Portland, OR. More than 700 people attended the Portland Art Museum’s 125th Anniversary Gala and After Party celebration on September 23rd, featuring a performance by the Grammy Award-winning, Portland-raised jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. The event raised more than $750,000 in additional support to help ensure that the innovative exhibitions, education programs, and partnerships that have been the Museum’s hallmarks will continue to thrive. Guests like Anne and Jim Crumpacker enjoyed red carpet treatment and had dinner in the historic galleries designed by Pietro Belluschi.  (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

There are several special exhibits and programs to commemorate Portland Art Museum’s 125th Anniversary, you can learn more about them here: portlandartmuseum.org/125th

Bob, Nani, Liz, and Betsy Warren arrive at the gala

Bob, Nani, Liz, and Betsy Warren arrive at the gala. (Photo credit, Rebeka Johnson)

Susan and Jim Winkler (Photo credit, Rebeka Johnson)

(Photo credit, Nina Johnson)

(Photo credit, Nina Johnson)

Cooper DuBois and Sanda Stein

Cooper DuBois and Sanda Stein. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

Esperanza Spalding, Brian Ferriso, and Poison Waters

Esperanza Spalding, Brian Ferriso, and Poison Waters. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

Julie Stott and Janet Geary. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

Andrea Lonas Photography

Poison Waters with Tony and Marti Belluschi. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

Willie Kemp, Poison Waters, Mary Dick, and Mary Lee Boklund

Willie Kemp, Poison Waters, Mary Dick, and Mary Lee Boklund. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

From the Portland Art Museum:

The mission of the Portland Art Museum is to engage diverse communities through art and film of enduring quality, and to collect, preserve, and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations.

Philosophy and Core ValuesThe Portland Art Museum strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas.  With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.  We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys. 

Honoring History, Embracing the Present, and Looking Ahead

On December 12, 2017, the Museum marks a milestone anniversary—125 years of bringing the world to Oregon and Oregon to world. During the next nine months, join us as we reflect on our history and embrace the future through exhibitions, programs, interviews, archival photos, and more.EXHIBITION: PICTURING OREGON

Through August, 2019
On the eve of the Museum’s 125th anniversary, Picturing Oregon offers an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and to celebrate the incredible geographic diversity of Oregon, and the artists whose work it inspired. Picturing Oregon presents paintings and photographs inspired by the distinct regions that comprise the state—the Coast, Greater Portland, Mt. Hood/The Gorge, Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, and Southern Oregon. Featuring works from the late-1800s, including Oregon’s pioneer period, and touching on contemporary pieces—all from the Museum’s permanent collection.

November 4, 2017
Join us for a statewide exploration of place, history, and art through the lens of Oregon beer and cider. Breweries from around our beautiful state have been invited to make new beers inspired by paintings and photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection, many of which are on view as part of the Picturing Oregon exhibition. Each artwork depicts or evokes Oregon, with the beers collectively creating a drinkable portrait of the place we call home.Participating breweries include: Breakside Brewery, Claim 52 Brewing, de Garde Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Fort George Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Great Notion Brewing, Heater Allen Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Leikam Brewing, McMenamins, pFriem Family Brewers, Standing Stone Brewing, Steens Mountain Brewing, Terminal Gravity Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing.

December 10, 2017
This Miller Family Free Day is a joint birthday celebration and recognition of the Museum’s admission access mission. Visit the Museum for free all day long, including the special exhibition, Animating Life: The Art, Science and Wonder of LAIKA, take part in activities, and eat cake!

Bi-monthly beginning October 2017
This new series in celebration of the 125th Anniversary spotlights the Museum’s curators and permanent collection. Through one-on-one conversations between director Brian Ferriso and each of the curators, gain insight into the collections and hear curatorial visions for the future. The series kicks off with Curator of Prints and Drawings Mary Weaver Chapin, Ph.D. on October 17, 2017.
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