Eloise Damrosch

Executive Director


Eloise Damrosch served as the Director of Public Art for the Metropolitan Arts Commission, now the Regional Arts & Culture Council, for 17 years. She was appointed RACC’s Executive Director in June 2004, and continues to lead the Public Art Program while also building on RACC’s exceptional service to the local arts community since 1995 with an annual budget of approximately $7 million. Recently RACC launched an extremely successful workplace giving program, Work for Art. RACC also is leading a tri-county arts education initiative, The Right Brain Initiative, to return curriculum integrated arts experiences into every public school classroom. Eloise has earned a local and national reputation as a respected arts administrator while helping create one of the best-known public art collections in the country. Among her many credits, Damrosch oversaw the selection of public artwork for the newly expanded Oregon Convention Center, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and the recently completed new Children’s Hospital in Denver. She also advises public art projects nationally, including consultancies in Washington, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Tennessee, and Taiwan. From 1987 to 1995, Damrosch served as Commissioner -- and later Chair -- of the Oregon Arts Commission. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and earned an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University. She is a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation, and serves on the Boards of the state’s Cultural Advocacy Coalition and the Non-profit Association of Oregon.