• King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA)

  • About KSMoCA

    KSMoCA Wall with logo

    KSMoCA, King School Museum of Contemporary Art, is a contemporary art museum inside of Martin Luther King Jr School in NE Portland, OR. Founded in 2014 by Portland State University professors Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, the project creates an unusual pairing between public school students and internationally renowned artists and their work. KSMoCA’s programs are collaboratively developed with the MLK Jr School community, PSU students, and voluteers.

    Students learn through experience about museum practice and careers in the arts by participating as curators, preparators, artists, gallerists, writers, and docents. KSMoCA reimagines the way museums, public schools, and universities can affect people, culture, and perspectives by creating radical intersections and sharing resources across organizations.

    For more information, visit www.ksmoca.com

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  • KSMoCA Events

    Stay up to date with KSMoCA by viewing our events calendar or by following our instagram page.

    • Thursday, February 21 (9:40 AM)— Jodie Cavalier Artist Lecture in the Library
    • Thursday, February 21 (6 PM)RACC Art & Power: Restorative Justice Conversation in the Library
    • Friday, March 15 (2 PM) — Arnold J. Kemp Artist Lecture in the Library
    • Friday, March 15 (3 - 5 PM)— Exhibition opening of Arnold J. Kemp: WORKSHOP in the hallway
    • Monday, March 18 (9 AM) — Assembly and Talk with Artist Byron Kim about his work that will be made at KSMoCA
    • Friday, April 12 (3:15 PM) — KSMoCA students and Architect Akasha Lawrence Spence present architeture models in the library during Design Week Portland
    • Thursday, April 18 (9:40 AM) — Melanie Stevens Artist Lecture in the Library
    • Thursday, May 9 (9:40 AM)  — Monthly Artist Lecture Series: Big Rock Candy Mountain
    • Thursday, May 30 (2:00 PM) — Wendy Red Star Artist Lecture
    • Thursday, May 30 from (3-4 PM) — Wendy Red Star Exhibition Opening
    • Thursday, May 30 from (3-4 PM)  — Jodie Cavalier Exhibition Opening


    Our Current Exhibition:

    Arnold Kemp Exhibition Opening

    March 15 - May 24, 2019

    Despite changes in artistic attitudes and predilections, the basic format of the artist's workshop stayed largely the same from the Middle Ages through the 1800s. These workshops consisted of one lead artist and a group of dedicated students who in learning the artistic techniques of a leading artist graduated from apprentice to journeyman to master, at which point they started their own workshops. At some point the workshop became a reflexive space, a combination of the workroom and the study where the act of contemplation was incorporated into the process of painting itself. WORKSHOP features artwork by Arnold J. Kemp and students from Ms. Moscy’s 3rd Grade who, following Kemp's lead, have been incorporating elements of chance and concentrated periods of observation to challenge notions about art. Kemp’s works simultaneously emerged from a residency in the Printmedia Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with special thanks to artists and professors Ayanah Moore and Oli Watt.

    Arnold J. Kemp is an artist with works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Schneider Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Art Matters Inc., Printed Matter, Inc., and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. His work has been recently exhibited in Chicago at Iceberg Projects, in New York at May 68, in Mexico City at Biquini Wax EPS and in Portland at Fourteen 30 Contemporary. Kemp is the Dean of Graduate Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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