Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland

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Founded in 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) at Pacific Northwest College of Art is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming, supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, the Museum advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement.

The Exhibition Galleries, 4500 square feet on two floors, at any time feature multiple exhibitions that look to the present, future and past of craft through the focused viewpoint of today. Along with featuring some of the leading contemporary national and international artists, exhibitions frequently draw from the rich archives of the MoCC collection, a public legacy of over 1000 objects that documents the active role of both the Museum and the Pacific Northwest in the evolution of craft over the last seven decades.

In addition to the exhibitions on view, the MoCC experience is complemented by The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft—one of the primary destinations in the Pacific Northwest for purchasing exceptional contemporary crafts. The Gallery represents craft artists from across the nation working in ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media. Gallery artists routinely visit the Museum for public gallery talks and hands on demonstrations.
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  • The museum is closing for good in April. The gift shop is already closed. It's a tiny museum -- only two rooms. Not worth $6.  more »
  • So as a museum of CRAFT I expected to see all types of wonderful creations from furniture to weave to ceramics etc. But nothing like this was to be found. The gift shop is nice to wander around but in...  more »
  • Tiny, niche museum... We enjoyed our visit and the exhibits were unique. The exhibits we saw were more contemporary art than craft and the were interesting.  more »
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  • Now permanently closed thankfully. It was a total waste of time.
  • Went when google said it was open and it was closed. Neighbor said it was most likely be permanently closed. Looks like PNCA bought it to shut it down and then use it to exhibit student work.
  • Excellent museum. The exhibit on design in the other 90% - cities was very very interesting. Have to walk a bit to get to the other half of the exhibit. Worth a visit.
  • Frankly, the dullest museum visit I can ever recall. On exhibit were a handful of bowls and woodworking tools. The bowls were mildly engaging, the woodworking tools felt like visiting a hardware store.
  • This is a fantastic place if you love ceramics and crafts. The atmosphere is great and the staff is so friendly

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