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James Lee Hansen defines the look of Northwest sculpture

James Lee Hansen is one of the Northwest’s most prominent and influential sculptors. His imposing bronze installations are on view at the Portland Art Museum, Maryhill Museum, Clark College and institutions throughout the region. Hansen established his own foundry in Battle Ground, Washington in the 1970s. Today, at age 97, Hansen is proud of the more than 600 sculptures he’s created. “It's a legacy,” he says, “and I think everybody wants to have a legacy.”


Portland photographer Intisar Abioto on art, Black history and the Cannady House

Intisar Abioto's work is currently on display in Beaverton and Portland. Her art reflects her own perspective, Black history and the intersections of past and present. We talk with her about all of this and her efforts to buy the Cannady house, a place of historical significance in Northeast Portland.

A drag performer in a blonde wig reads the children's book "Rainbow Fish" to a group of kids and parents at a library.

How drag queen performances got pulled into politics

The art and entertainment form of drag has been cast in a false light in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children.

Oregon and national arts leaders push for more local access

National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson and Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici toured the state this week, chatting with local arts organizations about how to improve arts education access for the state.

‘Murder She Wrote’ actress Angela Lansbury dies at 96

Angela Lansbury, the big-eyed, scene-stealing British actress who kicked up her heels in the Broadway musicals “Mame” and “Gypsy” and solved endless murders as crime novelist Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” has died