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.

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Center for Contemporary Native 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

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Mumvember
Nov. 1–30, 2019

Mumvember

Lan Su Chinese Garden Adults $10, Seniors $9, Students $7, Family Pass $28

During the month of November, Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden. More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more. Take in…

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Noritaka Tatehana: Refashioning Beauty
Oct. 5–Dec. 1, 2019

Noritaka Tatehana: Refashioning Beauty

Portland Japanese Garden Free

Portland Japanese Garden presents the art of Noritaka Tatehana in his first-ever North American solo exhibition. Installed in the Pavilion and Tanabe Galleries located within the manicured grounds of the renowned Gardens, Tatehana enchants through his use of traditional symbols of sophistication and beauty with the inclusion of new, never-before-seen artworks created especially for this…

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Wild Arts Festival
Nov. 23–24, 2019

Wild Arts Festival

Pure Space $10

The Wild Arts Festival is Pacific Northwest’s premier art show and book fair celebrating the natural world. Held each November by the Portland Audubon, the festival attracts nearly 5,000 visitors each year. New for 2019, the popular festival has moved to Pure Space in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District as the festival celebrates its 39th year….

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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 Winter Light Festival
Feb. 6–8, 2020

Portland Winter Light Festival

Various Locations Free

Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.

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Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art
Feb. 8–May 17, 2020

Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art

Portland Art Museum Free

Marking the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, this exhibition explores the overwhelming power of nature and the epic cycles of volcanic destruction and regeneration with stunning photographs, paintings and drawings of the mountain from 1845 to the present day. Curated by Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of…

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Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott
Feb. 15–May 17, 2020

Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott

Portland Art Museum Free

The first comprehensive retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists, Art and Race Matters traces the work of Robert Colescott (1925-2009), who established his career in Portland with the support of gallery owner and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, then made his mark in the 1970s with a series of deconstructed art-historical masterpieces that…

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Design Week Portland
Apr. 18–24, 2020

Design Week Portland

Various Locations Free

This annual springtime festival showcases Portland’s creative community, with a week full of lectures, design events and open houses.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism
June 13–Sept. 27, 2020

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

Portland Art Museum Free

Internationally beloved artists Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957) played a crucial role in defining and establishing the Avant-Garde cultural movement in Mexico in the early 20th century. Their famously stormy marriage reflected their diverging artistic styles: While Rivera’s art projected itself outward, often in vast murals and concerned itself with the construction of…

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To Bear Witness – Extraordinary Lives
Oct. 8, 2020–Jan. 31, 2021

To Bear Witness – Extraordinary Lives

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Free

To Bear Witness – Extraordinary Lives will capture, share and preserve the stories of 10 to 12 people from varied backgrounds who left their homelands for safe haven in the United States. Although these refugees had survival on their minds when they first arrived, they jump-started their lives with remarkable determination, finding their way in…

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Ansel Adams in Our Time
Oct. 17, 2020–Jan. 24, 2021

Ansel Adams in Our Time

Portland Art Museum Free

Oct 17, 2020 – Jan 24, 2021 Ansel Adams in Our Time celebrates the visual legacy of the acclaimed American photographer and includes some of his most iconic images, from a symphonic view of snow-dusted peaks in The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942) to the sublime Moon and Half Dome,…

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