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Events:Sitka Art Invitational

Sitka Art Invitational

Miller Hall, World Forestry Center
Near the Oregon Zoo
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon
Call Sitka: 541-994-5485

Public Exhibit and Sale

2018 Dates: November 3 - 4

Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm 

Admission: Adults $5 - Sitka Members free - Under 18 free

Located in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center.

Experience nature-inspired artwork in a variety of mediums and interpretations. Our 25th annual Art Invitational will showcase 350+ works of sculpture, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, glass, fiber arts, book arts and prints, by more than 130 Northwest artists. The event kicks off with a party with the artists on Friday evening. Sales are shared 50/50 which helps support the Northwest art community as well as Sitka’s programs.

Click to see participating artists.

The theme for 2018 is to emphasize ecology at the Sitka Art Invitational, artists were invited to collaborate with a scientist. Through our residency and workshop programs we have seen that learning about the natural world, and particularly the science that helps explain our environment, can push artistic work in deep and meaningful ways. Our goal for this collaboration is to encourage artists to look at their work and the world through a new lens and then share this perspective with a wider audience. 

Party with the Artists

6-9pm Friday, November 2, 2018

Join the artists who make this colorful gathering an event to remember. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and hand-crafted beers accompany this lively celebration.

Click here for details or to purchase tickets.

Sitka Workshops in Portland

During the Art Invitational we offer workshops at the World Forestry Center. For a list of workshops click here and scroll to the bottom of the list.

Support the Show

If you're moved to contribute in lieu of attending, please make a donation.

How can I volunteer?

Every year we rely on over 150 volunteers to help us run the exhibit smoothly. If you would like information about volunteer opportunities and a schedule of when we need help, please email our extraordinary Volunteer Coordinator, Gerry Stavney or call 541-994-5485.

How can an artist get invited to in the Sitka Art Invitational?

Artist selection for 2018 is already underway. If you want to participate in the 2019 show, email your name, contact information and website address. If you don't have a website, please attach 5 images. You can send in requests year round. In early spring, the curatorial committee will consider your artwork during the selection process.

Results and numbers: 2017 was a success! 

In 2017, one of our key goals for the Invitational is to raise awareness in Portland for our Programs located on the central Oregon Coast. For us the Invitational completes a full circle connection between the learning and art-making that happens at the Sitka Center during our Workshop and Residency Programs and the appreciation of finished artwork. 

Here are some tangible results from the 2017 show: 

2,496 people attended (up 346 from last year)

143 artists exhibited (up 18 from last year)

117 pieces of artwork sold (up 8 from last year)

402 pieces of artwork exhibited (up 38 from last year)

$67,470 in art sales (up $1,625 from last year)

$35,573 paid to artists and galleries (up $1,533 from last year)