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Blue Sky seeks Executive Director

  Blue Sky is currently seeking the ideal candidate for a new Executive Director. Read the job announcement below, or download it here. Please note the deadline for applications: 5:00 PST on Monday, October 5, 2015.   JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Title:                    Executive Director Status:                 Regular, full-time, exempt position Starting Salary:    $60,000 – 70,000 DOE, plus [...]

A Proclamation: Blue Sky Books

Whereas Blue Sky Gallery is now in its fortieth year of exhibiting great photography, Whereas the Portland Art Museum has just opened a major exhibition looking at Blue Sky and its importance in the history of photography, Whereas Blue Sky has actually been around and showing work for more than 20% of the history of [...]

Finding Home in Havana

If you have to travel halfway across the world to make an interesting picture, you’re probably not an artist. That’s what I tell people who show me their photographs of sweet-faced children, careworn workers, and colorfully dressed celebrants from some other region, some other culture. It’s easy enough to capture the surface differences between people [...]

You Shop, We Smile :)

Great news, friends and fans of Blue Sky! You can now support us every time you make an online purchase at Blue Sky Gallery/OCPA                   When you shop online with Amazon, the company will now donate 0.5% of the purchase price to charity. Tens of millions of products [...]

Meet Blue Sky’s Newest Board Member

Please join us in welcoming Blue Sky’s newest board member, Keren Ceballos! Blue Sky and Keren officially became acquainted earlier this year at Arts Connector, an event presented by Portland’s Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA) at the Nines Hotel. BCA created this special event to introduce young professionals, particularly those of color, to [...]

From Abbott to Zemie

Hello, friends of Blue Sky: This is Zemie Barr, the new Exhibitions Manager here at Blue Sky. I look forward to meeting you all in person very soon, if I haven’t already during this first week on the job. Just to give you some information about myself: I have a background in fine art and [...]

Photographing Arthur Tress

The photographs of Arthur Tress were a huge influence on me as a young gay man. While I wrestled with the notions of how to be an artist using the medium of photography, Arthur’s work pointed to the way in which I could make images that helped me interpret my life. Being a part of [...]

Call for Entries: “The Optical”

UPDATE! Allan Chasanoff has reviewed all submissions and made selections for the exhibition. All entrants will be notified of their status via email by end-of-day Friday, April 12. * * * CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Optical We’ve all had the experience of looking at a photograph and not being able to decipher it right away. [...]


Portland was the site of an exciting event in the world of photographic studies this past fall. For three days, from October 19 through 21, a group of emerging photography curators, historians, and nonprofit professionals gathered from around the US, Canada, and the UK for the first meeting of a new network: FOCUS. Blue Sky’s [...]

Critical Mass 2012 Solo Exhibition Award Announced

Blue Sky is delighted to announce that, in collaboration with Photolucida, photographer Tamas Deszo has been chosen to receive the Critical Mass 2012 Solo Exhibition Award for his series “Here, Anywhere.” This award is given annually to one of the Critical Mass Top 50 photographers and is chosen by Blue Sky’s Exhibition Committee. “Here, Anywhere” [...]