All artists and arts professionals are invited to an informal conversation with Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the new curator of Northwest art with the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, on Friday, October 15th, 5:30 pm at The Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery. She will discuss her curatorial focus and answer your questions regarding opportunities at the museum for Montana artists to show their work. From her letter:
Firstly I am holding, what I am calling, focus group meetings for artists and arts professionals (college arts administrators, gallery owners etc.) to present the Portland Art Museum’s curatorial focus on Northwest art and to outline the opportunities and limitations inherent to the position. Below is a brief position description describing my responsibilities, listing the number and type of exhibits for which the Curator of Northwest Art is responsible annually.
The Curator of Northwest art is responsible for the care, research, exhibition, growth and custody of all objects in the Northwest art collection belonging to or on loan to the Portland Art Museum. The position serves a five-state region including Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Duties include developing temporary exhibitions, especially the biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and three-to-four, usually single artist, changing exhibitions per year know as “APEX” exhibitions. The curator works on exhibition related programs, garnering support and writing and speaking about Northwest art. The curator supervises presentation of all traveling exhibitions of Northwest art scheduled by the Museum and serves as advisor to the Northwest Art Council. The Curator of Northwest Art reports to the Museum’s Chief Curator.
Secondly, I have received nominations for the second biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition and I am visiting nominee’s studios. I am very interested to see work of artists who have not been nominated as well and want to begin building a library of discs of current and past work, so as I am planning exhibitions I will know who is doing strong work in the five state region.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited… spread the word!