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 Nordström (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
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