Artist Resilience Program to provide $1.5 million for Oregon artists

Announcing a second round of relief funding for artists:
Artist Resilience Program to provide $1.5 million for Oregon artists

The application is now live for the Artist Resilience Program, a second round of relief funding for Oregon artists offered by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The partnership, which began with 2020’s Artist Relief Program, invests another $1.5 million in support for artists’ recovery from the pandemic. 

Awards will generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be determined by a peer review panel. A geographic distribution model will ensure that applicants from across Oregon are supported. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

“We are incredibly grateful to Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for their dedication to helping us sustain our artists through these difficult times,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “In reaching Oregon’s artists, we know we are not only supporting these individuals financially, but also enabling them to continue their creative careers and enliven the cultural environments of Oregon.” 

The purpose of the Artist Resilience Program is to provide relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings or other professional presentation opportunities. Guidelines are now posted on the Arts Commission website.

“In times of crisis, artists help us make sense of our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists in this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives – they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.”

“Oregon Community Foundation is thrilled to be a partner in this second wave of support for artists,” added Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation’s program officer for arts and culture. “We recognize that independent and freelance artists are vital to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss we’ve all experienced in these unprecedented times.”  

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The artistic disciplines supported are: literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; folk & traditional arts; and media arts.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.  

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:

Gresham Arts Festival Application Live January 14!

On Friday, January 14, the 2022 Gresham Arts Festival Application will be live. This year we will be celebrating year 20 of the Gresham Arts Festival on Saturday, July 16 this summer. Due to the tremendous feedback from both artists and attendees, the festival will remain at the Gresham Arts Plaza with just a few minor tweaks. Please visit to find the application and apply beginning Friday.

 Below is a snapshot of the timeline of events that will be important for all applicants:

Important dates

  • January 14: Applications are live
  • Sunday, April 17: Final application deadline
  • Friday, April 29: Artists will receive invites to participate in the Arts Festival.
  • Friday, May 20: Artist booth payments are due.
  • Monday, May 23: Waitlist artists will be notified of open spaces.
  • Mid-June: Artist map will be released.
  • Saturday, July 16: The 20th annual Gresham Arts Festival

I also want to address some frequently asked questions:

1. Can the City let artists know before April 29 if they are in the show? 

No. I will be sending out invites on Friday, April 29.

2. Can I reserve my spot I had last year? 

No. This is a juried event, so no artist is guaranteed to be in the festival each year. Once artists are juried in I work really hard to accommodate needs based on lighting, sun exposure, etc., but I also create the event map for best flow of event for the guests as well. 

3. What is the booth fee? 

Booth fees are $125 per 10 X 10 booth space. Juried in artists may reserve 1-2 10X10 spaces.

Are there exceptions to this fee?

Yes. We will have a “Rising Artist” category this year for artists under 18 that want to showcase their work. We also have free spots available and awarded by our Arts Festival jury.

4. The application requires 4 photos, one being a booth photo. What if I don’t have a booth photo?

IF you do NOT have a booth photo, please just add an additional photo of your work, and describe your plan for your booth in the comment box on the application. It is important for the jury to know how many pieces of work you plan to display. (For example: if you have 4 portraits for the festival, the jury may suggest you try again in the future when you have a larger inventory to share.)

5. Are 10 X 10 canopies mandatory? 

Yes. Mid-July can be a very warm time during our Oregon summers. They are mandatory for the health and well-being of the artists, but also to protect your art.
Please note: Stakes and weights for your canopies are mandatory. When you complete the application, you agree to all the Fire Marshall standards… which means having a safe, weighted down and flame-retardant canopy. 

6. Do I need to complete my own fire permit?

No. All artists that are juried into the event will be emailed all the event details—including the note that I handle all permits as the event planner for the festival.

7. Can I sell multiple mediums in my space? 

Yes and no. 

Yes, if you submit an application PER MEDIUM you wish to showcase. The jury will have to jury in each medium. You will also be subject to a fee per medium in your 10 X 10 space. 

No, if you are only awarded space for one medium, you can only showcase that one medium. For an example: If you are juried in as a painter and you request to also sell your sculptures, you will be told no. One medium per tent, unless you are juried in with multiple mediums and pay the necessary fees.

8. Can I share a booth space with another artist? 

Yes and no. 

