Call for Submissions

Blue Sky Ahead: Future exhibition (November 2019)


Call opens: May 10, 2019

Call closes: June 3, 2019

Decisions announced: June 28, 2019

Exhibition held: November 7–December 1, 2019


Blue Sky Ahead is a two month exhibition series, which celebrates the legacy of Blue Sky’s founders and highlights the future of photography in Oregon, as seen through the eyes of Blue Sky’s founders.

Founded in 1975 with the hard work and unemployment checks of five twenty-something photographers, Blue Sky is now 44 years old. With this exhibition, we seek to honor our past, and look towards the future.

We are honoring our past by holding an exhibition of work by our five founders in October 2019, our birthday month. Blue Sky will utilize both of its galleries for Blue Sky Ahead: Founders, an exhibition of work by Blue Sky’s founders Christopher Rauschenberg, Craig Hickman, Robert DiFranco, Ann Hughes, and Terry Toedtemeier.  

Then, in honor of Blue Sky’s 44th birthday, we look forward with five photographers who were born after Blue Sky was founded. In November 2019, Blue Sky will utilize both of its galleries for Blue Sky Ahead: Future, an exhibition of five Oregon photographic artists, ages 44 and younger, chosen from this call. Blue Sky’s founders will select from the open call for the exhibition. Prudence Roberts will select on behalf of Terry Toedtemeier, and Blue Sky’s Exhibition Committee will also select one artist. 

The exhibition series is generously supported by a grant from the Ford Family Foundation.

Programming and Traveling Exhibition

An exhibition that combines highlights of these two shows will travel to Umpqua Valley Arts Association (Roseburg, OR) in early 2020. We will also be creating an exhibition catalog, including images from each artist, artist statements, and essays. Blue Sky will host 3 or more events during this two-month exhibition. We welcome artist participation if possible (not required).


  • All applicants must live in Oregon and be 44 years old or younger at the time of submission.

  • To be considered for the exhibition, all artwork must be photo- or video-based.

Financial Considerations

Each artist will receive an $500 honorarium for their participation in the exhibition. Artists are responsible for shipping or delivering their work to Blue Sky. Blue Sky will be responsible for returning work to artists at the conclusion of the exhibition at Umpqua Valley Arts Association.

Artists are welcome to offer their work for sale while on view at Blue Sky. Please keep in mind that Blue Sky takes a 50% commission on all sales.


Submission Requirements

Proposals are due to Blue Sky Gallery by June 3, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. Please submit USING THE FORM BELOW.

Your submission should include:

  1. 8-10 images from a cohesive body of work. This will be the body of work that you show during Blue Sky Ahead: Future if selected for the exhibition. All images should be free of watermarks. For videos, please include a link to view video(s) online in a PDF document and exhibition display requirements.

  2. A concise artist statement and resume/CV submitted in electronic format as part of your proposal.

If you would like the jury to consider more than one body of work, please submit each series individually.

The jury will not review work that does not meet these guidelines. Blue Sky cannot offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.


Important Dates

June 3, 2019:  Deadline for submissions to Blue Sky Ahead: Future

June 28, 2019:  Final decisions will be announced

July 25, 2019:  Final selection of images for the exhibition (this deadline is necessary in order to meet book design deadlines)

October 3, 2019:  First Thursday opening celebration for Blue Sky Ahead: Founders exhibition (the exhibition of work by Blue Sky’s founders).

October 21, 2019:  All ready-to-hang artwork must be in hand at Blue Sky Gallery for the November exhibition.

November 7, 2019:  First Thursday opening celebration for Blue Sky Ahead: Future exhibition.


For questions, please email