Portland Art Museum Acquires Painting by Nationale Artist and PNCA Alumna Anya Roberts-Toney ‘14

March 08, 2021

Nationale Roberts Toney Summers Eve

As a longtime supporter of the arts and emerging artists, PNCA Board Chair Scott D. Musch recently purchased “Summer’s Eve,” a painting by PNCA MFA graduate Anya Roberts-Toney ‘14, with the intention that it would find a home in the collection of the Portland Art Museum (PAM).

Working in consultation with May Barruel at Nationale – the gallery in Portland where Roberts-Toney exhibits her work – Musch offered to purchase the piece in the event that PAM was interested in adding it to their collection.

When Barruel approached PAM Curator Grace Kook-Anderson, she discovered that Kook-Anderson had already seen the piece and was in agreement with Barruel’s suggestion to present it to her acquisition committee. After it was introduced for consideration at a committee meeting in December 2020, PAM approved the acquisition of “Summer’s Eve” later that month.

“Scott has been a fervent believer in our artists’ work, and I am grateful for his support these past few years,” says Barruel. “It is rare to meet someone who truly understands how to help emerging artists and lead them to more sustainable careers.”

Located in Southeast Portland, Nationale is an art space dedicated to the promotion of culture through exhibitions, performances, and a selection of carefully chosen goods. Learn more about Nationale; the Portland Art Museum; and Anya Roberts-Toney.