Yes, if you are both juried in, and you both pay a $125 fee for your business being at the event, you can share a space.

No, if you want to add your artist friend to your booth space to fill your space. All artists must be juried in and pay the booth fees necessary for their space.

9. How many artists will be accepted? 

I am not positive on this number currently (January 11, 2022). What I can share is that in the past 3 months I have had nearly 100 new artists reach out wanting to be at the event. This will be a very competitive jury process this year, and like every year we will have a waitlist for artists. This year the jury will select 5-10 artists per medium to be on the waitlist that I will pull from first.

10. But I have been an artist for years? Am I not guaranteed a space? 

No. Like every year, this is a juried event and the Arts Festival jury will award a certain number of spaces per medium.

11. What are other ways I can get involved in the community as an artist? 

Judy Han, founder of the Gresham Arts Festival, has a local non-profit: Gresham Outdoor Public Art. Her team is always looking to add artists to their list to work with on public art projects like sculpture, paintings, mural painting….etc. Learn more about Gresham Outdoor Public Art and connect with Judy and her team today!

12. I love Gresham and I want to get more involved in the community and share ideas, suggestions and feedback for the future of this thriving City. How can I do that?

Stellar question! Right now we want you to Image Gresham with us. You can share your ideas and feedback on our online vision board or attend one of our upcoming community visioning events. Learn more and Imagine Gresham with us today!

For any questions, please email Thank you all so much—can’t wait for year 20!

Sasha Konell
Community Engagement | Community Events Specialist

Call for ART: Chasing Ghosts VI: Piercing the Veil through Remembrance, Legacy, & beyond

Jennifer Gillia Cutshall

DEADLINE is 9/26/21

“Chasing Ghosts VI: Art that Pierces the Veil through remembrance, legacy, and beyond”

This year edition will be VIRTUAL and as always the emphasis is the idea of revealing the unseen. The term ghost may be interpreted in many ways, not necessarily meant to be a literal elucidation. This year’s interpretations might be loaded with the added turmoil from current social, health, environmental, and political climate. Do you express your deepest fears or concerns through your work? Do current political. health, and environmental concerns shadow or define your work? What parts of the past leave their mark on your work? Is a legacy revealed through your work or your process? Is memory a vital vehicle of expression for you? Do you inadvertently honor something from your past or concern for the future through your work? Artists are encouraged to enter work that is any interpretation of the call. All mediums and modes of expression are welcome.

Enter through Cafe

TIMELINE SUMMARY: SUBMISSION DEADLINE September 26, 2021 SCHEDULE NOTIFICATION (by email) of accepted work October 9, 2021 EXHIBITION DATES The exhibition will open virtually in mid October of 2021 and run for 4 weeks ELIGIBILITY AND RESTRICTIONS: The competition is open to all 2D and 3D artists, national and international, working in all forms of painting, drawing, photography, graphics, digital, and sculpture are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

RACC Grant Rounds 3 & 4 Now Open!

Make|Learn|Build grants are back! These are grants for artists and arts-based businesses/organizations that live or do work in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties.

MAKE: the creation of work in any artistic discipline 

LEARN: artistic or administrative learning, skill building, or professional development that improve your art practice or business

BUILD: a transition or pivot for an arts business or operations, including purchase of equipment or staffing costs.

Choose your category at either the $1,500 or $3,000 funding level. 

Round 3 closes: 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 6
Round 4 closes: 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 26

Grant awards will be based on funds available, rankings by our community reviewers, and RACC’s stated value of serving underrepresented communities.

Learn more about our grant review process and who received grants in Rounds 1 & 2. Read the grant guidelines here.

Deadline Extended: Celebrate Molalla!

Deadline Extended to August 20, 2021

See all details at

Vendor Packet – Fillable (378 KB)
Car Show Flyer (386 KB)
Tractor Show Registration – Fillable (101 KB)
Sponsorship and Donation 2021 – Fillable (118 KB)

For other questions, contact Council President Leota Childress at

Deadline Extended: Community Art Design Contest

Submission deadline is July 30, 2021 EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9TH!!
Good luck to all the contestants, check back for the announcement of the winner!

Oregon City Local Artists – Answer Your Calling!  Become an ARTIST OF THE MONTH!

