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Columbia Center for the Arts
Best of the Gorge 2017

2017 Best of the Gorge
July 5-30, 2017
About the Show


This show celebrates and rewards the best artwork produced by mid-Columbia Gorge artists. All media are invited, including drawing, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media. Prizes will go to the best 3 works as chosen by the Juror.

About the Juror - Steven Grafe
Grafe earned his masters and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of New Mexico, where his doctoral dissertation was on pre-1880 beadwork from the southern Columbia River Plateau — an area of deep interest, not coincidentally, in the Maryhill collection. And he put in a couple of years as chief curator of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles, in addition to curatorial stops at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.

The show is open to all mid-Columbia residents who live at least three months annually in one of these Columbia Gorge counties: residents of Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, & Skamania counties.

How to Apply
Submissions will open January 11 and close on May 20.  Apply online (The show it titled Best of the Gorge on the site.) The Fee is $35 for up to 3 images.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Entering Your Images:
Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

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Work to Submit
All submitted pieces must have been created within the last two years. Classroom/workshop work may not be entered, and pieces must not have been displayed previously in the mid-Columbia region. All submitted pieces must be ready for display.  The title of the work must be written on the front of the piece or written on a small piece of paper attached to the back of the piece when it is submitted. Since we hope to display work from many artists, space will be at a premium and size restrictions (see below) for submitted pieces will be enforced.  Submitted pieces will be juried individually. It is probable that some artists will have more than one piece accepted. As CCA is a non-profit retail gallery and as summer is the most important sales period, we are looking for pieces that are saleable and priced for the local art market. If you have questions about appropriateness of your 215 Cascade Avenue Hood River, OR 97031 541-387-8877 pieces and/or their prices, please contact the Gallery Manager, Carolyn Smith, at 541 387 8877, ext. 115 or

Contracts & Payment to Artists
Artists will be asked to sign a Columbia Art Center exhibition contract and submit an artist statement at the time of delivery on their work. (Please ensure that your statement is well-designed and cleanly printed on 8.5x11 white paper.) Commission split is 60% artist and 40% Columbia Arts. Artists are paid by the 20th of the month
following the exhibition.

Size Restrictions
For 2D works, the framed size must be less than 48” on the longest size. 3D works must be less than about 20 cu. ft., (i.e., a box about 3’ x 2’ x 4’, depending on the work’s overall shape).

Best of Show $400
Second Place $200
Third Place $100

Artist Reception
The opening of the show will be celebrated at an evening reception on First Friday, July 7, from 6-8pm. We ask all show artists to attend that event if at all possible. There will be food, drink, and music, and the prize winners will be announced. The juror will attend and describe what he saw in the prize-winning pieces that made them stand out. We encourage artists to connect with visitors to the event to discuss their art.

Show Takedown
The show takedown will be on Monday, July 31. If you cannot be at Columbia Arts on that day to pick up any unsold pieces between 11am-5pm, you must contact Christine or Carolyn prior to July 31 to make other arrangements.