Call for Entries: 2019 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers

2019 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers call for entry is NOW OPEN!

Deadline: Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:59 PM PST

Blue Sky established the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing 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 23,000 visitors annually.  We are pleased to open the 2019 call, juried by regional curators Melanie Flood and Terry Novak.

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. 

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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), Sunday, December 30, 2018. 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 able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.

Accepted artists will be notified no later than February 1, 2019. Works must be received at Blue Sky to be deposited into the Drawers no later than 5:00 PM on March 22, 2019. Accepted work will debut in the Drawers on First Thursday, April 4, 2019—the beginning of Portland Photo Month

2019 Jurors

Melanie Flood (b. New York) is an artist and curator based in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA (2001) in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA (2017) in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Since 2008, she has directed Melanie Flood Projects, which began as an artists’ salon located in her Brooklyn residence. In 2014, the gallery relaunched in downtown Portland, Oregon. Her projects and work have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, ARTnews, New York Magazine, zingmagazine, Photo District News, among others. She has exhibited solo shows at Fourteen30 Contemporary, in Portland, OR (2018), Autzen Gallery in Portland, OR (2017), and Carl & Sloan Contemporary in Portland, OR (2016) along with two-person exhibitions at Ditch Projects in Springfield OR (2018) and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR (2014). Flood is the recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (2014) and a Precipice Fund Award (2016). She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary.

Terry Novak is the Associate Director at Photographic Center Northwest, an educational institution dedicated to the photographic arts, located in Seattle, WA. Through classes and workshops; a 53-credit Certificate Program; 5-6 exhibitions annually; diverse public programs; and comprehensive photographic facilities PCNW fosters dialogue in the region through the global language of today and serves a diverse community of practitioners, educators, students, collectors, and the general public. Novak’s current work focuses on partnerships, grants, public programs, and fundraising events that foster financial support and leverage resources for photographers, significant photography, and PCNW. Novak has been a portfolio reviewer for PhotoAlliance in San Francisco and PhotoPlus in New York, and has served as a grant panelist for The Washington State Arts Commission. She continues to work with local government and organizations to elevate the photographic arts in the Pacific Northwest. Novak is co-chair of the Capitol Hill Arts District where her work focuses on advocacy and policy that supports affordable spaces and resources for artist and arts organizations; she is also a member of the Fundraising for the Arts Task Force. She received her BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in arts administration from Seattle University.

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