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Call for Proposals for Blue Sky's 2019 Curatorial Prize

Call opens: August 9, 2018
Call closes: September 17, 2018 (calendar)
Decisions announced: November 2, 2018
Exhibition held: May 2–June 2, 2019

Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR is seeking proposals for a Curatorial Prize for a one-month long photo-based exhibition in May 2019.

Shikeith, Nobody Knows My Name, 2017, from the 2018 Curatorial Prize exhibition Ultra Vivid Dreaming curated by Ashley Stull Meyers

This second annual Curatorial Prize provides an opportunity for curators to present an exhibition of photo-based work, along with related programming and publications at one of the nation’s most highly regarded photography galleries. The program seeks exhibitions of 2–5 artists who use photography in traditional or experimental ways. Video/film are welcome. Our inaugural Curatorial Prize winner was curator Ashley Stull Meyer’s exhibition Ultra Vivid Dreaming.

Blue Sky Gallery’s ambitious exhibition schedule does naturally limit the extent of work possible (we only have 1–2 days for installation and 1 day for de-install). Within those parameters, we commonly hang shows of approximately 20–30 images, generally either framed or hung with magnets. If your work is installation based, or is otherwise rigorous to install, please be sure to directly address a manageable approach to installation/de-installation within our fast-paced schedule.

Scope of Work
• Solicit and select 2–5 artists for a May 2019 exhibition, working with Blue Sky’s Exhibition Manager to confirm artists, contracts, etc.
• In collaboration with Blue Sky staff, oversee exhibition planning, shipping of work, and coordination of artists’ schedules for events. Artist schedules and events will be finalized 3 months in advance of the exhibition.
• Write about the artists’ work/your vision for various venues including: an exhibition catalog, press release, and the Blue Sky blog.
• Present a talk about the artists’ work/your vision at Blue Sky to the public during the opening weekend of the exhibition (or at another mutually agreed upon time, decided 3 months in advance of the exhibition). Attend the opening night if possible.
• Align with the mission and goals of Blue Sky Gallery while bringing a unique curatorial vision to the Gallery.
• Prepare exhibition models and sketches as required.
• Awareness of contemporary photography issues, practices, and artists.
• Ability to work responsively and collaboratively with Blue Sky staff.
• Ability to organize and communicate messages effectively through writing and public presentation to different audiences.
• Ability to manage an exhibition, stay within budget, and meet deadlines.

Financial Considerations
Curatorial stipend is $750. An additional total pool of up to $4,000 for artist stipends, travel/housing (artists and curator), honorariums for writing, printing, and shipping will be available. Blue Sky will work with selected curator to establish budget for programs and publications and all budget allocations are subject to Blue Sky approval, in keeping with our normal fees for other exhibitions. Blue Sky can provide black frames for photography at no cost if the photos are of a standard size. Other alternatives to framing include magnets or mirror clips.

Submission Requirements

Proposals are due to Blue Sky Gallery by September 17, 2018. Please submit to, and be sure to put the write “CURATORIAL PRIZE” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed and a curator chosen by Blue Sky’s staff and Exhibition Committee. Applications should include the following documents merged into a single PDF:
1. Curatorial statement and vision for the Curatorial Prize, including estimated costs.
2. Professional resume/CV, including a link to your website if applicable.
3. Examples of past curatorial work, including images and critical reviews.
4. Samples of work the artists you have chosen for your exhibition (and/or links to the websites of the work selected).
5. A writing sample of previous curatorial statements or published writing.
Note: The Exhibition Committee reviews proposals projected onto a screen; keep this in mind when formatting examples of past curatorial work. The preferred format for viewing images in a PDF is with one image per page on a black background with no borders. All images should be free of watermarks. Please be sure that the total size of your emailed file does not exceed 25MB. For videos, please include a link to view video(s) online in your PDF.

For questions, please email Please note that Blue Sky is unable to give feedback on your application or the application process.

For more information about Blue Sky Gallery, please see

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Blue Moon Camera and Machine's Staff Show 2018

August 25th 5:30-8:30pm (calendar)

Blue Moon Camera and Machine
8417 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203

Please go around the block behind the store and enter on N Kellogg Street.
Enter through the giant Circle Gate.

M-F 9-6, Sat. 9-5

Regulars to the shop know that the crew here at Blue Moon Camera share a deep passion for photography and an appreciation for a wide, wide range of mediums of artistic expression. Throughout the year, we work to highlight the inspiring photography of our talented customers and community. Once a year, there is one fateful night, in which we honor the creative hive mind within our very own staff.

This year's staff show will be a singular event that you do not want to miss. For one night only, we will transform our super secret backlot into a vibrant display of art! We’re really taking the reins off for this one - all work will have photography as the obvious main thread; viewers should be open to experiencing a variety of visual art, moving beyond the traditional frame and mat.

Take a few moments to join us and see what we're like when we step out of our professional shoes and into our fun shoes. You may expect fantastic art, strange things, and corndog charcuterie. There will be live music - so come prepared to dance, too! Chat with us, laugh with us, and enjoy the usual shenanigans.
Remember, this only happens once a year, so try not to miss out.

