3/14
10/3/14

The School of Art +Design at Portland State University has just announced that artist Jea Alford is one of three student artists to receive the school’s prestigious Arlene Schnitzer Visual...

9/16/14
9/17/14

For the past year, artists Maria T.D. Inocencio and Mark R. Smith have been working on a multi-layered project for the city’s new Police Training Facility. Starting in May with ...

7/23/14
9/16/14

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has recognized 37 outstanding public arts projects completed in the United States in 2013, including two artworks managed by the...

6/27/14
6/27/14

An updated Guide to Portland Public Art is now available that features over 150 artworks to discover in the University District, Downtown, the Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown,...

Public Art Programs

The City of Portland and Multnomah County both have Percent-for-Art ordinances that require 2% of most publicly-funded capital construction projects to be set aside for the creation and maintenance of public art. Over the last 10 years, hundreds of artworks have been added to the region’s permanent collection through these ordinances. RACC also facilitates the acquisition of gifts to the public art collection and manages the acquisition and placement of an extensive Portable Works Collection and the noted Visual Chronicle of Portland. Funding support is provided for outdoor public art murals in the City of Portland. With a growing and aging public art collection, conservation and maintenance are critical components of the program.

RACC offers several temporary public art opportunities for artists to engage the public without being concerned about the complexities of a permanent installation: a temporary installation space in the lobby of the Portland Building; the in situ program of temporary artworks in outdoor settings; and public art residencies through the intersections program.

RACC provides management and consultation services for public and private agencies across the country. Contact the Public Art Staff for more information on RACC’s services, including creating Public Art Master Plans, designing public art programs, managing artist selection processes, and how to serve on an Artist Selection Panel.

Resources

Public Art Listserv

Join the Public Art Listserv to receive public art commission opportunities via email, or check www.racc.org often for current public art opportunities.

Public Art Search

To browse the RACC public art collection or to find a specific piece of public art, visit our Public Art Search database. View the entire history of the Installation Space in the Portland Building. Learn about the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection.

See Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Public Art Archive (or a direct link to the Portland Public Art section).

Public Art Gallery

Located on the second floor of the Portland Building in downtown Portland, this exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the region’s public art and its substantial impact on the region’s environment.

Guide to Portland Public Art Brochure

A map produced in partnership with the Travel Portland in 2014, click here, or visit the Travel Portland visitor center, or call 503.823.5111 or email info@racc.org to have one mailed to you.

Oregon Public Art Roster 2011

The Oregon Arts Commission/OAC and RACC manage the Oregon Public Art Roster that is primarily used for percent for art programs of the State of Oregon, Multnomah County, and City of Portland. This Roster is a resource for public art selection committees to identify artists most suitable for their community and specific project needs, and serves as a resource for local public art programs, community groups, schools, architecture firms and private industry seeking experienced artists for projects. See a list of the artists (pdf). For more information contact info@racc.org.

Staff to Contact

Kristin Calhoun
Public Art Manager
503.823.5401
Peggy Kendellen
Public Art Manager
503.823.4196
Keith Lachowicz
Public Art Collections Manager
503.823.5404
William Rihel
Public Art Program Specialist
503.823.5425
Danielle Davis
Public Art Collections Registrar
503.823.5405