Ends on November 19, 2018

Entries due 11:59pm PST, November 19, 2018


The Portland2019 Biennial of Contemporary Art is a major survey of Oregon visual artists who have a unique vision and voice that showcases the history and culture of the state. Portland2019 will focus on conversations about site, cultural evolution, and multifaceted histories of the region. In 2019, Disjecta looks forward to presenting a biennial that reflects an inclusivelandscape of Oregon artmaking and socio-political relationships. The exhibition, staged citywide in Portland, will take place August 24 - November 3, 2019 and be supported by artist and curator talks, public works and a catalog.

Disjecta's 6,000 square foot space serves as the key venue for Portland2019 but will again expand to partner institutions across the city. In keeping with the hybridization and interdisciplinary character of contemporary practice, the Biennial platform may include visual arts and new media, as well as performance-based works. Selected artists will receive a stipend to create new work for the  exhibition.

About the 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 Eichcholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym. She is based in Portland, OR.


Disjecta Contemporary Art Center 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.


To be eligible, artists must have lived in Oregon as a primary residence for the last two years.


Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is 11:59PM, PST (Pacific Standard Time), November 19, 2018. All materials must be submitted through Submittable. 


Applications are accepted through Submittable. For alternate submission platforms please email disjecta@portlandbiennial.org. While the curators may select artists by means other than application, all interested artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Artists are asked to submit the following materials:

  • Artist Biography (up to 300 words). 
  • Artist Statement of Interest. In 750 words or fewer, describe your current practice and your interest in the 2019 themes for the biennial: site, cultural evolution, and multifaceted histories of the region.
  • Up to 10 images and 4 media files (audio or video, if applicable) of recent work. 

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