The opportunity to have your art design prominently displayed on the exterior of our art center building is here AND BECOME AN ARTIST OF THE MONTH at our Art Education focused Art Center- simply read the rules, fill out a submission and enter for your chance to be a Local Artist Superstar.

Attach images of artwork as per the following guidelines:

  • Image size must be at least 768 pixels on the longest side (but no larger than 1200 pixels) and no more than 96 dpi, in jpeg format.
  • Must include Oregon City landmark or icon
  • Must be able to fit a 3’ x 5’ concrete backer board panel
  • File name/title: First Name_Last Name_Title of Artwork.jpg
  • Only one image of artwork should be submitted for consideration.
  • Only the artwork should be visible; image should be clear and in focus.
  • Crop out any background in the image.

Submission entry time period: July 1, 2021 – July 30, 2021 EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9th!!

The contest begins 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) on July 1, 2021 and ends 5:00 p.m. PST on July 30, 2021 EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9th(“Contest Period”). All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., PST, on July 30, 2021.

See official rules below for complete competition details, including guidelines, eligibility requirements, full entry process, judging criteria, and awards information.


Soulflags Art Community Center is proud to announce its Local Artists talent Search.  Artist members from the Oregon City community and surrounding areas are invited to showcase their talents and submit their work to a panel of local judges.  We anticipate a broad and enthusiastic response to this event, featuring many talented artists from our area. The contest begins 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) on July 1, 2021 and ends 5:00 p.m. PST on July 30, 2021 EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9TH (“Contest Period”)!!


This is a local competition and artists from throughout the Oregon City and surrounding area are sought for this competition and art exhibit. Visual art mediums are limited to paintings and drawings (no sculptures, photography, collage, metal work, glass work or video and sound art). Artwork must include an added Oregon City twist, an icon or landmark of Oregon City.  Please keep in mind that nudity and profanity are not appropriate for this particular contest.  Our art center is art education focused providing history and related art projects associated with past and current artists; therefore we recommend recreating a well known image as your background (see Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh example).  However, we understand artists and want artists to express themselves freely – therefore we have included that the chosen artist will have the option to become our Art Centers ARTIST OF THE MONTH where we create a 15 to 20 min video of your history and art creations – THEN we create art projects using similar techniques to your art styles!


The Contest is open to any local artist from the Oregon City and surrounding area.  Art must be original, created by the person who enters that work. Each artist may submit 1 piece of art for consideration. Board members of Soulflags, its respective subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising, promotional and judging agencies (collectively the “Contest Entities”) and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) and household members of each (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

Eligibility to enter or win the Contest is not tied to the purchase or solicitation of any insurance products or the purchase or solicitation of any products sold by the Sponsor.


Complete a Registration Form on the Soulflags website art contest page for the art work to be submitted (limit 1 piece of art per artist). Be sure to include your complete contact information, along with a brief description and title of the work(s). After registering online, you will receive a response confirming that your application was received. Please note that if you do not receive a written confirmation that your application was successfully submitted, you have not entered the Show and your artwork will not be considered.  Email your jpegs of your artwork to

All Entries submitted become the property of Sponsor upon submission and will not be returned. Each entrant (or parent/legal guardian for any entrant deemed a minor in his/her state of residence) grants to Sponsor a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive right and license to copy, distribute, and display each submitted Entry, in any media, and with right to use, copy, modify, edit, and create derivative works thereafter, and agrees to execute documents confirming such right and license (as further defined below) at Sponsor’s request. Entry must be uploaded in accordance with the specifications set forth in these Official Rules and at the Website. Any Entry deemed inappropriate or unsuitable, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, will be disqualified. By entering, you (or your parent/legal guardian if you are deemed a minor in your state of residence) understand that your Entry may be posted online, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.


  • Artwork images should be attached to your Registration Form and labelled as: First Name, Last Name, Title of Art.jpg.
  • All artworks must contain and/or incorporate a landmark or icon from Oregon City
  • Image size must be at least 768 pixels on the longest side (but no larger than 1200 pixels) and no more than 96 dpi, in jpeg format.
  • Only the artwork should be visible, and the image should be clear and in focus.
  • Please crop out any background in the image. The image will be judged the same way it is received.
  • Only one image of each artwork is to be attached.