To find us, please go around the block behind the store and enter on N Kellogg Street. Enter through the giant Circle Gate.

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“Travels to an Edge,” a photo exhibit 
with work from Stu Levy, Susie Morrill and Jerry Jump
Through August 24th

© Stu Levy

The Emerald Art Center
500 Main Street

Second Friday Artwalk
Open from 5-8 pm

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Night Light and Star Photography
Taught by: Mark Fitzgerald & Lew Tarnopol

Date/time: September 7, 2018 6pm-11pm (calendar)

Washington County, 45 minutes from downtown Portland. (Location details will be sent to registrants.)

Info and registration:
$99 (early discount) - $129
Contact: Mark Fitzgerald -

Join Mark Fitzgerald & Lew Tarnopol to explore an evening of light-painting and Milky Way photography. We’ve picked out a location near Portland that is away from city lights that has picnic tables and restrooms. It will be a moonless evening, perfect for light painting and photographing the stars. We will start off with detailed instruction on camera settings, tips for working in the dark, useful apps, night photography etiquette, and more. Then as darkness begins we’ll experiment with light painting and long exposures. Once it gets completely dark, we’ll settle-in for Milky Way photography and star trails. By the end of the workshop you will have learned everything you need to know to begin having fun with your camera at night and create stunning images.

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Joni Kabana, The Salt Workers of Afar at Pushdot Studio

August 3-September 30
Artist Reception: September 7th from 6-8pm for First Friday. (calendar)
(**Please note that there will not be a First Friday in August.)

Pushdot Studio
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 104
Portland, OR 97202
Mon-Fri. 8:30am to 5:00pm, free admission

Discover the extraordinary world of Ethiopian salt workers who tirelessly extract salt from the Dankil Depression located in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia, a region sanctioned as being "the hottest place on earth." The series explores their extraction process, the surrounding landscape, their tools and attire, as well as some of the weather-worn faces of these devoted men.

Joni Kabana is a visual artist and communications specialist. She can be found at home or in remote villages across the globe working on magazine, NGO, corporate advertisement and personal projects, trying to stretch her beliefs and imagination as far as they will go.

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Small Talk Collective, Heartbreak City
August 3rd - September 30th
Opening Reception: First Friday, August 3rd, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm (calendar)

811 E Burnside St. #116
Portland, OR 97214
M-Sa: 11-7, Su: 11-5

Join us for a photography exhibition featuring the work of Small Talk Collective. Heartbreak City evokes the nostalgic feeling of warm summer nights, seedy motels, female desire, and being young and free. The exhibition will feature small editions of posters available to take home right away at affordable prices!
View full exhibition online at

Small Talk Collective:
Briana Cerezo
Leslie Hickey
Kristina Hruska
Marico Fayre
Audra Osborne
Kelli Pennington
Jen Timmer Trail

Small Talk is a photography collective formed in Portland, Oregon in 2015. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of “small talk,” that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We’re Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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Andy Hann, Welcome To Hollywood

August 4th - August 31st, 2018 (calendar)

Camerawork Gallery (NEW LOCATION!!!!!!!)
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
New Hours: 9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access

California native, Andy Hann notes, “Even as a young punk I was fascinated with the spectacle of Hollywood Boulevard. Equal parts circus and train wreck, for me it has always been a microcosm of all that is funky about America. Celebrity worship, garish displays of wealth, drug addiction, homelessness, exploitation, and urban decay, all on display for mindless tourists who meander through handing out the money that perpetuates it all.

“This series represents a three-year (and ongoing) photo essay that wades through the sites and stories of the quarter mile stretch known by the locals as “the boulevard of broken dreams”. While trying to be careful to never mock any individuals, it is a direct attempt at poking a stick at our culture, and holding up a mirror to who we are.”

About the Artist Andy Hann was born in 1962 and raised primarily in Southern California. Along with skateboarding and surfing, he developed a deep passion for art and design, which he followed into art school and then a prosperous 30-year career in entertainment advertising. After numerous awards and accolades he says that he woke up one day and decided he was all done pandering to clients, picked up a camera and just started shooting in the streets. “Street photography”, he says, “is now like a booger on my finger that I just can’t shake.”

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Michael Abramson, Light: On the South Side
August 2–September 2, 2018
First Thursday opening reception: August 2, 6:00–9:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

© Michael Abramson

Light: On the South Side is a selection of vintage gelatin silver prints taken by the late American photographer Michael Abramson. These dynamic black-and-white photographs taken in the mid-1970s showcase Black nightclubs throughout Chicago’s South Side, where, as a white photographer, Abramson was an anomaly. The series led the artist to win a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and ultimately launched his career as a photojournalist. Eventually the project resulted in the monograph Light: On the South Side published by Numero Group in 2009, which included a Grammy-nominated album featuring Chicago blues as heard in the clubs from the stage and the jukebox. In 2015, CityFiles Press published Gotta Go Gotta Flow, pairing Abramson's South Side photos with new work by the acclaimed poet Patricia Smith.

