Residency Program


The museum's residency program is an opportunity for artists to create works that build on and resonate with the museum's themes, exhibits, and collections. The idea is to use the museum as a starting point for creative interpretation of its themes, usually in different media, such as video, artist books, or written works.

The residency is open to all creative persons, whether or not they are established in the art world.

All projects should connect to the museum in some visually apparent way. Access to the museum's archives and collections is available, although working space is limited. Work may be done off site. Works in non-traditional media are encouraged.

You can see what previous residents have created here (2021) and here (2022) . A number of similar projects were done before the residency program began and can be seen here

There are three options:

1. Gallery Show - Work produced during the residency has traditionally been shown at the 1122 Outside Gallery in September. See details below

2. Casual Track - Projects may be done without deadlines or expectation of fitting in to the annual show. Work may be acquired by the museum or kept by the artist. Work may be rolled over into next year's gallery show.

3. Chem/Bio Art - The museum has a new initiative to explore the artistic potential of chemical reactions, living organisms, and miniature ecologies. Work will be displayed at Experiment PDX and/or at the museum. Details about this project here

Gallery Show Details
The 1122 Outside Gallery is an informal backyard gallery in southeast Portland which is suitable for site-specific installations or traditional gallery hanging. There are a number of outbuildings that can be used - a former chicken coop, a shed, and a carport have all been used to display projects. Work need not be for sale.

June 1 - A project plan of some sort should be available
August 1 - Work to be shown at the 1122 show should be in tangible form for purposes of publicity for the show
Last week of August/Labor day weekend - Install work at gallery
Sept 9 - Opening 6-9 PM
Sept 16 and/or 17 - open days depending on people's schedules
Possible other open days
Closing event with artist panel TBD

To apply, send an email to with answers to the following questions:

Are you currently living in Portland?

Have you visited the museum?

Describe what you would want to work on as your residency project:

Which track would work best for you?

How do you see your work relating to the museum?

List any relevant web site(s), social media, or other online presence.

- There are no application fees or stipends.
- All art produced belongs to the artist
- The museum requests right of first refusal if works are offered for sale.
- Multiple people may work on a single project