The Portfolio 2 Gallery Story
Founded by Seattle’s Pat Hansen, Portfolio2 Gallery is the culmination of Pat’s 40-some years of design practice, her private penchant for creating beautiful art, and decades of personal friendships with designers around the United States.
Pat graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Graphic Design and soon after founded her own design firm. Hansen Design Company’s first client was Boeing, and many of the region’s largest companies and organizations soon joined the roster of clients. Among them, Microsoft, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Honors and awards poured in. Pat found herself a frequent guest lecturer and judge of international design shows all around the globe.
Realizing that simply giving back was one of the best rewards, Pat delved into the world of non-profits, serving on numerous boards and donating thousands of hours of her time. She became highly involved with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and served as founding President of the Seattle Chapter in 1987. Pat served on the National AIGA Board for four years, and in the early 2000s, was recognized with an AIGA Fellow Award.
All through her years of professional work as a hands-on manager and creative lead at Hansen Design Company, Pat reveled in pursuing her own artistic endeavors. In this realm, her art was free to take any direction, yet was undeniably design-influenced.
In early 2017, while ruminating on how she might sell some of her personal works online, Pat had an epiphany. How many other professional designers were making art outside the parameters of their careers where they created strictly for clients? She suspected quite a few, and began to contact her many design friends around the country, posing the possibility of an online gallery of artwork that she and other designers create “on the side.”
The response was immediate excitement and Pat’s invitations to offer others’ own personal works on the new site were readily accepted. Portfolio2 today is proud to represent a group of some of the best designers, photographers, illustrators and architects, and others are in the process of preparing to join.
Pat’s lifelong dedication to design, her recognized body of work, her own personal art, and the many rich friendships she has formed with the country’s best designers have culminated in this rewarding and newest venture.
Portfolio2 Gallery launched in November of 2017.