Portland Art Museum

Nuu-chah-nulth, Forehead Mask, ca. 1870. Image and original data from Portland Art Museum.

Artstor and the Portland Art Museum are collaborating to share approximately 2,500 images of artworks, with a particular focus on the Museum's premier collections of Native American and Northwest art.

Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest art museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum's encyclopedic collection of over 48,000 objects reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The Portland Art Museum features centers for Native American art, Northwest art, and modern and contemporary art, as well as permanent exhibition galleries for Asian art, American art, European art, photography, graphic arts, silver, and an outdoor public sculpture garden.

Remarkable for its depth and diversity, the Museum's permanent collection of Native American art consists of over 3,000 objects that date from pre-European contact to the present. The collection features important works created by some 200 North American cultural groups and contemporary artists, with especially strong representation of artworks from the Northwest coastal region. Anchored by the world-renowned Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast Art and the encyclopedic Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection, the Portland Art Museum's collection of Native American art is the single most visited and researched aspect of the Museum's collection.

In addition to its outstanding Native American art collection, the Museum has a long history of collecting and exhibiting the region's master artists. With an endowed curatorial position (The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art) and a Northwest art endowment that supports the ongoing acquisition of artworks, as well as the continuing APEX exhibition series and the biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, the Portland Art Museum has demonstrated a deep commitment to the art of the region. The Northwest art collection comprises works of art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, crafts, prints, drawings, video, and installation works.