Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

The Visitor – Walking 1,000 Miles Through Mexico:
a retrospective by Larry Cwik

On display at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery September 16 – October 22, 2022

This solo exhibit of photography by Portland multidisciplinary artist Larry Cwik focuses on work that was made from 1983-2022 while visiting Mexico. During this time, he visited one major Mexican city a year. “I walked with no preconceived notion of what or where to photograph,” says Cwik. “The work reveals the wondrous beauty, color, and vibrancy of Mexico. There is also mystery. I do not always understand why things are the way they are there, as I remain a cultural outsider.” Completed over the course of 40 years, this is Cwik’s longest standing project.

While Cwik has studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland Community College, he is primarily a self-taught artist. Inspired by his father, an avid amateur photographer who had participated in a camera club during World War II, Cwik began learning photography in high school. Among his many accomplishments over the years since, he has exhibited in galleries worldwide and his work is widely collected. His first book, “Images from the Eighties,” was released in 2016 by Blue Sky Books, a publishing initiative of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR. His short films are represented by the NY-based New American Cinema Group/The Filmmakers’ Cooperative.

An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 1-3 p.m. There will be a poetry reading by local author Walt Curtis during this event.

This exhibit is supported by funds that the artist received from the Oregon Arts Commission. This exhibit is also supported by funds that the artist received from the Ford Family Foundation.

Coming soon to the MAC Gallery…

The Multnomah Arts Center is proud to announce the return of the annual Instructor Showcase. Artwork by Multnomah Arts Center adult and youth arts instructors will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery Oct 28 – Nov 26, 2022. Artwork will include paintings, prints, drawings, metal arts, ceramics, textiles, woodturning, sculpture, photography, and more. There will be a reception on Thursday, November 3 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

2022-2023 GALLERY SCHEDULE

Christine Colasurdo
Christine Colasurdo: Poet, Calligrapher, Author
December 9, 2021 – February 12, 2022

El Delegato
The Quantum Effect
Painted Wood Sculpture
April 1 – May 7, 2022

LATINX PDX
Juried Group Show – Multimedia
May 13 – June 25, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 4, 1pm-3pm

Jana Charl: “A Crack in The Concrete Where A Wildflower Grows” – Repurposed Found Object Artwork
Al Crane: “Temporary Nature: Double Exposures” – Photography
July 1 – August 6, 2022
Reception: Thursday, July 7, 7-9pm

David Cohen
“Cabinets of Wonder” – Pen & Ink Drawings
August 12 – September 10, 2022

Larry Cwik
“The Visitor – 40 Year Retrospective” – Photography
September 16 – October 22, 2022

MAC Instructor Showcase
Mixed Media Group Show
October 28 – November 26, 2022

Winter Arts & Crafts Sale
Mixed Media Sale of Works Created by MAC Instructors and Students
TBA

Studio Art Quilts Associates
“Emergence” – Group Quilt Show
January 6 – February 11, 2023

Arturo Villaseñor – Paintings
Rachel Young – Mosaic Bead Paintings
February 17 – March 25, 2023

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) Gallery opened in 1982. It serves as an educational venue for the community and a supportive environment for artists to share their work. Artists who show here are residents of Oregon and southern Washington near Portland.

Exhibiting artists are selected by a group jury process each year. The resulting shows reflect the artistic dynamism of the area, with an emphasis on the following:

  • a wide spectrum of media is shown throughout the year
  • diverse subject matter is explored
  • unique perspectives are shared
  • multidisciplinary and intersectional approaches are appreciated

As a community-based gallery, we seek to grow our collective ability to create, connect and share beauty in its many forms. Towards that end, some of the current equity practices at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery include:

  • We embrace and encourage artists with differences in age, color, ethnicity, race, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, family or marital status, gender identity, political affiliation, veteran status, physical and mental ability, and socio-economic status. 
  • We show work by artists based on the merit of their work. Artists who exhibit here may not be represented by commercial galleries, or some do not have formal arts training.
  • Exhibiting artists receive 65% of any sales they make. The remaining 35% is used by our nonprofit organization, The Multnomah Arts Center Association, to support equity and access to arts education through MAC programming.
  • Community artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, immigrant or refugee, and/or disabled are invited to be a part of the group jury each year. Jurors receive an honorarium for their work.
  • The jury helps to identify a theme for a community exhibit each year. This group show is juried through a separate call, and the selection of work is led by the members of the community being called to participate (i.e. the Latinx PDX exhibit of 2022, which was juried by members of that community).
  • The annual Call for Artists encourages the submission of work that expands opportunities for participation by gallery visitors. This might take the form of music by a local musician playing on loop in the gallery, 3D work that is meant to be touched, or a reading by a local poet that includes sign interpretation.
  • Barriers to participation are address by a) ensuring that there is no application fee when submitting work for jurying, b) providing transparency in how decisions are made and who is making them, c) offering access to adaptive supports as needed in the application process, and d) providing translation services when requested (see below). Additionally, we recognize that matting and framing artwork for display can present a significant financial burden to artists when their work requires it and welcome the opportunity to explore possible solutions with those artists.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the MAC gallery, you can find information on our annual Call for Artists here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Gallery Specialist at gallery@multnomahartscenter.org.

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