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ART IN THE OPEN: Live art installation + conversation

Has the definition of public art expanded?

Our built environment is a canvas for artistic expression, providing opportunities for artists that extend beyond the confines of gallery walls. How can we advocate for and broaden the understanding of public art in our city?

In this changing landscape where urban planning, business objectives and artistic expression intersect, what are the challenges and opportunities for creative innovation? How can individual property owners, government entities, community members, real estate developers, and civic leaders incorporate the artistic community as active collaborators in place-making?

How can we expand the definition of what public art is and who has access to it in our cities? How does one interpret beauty, cultural aesthetics and new art forms in public spaces? How do we celebrate the public art that currently exists and the experimental communities that are emerging? What is the role of public discourse and how do we activate meaningful community engagement around art? Where are the cross sections for public, private and city-wide synergy?

Join us for a live art installation and dynamic conversation as we explore these questions and the role of public art as a vital part of our evolving city.

Drinks included with ticket and light snacks provided.

Thank you to the beverage sponsors: Union Wine Co., Dirty Pretty Brewing & Brew Dr.Kombucha


Moderator Ann Hudner, Art Manager & Communication Strategist

  • Adam Tyler, President of Killian Pacific

  • Tiffany Conklin and Tomás Valladares, Co-founders of Portland Street Art Alliance

  • Kristin Calhoun, Director of Public Art at RACC

  • Chris Herring, Founder of Portland Winter Light Festival

  • Alex Chiu, Muralist & Illustrator

  • Lane Walkup, Metal Artist

  • Joe Thurston, Artist & Founder of Site Specific

Event Schedule

  • 6:00 PM - Doors Open
  • 7:00 PM - Conversation Begins
  • 8:00 PM - Audience Q + A
  • 8:30 PM - Conversation Ends
  • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Enjoy the show, mingle, drink + eat
  • 9:45 PM - Event ends

This Festival Event has ended.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Killian Pacific

Killian Pacific develops, owns, and manages meaningful and lasting places that enhance communities throughout the Northwest.