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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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Call to artists: RACC to purchase new artwork for its Portable Works Collection

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking artwork — paintings, prints, drawings, photographs or three-dimensional wall pieces — to purchase for the Portable Works Collection.  Professional artists from Oregon and Washington are invited to apply, and the focus of this purchase will be to add work by artists are not currently […]

Abigail McNamara’s “Ritual, 660’” installation opens at the Portland Building August 11th

PORTLAND, ORE – Ritual 660’, a deftly crafted installation by artist Abigail McNamara, engages the observer’s aesthetic senses while it asks us to contemplate a largely unconsidered aspect of our workday world. McNamara’s installation, which opens August 11th at the Portland Building, employs a floor to ceiling wall of string—each strand coated with beeswax and […]

Americans for the Arts recognizes “Streetcar Stop for Portland” and “Inversion +/-” among the country’s most outstanding public art projects

PORTLAND, ORE – Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has recognized 37 outstanding public arts projects completed in the United States in 2013, including two artworks managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  A total of 345 projects from across the country were submitted to AFTA for consideration for this year’s Public Art Network Year […]

New mural honoring Kirk Reeves to be painted by Gwenn Seemel

PORTLAND, ORE — Over the next two weeks, Portland artist Gwenn Seemel will be working on a mural-sized portrait of Kirk Reeves, the Portland street performer and musician who passed away in November of 2012. The 10’ x 30’ foot mural, funded by RACC, will be painted along the east facing wall of a building on […]

Jesse Taylor’s “Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office” opens July 7th at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – On the surface Jesse Taylor’s Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office project has a simple premise—deconstruct the contents of a typical office space and rebuild/rework the pieces into a formal, abstract sculptural installation. But the artist’s ultimate intent is a bit more involved. Taylor also sees the labor associated with the deconstruction process as “work of […]

“In Truth,” an installation at the Portland Building by artist Wendy Given, opens April 28th

Portland, Ore – Continuing her work centered on the production of uncanny and unnerving contemporary photography and sculpture, artist Wendy Given will present an installation at the Portland Building that employs three interactive sculptures designed to usher the viewer towards a face-to-face encounter with themselves. The three works, a “true mirror,” a wishing well mounted […]

Artist Jea Alford kicks off a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, OR — New Season at the Installation Space: The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce a line-up of nine new installations by local artists at the Portland Building Installation Space. Over the next twelve months artists representing a wide range of approaches to art making will be featured in 4 […]

Joseph Kucinski’s installation “The Tenacity of Change” opens at the Portland Building February 18

PORTLAND, ORE –  Joseph Kucinski’s upcoming installation at the Portland Building is aimed at capturing a moment of wonderment and curious expectation. To accomplish this he looks to his childhood for inspiration: “The world was alive and everything in it could be a new adventure, even the mundane garage had infinite possibilities.” Kucinski’s exuberance is […]

RACC adds 17 new works to The Visual Chronicle of Portland

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce the addition of 17 new works to The Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The new additions, all works-on-paper, represent 14 different Oregon artists and cover a wide variety of media—collage, watercolor, powdered pigment and wax, ink, graphite, charcoal, silkscreen and color […]

RACC workshop will help artists understand Portland’s mural application process

PORTLAND, ORE – On October 12, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and the City of Portland will help artists and community members learn how to organize and navigate two different paths for creating murals in the City of Portland. The free workshop will be led by Peggy Kendellen, manager of RACC’s Public Art […]

New public art for the Portland Streetcar will be dedicated on September 30th

PORTLAND, ORE. — Portland’s newest public artwork, Jorge Pardo’s “Streetcar Stop for Portland,” will be dedicated on Monday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. The sculpture is located on North Broadway at the triangle of Wheeler Avenue and Weidler Street. The artist will be present and available for interviews, and Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick will […]

Paula Rebsom and Grant Hottle present “Forecast” at the Portland Building Installation Space, 9/16-10/11

Project Background: Forecast, which marks the first in a series of collaborations between installation artist Paula Rebsom and painter Grant Hottle, opens in the lobby of the Portland Building September 16th and runs through October 11th. These two artists work in very different ways but share a common interest in shifting perspectives, imagined realities and […]

Portland public art project wins national award

The Public Art Network of the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has named a local project, “Dekumstruction,” to its 2012 Year in Review, which highlights the 50 most outstanding public art projects in the United States last year. The PAN Year in Review is the only national program recognizing projects of excellence in public art. […]

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