RACC Opportunity: 2013 Call for the "Visual Chronicle of Portland"

Isaka Shamsud-Din, Matthew’s Place, 1996, silkscreen and colored pencil on paper.





RACC is seeking works on paper—prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs—to purchase for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15, 2013.

The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a collection of original works on paper that portray artists’ perceptions of what makes the city of Portland, Oregon, unique. The Chronicle is owned by the City, and since its inception in 1985, it has grown to 303 works by 179 different artists. Works are displayed in publicly accessible spaces in City of Portland and Multnomah County buildings. This collection strives to reflect a diversity of populations, artistic disciplines and points of view. It can be viewed as a timepiece that provides a visual narrative of greater Portland, and is meant to reveal our city’s distinctive and diverse personality as seen and interpreted by artists who are intimately familiar with the region. The Visual Chronicle represents a living archive, and RACC is committed to engaging and expanding the communities of artists and the range of artistic and cultural expressions that it represents.

As in the past, purchase selections will be made based on how well the work matches the purpose and spirit of the Visual Chronicle—conveying perceptions of what makes Portland unique. This year however, the selection panel would like to encourage work that documents, describes, or evokes areas, communities and issues that are under-represented in the Chronicle. The bridges, the Rose Parade, Washington Park and other Portland icons are all well cataloged, but the collection has fewer works that represent people and places that exist beyond downtown and outside of the mainstream (e.g. east of SE 82nd Street, north of Lombard and Sandy, etc.). While no absolute boundaries or subjects are mandated or excluded, the selection panel hopes to add range to the Chronicle and better represent vital neighborhoods, communities and artists that contribute to a fully textured view of Portland.

To download application and guidelines (in WORD or pdf) in English or Spanish, see below. If you have questions about the application, contact Keith Lachowicz: 503-823-5404, klachowicz@racc.org.

To view the entire collection online, please go to www.racc.org/visualchronicle.

Information Session: To assist artists with the submission process and to provide additional in-depth background on the Visual Chronicle collection RACC staff will hold an information session on Tuesday, June 25th (Passed) from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at RACC offices, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101. Email Keith Lachowicz at klachowicz@racc.org to reserve a spot. RACC staff is also available to speak off-site to groups of artists who would like to learn more about this purchase opportunity.