King School Museum of Contemporary Art


KSMoCA is a contemporary art museum within the walls of a functioning K-8 public school in NE Portland, OR. Created as a collaborative project by faculty and students of Portland State University’s College of the Arts, and developed with help from community members and local organizations, the project creates an unusual pairing between early education and internationally renowned artists and their work. Students at the school learn through experience about museum practice and careers as they are facilitated through the roles of curators, installers, publicists, copywriters, registrars and docents. KSMoCA re-imagines the way museums, public schools, and universities shape people, culture, and perspectives by cultivating a space for art to educate within and beyond the classroom.

Each rotating exhibition is presented for two months. The public is welcome to experience the museum by appointment and during selected open hours.

Postcards from America | Opens May 28, 2015 | 4:30-6 PM | Free
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-related volunteers.