Michael L. Abramson (1948-2011), graduated with a Master of Photography from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1977. His work was regularly featured in Time, New York Times, Newsweek, People, Forbes, Harpers, Wall Street Journal and other national and international magazines. His work was exhibited frequently since 1978, including a solo show at Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, in 2014 and in the same year the group show on American Photography since 1950 at Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts (US). His work is housed in the collections of the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the California Museum of Photography and various private collections.

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Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Ground Truth: Corona Landmarks
August 2–September 2, 2018
First Thursday opening reception: August 2, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Julie Anand: Thursday, August 2, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

Julie Anand and Damon Sauer

In their photography series Ground Truth, Julie Anand and Damon Sauer investigate our relationship to the vast networks of information encircling the globe by photographing what remains of the Corona project. This surveillance initiative began in the mid-1960s by the CIA and US Air Force and involved using satellites to take aerial photographs of the Soviet Union and China. The cameras on these satellites were calibrated with concrete crosses 60 feet in diameter, which provided a reference for scale and ensured images were in focus. Approximately 256 of these markers were placed on a 16-square-mile grid in Arizona, spaced a mile apart. Long after Corona’s end and its declassification in 1995, around 100 remain, which Anand and Sauer spent three years photographing. In their images, each concrete cross is overpowered by an expansive sky, onto which the artists map the paths of specific satellites present at the moment each photograph was taken. For the Anand and Sauer, “these markers of space have become markers of time, representing a poignant moment in geopolitical and technologic social history.”

Julie Anand and Damon Sauer are artists and educators based in Phoenix, Arizona. They use an interdisciplinary approach to lens-based media to interrogate boundaries and explore the body as a site of perception. Julie Anand is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University and Damon Sauer serves as an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division. Both received their MFA degrees in Photography from the University of New Mexico and began collaborating with each other in 2005.

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Grace Weston, Escaping Gravity: Breathing, Dying, Swimming, Flying

August 2 - September 2, 2018
First Thursday opening, August 2, 6-9 pm (calendar)

Nine Gallery (enter through Blue Sky Gallery)
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, OR
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, noon - 5 pm

"Escaping Gravity" is an immersive, photo-based, mixed-media installation about loss, liberation, and water.

Grace Weston is a Portland-based artist best known for her miniature staged photography addressing the questions and contradictions of being human. "Escaping Gravity" is Grace’s first large-scale installation.

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Rich Bergeman, High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin

May 12 - Oct. 14, 2018
Panel Discussion: Thursday, May 17, 6-7pm (calendar)

High Desert Museum
59800 S. Hwy 97
Bend, OR 97702
Hours: 9am - 5pm daily

“High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin” chronicles a nearly forgotten chapter in Oregon history, when hundreds of pioneers flooded the high desert in the early 1900s, only to abandon their homesteads within a decade, leaving the landscape littered with deserted cabins, idle windmills and hollowed-out towns.

Over the decades since then, nearly all evidence of that era has gradually disappeared. Enough remnants remain into the 21st century, however, to allow the photographer to bring the story back to life through more than 25 black-and-white images of decaying homesteads and vanished town sites.

Rich Bergeman of Corvallis is a retired journalism and photography instructor at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., who has also been an exhibiting fine art photographer for the past 30 years. In recent years his focus has been on investigating and interpreting local histories in the Pacific Nortwest through photographs and stories of what's been left behind.

Blue Sky Drawers 2019

2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Artists Announced

First Thursday, April 5th (calendar)

Debuting on First Thursday, April 5, and coinciding with Portland Photo Month, each artist will be represented by 10 original photographic prints or objects from a single body of work in a dedicated archival, flat file drawer at Blue Sky through March 2019.

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

PORTLAND, Oregon - Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is pleased to announce the names of 42 artists selected for inclusion in its 2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program ("Drawers").

Issac Sachs, Portland Meadows, 2015
2018 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient
Danielle Dean, Elegy (Ripples), 2017
2018 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient

Adam Bacher • Doran Bastin • Susan Bein • Ray Bidegain • Jennie Castle
Harley Cowan • Fretta Cravens • Danielle Dean • Lucas DeShazer • Claire Dibble
Gloria Feinstein • Dean Forbes • Hal Gage • Randi Ganulin • Joseph Glasgow
Sarah Graves • Lauryn Hare • Melinda Hurst Frye • Tim Jaskoski • Ryota Kajita • John Kane
Heidi Kirkpatrick • Cheston Knapp • Brian Kosoff • Zachary Krahmer • Laura Kurtenbach
Julie Lopez • Nathan Lucas • Sofia Marcus-Myers • Ryan Mills • Blue Mitchell
Marilyn Montufar • Stan Raucher • Shawn Records • Pat Rose • Isaac Sachs • Skip Smith
Deb Stoner • Nolan Streitberger • J Swofford • Samuel Wilson • Jennifer Zwick

2018 Juror

Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Center hosts approximately 17 exhibitions annually and features the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. The Center has been recognized as one of the prestigious nonprofit photography centers in the United States. Ms. Glasgow’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines, and the co-hosting of regional conferences. She is also a founding member of Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces.