The University Club of Portland’s Artist-in-Residence program was established in 2008 to enrich the University Club membership experience and to provide an opportunity to Northwest artists to reach new audiences. Such programs are rare in private clubs across the country. Each year a Board-approved professional artist establishes a working studio and program in the University Club. Club members have the unique opportunity to enjoy the artist’s work installed at the Club, to engage in enrichment and educational programs with the artist, and to observe the artist at work.
In addition to enriching the membership experience, the Artist-in-Residence program enhances the art collection of the University Club for present members and future generations. Each resident artist is required to donate a work to the permanent collection.
The Residency program is open to professional artists living in Oregon and Washington. Proximity to Portland is essential for active commitment to the Residency.
Artist working in the following fields will be considered: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture.
Selections will be recommended by the Artist-in-Residence Committee, and approved by the Board of Directors, on the basis of portfolio submission, artist statement, and personal presentations.
Applications for the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence program will be accepted from February 1, 2018 - March 15, 2018. Please read Submission Guidelines for application details.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to to request a tour of the University Club facilities prior to submission of their application. To schedule your tour, please contact Communications Director Alex Mitchell at (503) 223-6237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits to University Club Members
The annual Artist-in-Residence program begins with an artist reception and show in September. A second reception is scheduled during the year of residency, typically near the end of the resident artist’s tenure. Throughout the year recent works by the artist are on display in the University Club and available for purchase. During the residency the Artist-in-Residence maintains a working studio in the University Club. This affords the University Club membership a singular opportunity to observe the artist at work and, depending on the resident artist’s program, to engage in fee-based classes. Members can also take advantage of scheduled artist lectures, demonstrations, and social events centered on art and art world topics.
Benefits to Artist-in-Residence
Founded in 1898, the University Club of Portland is a unique and extraordinary private social club. The Club’s 550 members include professionals from the public and private sectors, business owners, authors, artists, and leaders in government and education.
The University Club of Portland Artist-in-Residence is chosen for a residency of one year (September-August). The resident artist receives a complimentary year-long membership in the University Club as well as access to reciprocal clubs worldwide. The artist also receives a complimentary twice-monthly luncheon privilege for two, and an invitation to attend one complimentary University Club-sponsored event for two during the residency period, with food and non-alcoholic beverages included. A dedicated studio space of approximately 200 square feet is provided to the artist.
The artist’s works for sale are displayed prominently throughout the University Club for the entire year of residency; the artist is free to set appropriate prices and no commission will be taken by the University Club from the sale of those works. Through fee-based classes and lectures, the artist also has access to the large and select audience of the University Club membership. At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will donate a mutually agreed upon piece of work to remain in the permanent collection of the University Club. This donation will be recommended by the Artist-in-Residence Committee and ultimately approved by the Board.
All sales of Artist-in-Residence work exhibited at the University Club are commission-free, excepting existing commission agreements with the artist’s representative or gallery. The artist’s works are fully insured while on display at the University Club. Current works by the Artist-in-Residence will be displayed throughout the University Club during the year of residency; these works will be available for sale to members and guests of the University Club. As works are sold they will be replaced by other current works by the Artist-In-Residence. The University Club requests that the artist has a minimum of 10 works available for display and sale at all times.