The Drawers

Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, photo Tricia Hoffman

Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers

Blue Sky established the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers program in 2007 to feature a juried, public archive of original prints by contemporary photographers based in the region. The Drawers program has quickly become a favorite aspect of Blue Sky’s ongoing programming, featuring original prints by more than 60 artists based in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The Drawers is a year-long exhibition, changing every April to coincide with Portland Photo Month,  and available to approximately 25,000 visitors annually.


View current and previous year’s artists:

2017 • 2016  2015  2014 • 2013

During regular hours, you are welcome to have a look by simply opening any one of the Drawers. Should you want to see more work by a particular artist, please ask at the Front Desk for assistance. Artists provide prices for all prints that are for sale.

Blue Sky’s Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers program is generously supported by:

Call for Entries:  2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers

Deadline: Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:59 PM PST

All entries must be submitted using Call for Entry (CAFE) online (follow the link to see complete guidelines and call information). Please set up a free CAFE account here if you do not have one already. 

Any photographer who is a current resident of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, or Alaska is invited to submit work for consideration. Please ensure that your CAFE profile reflects residency in one of these locations.

Submitting to this call requires exactly 10 images (no watermarks) from a single series or body of work created within the last five years. If an applicant has previously been featured in the Drawers, the submission must be of new or different work. Submitted images must be the same as the original prints intended for inclusion in the Drawers. Absolutely no substitutions will be permitted.

If accepted, all works must be delivered to the gallery matted and/or mounted. Due to the physical dimensions of each drawer, the matted or mounted sizes of accepted works are not to exceed 20” x 24” x 1.5″ when stacked together. Please include a concise artist statement, CV or resume, and details about each print including print type/medium, size, and retail price. This material will also be made accessible to visitors perusing the Drawers.

All prints selected for the Drawers are eligible for sale at the artist’s request, with a commission retained by Blue Sky. Artists who are currently represented by a gallery are asked to ensure that a Drawers entry does not infringe on any standing agreements before making a submission. Blue Sky will not be responsible for negotiating commissions with an artist’s representation. 

Deadline for submissions is 10:59 PM (PST), Friday, December 29, 2017. There is no entry fee. Only one entry per artist is permitted. Blue Sky cannot respond to inquiries about the status of a submission, nor is the juror able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.

Accepted artists will be notified no later than February 1, 2018. Works must be received at Blue Sky to be deposited into the Drawers no later than 5:00 PM on March 23, 2018. Accepted work will debut in the Drawers on First Thursday, April 5, 2018—the beginning of Portland Photo Month.

2018 Juror: Hamidah Glasgow

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.