L-R: Yalcin Erhan and Linda K. Johnson, The View from Here: Hillsboro/Cedar Hills, 1999; Deb Stoner, Knapweeds and Spiderwort, 2014; Herbert Dreiseitl, Artwall, 2005; Spencer Keeton Cunningham and Jaque Fragua, Untitled, 2015
The RACC Public Art Program oversees the following collections of permanent artwork for the City of Portland and Multnomah County. To read information about these public artworks go to the Public Art Search.
Indoor and outdoor artworks can be found in many locations throughout Multnomah County and the City of Portland — in parks, along the downtown Transit Mall, in City Hall, police and fire stations, libraries and health clinics. Artwork is selected for its ability to respond to the site’s function and to complement or contrast with the architecture and/or landscape.
For more than twenty-five years, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have acquired a collection of two and three-dimensional artworks which the Regional Arts & Culture Council manages. Over 900 portable artworks representing hundreds of regional artists are sited throughout approximately thirty City and County buildings. The collection strives to reflect a diversity of populations, artistic disciplines and points of view. Artworks are sited in publicly accessible spaces for a minimum of six months.
The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a city-owned collection of works on paper—prints, photographs, paintings and drawings—focusing on artists’ views of the city’s social and urban landscapes. The collection captures the spirit of the times as our city evolves and changes. It is both an eclectic view of life in Portland as well as a record of artists working in the city. The artworks are exhibited in City and County buildings.