The Portland Biennial program is a survey 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 Contemporary Art Center is proud to announce the selected artists participating in the Portland2019 Biennial.
The Portland2019 Biennial of Contemporary Art is a major survey of Oregon visual artists who have a rigorous approach to art-making in the Pacific Northwest. Portland2019 will focus on the nuanced thematics of site, cultural evolution, and the multifaceted histories of the region as told in eighteen projects. The selected artists were chosen as those whose current studio practices have been influenced by their relationships to community, landscape, and local politics.
The curatorial team are eager to champion a wealth of conversations from Oregon artists in all stages of their careers.
The Portland2019 Biennial will be located in Disjecta Contemporary Art Center with the exhibition dually supported by a series of public programming, off-site works, and a supplemental catalog.
2019 Participating artists:
Natalie Ball (Chiloquin, OR)
Adam Bateman (Ashland, OR)
Jovencio de la Paz (Eugene, OR)
Demian DinéYazhi with R.I.S.E (Portland, OR)
Dru Donovan (Portland, OR)
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Modoc Point, OR)
Harriet Tubman Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice (Portland, OR)
Sabina Haque (Portland, OR)
Anthony Hudson (Portland, OR)
Garrick Imatani (Portland, OR)
Colin Ives (Eugene, OR)
Rubén García Marrufo (Portland, OR)
Jess Perlitz (Portland, OR)
Vanessa Renwick (Portland, OR)
Sara Siestreem (Portland, OR)
Sharita Towne with Black Life Experiential Research Group (Portland, OR)
Lou Watson (Portland, OR)
Lynn Yarne (Portland, OR)
About the Portland 2019 Biennial Curators:
Yaelle S. Amir is a curator and researcher based in Portland, OR with a primary focus on artists whose practices supplement the initiatives of existing social movements— rendering themes within those struggles in ways that both interrogate and promote these issues to a wider audience. Yaelle’s programming has appeared in nonprofit art institutions throughout the U.S. and her writing published in a wide range of national and local publications. She has held curatorial and research positions at major institutions including MoMA NY, the International Center of Photography and New York University. In Portland, she was Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Newspace Center for Photography, and currently teaches in the Art + Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University.
Elisheba Johnson is a multi-media artist and poet who has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work. Elisheba, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. Since 2013, Elisheba has been at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture where she is a public art project manager and works on capacity building initiatives including Seattle Arts Leaderships Team (SALT), Public Art Boot Camp. She is also a founding member of COLLECT, a quarterly curated art tour to inspire a new generation of art collectors. In 2018, Elisheba founded Eunice Waymon Arts Services to offer gallery representation to a range of diverse artists in varied disciplines.
Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor, and curator. She has curated exhibitions and public programming for a diverse set of arts institutions along the West coast, including those in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. She has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is currently Northwest Editor for Art Practical and has contributed writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017 Stull Meyers was named Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym. She is based in Portland, OR.
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.