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In Memoriam: Richard Geary
The staff and trustees of the Portland Art Museum mourn the passing of arts patron and philanthropist Richard “Dick” Geary. For decades, Geary and his wife, Museum Trustee Janet Geary, have been generous supporters of the Museum. Janet and Dick Geary have significantly supported the Museum’s major capital projects, allowing the Museum to grow; and special exhibitions, including Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art, and Paris to Portland. Most recently they were the lead sponsors for the presentation of Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music and led fundraising efforts to bring this international exhibition to Portland. "Dick’s deep appreciation of our mission, the role of the Museum within the community, and thoughtful counsel will be missed greatly," said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director. "This is a significant loss for our Museum and our City."
New for the Wall, the Museum’s evening to grow the collection, has resulted in the acquisition of seven works of art—three on the evening of the Oct. 1 event, and four since then. Following lively presentations by the seven curators at 2014 New for the Wall, the guests voted. In the first round, Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Likunt Daniel Ailin (The World Stage: Israel), the selection of Bruce Guenther, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, was chosen for acquisition. The second round was close, but the Katsusaka Jōmon Deep Pot, presented by Maribeth Graybill, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, was selected by a single-vote margin.
At the end of the event, several guests stepped forward with the funds to purchase the Abelardo Morell photograph Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room, the selection of Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography. Thanks to their generosity, this stunning photograph will become a part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of donors, four more works have been secured for the Museum collections: the Native American works Tribute Panel and Tribute Chest by David Boxley and his sons; and the two European paintings, The Village Party and The Game of Bowls by Pieter Angillis.
Learn more about the New for the Wall event and the curators’ choices.
Museum Receives IMLS Grant
The Museum received a $148,306 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a new exhibition and education space for Native American art and culture. The center will be named for the Chinook Wawa (jargon) word for “welcome,” and the Klahowya Gallery and programs will become a resource for fostering deeper understanding of Native American art and artists in the contemporary world.
Finalists announced for 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
The Museum is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. The awards exhibition celebrates contemporary art created in the greater Northwest—Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Funded in part by The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art, the exhibition will open at the Museum in the fall of 2015. Learn more and see the list of finalists [PDF].