MAC – Multnomah Arts CenterGallery Renovation

MAC’s Gallery Receives Total Makeover
Thanks to Generous Support from Local Businesses & Community Members!

The new MAC Gallery

A major gallery renovation at Portland Parks & Recreation’s Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) has just been completed, thanks to significant donated work and in-kind support from area businesses and partners. SERA Architects, Mortenson Construction, and Cascade Acoustics each committed generous contributions of funds and labor to make the gallery restoration possible.

“SERA is committed to helping non-profit organizations that positively impact Portland in the fields of arts, culture, and education,” says Gauri Rajbaidya, who led this project at SERA Architects. “The gallery renovation for Multnomah Arts Center was a perfect opportunity for us to help the Multnomah Arts Center Association Board and make a contribution to our community. The Arts Center didn’t have the capital for the project, so we were happy to bring together design and construction professionals to provide the pro bono work needed to make the vision a reality.”

Additional support has been provided from Rosendin Electric, Fine Painting, Performance Abatement Services, Temp Control Mechanical, Viking Automatic Sprinklers, KPFF Structural and Civil Engineering, PAE Consulting Engineering, Solus Lighting, and Northern Illumination Company. Portland Parks & Recreation and MAC thank them for their collective leadership, generosity, and vision.

“Collaborations such as this between Portland Parks & Recreation and our valued area partners make it possible to enhance Portlanders’ quality of life in a time of limited public resources,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “We are proud of the steadfast support these community businesses have provided. This initiative has resulted in a beautiful gallery that generations of Portlanders will enjoy.”

During the past 30 years, Portland Parks & Recreation’s MAC gallery has showcased the artwork of more than 300 regional artists, arts collectives, and group shows. In that time, more than 100,000 visitors have enjoyed the creativity of emerging and established professional artists from the region.

The 1% Solution: Revamping the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

image of the old gallery

After three decades of heavy traffic in the gallery, the Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that supports the mission of MAC, made it a priority to renovate the popular gallery space into a beautiful state-of-the-art venue that is flexible, professional, and displays a wide variety of art in different forms.

gallery 2013 dedication

MAC Director Michael Walsh; SERA Architects’ Gauri Rajbaidya; Portland Parks Director Mike Abbaté; MACA Chair Karen McNamee; Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz; SERA Architects’ Tuan Vu; and SERA Architects’ Travis Dang at the gallery dedication, November 1st, 2013.

MAC Gallery on First Friday

MAC Gallery Renovation by the numbers:

  • Total value of donated design, labor and in-kind materials: $118,300
  • Approximate number of hours of donated time: 1,200
  • In addition to the business community’s demonstrated support, more than 100 community members have donated funds exceeding $12,500.
  • By converting to LED lights and advanced dimming controls, MAC will reduce energy usage in the gallery by more than 50% while providing far better quality and adaptability to different art media.