Artist in Residence
Parallax Art Center is a young non-profit art center in Portland, Oregon, borne out of the pandemic in recognition of the need to help support a changing dialogue in Portland; a city with a complicated contemporary history. Experimental in nature, with a small but passionate staff we are excited to connect with the creatives and dreamers here who are just as hungry for challenging and accessible dialogues around the most significant issues that we are facing today. We believe in elevating the entire artistic economy in our small city and hope to do so by paying all of our exhibiting artists better than W.A.G.E standards, utilizing the fresh perspectives of guest curators as to not get “stuck” in a particular mode or idea about things, focusing our hiring practices on our belief that we need more diversity and better representation of ALL people in the art world, engaging working artists as “gig” workers to support their long term goals of pursing their own creative practices, and by offering projects such as this to artists who may otherwise not be able realize their vision based on limitations of funds and/or space.
We are excited to announce our Second Annual Artist in Residency program open call. Residency runs from April 1, 2024-June 21, 2024.
We are looking for a group of artists, or an artist’s collective to take over our 2500 square foot gallery space located in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon next spring. A $10,000 stipend will be included in the residency to help offset the costs of the project. Parallax Art Center staff will be on hand as background support to help navigate the professional side of mounting the show, and will provide signage, wall vinyl, printed and formatted wall text, regular gallery maintenance, planning/curation support as needed and full-time front desk coverage, Monday- Saturday 10a-5p. Limited program resources will also be available, including basic exhibition needs, folding tables and folding chairs.
We believe that process is often an underappreciated (and mysterious to many) part of art making and as such we hope to highlight the creative ebb and flow that is so unique to a studio practice and invite the Parallax audience to witness the entire life-cycle of the selected artist’s project. Part studio/part exhibition the goal of the residency is to have a finished work presented after 2.5 months while being open to and engaging the public during the entire residency. We get excited about BIG ideas that are community oriented, experimental and center emerging contemporary ideas that utilize the tall ceilings and open floor plan that is so unique to our space. http://www.parallaxartcenter.org/rent-our-space.html
- Students are not eligible. This includes, undergraduate, graduate and students in low-residency programs
- Artists should be able to get to and from the space daily and be available for public discourse during open hours
- Parallax Art Center amplifies social justice and & environmental protection through inclusive art programs, exhibitions, and experiences. Thematically, the selected proposal should center and build upon our mission.
- Programming that is free and open to the public throughout the residency- i.e workshops, artists talks, lectures, classes, crafting sessions or any other exciting ways to engage community
Proposals should include:
- Project description with budget
- Members of the collective/group and their roles
- Programming ideas that are community-centered
- 10 images of work that is representative of proposed intervention
- Artist statement
- Answer to the following questions:
- Bios of each member of the group
- Concept designs/schematics/3D renderings
All submissions should be in a single PDF file, emailed to the following address:
Deadline for submission is November 1st, 2023 at midnight PST
Food and lodging are not provided and will be at the expense of the art team. The stipend is to be used exclusively for the execution of the project and cannot be used for lodging or other uses outside of the art center.
This is not an RFP for exhibitions.