Museum of Contemporary Craft

Museum of Contemporary Craft. Photo: Basil Childers

Founded in 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, the Museum advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement.

Installation view, Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996–2011. Photo: Justin Tunis

The Exhibition Galleries, 4,500 square feet on two floors, feature multiple exhibitions that look to the present, future, and past of craft through the focused viewpoint of today. Along with featuring some of the leading contemporary national and international artists, exhibitions frequently draw from the rich archives of the Museum’s permanent collection, a public legacy of over 1,200 objects that documents the active role of both the Museum and the Pacific Northwest in the evolution of craft over the last seven decades.

The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

In addition to the exhibitions on view, the museum experience is complemented by The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft—one of the primary destinations in the Pacific Northwest for purchasing exceptional contemporary crafts. The Gallery represents craft artists from across the nation working in ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, and mixed media. Gallery artists routinely visit the Museum for public gallery talks and hands-on demonstrations.

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PNCA is now embarking on our boldest venture yet: a $15 million campaign to transform not just a college, but a city, by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks, thanks to a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million to name the historic former post office at 511 NW Broadway.

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