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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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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. […]

Two new public art murals underway and one mural restored

Two large scale mural projects are underway in Portland this summer – all recipients of grant funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. RACC’s public art mural program, financed by the City of Portland, provides funding for community murals that reflect diversity in style and media and encourages artists from diverse backgrounds and range […]

“Queering Portlandia,” by Anthony Hudson at the Portland Building 7/9-8/2

Project Background: Despite her notoriety and our love for her, Portlandia is irrefutably rooted in European sculptural tradition. The 35 foot high hammered copper statue that graces the façade of the Portland Building depicts the image of a classical female figure with European features. In that sense she represents only a portion our city’s diverse […]

RACC seeks submissions for the “Visual Chronicle of Portland”

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking works on paper—prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs—to purchase for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The budget for the purchase and framing of artwork is $10,000. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15, 2013.  Background: The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a collection […]

MEDIA ALERT: BCCTV to screen new works on June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre

WHO: BCCTV on the Big Screen WHAT: A screening of short works created through a program at the Bud Clark Commons homeless service center WHEN: Monday June 10th at 7p.m. WHERE: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard NOTES: This screening is a culmination of the diverse works produced over the past year at a RACC-sponsored, […]

Media production lab BCCTV will screen new works on June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre

On Monday, June 10th at 7:00PM, BCCTV will host a free screening of short works created by individuals who have experienced homelessness. The films were made at a RACC-sponsored, artist led production lab at Bud Clark Commons (BCC, at NW Irving & Broadway in Old Town/Chinatown) and will be screened at Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE […]

“Welcome” opens at the Portland Building Installation Space June 3rd

Project Background: Artists Patricia Vazquez Gomez and Betty Marin will present their social practice based Welcomeinstallation in the lobby of the Portland Building June 3 – 28. The project was conceived when the artists began to contemplate the connection between the building that institutionally represents the City of Portland and the lives and experiences of […]

RACC celebrates new mural on N. Albina & Mississippi

The artist collective, SpaceCraft Mission to Arts, has completed one of the largest murals funded by RACC’s Public Art Mural Program and will celebrate this collaborative project with a community celebration on Friday, May 24th, 3:30-6:30pm, in the grassy field across the street southwest of the project site. The mural is located on the west […]

Photos by Jonathan Marrs installed at Fire Station 18

Local photographer Jonathan Marrs recently installed a series of photographs printed on aluminum at Fire Station 18, 8720 SW 30th Avenue in Portland.   A celebration of the project’s completion, with the artist and station crew, will take place on Tuesday, May 21st, from 6:30-8:00pm. The celebration is open to the public. Jonathan spent time […]

Installation of Dan Corson’s “Nepenthes” now underway

Artist Dan Corson and RACC are currently installing Nepenthes, a series of four illuminated sculptures along NW Davis Street. These glowing sculptural elements are inspired by the carnivorous plants called Nepenthes, which are named after the magical Greek potion that eliminates sorrow and suffering. By referencing the patterns of native Oregon native and other carnivorous […]

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