Blue Sky Gallery

Blue Sky Gallery, also known as The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary photography in Portland, Oregon. Blue Sky Gallery is dedicated to public education, began by showing local artists and then slowly expanded to national and international artists.

Blue Sky Gallery
Blue Sky Gallery, PDX, 2020.jpg
Entrance to the gallery, 2020
Established1975 (1975)
LocationNorth Park Blocks, Portland, Oregon, USA
TypeExhibition space and archive for photography

From a 3,700-square-foot facility in Portland's historic DeSoto Building on the North Park Blocks, Blue Sky presents 20–25 exhibitions annually, maintains a public research library, showcases regional photographers in an annual juried archive of original works in its Pacific Northwest Drawers, and offers regular artist talks and programs—all free to the public.


The gallery's exterior, 2020

In 1975 a group of five young photographers[1]—Robert Di Franco, Craig Hickman, Ann Hughes, Terry Toedtemeier, and Christopher Rauschenberg (son of Robert Rauschenberg)—pooled their resources to start a small gallery on NW Lovejoy Street in Portland Oregon. The gallery relocated several times over the years, to NW Fifth Avenue in 1978, then to NW Hoyt Street in 1987, where it remained for just under twenty years.[2] 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]

It "has introduced more than 700 emerging and established photographers to the region"[4] and has been an early supporter of now-notable photographers such as John Divola, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Mark Klett, and Larry Sultan, John Chervinsky, among others.[4]


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


  1. ^ a b "Executive Director of Blue Sky Gallery". Community Nonprofit Resource Group. June 4, 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved 2014-10-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Tubutis, Todd (2014). "This Deserves to Be Seen: Making (A) Space for Photography in Portland." Blue Sky : the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40. Dolan, Julia, Ferriso, Brian J. [Portland], Oregon: Portland Art Museum. pp. 15–19. ISBN 978-1-883124-37-3. OCLC 875996765.
  3. ^ Row, David (July 20, 2007). "Portland's Precious Patronaccessdate= 2014-10-20". The Oregonian.
  4. ^ a b "Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40". Portland Art Museum. October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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