Portland 2019 Biennial

August 24 – November 3, 2019

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is proud to announce the Portland Biennial2019 and its curatorial team – Yaelle S. Amir (Portland, OR), Elisheba Johnson (Seattle, WA), and Ashley Stull Meyers (Portland, OR).

Disjecta selected this group of talented curators to shape the Biennial based on their strong curatorial and civic work that foregrounds conversations about site, cultural evolution, and multifaceted histories. In 2019, Disjecta looks forward to presenting a biennial that reflects a diverse landscape of Oregon artmaking and socio-political relationships.

Portland Biennial 2019 will be located in Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and partner locations throughout Portland that will host related programs. These partner locations will be selected by the curatorial team, focusing on organizations and spaces that are engaged in like-minded work.

The Portland Biennial program is a survey works by visual and performing artists who are defining and advancing Oregon’s contemporary art landscape. The exhibition will be supported by artist and curator talks, performances, and a catalog documenting the exhibitions and events. The Biennial is an opportunity for audiences, artists, educators, and arts professionals to celebrate and discuss Oregon’s contemporary art.

Open Call to Oregon Artists for inclusion in Portland 2019 Biennial
Entry Deadline 11/19/18
Application Closed

For more information, or questions, please email disjecta@portlandbiennial.org.

About the Portland 2019 Biennial Curators

Yaelle S. Amir is a curator and researcher based in Portland, OR with a primary focus on artists whose practices supplement the initiatives of existing social movements—rendering themes within those struggles in ways that both interrogate and promote these issues to a wider audience. Yaelle’s programming has appeared in nonprofit art institutions throughout the U.S. and her writing published in a wide range of national and local publications. She has held curatorial and research positions at major institutions including MoMA, the International Center of Photography and New York University. In Portland she was Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Newspace Center for Photography, and currently teaches in the Art + Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University.

Elisheba Johnson is a multi-media artist and poet who has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work. Elisheba, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. Since 2013, Elisheba has been at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture where she is a public art project manager and works on capacity building initiatives including Seattle Arts Leaderships Team (SALT), Public Art Boot Camp. She is also a founding member of COLLECT, a quarterly curated art tour to inspire a new generation of art collectors. In 2018, Elisheba founded Eunice Waymon Arts Services to offer gallery representation to a range of diverse artists in varied disciplines.

Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor, and curator. She has curated exhibitions and public programming for a diverse set of arts institutions along the West coast, including those in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. She has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is currently Northwest Editor for Art Practical and has contributed writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017 Stull Meyers was named Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym. She is based in Portland, OR.

About Disjecta

Disjecta is a non-profit contemporary art center in Portland, Oregon that builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage communities.

Disjecta provides a catalytic platform for forward-thinking work by visual and performing artists. Dynamic programs showcase new ideas and engage new audiences while fueling collaborations between artists, curators, and viewers to impact and intervene in the larger contemporary arts dialogue. Disjecta exacts equal rigor from local and national artists, while recognizing and supporting the talent of the region.

Past Portland Biennials