The Contemporaries

The Contemporaries are a young, vibrant group of art enthusiasts at the forefront of PMA's future.

A group for PMA supporters ages 21 to 45, the Contemporaries are looking for new ways to engage with the arts. Individually, they appreciate the ever-changing cultural landscape of Portland and take pride in its burgeoning national reputation. Collectively, they embody the new generation of museum leadership—working together to create something extraordinary.

Photos by C.A. Smith Photography

Thanks to all the Contemporaries members who contributed to another successful and sold-out Winter Bash!


The Contemporaries receive exclusive membership benefits and access to special programming and events. There are always two large social events—The Winter Bash (February) and the Midsummer Party (July)—which have a different theme each year. In addition, there are several smaller, educational and art-focused events throughout the year. Regular examples include a behind the scenes tour with a PMA curator, a visit to a private collection or gallery, a special event in partnership with another cultural organization, or an evening with artists or in a studio environment.

In addition to these events and programs, the Contemporaries enjoy:

  • Gallery talks with artists and curators
  • Private collection tours
  • Studio visits
  • Memorable parties
  • PMA admission for a full year (two adults and children 18 & under)
  • Four free admission passes each year for your guests
  • 10% discount at the PMA Store (20% during special holiday shopping days)
  • Discounts on lectures, concerts, classes, children's workshops and adult courses
  • Subscription to the Inside the Circle, the PMA Members' Magazine, with advance notice of exhibitions and programs
  • Reciprocal membership benefits at more than 70 major art museums across the country

To Join

Contemporaries dual membership is $300 and single membership is $200 for one year. Join or renew here. If you have questions about the Contemporaries or your membership, please contact Abegail Baguio, Director of Annual Giving. 

2016 Contemporaries Events

Saturday, January 23
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Contemporaries and Director's Circle Family Brunch

Thursday, February 4
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

2016 Winter Bash

Friday, April 29
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Exclusive Open House Preview at Running with Scissors

Tuesday, June 28
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Art After Hours Tour of O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach

Wednesday, July 13
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Midsummer Party

Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Colby College Museum of Art Day Trip
$35 per person
Private transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, October 25
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Art After Hours Tour for The Art Books of Henri Matisse

Tuesday, December 6
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holiday Open House

To register or learn more information about upcoming events, please contact Ashleigh Hill, Donor Events Associate, at (207) 494-5346 or

Contemporaries Steering Committee

Molly Meyer, Co-chair
Mika Reynolds, Co-chair
Tawny Alvarez
Beba Cabot
Lila Hunt Davies
Ty Hobbs
Bree LaCasse
MaryBeth Lorenz
Alec Porteous

Contemporaries Members

Click here for a list of Contemporaries members as of June 2016.