Any Entry deemed inappropriate, offensive, discriminatory, or unsuitable, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, will be disqualified. Entries must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent (including, but not limited to, nudity, or pornography), profane, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous, libelous (including words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic group), violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), portrays consumption of alcohol, or illegal (e.g., underage drinking, vaping, smoking, drug use, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.).

The Entry must not contain or depict material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination, including without limitation, discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The Entry must not contain or depict material that is threatening to any person, place, business, group, or world peace or contain words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic group.

The Entry must not contain any content that infringes or may infringe third party rights, including, without limitation, any copyright, name, trademark, logo, trade dress, or other personal or proprietary right of any person living or deceased (including but not limited to rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) or entity or make reference to any commercial/corporate advertising (including but not limited to corporate logos, brand names, charities, slogans, political, or religious statements), or be otherwise objectionable. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, publicly displayed and publicly accessible Sponsor content, materials, or products are permitted to be displayed in Entries submitted for this Contest.

The Entry must not include any representation of celebrities, athletes, musicians, or any other third-party (public or private), include any anti-social, political or religious groups, any commercial solicitation or promotional materials or name, address, phone number, or URL address. Entries must not contain advertisements, personal solicitations or commercial solicitations.

Entries should not contain any third-party materials, or otherwise violate or infringe (or possibly infringe) any copyright, trademark, logo, mark that identifies a brand. As these are recreations that will be individually made by the community, these mosaics do not constitute any copyright infringement.

The Entry must not contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, bots, spyware or any other computer code that is intended to damage, interfere with, or surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information.


The Registration Form and the digital images must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2021 EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9th!! You must register online.


EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9th at 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for submission of Registration Form and jpeg images of artwork

August 12, 2021: Announcement of winning artwork with announcement at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony which is tentatively scheduled for February, 2022.  This date is subject to change.  A 3 ft by 5 ft mosaic panel reproduction of the artwork shall be displayed prominently on the exterior the building for public’s viewing pleasure.


The following evaluation criteria will be used for judging the artwork: creativity, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. There shall be three judges (2) Representative from Soulflags and (1) Representative from Three Rivers Artist Guild.

Decisions of Sponsor/Administrator/judges are final with respect to all matters relating to the Contest.


One winner will be selected per youth age group (Ages 10-12,13-15, 16-18, Adult 18+) receiving FREE Soulflags 5-CLASS General Passes!! The Grand Prize Winner will have your artwork displayed as a Mosaic Panel and shall have the option to be Soulflags Art Community Center’s ARTIST OF THE MONTH in addition to the display!! All entries are due by July 30th at 5pm. Visit for more information!

Full Details:

Apply now for the 21-22 Teaching Artist Studio

The Teaching Artist Studio

We believe that the arts are an essential component to a young person’s complete education. The Teaching Artist Studio (TA Studio) is a professional development program for teaching artists in Oregon and SW Washington.

In this program, participants will examine the elements at the heart of their teaching: the what, the why, and the how. Through an experiential model of observation, analysis, and application, participants will identify effective teaching strategies and assessment models. All participants will work to refine existing curriculum or to design and pilot new curriculum.


The 2021-22 Schedule will include a Core Course (Oct–Dec 2021, April 2022) and online monthly Cohort Meetings (Dec 2021–March 2022), as well as opportunities to test new ideas in the field via a Studio Residency (Jan–March 2022). 

We’re going hybrid in 2021-22! Core Course gatherings will alternate between virtual and in-person meetings in Eugene, Hood River/The Dalles & Portland. Applications open through August 20.


Our aim is to be a resource for the community of teaching artists around the state. We are not charging tuition for this program, though we do require a commitment to full participation.

We also recognize that many teaching artists work as independent contractors, and that even a program without tuition isn’t “free”. With the help of some grants and contributions we have received, we will be able to partially subsidize accommodation and meals during in-person meeting days.

Program Testimonials

This experience was amazing! I was challenged in ways I never imagined. The skills and tools I take away will forever impact my ability and confidence as an effective teaching artist.”
“Very well organized and led to give us real skills, connect us with other TA’s, and give us confidence. Every step was modeled and explained. We participated and played and discussed.”

Learning through community. Having multiple minds engaged helped to bring different perspectives to each of the subjects and helped me find a comfortable place with each of them.”

