KSMoCA’s Permanent Collection

KSMoCA has a substantial amount of artwork held in our permanent collection. These works are displayed in a designated hallway in MLK Jr School and reflect the history and engagement the program facilitates with artists. This expanding collection provides a window into the artists that have worked alongside our students and continues to grow. See more >>


On Sanctuary & Safety: NO to Measure 105 (As part of For Freedoms)

For Freedoms is an artist-run platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States co-founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. KSMoCA was invited to present a town hall and exhibition as part of For Freedoms in anticipation of the 2018 mid term elections. See more >>

Ralph Pugay: A long Line of Impartial Jurors

A Long Line of Non-Partial Jurors is a mural created by Ralph Pugay and middle school leadership students on the topic of justice. It is installed in front of the new courthouse building and can be viewed along the pedestrian walkway along the SW Main Street entrance to the Hawthorne Bridge until early 2020. See more >>

Xi Jie Ng (Salty): Naming Me

Naming Me (自己取名字) gives third-graders of the Mandarin immersion program at MLK Jr. School an opportunity to pick their own Mandarin names based on qualities they possess or aspire towards, and things they like. The project is organized by Xi Jie Ng (Salty). See more >>

Lauren Moran: Endangered Species, After Warhol (After 1983)

In 1983 Andy Warhol completed the Endangered Species suite of prints to raise awareness about these at risk animals. MLK Jr. 5th grade students visited Warhol’s Endangered Species suite from the Jordan D. Schnitzer collection at Portland Art Museum. Inspired by this work, the 5th graders selected animals from the current endangered species list and created silk screen prints in collaboration with Portland artist, Lauren Moran. See more >>

Kate Binghaman-Burt and Anke Shutteler: Portrait of KSmOCA

Kate Bingaman-Burt and Anke Schuettler were asked to create a public installation portrait of students at MLK Jr. School. Schuettler took photographs of students and Bingaman-Burt created illustrated portraits with the names and faces of students throughout the school. The artwork is installed in the windows facing the entrance of the school. See more >>

Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. School

We believe that MLK Jr. School (our MLK Jr. School) was the first school in the nation to change its name in honor of Dr. King. At the 50th anniversary celebration of the school’s name change, we created a participatory project for community members to reenact this important part of our history. See more >>

KSMoCA Retrospective at the Portland Children's Museum

KSMoCA’s retrospective exhibition presents a survey of highlighted works from our collection, beginning with projects from 2015. The exhibition is curated by the KSMoCA Student Advisory Board, a leadership group of students who are making important decisions about the museum. See more >>

Ralph Pugay and Roz Crews: Neighborhood Dreams

Neighborhood Dreams is a mural by Roz Crews and Ralph Pugay made in collaboration with middle school students that commemorates the last year of the middle school at MLK Jr. School. The mural’s design and production incorporates student's thoughts and feelings about their final year at the school. See more >>

Hank Willis Thomas: The Truth BootH

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ . The exterior is iconically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side. When people enter the booth, they are invited to record their opinions and thoughts as they finish the statement: “The truth is…”. See more >>