The RSG has had it’s share of milestones in it’s 58 years. When the gallery turned 50, we published a book featuring our artists and telling our story. If you come by the gallery now this book is our gift to you, free of charge!
For the 40th anniversary, 20 artists created limited edition prints in the gallery’s honor. That was nearly 20 years ago, so few remain, but what we have left in stock are now on view and available for the holidays.
All of these prints are significant; they are a piece of Oregon’s cultural history, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the piece by Gordon Gilkey, pictured below.
Gordon Gilkey was one of those incredible individuals that rescued art during World War II, finding hidden works in abandoned train cars, homes and salt mines. An artist, teacher, and philanthropist, Gordon donated his personal print collection to the Portland Art Museum, and became the museum’s curator of prints and drawings. Him and his wife Vivian later formed the museum’s Center for Graphic Arts, which is an essential part of the museum today.
Each of these prints has it’s story. We hope you can come in and enjoy them in person (digital representations are no substitute for the real thing), but if not, this post will have to do. Enjoy.