Blue Sky Gallery

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Blue Sky Gallery
Established 1975 (1975)
Location North Park Blocks, Portland, Oregon, USA
Type Exhibition space and archive for photography

Blue Sky Gallery (a.k.a. The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts) is a non-profit "exhibition and explication space", "community research center", and archive for contemporary photography in Portland, Oregon.[1] It grew to become a "preeminent West Coast venue where emerging photographers [engage] with 21st-century technologies."[2] A non-profit space dedicated to public education, Blue Sky Gallery began by showing local artists and then slowly expanded to national and international artists. It "has introduced more than 700 emerging and established photographers to the region"[2] and has been an early supporter of now-notable photographers such as John Divola, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Mark Klett, and Larry Sultan, among others.[2]


In 1975 a group of five young photographers[1] (including Bronson Fellow Christopher Rauschenberg, son of Robert Rauschenberg) pooled their resources to start a small gallery.

In 2007 Blue Sky raised $2.7 million[1] and moved into the former North Park Blocks store and warehouse of Daisy Kingdom,[note 1][3] In July 2008 they exhibited the last completed works by Robert Rauschenberg.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Daisy Kingdom had been acquired by Springs Industries in October 1996, according to the Portland Business Journal.


  1. ^ a b c "Executive Director of Blue Sky Gallery". Community Nonprofit Resource Group. June 4, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-20. Blue Sky Gallery is a volunteer and membership supported nonprofit exhibition space and community research center dedicated to the exhibition and explication of the best contemporary photography .... Blue Sky is also a place where photographers and those who love photography come to learn, share and explore. Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Inc. - Blue Sky Gallery - was founded in 1975 by a group of five young photographers, one of whom, Portland photographer Christopher Rauschenberg, has remained the dedicated visionary and 'heart and soul' of the organization, ...In 2007, Blue Sky moved to an elegant state-of-the-art, museum-quality space in the DeSoto Building at 122 NW 8th on the eastern edge of the Pearl District. In 2006-07, Blue Sky successfully completed a $2.7 million capital campaign to purchase, renovate and move into this new 3700 square foot office and gallery space. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40". Portland Art Museum. October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-20. The Center’s early support of now-renowned photographers including Nan Goldin, John Divola, Mark Klett, Robert Frank, and Larry Sultan, among many others, established Blue Sky as a preeminent West Coast venue, where emerging photographers engaging with 21st-century technologies continue to find their voices and eager audiences. 
  3. ^ Row, David (July 20, 2007). "Portland's Precious Patron". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-10-20. Jim Winkler ... bought the former Daisy Kingdom fabric store and warehouse on the North Park Blocks with plans of turning it into a multi-use art hub for galleries and nonprofits...Led by Winkler's combination of artistic vision and unflinching business savvy, the project's five participating galleries and nonprofits—Augen Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery, Charles Hartman Fine Art, Froelick Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Craft—have gained the one thing that eludes many art businesses: the security of home ownership, and prime condominium retail space on the cusp of the Pearl District and Old Town Chinatown. 

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Coordinates: 45°31′27″N 122°40′42″W / 45.524063°N 122.678318°W / 45.524063; -122.678318