Ralph Pugay: Excursions

Solo exhibition by Ralph Pugay
November 30, 2017 from 4-6 PM at KSMoCA


KSMoCA is pleased to announce an exhibition of solo and collaborative works by Fall 2017 Visiting Artist Ralph Pugay. Excursions paints playful narratives that juxtapose cultural norms to perplexingly surreal and humorous effects. The exhibition includes 12 original works by Pugay and a large scroll made with KSMoCA students during an exercise on daydreaming.

Reflecting on the process of art-making as a form of traveling, Pugay collaborated with 3rd and 4th Grade students to create a panoramic situational drawing set on an expansive tropical island. Students were asked to imagine and illustrate the living beings and scenarios they would like to encounter on an island. Their drawings then rotated around the room for other students to complete. The result was a  Bruegelesque panoramic scroll that details the collective entanglement of daydreams and reflection. Please join us on Thursday, November 30 from 4-6 PMfor the opening reception.

Ralph Pugay (b. 1983 in Cavite, Philippines) holds an MFA from Portland State University and is a graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Notable solo exhibitions include the Seattle Art Museum, Upfor, Vox Populi and FAB Gallery (Richmond, VA). Group exhibitions include the Portland2014 Biennial and the 2012 CoCA (Seattle, WA). Honors include the Betty Bowen Award, Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, and a Rauschenberg Residency Fellowship by The Ford Family Foundation. He is the James DePriest Visiting Professor of Art at Portland State University.


KSMoCA Retrospective Exhibition

Opening November 20, 2017 from 4:30 - 6 PM


We are pleased to announce the opening of our retrospective show at the Portland Children's Museum. This exhibition will present a survey of highlighted works from our collection, beginning with our earliest project: Postcards From America, a student-curated exhibition of Magnum photographs, and spanning into current projects. The show will focus on the unique museum program we have developed since 2015, which pairs internationally renowned contemporary artists in collaboration with K-8th grade students. The exhibition is curated by the KSMoCA Student Advisory Board, a select group of K-6th grade students who are making important decisions about the museum this year. They will be traveling to the Portland Children's Museum to arrange and install the work. We are excited to share our archive of exhibitions, artist residencies and special projects with you. Please join us on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 4:30-6 PM to celebrate our work and the work of our students.


KSMoCA International Art Fair

KSMoCA is pleased to announce the KSMoCA International Art Fair. 17 nationally and internationally recognized exhibitors will display original artwork by dozens of contemporary artists. Visitors can find works ranging from experimental publications by young artists to museum-quality objects. Exhibitions throughout the fair include paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, social practice, comics, and new media. Nearly all works are available for purchase.

The fair runs from August 11-13, 2017 in partnership with Converge 45 and includes programmed lectures, panels, and performances throughout the weekend. The fair will take place at KSMoCA.

Opening Reception
Friday, August 11, 2017
Opening Remarks at 5:30 PM
Special performance by Holcombe Waller at 6 PM

Visiting Hours
Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 10 AM - 5 PM

No Entrance Fee
All events located at KSMoCA
4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97211


Laylah Ali: Not Self Portraits

Not Self-Portraits is a collaborative exhibition featuring work by artist Laylah Ali and students from Mrs. McCarthy’s 4th grade and Ms. Johnson's 5th grade classes who participated in workshops with the artist. Ali’s paintings explore relationships between race, gender, and social status influenced by personal experiences. Prior to the workshops, each student posed for photographic portraits expressing contrasting emotions. In the workshops, they selected a photograph of a classmate to draw. The drawings and photographs are displayed along with Laylah Ali’s work in the KSMoCA hallway.

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, June 1 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Free and open to the public. Live music and light refreshments will be served. 

Image courtesy of the artist: Laylah Ali, Untitled (from the Studies series), Digital print from mixed media drawings, 2011

More information about the artist can be found here.



Hank Willis Thomas Lecture & Workshop

Join us on Monday, April 17 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the MLK Jr. School library for a public lecture by visiting artist, Hank Willis Thomas. Hank will discuss his work and a recent project that focus on the yard sign. 

Participate in the yard sign project workshop before Hank arrives on Friday, April 14 at 5:00 PM at MLK Jr. School. The yard sign has become a staple in how we visualize the American political system. We place the yard sign of our chosen politician in front of our houses, at intersections on the highway, outside of polling places close to an election. These signs are almost always the same; the same size, the same colors, the same block letters, just with a different name and a new year. The artist, Hank Willis Thomas, and his political Super PAC, For Freedoms, invites you to take these typical yard signs and make them your own. Using the For Freedoms yard signs you will respond to the prompts Freedom From...or Freedom Of...These responses can be done as a collage of images, text, drawing, any medium you want. Share with us what issues are important to you!

All events free and open to the public.


  On Moonless Nights,  Chitra Ganesh

On Moonless Nights, Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh: On Moonless Nights

On Moonless Nights features artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, mythology, iconography, and comic books. The show includes original pieces by Ganesh as a well artwork created by MLK Jr. students. Ms. Johnson's (5th) and Mr. Caldwell's (4th) classes participated in a workshop with Ganesh to create drawings of superheroes inspired by people in their everyday lives.

The opening reception also features a collaborative mural project by portland artists Roz Crews and Ralph Pugay. Crews and Pugay partnered with MLK Jr. middle school students to design an image that honors their school and community.

At the reception the new KSMoCA Art Library will be featuring books for sale as part of the MLK Jr. School Author Night. Join us for a great evening and buy a book for the KSMoCA Art Library collection.





