On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, Willamette University’s Pacific Northwest College of Art will throw open its doors and welcome the Portland community for the first of a series of exhibition openings, performances, live music, drop-in activities, and food.
With support from a grant from the City of Portland, PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is revamping the signature neighborhood event series that had been a highlight of art and culture in the Pearl District and North Park Blocks. Now called First Thursdays in the North Park Blocks, the monthly events will feature food, music, and celebration while highlighting Portland’s distinctive art scene. After kicking off on Oct. 5, the expanded First Thursdays events will continue into 2024.
Exhibitions on View in the North Park Blocks
Hip Hop Lives The Remix: An Ode To The Culture – The Black Gallery by DSPDX
First Thursday Hip Hop 50 Paint and Sip at the Black Gallery- RSVP
You Ni Chae and Brad Mildrexler – Adams and Ollman
Occidental by Richard Mosse – Blue Sky, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts
Contours of Instinct and Nuance by Willy Heeks – Elizabeth Leach Gallery
28th Anniversary Group Exhibition – Froelick Gallery
Exhibitions by Clint Brown, Barbara Black & Linda Neufer and Monica Mitchell – Blackfish Gallery
Unladed by Micah Kassell – Laura Vincent Design and Gallery
ASSEMBLY, Converge 45 Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship – Stelo Arts
Photography by Jason Quigley + 20/10 – A Music Retrospective – The Writer’s Block
Join us at The Writers’ Block Studio (818 NW Flanders at Park) for an extra special First Thursday featuring a 20 year retrospective of music photography by Jason Quigley
In addition to an amazing display of photographs featuring some of Portland’s most iconic bands, we’ll also have live music including the prolific DJ Papi Fimbres, and a solo acoustic set by Kyle Morton, leader of the magnificent band Typhoon.
Save the Date for upcoming First Thursdays!
November 2**, December 7, February 1 , March 7 , April 4** , May 2**, June 6**
(** Expanded special programming at PNCA on these dates)