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Portland Biennial
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
Published: 16 October 2018

disjecta biennial curatorsYaelle S. Amir, Elisheba Johnson, and Ashley Stull Meyers, the Portland Biennial 2019 CuratorsDisjecta Contemporary Art Center is proud to announce the Portland Biennial 2019 and its curatorial team: Yaelle S. Amir (Portland), Elisheba Johnson (Seattle), and Ashley Stull Meyers (Portland).

Disjecta selected this group of talented curators to shape the Biennial based on their strong curatorial and civic work that foregrounds conversations about site, cultural evolution, and multifaceted histories. In 2019, Disjecta looks forward to presenting a biennial that reflects a diverse landscape of Oregon artmaking and socio-political relationships.

Portland Biennial 2019 will be located in Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and partner locations throughout Portland that will host related programs. These partner locations will be selected by the curatorial team, focusing on organizations and spaces that are engaged in like-minded work.

The Portland Biennial program is a survey of works by visual and performing artists who are defining and advancing Oregon’s contemporary art landscape. The exhibition will be supported by artist and curator talks, performances, and a catalog documenting the exhibitions and events. The Biennial is an opportunity for audiences, artists, educators, and arts professionals to celebrate and discuss Oregon’s contemporary art. Disjecta invites all artists currently residing in Oregon to apply for inclusion in Portland Biennial 2019.


Open Call to Oregon Artists for Inclusion in Portland 2019 Biennial

Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration in the Portland 2019 Biennial, artists must have lived in Oregon as a primary residence for the last two years.

Deadline: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., PST, Nov. 19, 2018. All materials must be submitted through Submittable.

Entry Procedure: Applications are accepted through Submittable. For alternate submission platforms please email disjecta@portlandbiennial.org. While the curators may select artists by means other than application, all interested artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Artists are asked to submit the following materials:

  • Artist Biography.
  • Artist Statment of Interest. Please describe your current practice and interest in the Portland 2019 Biennial themes.
  • Up to (12) files that represent your current work.

View and download themes of Portland Biennial 2019. View an informational slide show about the Biennial. Apply to Portland 2019 Biennial.

For more information, or questions, email disjecta@portlandbiennial.org.

About Disjecta: Disjecta is a non-profit contemporary art center in Portland, Oregon that builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage communities. Disjecta provides a catalytic platform for forward-thinking work by visual and performing artists. Dynamic programs showcase new ideas and engage new audiences while fueling collaborations between artists, curators, and viewers to impact and intervene in the larger contemporary arts dialogue. Disjecta exacts equal rigor from local and national artists, while recognizing and supporting the talent of the region.

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