“Cascadia – Where Oregon Meets,” is a traveling fine art juried photography exhibition. 48 uniquely Oregon photographs which emphasize our similarities and diversity as a state, yet aspires to bridge the east and west, urban and rural – divided historically, geographically and politically by the lofty Cascade Range.
Artists were given two theme’s for direction; Oregonians at Work and Play, and Views of Oregon. Crossroads received 166 images; two jurors chose 48 to be included in the exhibition. The final 48 have been judged by three fine art photographers, the juried show will visit The Dalles for the month of May and the Campus of OSU for the month of July after the inaugural opening at Crossroads on April 6 and will run through April 28.
“Crossroads is extremely pleased with the content imagery, range, quality and representation the final 48 photographs depict of our beautiful and unique state,” commented Kristin Hauter, Community Art Director of Crossroads. “I believe the exhibit will appeal to a wide audience with some familiar sights yet has more than a few surprising fresh ones to offer the viewer, I’m in awe of so many,” continued Hauter.
Crossroads is very excited and pleased to offer cash prizes totally $4,000 which will be awarded in the following matter. There will be one Best of Show winner who will receive $500.
One First Place winner in the category of Oregonians at Work & Play to receive $400 and one First Place winner in the Views of Oregon category winning $400 as well. One Second Place winner in each category; Oregonians at Work & Play and Views of Oregon, each will be awarded $300. Six honorable mentions will receive $100 each. A people’s choice will also be awarded at each gallery, the winning artists will receive $500.
With financial and gracious support of The Ford Family Foundation, this project was made possible. The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation located in Roseburg, Oregon. Their Visual Arts Program offers assistance to individuals and organizations throughout the state of Oregon (including urban areas). In addition, the Foundation makes grants to public charities predominantly benefiting communities in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.
In 1957, Kenneth Ford and Hallie Ford established a then-modest foundation to give back to the timber communities of southwest Oregon. It grew in size, scope, and geography to become The Ford Family Foundation in 1996, with its main office in Roseburg, Oregon, and its scholarship office in Eugene, Oregon.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the publication of “CASCADIA,” a 104 page book in hardcover and soft has been produced and will be available to purchase at all venues. “CASCADIA” highlights all 48 images and includes judges and jurors comments as well as some interesting narratives from the artists regarding their photograph. The cost for a hardcover is $50 and $25 for a soft cover. The books will be available after April 6th. There will be an artist signing table set up during the Opening Reception of Cascadia at Crossroads during that time.
The exhibit wouldn’t be possible without the contribution of five important people. Jurors Terri Axness and Shelley Curtis, and judges Jerry Kencke, Tom Clement and Rich Bergeman, who was also the editor of the book, “CASCADIA.” Each played a critical aspect and important role in the making of Cascadia, providing their own particular and individual contribution as working artists.
Photography themed classes will be offered at Crossroads in conjunction with the exhibit and we are pleased to offer a wide variety of classes, talks and demonstrations during the month of April, May and June, by notable local and regional photographers. Please see our website for more details and to sign up for a class.