Blue Sky’s mission is to educate the public about photography through exhibitions, publications, and dialogue; and to further the careers and artistic development of the artists shown.

Founded as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts by a group of five young photographers in 1975, Blue Sky quickly established itself as an important venue for local photography. In a short period of time, the organization expanded its offerings to include national and international artists, many of whom exhibited at Blue Sky early in their careers.

Blue Sky’s special endeavor continues to be the exhibition of emerging and established artists that exemplify the finest in photographic vision and innovation. As such, Blue Sky has earned the accolade as having “the best record of discovering new photographers of any artists’ space in the country.”

Today, from our 3,700-square-foot facility in Portland’s historic DeSoto Building, Blue Sky presents 20 - 25 exhibitions annually, maintains a public research library, showcases regional photographers in an annual juried archive of original works in its Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, and offers regular artist talks and programs—all free to the public.


EXCELLENCE, in artistic practice, in nonprofit administration, and in the production of exhibitions and publications;

INTEGRITY, in transparent operations, in community relations, and in the creative endeavor;

RESPECT, for the history of photography, for Blue Sky’s longevity and collaborative traditions, and for the diverse community of individuals who support and are represented by the organization.

Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Join as a MEMBER today!

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Blue Sky is generously supported by its many members and donors, including:

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