Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

Coming soon to the gallery:

“Mythical Birds and Other Imagined Realities” – a two-person exhibition by Hilary Pfeifer and Lisa Brinkman

On display May 10 – June 15, 2024. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 1-3 p.m.

Hilary Pfeifer will be showing bird sculptures created out of reclaimed hardwoods, laser cut metal, and subtly camouflaged found objects like colored pencils and old hardware. She will also creating an installation piece with some of her newest work: nests made out of the metal bristles that have broken off the street sweepers. She’s gathered these bristles for years on her daily walks around Portland. Lisa Brinkman finds inspiration for her work, and sometimes even the raw materials, on her morning runs. Each of her eco-printed oil painting begins with imprints of plants like oak, maple and sumac on silk. “The resulting images are springboards for me to dialog with life,” she says. “My art often makes reference to the natural experience of seasonal ebbs and flows that occur, and that we see currently being disrupted by climate change.” Each artist uses found materials in unique ways to create objects that beautifully expand our sense of what is possible in the world.

On display in the lobby exhibition area:

The Columbia Basin Basketry Guild is pleased to announce its group show, “Baskets Naturally” at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Oregon.

This show will run from March 20-June 14, 2024, with an opening reception on April 6, 1-3pm.

Baskets Naturally” highlights the work of around 20 Guild members who make use of various basketry techniques including coiling, plaiting, and twining, as well as random weave and knotless netting. We also work with a wide range of materials such as willow, cedar, rattan, wire, waxed linen, flax, cording, seaweed, yarn, handmade paper, and recycled materials.

The Columbia Basin Basketry Guild began with a small group of weavers in 1989. Today, we serve more than 200 members at all levels of skill and experience. From gallery-represented artists to new students learning basic techniques, all members are enthusiastic makers who find joy and satisfaction in the act of creating traditional or contemporary pieces.

For more information about the Guild go to


Jessica Poundstone – archival pigment prints
Leondra Brackett – watercolor paintings and book arts
Exploring the colors, shapes and abundance in nature.
May 5 – June 10, 2023

Tatyana Ostapenko – acrylic paintings
Celebrating the strength & resilience of the Ukrainian people.
June 15 – July 22, 2023

Community Group Exhibit, featuring sculptures by Nyasha Madamombe
“Black History IS History”
July 28 – September 2, 2023

MAC Instructors Exhibit – brilliance in a broad range of media
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center.
September 9 – October 14, 2023

Karen Russo – stoneware sculpture
Jason Greene – acrylic paintings
Meditative, grounding, and spiritual in nature.
October 20 – November 25, 2023

Eleanor Klock – drawings, risograph prints, comics
Erick Leonardo Martinez – ceramic sculpture
Feeling your way through:  growing up in a multicultural household, finding purpose, being human.
January 5 – February 10, 2024

Mariane Zenker – acrylic paintings on paper
Jenn Demonte – ceramic sculpture
A practice in seeing the effects of climate change, from altered ecosystems to forced global migration.
February 16 – March 23, 2024

Maren Salomon – cut paper & mixed media
Jingzi Zhao – photography
Moving work made during the COVID pandemic, creating a vantage point from which to look back and to feel our way forward.
March 29 – May 4, 2024

Lisa Brinkman – ecoprints
Hilary Pfeifer – sculpture made from reclaimed materials
Using what’s at hand to create beauty.
May 10 – June 15, 2024

Community Group Exhibit
This exhibit is curated by the community artists who work with us each year. Their bios can be found below. The theme for 2024 will be announced shortly.
June 21 – July 27, 2024

Arielle Brackett – metalsmithing & mixed media
Britt Block – pastel paintings
An invitation to reverence & rescue – from bees to species facing extinction in the Tillamook Forest.
August 2 – September 7, 2024

Gwynn Goodner  – oil paintings
A heart-full conversation about gun violence.
September 13 – October 19, 2024

Paula Champagne – Illustrations
Betsy McCarthy – fused glass sculpture
Work exploring the intersection of Blackness, nature and rest exhibited with organic sculptural shapes the glow in the light.
October 25 – November 30, 2024

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) – a juried group exhibit
Biophilia – Threads of Wonder
January 12 – February 24, 2025

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) Gallery opened in 1982. It serves as an educational venue for the community and a supportive environment for artists to share their work. Artists who show here are residents of Oregon and southern Washington near Portland.

Exhibiting artists are selected by a group jury process each year. The resulting shows reflect the artistic dynamism of the area, with an emphasis on the following:

  • a wide spectrum of media is shown throughout the year
  • diverse subject matter is explored
  • unique perspectives are shared
  • multidisciplinary and intersectional approaches are appreciated

As a community-based gallery, we seek to grow our collective ability to create, connect and share beauty in its many forms. Towards that end, some of the current equity practices at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery include:

  • We embrace and encourage artists with differences in age, color, ethnicity, race, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, family or marital status, gender identity, political affiliation, veteran status, physical and mental ability, and socio-economic status. 
  • We show work by artists based on the merit of their work. Artists who exhibit here may not be represented by commercial galleries, or some do not have formal arts training.
  • Exhibiting artists receive 65% of any sales they make. The remaining 35% is used by our nonprofit organization, The Multnomah Arts Center Association, to support equity and access to arts education through MAC programming.
  • Community artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, immigrant or refugee, and/or disabled are invited to be a part of the group jury each year. Jurors receive an honorarium for their work.
  • The jury helps to identify a theme for a community exhibit each year. This group show is juried through a separate call, and the selection of work is led by the members of the community being called to participate (i.e. the Latinx PDX exhibit of 2022, which was juried by members of that community).
  • The annual Call for Artists encourages the submission of work that expands opportunities for participation by gallery visitors. This might take the form of music by a local musician playing on loop in the gallery, 3D work that is meant to be touched, or a reading by a local poet that includes sign interpretation.
  • Barriers to participation are address by a) ensuring that there is no application fee when submitting work for jurying, b) providing transparency in how decisions are made and who is making them, c) offering access to adaptive supports as needed in the application process, and d) providing translation services when requested (see below). Additionally, we recognize that matting and framing artwork for display can present a significant financial burden to artists when their work requires it and welcome the opportunity to explore possible solutions with those artists.

Our selection committee for our May 2023 – February 2025 exhibit calendar was led by artists and curators Steph Littlebird and Daren Todd.

Daren Todd is a Portland, Oregon based muralist, illustrator and designer. He is also the owner of Art Larger Than Me, a gallery and creative studio serving clients from residential real estate to the commercial film industry. Daren’s work currently focuses on abstract expressionism and graphic portraiture, and the juxtaposition of both styles into cohesive paintings and designs.

Steph Littlebird is an artist, curator, writer, and a member of Oregon’s Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes. She received national recognition as curator of This IS Kalapuyan Land (2020), an exhibition at the Five Oaks Museum in Portland which was featured by ArtNews and PBS NewsHour. Other curatorial projects include Untold Parallels, Mata Art Gallery, L.A. (2020), which re-examined colonial histories of the so-called Philippines and Filipinx-American diaspora, and colonized people Indigenous to “North America.” Most recently, Pʰot-Choch, an exhibition held at Anita, Astoria OR (2021) presented traditional and contemporary art of the original Chinook inhabitants of the North Coast. Her visual work engages issues related to contemporary Indigenous identities, marginalized histories, and responsible land stewardship. Littlebird earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland.

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