Questions?  Email Professional Development Manager Tony Fuemmeler (

Tony Fuemmeler (he/ him/ his)
Professional Development Manager
& Teaching Artist Studio


Clackamas County Arts Alliance


For further informaton go to our CCAA website, or follow this link:

Please do share this CALL TO ARTISTS with all your Clackamas County artist friends, and like/share the news when it comes up on our CCAA social media!!


Timeline (dates are anticipated and may be subject to modification)
• July 22, 2021 – Online Call to Artists for the 2022 Program Open
• September 10, 2021 – Deadline to Apply
• October 8, 2021 – Announcement of Artist Selection
• November 2021 – Orientation for 2022 Exhibiting Artists

Be ready to apply. We will need your contact information, a brief artist statement, and 5 images of your artwork same/similar to what you might like to exhibit. Please apply with new artwork and statements.

For more detailed information on how to be ready, follow the links below-Re-visit our ARTIST EXHIBIT PROGRAM (AEP) APPLICATION web page:

And, our AEP GUIDELINES web page:

See what AEP EXHIBIT VENUES we show in:

Instructors Needed for Pioneer Community Center

The Pioneer Community Center is seeking instructors for the Fall and Winter terms. The Fall term runs from September 27, 2021 through December 10, 2021. The Center is flexible with the needs of the instructor. The instructor can offer one day workshops, 4-week classes or 8-week classes, the center will try to accommodate your needs.

The community center is looking for instructors that teach beading, basket making, card making, fiber arts, clay, mosaics or knitting and crochet. The center is trying to offer new venues for the public to explore. They are not looking for painting instructors at this time.

If you have something you’d like to teach or need more information, contact Jessica Spencer at 503-722-3781 or

Call for ART: 8th Annual Abstract Catalyst

Verum Ultimum Art Gallery invites artists to explore the theme, ABSTRACT CATALYST for its 8th year and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. Please note this exhibition will be ONLINE ONLY.

Abstract Catalyst takes on a distinct edge that seems to catapult it in a divergent direction (and unlike the focus of Verum’s other Abstract show, Abstract Sanctuary). As always, the intention of the theme is never to drive the work, rather have it serve as an impetus to discover unique visions and showcase them. All mediums are welcome. What will be revealed this year? Verum Ultimum Gallery invites artists to showcase their talent within this expressive genre and propel a new vision in this 8th year of Abstract Catalyst Exhibition.

This is a virtual exhibition and all works will be displayed on the gallery website, within a virtual viewing gallery setting, and promoted through blogposts and social media channels.

Deadline is August 16th, 2021

Apply through Cafe:


Benefits to online exhibitions at Verum Ultimum:

  • A higher percentage of artists will be ACCEPTED! This exhibition is not confined by space.
  • The website remains comprehensive and exhibitions remain on the website beyond the exhibition dates
  • An exhibition book will be produced and will remain in the Verum Ultimum library to be shared with visitors for years to come.
  • Social media attention will be focused on this exhibition for 5 weeks.
  • 80% of sales WILL GO TO THE ARTIST and Verum Ultimum will provide a prepaid shipping label for the artist to ship work directly to collectors!
  • ​Verum Ultimum enjoys a monthly reach of 8-14K through its website, google, and social media channels.
  • Verum Ultimum average order value outperforms 93% of sites in the industry


There is a $20.00 entry fee for 1 image

(PLEASE NOTE: you only need one image to apply, extra images are completely optional)

($5 for any entries over the minimum); presentation is by digital JPG image files.

Details of artwork count as an additional artwork.

Payments by credit card at time of entry through Cafe


Artist retains all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork. Digital images submitted with artist entry are for exhibition selection only and will be deleted after completion of the selection process. By entering the competition, artists selected to exhibit grant Verum Ultimum Gallery rights to use the selected image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web site for promotional purposes only. Verum Ultimum retain no copyrights to artists work.


Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than 30 days after the deadline. Notification will be made via email. All artists who provide a working email address will be notified via email, if no email is provided, artists will be notified via postal mail only if accepted to exhibit. Type your email address clearly, if a mistake is made you will not be notified.


Artist contact information (address, telephone, etc.) is only held for the purpose of contacting selected artists and is not preserved in any database. Entry data and image files are deleted on the completion of the jury process.

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