Arts

Galleries, public art, events and avant-garde institutions fill Portland’s vibrant arts scene.

Arts Events

Portland's arts calendar is packed with festivals, exhibitions and special events year-round.

Visual Arts in Portland

View paintings, sculptures and other visual art in a wide range of galleries, public spaces and unexpected venues.

Arts Attractions

The city's museums and galleries feature work by renowned local and international artists.

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is central to the city's cultural district, housing a large and wide-ranging collection of artworks.

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

The North Portland art center's offerings range from visual art installations to collaborations with bands like the Shins.

Center for Native American Art

The Portland Art Museum's Center for Contemporary Native Art showcases the work of modern-day Native American artists.

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Art Galleries

Discover exciting local artists at these galleries located around town.

  • Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

    Founded as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in 1975, Blue Sky is a venue for local photography. The organization has expanded its offerings over the last 35 years to include national and international artists.

  • Russo Lee Gallery

    Established in 1986, the Russo Lee Gallery exhibits high-quality work by both established and emerging artists. They showcase contemporary Northwest artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, paper and print.

  • Guardino Gallery

    Since 1997, the Guardino Gallery has offered exhibitions that change every month and a gift shop with a fine selection of contemporary crafts.

  • Land Gallery

    This eclectic gallery and gift shop in North Portland showcases independent artists.

  • Nationale

    Nationale is an art gallery and specialty shop dedicated to the promotion of the arts through exhibitions, performances and a selection of carefully chosen goods.

Performing Arts

Portland's performing arts include music, dance and theater, often combined in unexpected ways.

Portland Theater

Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.

Dance in Portland

Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”

Children’s Theater

Portland's children's theater companies introduce kids to live theater and teaches them people in costumes are fun, not scary.

Literary Portland

This book-friendly city is home to an annual book festival and the world's largest independent bookstore.

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Theater Companies

Kick off your exploration of Portland's theater scene with these stellar local companies.

  • Portland Center Stage at The Armory

    The city's largest theater company, Portland Center Stage puts on full musicals and productions on its main stage, along with stripped-down, avant-garde plays in its intimate basement studio — both inside The Armory, a historic building.

  • Imago Theatre

    Founded in 1979, Imago Theatre features original productions that have toured internationally for decades. Imago’s productions (from classics to excursions into vaudevillian existentialism) have won acclaim around the world and at home in Portland.

  • Artists Repertory Theatre

    Founded in 1982, Artists Repertory Theatre is the longest-running professional theater company in Portland. Artists Rep’s mission is to engage diverse audiences in fresh, thought-provoking and intimate theater.

  • Third Rail Repertory Theatre

    Third Rail Repertory Theatre, a permanent ensemble of highly skilled theatre artists, is dedicated to pushing our audiences and ourselves to the edge of the comfort zone, the zone of the tickle, the chuckle, the gasp, and the ache.

  • CoHo Theatre

    After 21 seasons, this theater boasts over 90 co-productions, including more than 20 world premieres. CoHo’s seasons have represented master playwrights, while also providing a forum for local Portland playwrights.

Local Music Scene

Discover Portland through our talented musical artists in a variety of genres.

The Portland Hip-Hop Scene

Take a deep dive into the past, present and future of Portland's hip-hop scene with our expert guide to the best performers, showcases, stores and more.

Classical Music in Portland

Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.

Portland Jazz

In Portland, it's pretty easy to find small venues hosting intimate combos of world-class talent, or bigger, more boffo live shows.

Upcoming Arts Events

Check out our editor's top picks for visual arts, dance and music events.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Dec. 28, 2019–Feb. 23, 2020

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Portland Center Stage at The Armory Ticket Prices Vary

“A rock musical that really rocks, the audacious and affecting “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” tells the tale of a young East German “slip of a girly boy” who has a sex-change operation in order to marry a U.S. soldier and pursue a rock ‘ n’ roll dream in America. Things don’t go smoothly. The…

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Leonard Bernstein at 100
Oct. 3, 2019–Jan. 26, 2020

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Included With Admission ($5-$8)

Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the life and work of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the great Jewish American composer and conductor who dedicated his life to making classical music a vibrant part of American culture. The exhibition features photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture and audio and video recordings. A vocal booth gives visitors…

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Nat Meade: Sheesh
Jan. 7–Feb. 1, 2020

Nat Meade: Sheesh

Froelick Gallery Free

“Nat Meade uses glowing sunset-toned oil paint to render blocky humanoid forms engaged in absurdist compositions that poke fun at stereotypes of masculinity. His roughly textured brushwork gives his figures an almost monolithic feel, and adds to the delightful weirdness of this local artist’s style.” – Oregon Arts Watch

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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Jan. 18–Feb. 16, 2020

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Portland Center Stage at The Armory Ticket Prices Vary

“Controlling social cliques, oppressive beauty standards and cut-throat competition. Yep, sounds like high school! In Jocelyn Bioh’s comedy, though, these familiar dynamics play out at an exclusive Ghanaian boarding school, where issues of skin color and colonialism are added to the brew — then the pot is stirred by a light-skinned transfer student from America…

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Stupid Ghost
Jan. 9–25, 2020

Stupid Ghost

Shoebox Theater Ticket Prices Vary

“You always hurt the one you love,” goes the familiar refrain. In this dark comedy by Savannah Reich, that applies not just to humans, but also to ghosts — even a nice ghost living in the woods and minding her own business. Suddenly infatuated with a pretty girl, our friendly ghost follows her home —…

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Joe Feddersen: Echo
Dec. 3, 2019–Feb. 1, 2020

Joe Feddersen: Echo

Froelick Gallery Free

Froelick Gallery is pleased to present “Echo,” its latest exhibition with Joe Feddersen, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Okanagan, Lakes), featuring recent monoprints, works on paper, and blown glass vessels. Feddersen’s imagery draws on traditional petroglyph forms to call attention to both ancient and contemporary sights and symbols of the…

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Sweat
Jan. 16–Feb. 2, 2020

Sweat

Imago Theatre $20-$40

“One day life is good, the next you’re treading water. That’s not supposed to happen to folks like us.” The “us” in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winning drama are the good, blue-collar folk in the Rust Belt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, whose stable finances and social bonds start corroding and collapsing amid 21st century union busting and…

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Wait Until Dark
Jan. 10–Feb. 16, 2020

Wait Until Dark

Lakewood Center for the Arts Ticket Prices Vary

Fans of last season’s Dial M for Murder will want to come back for Wait Until Dark, a sensory thriller that will chill you to your very core. Susan Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife, has been left alone in her apartment when she becomes the target of ruthless con men hatching an elaborate charade…

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Fertile Ground Festival
Jan. 30–Feb. 9, 2020

Fertile Ground Festival

Multiple locations Prices vary

See Portland’s newest theater and dance works every January at Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival.

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Portland Mini Musical Festival
Jan. 30–Feb. 2, 2020

Portland Mini Musical Festival

Brunish Theater $29.50

Join Live On Stage for Portland’s own festival of all new musicals and check out shows by local writers and composers. Brett Campbell from Oregon Arts Watch writes that Portland’s Mini Musical Festival is “one of the most enjoyable theatrical experiences of the year.”

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Genghis Barbie
Feb. 6–7, 2020

Genghis Barbie

New Expressive Works $10-$25

“Geghis Barbie, the premiere “post-post-feminist all-female horn experience,” is a quartet of orchestral horn players known for sporting stage names such as “Attilla the Horn” and “Alpine Barbie,” along with for playing vivid, creatively faithful reimaginings of popular songs by the likes of David Bowie and the Eurythmics. Local music organization Third Angle brings the…

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Pictures at an Exhibition
Feb. 8–10, 2020

Pictures at an Exhibition

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $24-$125

From its stately opening to its majestic finale, Mussorgsky’s depiction of a stroll through an art exhibit is a perennial symphonic favorite, thanks to Ravel’s splendid orchestration. Augustin Hadelich, Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year, brings his astonishing technical wizardry to Paganini’s dazzlingly virtuosic First Violin Concerto. “Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an…

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Grupo Corpo
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

Grupo Corpo

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $30-$70

“Eye-popping athleticism, rhythmic sophistication and visual vibrancy help make this Brazilian dance powerhouse on eof the most popular repeat visitors to the White Bird Dance Series. Returning for its fifth Portland appearance, the troupe’s synthesis of contemporary dance, ballet and Afro-Brazilian folkloric movement is well represented in a program featuring two works by choreographer Rodrigo…

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James X
Feb. 13–Mar. 1, 2020

James X

New Expressive Works $20-$30

“Portland’s Corrib Theatre continues its fruitful focus on contemporary Irish plays with writer and Dublin City Councilor Gerard Mannix Flynn’s one-man show about the abuse and neglect of Irish children at the hands of both church and state. Performed here by the reliably remarkable Darius Pierce, with Corrib founder (and former Dubliner) Gemma Whelan directing.”…

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Trousers & Tiaras: Gender Roles in Handel Operas
Feb. 14–16, 2020

Trousers & Tiaras: Gender Roles in Handel Operas

First Baptist Church $24-$66

For centuries, opera has manipulated gender: men playing women, women singing “trouser roles” as men. In this production, contralto Vicki St. Pierre sings roles written for several of the Baroque era’s famed castrati. Monica Huggett leads the orchestra in a new twist of gender in Handel opera, including the captivating “mad scene” from Orlando. “Portland…

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The Sleeping Beauty
Feb. 15–23, 2020

The Sleeping Beauty

Keller Auditorium $29-$115

“In 2010, Oregon Ballet Theatre added to its repertoire of great Tchaikovsky story ballets, with then-artistic director Christopher Stowell choreographing a version of the classic fairytale “The Sleeping Beauty,” modeled after Marius Petipa’s 1890 original. Now, under current artistic director Kevin Irving, the company returns to the land of 19th century classical splendor.” – Oregon…

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Indecent
Feb. 18–Mar. 8, 2020

Indecent

Lincoln Performance Hall Ticket Prices Vary

“Two women in love — kissing, even! That was controversial stuff a century ago when the Sholem Asch play “God of Vengeance” made its English-language premiere on Broadway. Paula Vogel’s 2017 Tony nominated play “Indecent” tells the tale of Asch’s iconoclastic approach to the stage, his play’s worldwide success (in the original Yiddish) and the…

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Pipeline
Feb. 19–Mar. 15, 2020

Pipeline

Portland Playhouse $25-$36

“In this 2017 drama by Dominique Morisseau, a MacArthur “genius grant” winner best-known for her play “Skeleton Crew,” the title refers not a conduit for oil but the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” — educational policies that criminalize minor infractions and disproportionately punish students of color. Addressing the topic through the story of an inner-city teacher who…

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Shostakovich’s Eleventh
Feb. 22–24, 2020

Shostakovich’s Eleventh

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $24

Concertmaster Sarah Kwak takes center stage in opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s sensuous and expressive Violin Concerto. Dmitri Shostakovich’s cinematic Eleventh Symphony depicts the struggle and drama of the Russian Revolution of 1905 in vivid detail. “These concerts feature a pair of mid-century compositions: an American violin concerto and a Russian symphony. Oregon Symphony concertmaster…

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Bury the Hatchet: Prayer for My P’ah-Be
Ongoing

Bury the Hatchet: Prayer for My P’ah-Be

Portland Art Museum Included With Admission

Bury the Hatchet is artist John Hitchcock’s mixed-media, cross-disciplinary, multisensory installation. Hitchcock combines his interests in printmaking, rock ’n’ roll, and Kiowa and Comanche history into one visual expression that offers a retelling of the narrative of the American frontier. Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination through oral history and music….

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Prohibition Party with the Oregon Symphony
Mar. 21–22, 2020

Prohibition Party with the Oregon Symphony

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $24 – $110

Relive the 1920s in all its decadence. The Oregon Symphony will take you through the dark cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Atlantic City, featuring the top hits of the decade, from Rudy Vallée to Josephine Baker and from Kurt Weill to King Oliver. This concert will feature vintage imagery and…

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