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Selections from the permanent collection.

First Selections

May 5, 2016 - Apr 29, 2017


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

Free and open to the public.


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is proud to present First Selections, an exhibition of works selected by PNCA professor Frank Irby from the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

As Glenn Adamson, a leading craft scholar and Director of the Museum of Art and Design, wrote in 2008’s Unpacking the Collection, “…the collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft: a regional collection, to be sure, and one that includes masterpieces and modest piece alike… It is a place to engage with the realities of craft in its full range and in all the vibrant particularity that only a local story can provide. If you are looking for a true picture of modern craft – or at least a part of its infinitely varied fabric – you need look no further.”

The Museum’s 1,300+ piece permanent collection is a regional treasure, one that preserves and makes accessible 75+ years of significant craft and design works. With the transition of the Museum to the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, the collection moves to the Center’s keeping.

As steward of this collection, the Center has invited longtime PNCA faculty member Frank Irby (who himself has works in the collection) to curate the first exhibition of works out of the collection to be exhibited in the Center’s Collections Studies Lab.


The 1,300+ piece permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft represents 75+ years of craft and design works and is strongest in ceramics, particularly mid-century works by artists early in their careers, including Peter Voulkos, Robert Sperry, Patti Warashina, and Frances Senska.

Selected highlights include: ceramics by Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Lucie Rie, Finn Lyngaard, Toshiko Takaezu; wood by Bob Stocksdale; glass by Lino Tagliapietra, Dominic Labino, Ben Moore, Joe Feddersen; textiles by Jack Lenor Larsen, Helen Bitar; jewelry by Kiff Slemmons, Kate Wagle, and Ramona Solberg.