“Celebrate Public Art” exhibition at Portland City Hall opens November 12

The St. John’s Mural, created by artist Carson Ellis, is just one of the many public art works that will be highlighted in Celebrate Public Art at City Hall.

PORTLAND, ORE — To honor the legacy of Portland’s longstanding and nationally respected public art program, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) presents Celebrate Public Art, an exhibition at Portland City Hall November 12th through December 4th.

The impetus for the exhibit is the 35th anniversary of the Percent for Art ordinance in Portland. All four floors of City Hall will be decked out with colorful banners showcasing all of the city’s public art collections maintained by RACC, including the Portable Works Collection, the Visual Chronicle of Portland, the Portland Building Installation Spacein situ PORTLAND, the Public Art Murals Program, and intersections artist residencies. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular building hours, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

The public is also invited to a reception on Thursday, November 19th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm with live music and refreshments. A special toast will be given at 6:00 pm.

“2015 is a big year for public art in Portland,” said Portland Arts Commissioner Nick Fish. “Thanks to our team at RACC, we’re showcasing our public art collection at City Hall, and declaring November 2015 to be ‘Public Art Month’ in the City of Roses.”

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Push Dot Studio.