Wieden+Kennedy Rummage Sale

A rummage sale at MLK Jr. School featuring objects from Wieden+Kennedy

Artist Harrell Fletcher curated a rummage-sale-themed art show for the Wieden+Kennedy gallery. After the closing of the show, all objects featured in the W+K gallery are for sale at an actual rummage sale at KSMoCA. The sale also includes items donated by the MLK Jr. School PTA and other community members.

DONATE: Anybody can donate items for the sale. Bring donations to MLK Jr. School (4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97211) on Friday, Feb 3 (3:30-4:30 PM) or Saturday (9:30 AM)

The rummage sale runs Feb 4-5 from 10 AM - 4 PM at the MLK Jr. School. Come by and support the arts. Currently on view at KSMoCA: Carson Ellis & Hank Meloy: Introduction to Galactic Alienonolgy. If you missed the opening, the rummage sale is also another great chance to see the show. 

All proceeds benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. School art program.


  The Vor Martian,  Carson Ellis and Hank Meloy

The Vor Martian, Carson Ellis and Hank Meloy

Carson Ellis: Intro to Galactic Alienology

Introduction to Galactic Alienology at KSMoCA features work by artist, Carson Ellis and her son, Hank Meloy. The show is a collaboration between Ellis, PSU students and students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. The work is inspired by interviews between Ellis and her son Hank and includes pieces portraying Hank’s and MLK Jr. students' imagined alien creatures.

Carson Ellis is an illustrator and author based in Portland, OR. Ellis is known for her work in The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, The Wildwood Chronicles by Ellis’ husband, Colin Meloy and New York Times bestseller Home, the first book authored and illustrated by Ellis.




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The Truth Booth

The Truth Booth makes a stop at KSMoCA and King School as part of the Cause Collective’s project In Search of The Truth (The Truth Booth). At each location, The Collective invites people to sit inside The Truth Booth (a giant, inflatable sculpture in the shape of a cartoon speech bubble with the word “Truth” printed on the side) and complete the sentence, “The truth is…” while being videotaped.

The Truth Booth is the brainchild of Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, and Hank Willis Thomas. Operating as a team of artists, designers and ethnographers, they work to bring thoughtful, interactive and engaging projects into local communities here and abroad. In this project, they are particularly interested in transforming public spaces into sites for candor and intimacy. By activating a U.S. tour, The Collective aims to empower hundreds of Americans to speak freely without fear of judgment or persecution. While everyone seeks the truth, two people rarely arrive at the same interpretation, which is why the project’s prompt of “The truth is…” is so powerful and revealing.


Projects 2015-16

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Get Schooled: Kids & Money Podcast

Get Schooled: Kids & Money is a podcast project. KSMoCA partnered with Umpqua Bank to create this compelling story. Listen to Ms. Ellis's students contemplate the meaning of money in their lives on the Umpqua Open Account podcast. "Before it looms too large in their lives, kids spend a few years making sense out of money – its made-up symbolism, mysterious behavior, and larger than life power. They see it operating in their parents' work, at the store, at school and in images of fame and fortune. At its heart, kids understand that money connotes worth, power and freedom – but that it can also empty our lives of meaning and connection. In this episode, we handed the mic over to kids from 5 to 9 years old to discuss the role of money in their lives, and in their imaginations."


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That's Old School

That’s Old School  is a guided tour based on interviews with Steve Willis, the head of school maintenance and an alumni of King School. In the guided tour, visitors experience King through the eyes of Steve, and learn of it’s evolution from past into present. The tours will be facilitated by King students during the opening reception on June 2, 2016.

The tour concludes with an exhibition that takes inspiration from King School’s past, and uses this historical connection to consider the future through the eyes of it’s current students. The King students imagined a future they would like to see made into art and created the instructions for PSU students to make the work displayed in KSMoCA's main corridor.

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Not MoMA: Shared Space

Not MoMA: Shared Space is a collaborative art project between Stephanie Syjuco, Ms. Ellis’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Asay’s 6th grade class at King School in NE Portland, OR and Portland State University (PSU) Art and Social Practice students.

PSU and King students explored the online collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and decided to curate artworks for re-creation around the theme Shared Space. Working in small groups the third graders followed Syjuco’s written instructions to decide which works they wanted to make and shared their thoughts on why these works appealed to them. The sixth graders learned to work as docents for the opening reception. Collectively, the students acted as artists, curators, and docents to present notMoMA: Shared Space. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media for KSMoCA, King school’s contemporary art museum.

Let’s Go Inside the Paper to Go Inside the Museum

Let’s Go Inside the Paper to Go Inside the Museum is a collaborative art project. Ms. Ellis’s 3rd grade class at King School in NE Portland, OR and Portland State University (PSU) Art and Social Practice students worked together to explore what a museum is and could be.
Working in small groups the third graders were prompted by the PSU students to imagine and illustrate their own museum ideas. The resulting designs were transformed into posters displayed at KSMoCA and in the surrounding community. Collectively, the students acted as artists and curators--creating work for both the school’s contemporary art museum and a neighborhood public art project.

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Our Civil Rights History, Revisited

Our Civil Rights History, Revisited are re-creations of historical photographs depicting some of the most pivotal images in the civil rights movement, both locally and nationally. PSU and 5th grade students at King discussed these images and events and restaged them.  KSMoCA has the pleasure of revisiting and displaying.

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Postcards from America

Postcards from America is an ongoing photographic experiment. Since 2011 the Postcards project has traveled to eight locations across the country. Nearly twenty Magnum Photo Agency photographers have been involved with the project. Portland is one of the last stops forPostcards from America and seven photographers have come here to document a wide variety of subjects in the city, including King School, in conjunction with PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA Program.

KSMoCA’s inaugural exhibition features work selected by students at King School from all of the past Postcards locations and has been overseen by Magnum photographer Alec Soth and various PSU-relatedvolunteers.