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.
For the 2019/2020 program year, the University Club is expanding
the program to allow curators and gallerists to apply for the
The Residency program is open to professional artists and curators
living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Proximity to Portland is essential
for active commitment to the Residency.
Artists and curators 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 2020 Artist-in-Residence Program are being accepted from June 10, 2019 - July 26, 2019.
Please click here to view the submission guidelines.
Benefits to University Club Members
The annual Artist-in-Residence program begins
with an artist reception and show in January. 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, or works selected by
the curator, are on display in the University Club and available for purchase.
During the residency the Artist-in-Residence may maintain 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 (January-November). 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 or curator’s
selected pieces 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 lectures and fee-based classes the artist/curator also has
access to the large and select audience of the University Club membership. At
the conclusion of the residency, the artist/curator 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
or selections 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 or curator has a minimum of 10 works available
for display and sale at all times.