Established in 2013, Forest For The Trees is a a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of contemporary public art. We bring local and international artists together in collaborative settings and provide resources and creative freedom to create lasting works that are publicly accessible to all of Portland.

Our name is derived from the popular idiom see the forest for the trees (i.e., seeing the big picture instead of focusing solely on what’s in front of you). We hope to pull Portlanders away from their daily routines and help them see the city as a literal canvas and gallery for artists, pedestrians, and big thinkers alike.

Forest For The Trees is organized by artist Gage Hamilton, curator Matt Wagner of Hellion Gallery and event producer Tia Vanich. We believe that by improving the visual landscape of the city through quality artwork and providing ongoing opportunities for the artistic community, we can encourage continual growth in the arts in Portland.

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