Public Art News & Opportunities

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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.


RACC Opportunity: Night Lights

Night Lights is seeking artists to apply for the 2016-2017 season to present new or recently developed works. The call is open to individual artists, collectives or curators in Oregon to submit works to be shown in October, November, or February. Submissions of recently developed works will receive an honorarium of $1,000. The program is […]

RACC Opportunity: Call for Artists—The Visual Chronicle of Portland

Beginning June 10, 2016,  RACC is seeking works on paper—prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs—to purchase for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a collection of original works on paper that portray artists’ perceptions of what makes Portland, Oregon, unique. The Chronicle is owned by the City, and […]

RACC Public Art Opportunity: Natural Grocers

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, Oregon, invites visual artists and graphic designers living in the Portland Metropolitan Region (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties) to submit qualifications for two site specific exterior wallworks for a new Natural Grocers opening in Spring 2017 at NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and NE Alberta St.  Artists will […]

Artist in Residence at the Portland Archives and Records Center

RACC has tapped artist Sabina Zeba Haque to be part of a year-long residency at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC). The artist will collaborate with PARC staff to explore Portland neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue and to unravel the history of exclusion and inclusion in this community. This is the second in a […]

First Thursday Night Lights

Thirteen multidisciplinary artists enrolled in the University of Oregon’s BFA Digital Arts program in Portland, Oregon who call themselves Sunny Side Up, will project their work for the April 7, 2016, First Thursday Night Lights. Their work spans several medias, including graphic design, illustration, programming, animation, interactive design, photography, drawing, installation and beyond. They say, […]

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 […]

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 […]