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Tours + Events

Preconference Event: [ Tuesday 10/4 ]

Afternoon Tours + Workshops: [ Thursday 10/6 ]   [ Friday 10/7 ]

Evening Events: [ Tuesday 10/4 ]   [ Wednesday 10/5 ]   [ Friday 10/7 ]

Pop-Up Projects + Performances: [ Wednesday 10/5 + Thursday 10/6 ]

Preconference Tour



Signal Fire Preconference Hike + Lunch | 10am - 3pm **SOLD OUT**

Head to Portland a day early and join Signal Fire for a preconference hike on the Sandy River Delta. Signal Fire is a Portland-based residency that connects artists and writers with the North American wilds through extended backpacking trips and hiking book clubs. Residency leaders will guide a three-mile walk through the Sandy River Delta park, 1,400 acres of open fields and wetlands edged by two major rivers. Discover one of the sites of Maya Lin's Confluence Project before continuing to a scenic beach along the river. Enjoy a picnic lunch followed by an open discussion about the land and people of the Columbia River.

This special half-day excursion will follow Signal Fire's 2016 residency theme Unwalking the West, tracing the routes of famous explorers in the reverse direction and exploring the legacy of conquest and settlement in the present day challenges facing the American West. Readings will be provided to give context to this special outing.

Please note: Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes as trails can be muddy. The area is located within a popular off‐leash dog park. Transportation provided between the conference hotel and the tour site (20 minutes).

This is an optional preconference tour - separate registration is required ($45 fee). Lunch and materials are included. Limit: 25 participants.

Afternoon Conference Tours + Workshops

Explore Portland's neighborhoods, art centers and studios! Space is limited on many tours - sign up during registration to reserve your spot. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.

Bullseye Glass Company | 2:15pm - 5pm

Fueled by collaboration with artists from the world of glass and other media, Bullseye Glass Company is internationally known as the premier maker of colored glass for art and architecture. Visit the Bullseye factory in Southeast Portland and witness the process wherein sand is transformed into molten glass, rolled by hand into multicolored sheets, and shipped all over the world. Learn about past residencies from the Director of Research & Education and hear from Australian glass artist and current artist-in-residence Mel Douglas.

Please note: Attendees must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

New Expressive Works (N.E.W.) | 2:15pm - 5pm

N.E.W. serves a vibrant Portland by providing incubation, teaching, and performing space for over 150 diverse artists annually. Join Founder and Executive Director Subashini Ganesan at N.E.W.'s intimate performance space to learn more about their urban choreographer residency program and witness new works-in-progress by past and present residents. Then take part in mini-dance workshops with UNIT SOUZOU Co-Directors, Michelle Fujii & Toru Watanabe, and local Argentine Tango instructor, Steven Payne! Discover the basics of "Kuroishi Yosare Bushi," an energetic Obon hand dance from Japan, and the building blocks of the Argentine Tango.

Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Tour | 2:15pm - 5pm **SOLD OUT**

Regional Arts & Culture Council's Artist in Residence program connects socially-engaged artists with city and county agencies to create interactive public works. Join a walking tour led by three groups of artists who have participated in and helped develop the program. Start at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center where artists are working to unearth stories buried in the municipal archives. Then wind through the city's downtown corridor to see Portland's most noted public art installations. The tour ends at the Bud Clark Commons - a former residency site and award-winning comprehensive services center for the homeless. Throughout the tour, current and former artists-in-residence will reflect on unique opportunities and challenges of working in the public realm.

Please note: Good walking shoes recommended. Umbrella suggested in case of inclement weather.

Hoyt Arboretum Artist Hike with Signal Fire | 2:15pm - 5pm **SOLD OUT**

Experience a pop‐up event of intimate performances along the wooded trails of Hoyt Arboretum, guided by Signal Fire - an organization providing opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. The Hoyt Arboretum encompasses 189 acres, with well‐maintained hiking trails providing access to more than 6,000 species of trees and plants. It adjoins Forest Park which is the largest urban forest in the United States! Signal Fire staff will guide you along a mellow walking route through the Arboretum, punctuated by pop-up readings and performances from Signal Fire artists.

Please note: Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes as trails can be muddy. Your tour chaperone will guide you to the start of this hike via a 15‐minute light rail ride with fare included from The Benson Hotel.

Cameraless Filmmaking at Northwest Film Center | 2:15pm - 5pm **SOLD OUT**

Visit the Northwest Film Center, Portland's premier media center, and learn the art of cameraless filmmaking. As part of this afternoon workshop, you'll work with local filmmakers and center staff to collage natural elements directly onto celluloid film stock to create animated film strips. Participants will record audio clips with perceptions of Portland, and work together to splice filmstrips and layer audio to create a collaborative moving-image collage. The afternoon will conclude with a celebratory projection of the final work! All participants will receive a digital version to share.


Hand2Mouth + Milagro Theatre | 2:15pm - 4:30pm

Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) is undergoing significant development - and artists are organizing in anticipation of shifts in zoning, rising rent, and the disappearance of affordable commercial property. Join Hand2Mouth (H2M), Milagro Theatre, and members of the #CEIDcreativescoalition to hear how organizations and artists are working together to respond to these changes. The afternoon will begin with a lively excerpt of H2M's PEP TALK- an interactive performance on everyday heroes - followed by a tour of Milagro, the Pacific Northwest's three decade-strong center for Latino theatre, art and culture. Get a feel for the neighborhood during a walk to the theater and enjoy some of the area's best artisanal food and drink in a culminating reception!

