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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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Jenna Reineking’s “Temporal Ecologies,” March 21 – April 15, heads up a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building, Temporal Ecologies, is designed to transform the architecture of the exhibition space into an activated environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag: “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental […]

RACC Public Art Opportunity: 136th Avenue Retaining Wall Murals

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 136th Avenue Retaining Wall MuralsPortland, OregonDeadline:  March 30, 2016 The Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, invites artists living in Oregon and Washington to submit qualifications for related murals on two City-owned retaining walls on opposite sides of SE 136th & Mitchell in Portland’s Powellhurst Neighborhood.  One artist/team will be […]

Night Lights presents: “You Must Work in the Garden of Eden” by Jackie Davis

Night Lights returns this month on Thursday, March 3, as a part of Feminist March programming with a live, avant-garde dance/Super-8 film performance presented by Portland-based artist Jackie Davis. You Must Work in the Garden of Eden displays the beauty of everyday routine and the necessity of interpersonal support as two foundations for building the lives […]

Artwork by Northwest Artist Mary Henry donated to the City collection

Known for her geometric abstract paintings, American artist Mary Henry (1913-2009) was one of the movement’s steadfast champions. Henry studied under Bauhaus instructor Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Chicago at the Institute of Design in the 1940s. She worked many years as an interior designer and muralist—while raising a family—before moving to Seattle in the 1970s and […]

Ray Trayle Print Prize exhibit and opening, March 31 at RACC

As part of the SGCI Flux Print Conference, RACC is hosting an exhibition of the Ray Trayle Print Prize winners with a reception on Thursday, March 31 from 6 –8 pm. The 2016 prize will be awarded at 6:30. RACC offices are at 411 NW Park Avenue, #Suite 101. The Ray Trayle Print Prize is […]

Portland Building Installation Space: Jenna Reineking’s Installation March 21 – April 15

Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building is designed to transform the architecture immediately surrounding it into an “activated” environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag. “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental units that can range from […]

RACC Opportunity: Public Art Mural funding

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 month. There are two routes to creating a community mural in Portland: The Public Art Murals Program is funded by the City of Portland and administered by the Regional Arts […]

RACC Opportunity: Public Art Mural funding

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 month. There are two routes to creating a community mural in Portland: The Public Art Murals Program is funded by the City of Portland and administered by the Regional Arts […]

Guestwork’s “Accounting for Public Interest” unfolds at the Portland Building January 11th – February 6th

PORTLAND, ORE – Accounting for Public Interest, a playful interactive poll by artists Travis Neel and Erin Charpentier (a.k.a. Guestwork), opens at the Portland Building January 11th. The project examines the relationship between Portland residents and their ideal city and engages visitors in a game of critical thinking that guides participants through a series of exercises […]

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

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 […]

Restored “Talos No. 2” sculpture returns to the Transit Mall

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WHO: RACC WHAT: James Lee Hansen’s public art sculpture, Talos No. 2, is being reinstalled WHEN: Friday, October 30, 2015. Public art staff will be on site until 12:15pm. WHERE: SW 6th Avenue at Stark Street in downtown Portland Talos No. 2, a sculpture by artist James Lee Hansen that […]

Media Alert: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday Celebration on October 8

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WHO: RACC, the City of Portland WHAT: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Remarks and singing at 12:30pm. WHERE: The Standard Insurance Plaza, across from the Portland Building on SW 5th between SW Madison and Main NOTES: Portlandia, the sculptural icon at the Portland Building, is […]

Portlandia turns 30 on October 8; community celebration scheduled

PORTLAND, ORE — The public is invited to attend a free party in celebration of Portlandia’s 30th birthday onThursday, October 8th from noon-1:30pm at The Standard Insurance Plaza across from the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue. Portlandia, designed and constructed by Raymond Kaskey, is made of hammered copper sheeting about the thickness of a […]

Deanna Pindell’s “Apothecary for the Anthropocene” at the Portland Building Installation Space

PORTLAND, ORE – The Anthropocene: a term increasingly used to describe a new epoch in which human activity exerts significant influence on global environmental conditions. This allegorical apothecary installation by artist Deanna Pindell presents a summons to reconsider our heretofore casual relationship with our mortal existence on the planet. Can the looming climate and environmental crisis we […]

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