GRID PROJECT NEWS
The grid project is featured in the “Where We Live” exhibit in Portland Airport’s Concourse A through the summer of 2009. The work highlights sections of Portland found along pathways between the airport and city center, as well as representing each major sector of the city. Special thanks to the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) and the Port of Portland.
From Thursday, April 5th, through Friday April 27th, 2007, the Portland Art Center presented the largest exhibition to date of the Portland Grid Project.
The core of this exhibition combined 3,000 photographs from the nine years of the first round and the first three years of the second round, selected by the photographers. That was accompanied by 6 smaller exhibitions of work from the Project. There were three shows of prints curated by Clint Willour (Galveston Art Center Director), Kate Mellor & Charlie Meecham (photographers and founders of the offshoot Bradford Grid Project in Yorkshire, England), and Stephanie Snyder (Curator and Director of Reed College’s Cooley Gallery), as well as three sets of projections, curated by Jennifer Gately (Northwest Art Curator of the Portland Art Museum), Ethan Seltzer (Director of the School of Urban Studies and Planning at PSU), and Alison NordstrÃ¶m (Curator of Photography at the George Eastman House).
This exhibition was produced by Blue Sky Gallery and the Portland Art Center as part of the Photolucida festival of photography. It was supported by a grant from Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Beginning early in 2005 the Rose Room in Portland’s City Hall began a small rotating exhibit of grid photographs. The Regional Arts and Culture Council is coordinating this show. The meeting room has limited viewing hours for the public.
The Fall 2005 issue of Houston Center for Photography’s SPOT Magazine includes an article on the grid project. Photographer Phil Harris of Portland wrote “Mapping Portland: The Portland Grid Project, 1995-2004”. He describes the project as “another signpost pointing in the direction that the arts seem to be headed: decentralization, collaboration, an attachment to the local and the regional.”
Download article (5.7 mg pdf)
The Portland Grid Project had its first international show at the Internationale Fototage in Mannheim, Germany. About 1200 prints from the project’s first and second round photographers were displayed as part of the Contemporary American Photography exhibit curated by Tina Schelhorn. A dozen images were also reproduced in a catalog, Das Bild Forum.