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Inversion +/-, Lead Pencil Studio, 2012-2013

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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RACC Public Art Opportunity: Portland Building Event Space

The Regional Arts & Culture Council in partnership with the City of Portland invites artists from the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area to submit qualifications for the Event Space at the Portland Building. This is an outstanding opportunity for a studio artist versed in 2-D work to gain experience developing a site-specific artistic response to the […]

Fresh Paint with Bizar Gomez

In a city known for murals, how do you get your foot (or art) through a door when you’re an emerging artist of color? Fresh Paint, a partnership between RACC’s Public Art Murals program and Open Signal, offers that door to have artist work in the public realm. In this 2019 cycle of Fresh Paint, a selection of […]

Fresh Paint with Maria Rodriguez

In a city known for murals, how do you get your foot (or art) through a door when you’re an emerging artist of color? Fresh Paint, a partnership between RACC’s Public Art Murals program and Open Signal, offers that door to have artist work in the public realm. In this 2019 cycle of Fresh Paint, a selection of […]

Fresh Paint brings new mural to Northeast Portland

Artists Maria Rodriguez, Bizar Gomez and Anke Gladnick have finished painting a new mural on the exterior wall of Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Graham Street in Portland. “Let’s talk” is the fifth temporary mural created in the last two years as part of the Fresh […]

Portable Works Collection: New Artworks for the Gladys McCoy Building

New Artworks for the Gladys McCoy Building The new Multnomah County Health Department Headquarters PORTLAND, ORE —The Regional Arts & Culture Council is proud to announce the purchase of 99 new small to medium scale artworks from 57 artists for display in the new Gladys McCoy Building, the Multnomah County Health Department Headquarters at 619 […]

March 2019 Night Lights: The Midnight Variety Hour

Our final Night Lights, RACC’s outdoor public art series, is wrapping up its 2018-19 season with The Midnight Variety Hour (MVH) – Night Lights Edition  March 7, at 6pm.  For RACC’s Night Lights Program, MVH will present a video program with live music, sound and vocals. MVH deconstructs the world of live television and the essence of the […]

February 2019 Night Lights: Untitled

Image from Megan McKissack's projected work, depicting Oregon LIDAR point cloud data

Night Lights, RACC’s outdoor public art series, continues its 2018-19 season with Megan Mckissack’s Untitled work on February 7 at 5:30pm. Mckissack’s Night Lights work was inspired by the current Presidential Administration’s deletion of climate data. Mapping and generating visualizations of Oregon LIDAR point cloud data from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and […]

December 2018 Night Lights: Three Moons/Tres Lunas/3つの月

Our outdoor public art event series, Night Lights, will feature Roland Dahwen and Stephanie Adams-Santos in December! Happening on December 6 at 5pm, Dahwen and Adams-Santos will present Three Moons/Tres Lunas/3つの月, a two-channel video installation and altar, dedicated to, and made alongside, our elders. In conjunction with the video and text projections, the artists will build several temporary altars. […]

New mural materializing now on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Artists Andrea de la Vega and Damien Dawahare have their backs turned towards the camera. Damien is holding a brush with his right hand, raised, and Andrea is looking to where Damien is pointing on the wall.

Local artists channel Día de Muertos in next installment of Fresh Paint, a temporary murals program October 17, 2018 — PORTLAND, OR – Passersby can now see the newest work-in-progress from Fresh Paint, a temporary murals program, on the exterior wall of Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard […]

November 2018 Night Lights: Windows 11

Image of a person projected onto RACC's office building. Their hands are stretched upwards and clasped. while their face looks downward. They're wearing black framed glasses, a black, white, and grey sweater, and grey pants.

Night Lights, RACC’s outdoor public art event series continues with local artists Roesing Ape and Beth Whelan. Following a successful kickoff to the series with Laura Median’s Flying in October, the next Night Lights event will take place on November 1st at 6PM. Titled Windows 11, Ape and Whelan’s work involves a minimalist dance piece inside an architectural projection of […]

Essex Park Gets New ‘Mindfulness’ Mural

Volulnteers painting the walls of the Essex Park public restroom

If you’re around the Foster Powell Neighborhood in Portland, you may have caught a new mural going up at Essex Park on SE 76th and Center St. during the weekend of September 22 and 23. Artist team Rather Severe (Travis Czekalski and Jon Stommel) is heading the mural painting, with design and painting help provided […]

Meet the artists showcasing their work for 2018-19 Night Lights!

Photo of artist Laura Medina standing in front of a wall, with her artwork projected onto her and the wall.

Night Lights, RACC’s outdoor public art event series, is back for five months with local artists/collectives projecting their digital media works onto RACC’s building for several hours starting at dusk. Now in its fourth year, Night Lights is a unique event series that celebrates and highlights the intersections of digital technology, art, and place. Laura […]

Fresh Paint with Molly Mendoza

In a city known for murals, how do you get your foot (or art) through a door when you’re an emerging artist of color? Fresh Paint, a partnership between RACC’s Public Art Murals program and Open Signal, offers that door to have artists work in the public space. Last May, Molly Mendoza kicked off the […]

Fresh Paint with Alex Chiu

Alex Chiu's mural featuring 6 frames of his daughter jumping up and down a bed

In a city known for murals, how do you get your foot (or art) through a door when you’re an emerging artist of color? Fresh Paint, a partnership between RACC’s Public Art Murals program and Open Signal, offers that door to have artist work in the public realm. In our 2017 pilot year, Fresh Paint […]

New Mural Imagines the Process of Choosing a Non-Partial Jury

Working with King School students, Ralph Pugay’s installation is up on the pedestrian walkway to Hawthorne Bridge A Long Line of Non-Partial Jurors is now installed in the temporary pedestrian walkway along the SW Main Street entrance to the Hawthorne Bridge. This public art mural was created collaboratively between Ralph Pugay as the lead artist and […]

New murals celebrate Portland’s African American history and future

The intricate artworks created by Northeast Portland artists, Arvie Smith and Mehran Heard, will be unveiled on the Natural Grocers façade later this month. by Emilly Prado   The Alberta Arts District has been synonymous with culture, creativity and home for much of Portland’s African American community for decades. On April 18, 2018, the long-awaited […]

Night Lights on April 5

Night Lights’ final showcase of the 2017-2018 season will be a screening of work from this season’s artists in residence Amy Chiao and Chloe Cooper. Since this season of Night Lights began last summer, Amy and Chloe have been building a life-size puppet made from plastic waste and filming its trips through public places in […]

RACC Opportunity: Call for Artists: Two Parks in Portland, OR

The Regional Arts & Culture Council invites artists/artist teams living in the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho to submit qualifications for two separate public art opportunities for Portland Parks & Recreation. These opportunities will be for the newly developed parks located at Glenhaven Park and at Lynchview Park. Artworks created for these parks must […]

Night Lights on March 1

Night Lights’ second showcase of 2018 includes work from the inaugural class of Open Signal’s Future Forum program, which provides an in-depth learning experience for socially driven media makers to improve their creative practice and teaching abilities as well as increase their engagement with the community. This year’s Future Forum artists include ariella tai, Ashlin […]

RACC Opportunity: Request for Qualifications for the RACC Mural Roster

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, Oregon, invites artists living in Oregon and Washington to submit qualifications for a roster of artists qualified to create murals. Artists remain on the roster for three years, after which time they will be asked to reapply. The deadline for submitting application materials is the first Wednesday of every […]