Literary Arts - Writing Workshop | 2:15pm - 4:30pm

Literary Arts is a community-based literary center, with a 30-year history of serving Oregon's readers and writers. They are home to one of the world's largest lecture series as well as an extensive workshop program connecting writers with professional development opportunities. Discover the Literary Center's dynamic programming during an afternoon workshop with Natalie Serber, author of New York Times Notable Book and an Indie Next Pick, Shout Her Lovely Name. Through writing prompts and collage, we'll map memories and explore the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Following the workshop, head to world-famous Powell's City of Books for a mini-tour and self-guided perusing.

Pearl District Alternative Arts Spaces | 2:15pm - 4:30pm **SOLD OUT**

Tucked within the towering buildings and storefronts of Portland's Pearl District - powerhouse arts spaces are pushing greater access to contemporary art. During an energizing tour within a three-block radius you will encounter three innovative art hubs. Beginning at the Blue Sky Gallery, learn the story behind this world-renowned hub of photographic work - boasting 24 exhibitions annually and an extensive public research library. Then stop by p:ear, a community arts center building positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation. The tour ends in the awe-inspiring gallery of Pacific Northwest College of Art where you'll find the newest works from the Leland Ironworks residency and meet residency directors and artists-in-residence.

Portland Community Media + PICA | 2:15pm - 4:30pm **SOLD OUT**

Head to Northeast Portland for a visit to Portland Community Media and Pulsar - a public education program presented in partnership with the Hollywood Theatre! Pulsar staff will share how their ambitious media art residency elevates the voice of teen artists through access to industry standard equipment, studio space, and mentorship. Then head to their production studio for a short workshop with local artist and youth advocate Arturo Martinini.

Next set off for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's brand new space. Known for advancing international, intergenerational and interdisciplinary work, PICA will discuss their innovative residency model and share new work from the 2016 Time-Based Art Festival - including an immersive installation by A.K. Burns.


Oregon College of Art and Craft |  2:15pm - 4:30pm **SOLD OUT**

One of the nation's leading art schools and home of a long-running artist residency program, Oregon College of Art and Craft has been a leader in supporting artists since 1907. OCAC's mentor-based environment provides residents the opportunity to delve deeply into materials practice. Today OCAC is at the heart to the vibrant Portland ethos encompassing all things small batch, hand-made, and environmentally sound. Spend an afternoon on the bucolic campus with the artists and staff of OCAC's artist-in-residence program. See the campus, including traditional studios and digital fabrication laboratory, tour the grounds, catch a demo, and engage in a conversation about the residency's unique approach to supporting artists. 


Evening Events

These vibrant gatherings are a staple of the conference. Open to all attendees!

Portland Art Museum | 6pm - 8pm
1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
0.5 miles from the Benson Hotel

Help us kick off the 2016 Conference in style! Connect with old friends and make new ones during the festive opening reception at one of the oldest museums in the country. Enjoy music from DJ Lady Listen, treats and visual wonders in the Fields Sunken Ballroom of the museum. And stop by the Independent Publishing Resource Center's pop-up letterpress station to create your own Portland-inspired print!

Free for attendees! Open bar (beer + wine) and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Generously sponsored by the Rauschenberg Foundation.


Disjecta Contemporary Art Center | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Buses provided to/from the Benson Hotel

Celebrate during a fun, not-to-miss night of music, food and reveling at Disjecta. Founded in 2000, Disjecta has transformed a former bowling alley into a hub for contemporary art and is now homebase for the Portland Biennial and an international Curator-in-Residence program. Gather with fellow conference attendees and the local arts community during this special night in Portland's Kenton neighborhood! 

Plus, take a break from the party to crawl inside the Bronco Gallery! This truck turned emerging artist exhibition space will be on view throughout the night on the Disjecta patio.

Free for attendees! Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Generously sponsored by Markel.


Pacific Northwest College of Art | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
0.4 miles from the Benson Hotel

Close out the conference with a special party at PNCA's new home in Portland's North Park Blocks - a dynamic platform for creativity and entrepreneurship. Join us for chill music, delicious food, and a super group photo, along with special recognitions!

Free for attendees! Beer/wine, food and music!


Pop-up Projects


Bronco Gallery at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Buses provided to/from the Benson Hotel

Hop in the Bronco Gallery for a sight to see during the Wednesday night party!

The Bronco Gallery is a gallery in a 1991 Ford Bronco. Emily Wobb and Maggie Heath started the gallery because they wanted to give emerging artists a platform and they didn't have a building, they had an SUV. Being a 4WD space the gallery is meant to not only provide another gallery within the established art community in Portland, but also engage in dialogue with non-typical art events. The Bronco Gallery's opening receptions celebrate alongside institutions, galleries, festivals, rodeos, car shows and the like, by tailgating these events.

IPRC at the Portland Art Museum | 6pm - 8pm
1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
0.5 miles from the Benson Hotel

Make your own Portland-inspired print at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) pop-up letterpress station! Since its inception in 1998, IRPC has been dedicated to encouraging the growth of Portland's DIY visual and literary publishing community by offering a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work. The pop-up will run during the conference's Opening Reception at the Portland Art Museum. Stop by the station to learn about IRPC's upcoming collaboration as part of the Museum's Warhol exhibit and work with the Center's artists to create a special keepsake.

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