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2017 Pacific Northwest
Photography Viewing Drawers
Artists Announced
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zemie Barr
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is pleased to announce the names of 63 artists selected for inclusion in its 2017 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program ("Drawers").
David Kressler, View from Portland Women's Forum, Corbett, OR, 2015
2017 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient
 
Debuting on First ThursdayApril 6, 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 31, 2018.
 
The complete list of artists selected from more than 160 submissions includes:
 
Stephanie Ames  Kate Ampersand  Jory Aronson  Adam Bacher  Sandra Banister
Brett Becklund  Susan Bein Rich Bergeman  Deborah Bergman  Zachary Burns  Kevin Clark
Jamila Clarke  Philip Coleman  Victor Dallons  Valeria Dávila Gronros  John DuBois  Hal Gage
Margo Geddes 
 Robert Gervais  Hazel Glass  Carole Glauber  Joseph Glode
Jon Gottshall 
 Lauren Grabelle  Michael Harris  Aaron Hartzell  Stewart Harvey
Jeff Hess 
 Ken Hochfeld  Nickolas Hurlbut  Melinda Hurst Frye  Will Keller  Lynne Kelman
Zachary Krahmer 
 Jeffery Krater  David Kressler  Stuart Allen Levy  Diana LoMeiHing
Jim Lommasson 
Eric Macey  Marcia Mahoney  Philip Malkin  Lawrence Manning
Rachel McLain 
 Jason Moore  Ricardo Nagaoka  Loren Nelson  Leslie Peltz  Stan Raucher
Rich Rollins 
Isaac Sachs  Kimberly Shavender  O'Hara Shipe • Gretta Siegel
Andrew Stanbridge 
Deb Stoner  Nolan Streitberger  Barbara Strigel David Tucker
Terri Warpinski  Alan Wieder  David Wyatt A.J. Zelada

photographers from the Portland Grid Project

 
Juror Mitra Abbaspour on her guiding principle through the selection process: “I seek finely crafted photographs that present layered ideas and subjects. I am equally interested in documentary, studio, and conceptual photographic practices and am especially pleased to find artists engaged with how the material and visual language of photography is evolving today.”
2017 Juror
Mitra Abbaspour is an independent curator and scholar based in New York. From 2010–2014, she was Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, where she led a research initiative that drew together an international team of conservators and historians to explore the formation of photographic modernism in the twentieth century and to develop methods for an interdisciplinary study of photography. The book Object:Photo. Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection 1909–1949 and the digital humanities platform at MoMA are the results.

Abbaspour’s area of specialization is the history of photography in the Middle East and its role in defining the contemporary cultural landscape. She has authored numerous essays on contemporary photographers from Hassan Hajjaj to Shirana Shahbazi and Shirin Neshat. Before arriving in New York, Mitra was Assistant Curator and Museum Writer at UCR/California Museum of Photography. She has also taught at The Cooper Union, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and the University of California, Riverside.
The Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers program is generously supported by:
This program is made possible by a free Call for Entries from the Oregon Arts Commission 
through a partnership with WESTAF.

About Blue Sky

 
Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is an exhibition space and resource center for artists, the general public, and the national and international photographic communities, located in Portland's historic DeSoto Building, on the east side of the North Park Blocks between NW Davis and Couch Streets.

Blue Sky's mission has remained steadfast since 1975: to educate the public about photography and support the careers of photographic artists by creating conversations between photographers and the world, and presenting and documenting their work for international audiences and future generations through exhibitions, lectures, and print and digital publications. 

 
Blue Sky, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is funded in part by its members, and:
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