Know Before You Go
The 2020 Tim-Based Art (TBA) Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival website.
Called “the best contemporary summer festival in the country” by The New York Times, Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performances, visual art and projects that defy categorization. Expect an eclectic array of artists from across the globe, including from far-flung locales like Morocco, Singapore and France.
Modeled after international contemporary arts festivals in cities like Edinburgh and Adelaide, TBA is orchestrated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). Installations and performances take over Portland’s theaters, galleries, warehouses and public spaces, while workshops and talks keep the arts going almost nonstop. Together, these works effectively obliterate the barriers between artists and their audiences.
Every night of TBA’s 10-day run, PICA hosts “The Works” at its box office in Northeast Portland. At these nightly events, artists and attendees can grab a drink and check out rock shows, drag balls, installations, sonic experiments and more.
Dance in Portland
Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”
Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.
Visual Arts in Portland
View paintings, sculptures and other visual art in a wide range of galleries, public spaces and unexpected venues.
Fertile Ground Festival
See Portland's newest theater and dance works every January at Portland's Fertile Ground Festival.
LGBTQ+ Performing Arts & Drag
Portland's offerings range from traditional female impersonation to queer burlesque.
Live Storytelling Events in Portland
Hear true stories about love, sex, history, movies and even middle school at six regular live storytelling events in Portland.
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…
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…
In October 1956, a vibrant group of contemporary etchings, relief prints, and lithographs went on display in a Tokyo gallery. This was the debut exhibition of Japan’s first printmaking society for women artists, the Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, or the Women’s Print Association. It provided a crucial vehicle for talented female printmakers working in a crowded…
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…
OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan-run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. OryCon is a 100% volunteer-based production of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), which is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation.
GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art . . . if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. Cosplay is highly encouraged and admission is free (you just need to pre-register).
At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, you will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies, along with make ‘n’ takes, free demos, daily door prize drawings and more.
Join Renegade Craft for a festive holiday weekend celebration in Portland featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Get your holiday shopping done while supporting emerging and established makers, all while enjoying rarities and remixes from local DJs, workshops, exceptional food trucks and cocktails.
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, Yosemite National Park (1960). More than 100…
The relationship Rembrandt had with the Jews of Amsterdam is a remarkable story. Most were Sephardic Jews – refugees from the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal. For many generations these Jews had been forced to deny their religious legacy, but in Amsterdam they were free to reclaim traditions and return to their Judaism. Rembrandt lived…
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has championed the practice of contemporary artists since 1995. TBA:20 brings together a global audience in a truly contemporary way. For everyone already in the PICA community, and for those attending TBA for the very first time, PICA invites you to join them in witnessing works by artists from around…
Print exhibition with 30+ prints of images of people, places and things that no longer exist in Portland. From the magnificent to the mundane.
Fuller Rosen Gallery proudly presents Loopholes, a two-person show featuring new work by Devin Harclerode and Laura Camila Medina. Loopholes explores myth-making as it relates to personal experience, memory, and manipulation. Harclerode and Medina use a unique lexicon of symbols, language, and imagery to guide the viewer through their constructed realities. Loopholes will be the…
Enjoy free admission to the Museum the first Thursday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m.
The Portland Art Museum provides free admission the first Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a slow looking tour experience and object-focused meditation. This public tour invites people to relax, rejuvenate, energize and be calm. Using focused breathing and simple poses, the museum encourages visitors to meditate in the galleries twice a month on the first and third Thursdays. Museum Admission: Free for Members, $20 Adults, $17 Seniors 62+…
Join Elisabeth Jones Art Center for a night of tarot, journaling, & collage to celebrate the Full Moon.
This exhibition will feature new works by May Maylisa Cat, Curtis Reid Henderson, Christina Kemp, Cristina Niculescu and Lynn Yarne. GLEAN is a juried art program that taps into the creativity of artists to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate and the resources they throw away. In light of…
Every third Wednesday of the month at noon, photography enthusiasts gather at the Portland Art Museum to hear talks by regional photographers, gallerists, historians, curators and collectors.
Join a walking tour that takes groups around, across, under, and inside the unique and storied spans that shape life in Portland. Strolling along the waterfront the tour will cross several bridges, pausing at the Morrison Bridge to meet the bridge operator and see the view from the control tower. The tour may then head…
Come learn to draw portraits from a live model at a studio in Southeast Portland.