Call for Entries: 2020 Pacific NW Drawers

Blue Sky established the Pacific NW Drawers ("the Drawers") program in 2007 to recognize regional contemporary photographers through an annual juried public archive. Visitors to Blue Sky's galleries in Portland are welcome to enjoy work in the Drawers by simply opening any one of the archival flat files. The Drawers program has quickly become a favorite aspect of Blue Sky's ongoing programming, available to approximately 20,000 visitors annually. We are pleased to open the 2020 call, juried by Kris Graves and Julie Keefe.

Submission Guidelines

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 for Entries 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. 

Please include a concise artist statement, CV or resume, and details about each print including print type/medium, size, and price. 

If accepted, works must be delivered to the gallery matted, mounted, or protected in some way for handling. 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. 

All prints selected for the Drawers are eligible for sale with the artist's permission, with a 50% 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 or sending commission payments to an artist's gallery. Artists must plan to make separate payment arrangements with their gallery representation. 

Deadline for submissions is 10:59 PM (PST), Monday, December 30, 2019. 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 are the jurors or Blue Sky staff able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.

Accepted artists will be notified no later than February 4, 2020. Accepted works must be received at Blue Sky no later than 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Accepted works will debut in the Drawers to the public on First Thursday, April 2, 2020—the beginning of Portland Photo Month.

2020 Jurors

Kris Graves is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally. As Director of Kris Graves Projects, he collaborates with artists to create limited edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper. 

Julie Keefe is an artist with over 25 years experience working primarily in documentary and community-based art. Her work includes installations and collaborations with a variety of institutions, health care organizations, artists, children and communities. From 2013 to 2017 she served as Portland, Oregon’s inaugural Creative Laureate, a position that uses the Office of the Mayor, and the Laureate role, as a platform to advocate for the arts, arts education, equity, creative industries and practice and the overall cultural health of Portland.