Fine Art

OJM’s holdings include painting and sculpture, decorative arts, photography, works on paper, and artist books, as well as graphic arts and mixed media. While the collection focuses on Oregon Jewish artists, the scope also includes Jewish artists from around the world.

Cain and Abel
by Nicholas Stavroulakis

1979

This woodblock print is the first in a set of 12 prints by Greek artist Nicholas Stavroulakis depicting scenes from the Torah and the Prophets. Stavroulakis uses important words from the texts as part of his illustration of the action in the stories. Gift of Paul and Alice Meyer, 2001.007.001

Mother’s Portrait
by Chaim Golberg

1965

In this watercolor on paper, Goldberg captures the Eastern European mother. As one of the chroniclers of the lost shtetl of that era, Goldberg captured the traditional Jewish woman in her head covering.
 Gift of Gustav and Mira Berger, 2001.010.001

Harvesting Wheat
by Evelyn Presser

20th century

Evelyn Presser painted in primitive style, scenes of Jewish and rural life from her memory and imagination. Her family donated her works on Jewish themes to the Oregon Jewish Museum Collection after her death.
 Gift of The family of Evelyn Presser, 2001.011.006

Ketubbah Companion Piece
by Shonna Husbands-Hankin

1983

Using ink and acrylics on paper, Eugene Artist Shonna Husbands-Hankin incorporated symbols that were important to the wedding couple for this work which was designed to accompany their kettubah. The branch of a tamarack tree references the place where the couple met; The dove represents the peace work they were involved in; the Star of David, speaks to their identities as Jews. OJM Collection, 2004.045.001

Calligraphy
by Gary Pearlman

2000

Local interior designer and graphic designer Gary Pearlman is perhaps better known in the Jewish community as a calligrapher, award designer, and paper artist. His pieces adorn walls both public and private throughout Portland. This piece was designed as an award welcoming Jack and Rose Olds into the Shalom Society in 2000.
 Gift of Gloria Borg Olds and Michael Olds, 2006.051.001

The Strong Thief
by Luis Camnitzer

1970

This woodblock is part of a set of four prints by Luis Camnitzer, a German-born artist who grew up in Uraguay in the aftermath of the Second World War. The four prints each bear short parable texts that were their inspiration. 
Gift of Ruth and Herbert Aschkenasy, 2008.063.001

The Cheder
by Chaim Goldberg

1969

Chaim Goldberg (1917-2004) was a Polish-born artist renouned for his depictions of the lost world of the town he grew up in. Escaping from the Nazis into Russia, Goldberg and his wife’s family returned to Poland after the war, where he worked by commission of the Polish government until making aliyah in 1955. In 1967 he moved with his family to New York, where the scope of his art widened from images of the old world to include his new home as well. Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote of Goldberg, “wrote in an introduction to an exhibit catalog "Chaim Goldberg came from the shtetl and remembers its every detail. He is never abstract but is true to the objects and their divine order. His work is enriching Jewish art and the image of our tradition." Gift of Mira and Gustav Berger, 1995.001.001

Poster for Hasidic New Wave concert at the Aladdin Theater
by Mike King

2000

Mike King is a Portland graphic artist who has been designing concert posters and record covers in Portland since the early 1980s. Gift of Mike King, 2001.006.001

Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
by Arthur Szyk

1948

Polish-born Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) began work on this proclamation in 1948 when he heard the news of the establishment of the new state. He modeled the design after the tradition of medieval manuscript illumination. Miniature vignettes of Jewish history and the newborn State of Israel encircle the central Hebrew text. Images include: the pioneer (chalutz) who sows the land; the soldier who defends the land; Moses, with his brother Aaron, the high priest and the warrior Hur; Ezekial, the prophet who called for restoration to the Land; skulls and bones as a reminder of the Holocaust; King David, the first King of the Jewish People in Jerusalem; and the symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel. Gift of Mira and Gustav Berger, 2001.001.004

Prisoners of Tobruk
by Jeanne Moment

1953

Jeanne Moment, (1901-1984), known for her landscapes and representation of the natural world, had a lengthy and highly successful professional career as both teacher and artist in California and in Oregon, her chosen home since the 1940’s. She was the catalyst for the Keep America Beautiful campaign of the 1950’s, and was a dedicated environmentalist, avid skier, outdoorswoman, and lover of fine gardens. She was a worldly, political, and liberal woman, not to mention full of love and life. Gift of Joni Cady, 2004.002.001

Pharaoh at the Red Sea
by Jaap Pander

c. 1955

Probably commissioned c. 1955 by World Publishing Company, Cleveland, OH to illustrate its publication of the Bible. Watercolor on paper Museum collection, 2011.032.001

Many Children Dwell in my Father’s House
by Irving Amen

1962

Colored Woodcut on Paper Gift of Rose Rustin, 2011.052.004