Bright Lights: A Conversation with Portland Art Museum's Brian Ferriso
Brian Ferriso had some big shoes and an empty pocket to fill when he became executive director of the Portland Art Museum in 2006. For 12 years, his predecessors, John and Lucy Buchanan, had held a string of blockbuster exhibitions, raised millions in donations, and built two additions. But all was not well: the museum carried a crippling $20 million debt. And then came the recession.
Six years later, the museum is on more certain financial footing, is expanding its collection, and has retuned its ambitions to educate, not just draw, the masses. (Psst: There are even murmurs of another expansion.)
Join us for a look at Ferriso’s first phase at the museum—and at what he hopes to be the next—in conversation with Portland Monthly editor-in-chief Randy Gragg.
Bright Lights: Discussions on the City is a monthly series presented by Portland Monthly magazine with City Club of Portland designed to bring the region’s thought leaders to the stage in an informal, conversational setting. Past guests have included Congressman Earl Blumenauer, advertising guru Dan Wieden, and Portland State University president Wim Wiewel, along with candidates for mayor and the Metro council. Many past presentations can be found at vimeo.com/portlandmonthlymag/videos.