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Portland Art Museum

1219 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon

Phone: 503 226 2811 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Portland Art Museum is dedicated to serving the public by providing access to art of enduring quality, by educating a diverse audience about art, and by collecting and preserving a wide range of art for the enrichment of present and future generations.

Highlights & Collections:

Our permanent collection includes over 32,000 works of art and spans 35 centuries.

It's the envy of many of our country's most prominent museums. Yet some of the visitors who pass through the doors each year are drawn by more than stoneware from the Tang Dynasty, a Native American headdress, or life-size sculpture by George Segal.

They come to hear a solo at "Museum After Hours," or experience moving image art at the Northwest Film Center. Whether drawn by avant-garde or old masters, the Portland Art Museum serves as a gathering place for creativity that inspires, lifts and rewards.

Asian, NW American Indian, West African, European, American art.






Grand Opening Celebration of the

Project for the Millennium:

Building A Legacy Where Art Lives


In August 2000, the Portland Art Museum, the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest, celebrates the successful completion of the Project for the Millennium: Building a Legacy Where Art Lives, a two-year $45 million renovation and construction project. The new third wing of the Museum, featuring over 50,000 square feet of new space, is highlighted by dedicated galleries for the Centers for Native American Art and Northwest Art.

The Museum launched the Project for the Millennium, the largest capital effort ever undertaken by a cultural organization in the state of Oregon, in January 1998. The Project has provided $20 million for the renovation and construction project and added $25 million toward the Museum. s operating endowment.

On November 18, 1998, the Museum broke ground on the first stage of the construction project, the renovation of approximately 42,000 square feet of space in the Hoffman Wing, one of the three wings of the Museum's complex, all designed by noted architect Pietro Belluschi. In addition, the Museum has renovated approximately 9,000 square feet of special exhibition galleries within its existing facility and has constructed a new state-of-the-art auditorium. The completed renovation and construction project includes new permanent galleries for the Museum. s collections, as well as designated special exhibition space, a community education center, a new museum shop and cafe.

On August 17, 2000, the Museum unveiled the final and most significant stage of the Project: the opening of the new Center for Native American Art, the new Center for Northwest Art, and the new outdoor public sculpture gardens. The completed complex has over 240,000 total square feet, placing the Portland Art Museum as one of the twenty-five largest art museums in the country in total square footage.

Since its founding in 1892, the Portland Art Museum has amassed a diverse collection numbering over 32,000 works of art. Although the Museum. s collections have consistently grown over the life of the institution, it is notable that no new gallery space has been added to the Museum since 1939. With the Project for the Millennium, the Museum has, for the first time in its history, the space needed to install its collections in permanent galleries, as well as simultaneously host special exhibitions.

Project Team:

Architects: Ann Beha Associates of Boston, Mass

Landscape Architects: Delaney Cochran & Castillo of San Francisco, Calif.

Exhibition Designer: Clifford LaFontaine of New York City

Associate Architects: SERA Architects of Portland

Structural and Civil Engineers: KPFF of Portland

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Altieri Sebor Wieber of Norwalk, Conn.,

General Contractor: Hoffman Construction of Portland

Project Managers: Eric Hoffman, Jr. and Roger Fricke

Harold J. Schnitzer, Chair, Board of Trustees

Mary and Pete Mark, Co-Chairs, Project for the Millennium


Admission & Directions:

Portland Art Museum Admission

Group Tours for 20 or more

Admission on First Thursdays is 2-for-1. at 503-226-2811 for directions.



Key Personnel:

John Buchanan, Jr., Director
Beth Sorensen, Director of Public Relations

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