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Biennial Exhibit


TDAC and cca embark on an exploration of

material through a biennial Regional exhibition

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regional open call for ceramicists:

beyond the construct

May 2021

Columbia Center for the Arts and The Dalles Art Center are excited to announce the first in an ongoing collaborative Biennial, each focused on a different medium. The first of these Bienniels will highlight ceramic work from around the Pacific Northwest and will be open to artists residing in Oregon and Washington. Beyond the Construct is an opportunity to showcase the expressive and functional capacities of clay. Beyond the Construct will be exhibited at CCA and TDAC in May of 2021.

Ten Regional Artists have been selected for participation by TDAC, CCA and Brett Binford:  Aisha Harrison, Baba Wague, Dirk Statschke, Ivan Carmona, Joe Davis, Lisa Conway, Maya Vivas,  and Stacy Joe Scott.  Other local and regional ceramicists were selected through a call for artists. This coupling of local and regional artists creates an opportunity for local and emerging artists to be exhibited with well known and highly regarded artists. I 

Brett Binford

Brett Binford is an artist and entrepreneur residing in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-owner/co-founder of Mudshark Studios, Eutectic Gallery, Kept Goods, and Clay Street. Brett currently functions as Mudshark Studios' CEO and as Eutectic Gallery's  gallery director. Brett first served on NCECA’s board as an Onsite Conference Liaison for the 51st annual conference held in Portland, Oregon in 2017 and is currently serving as the Exhibitions Director through 2023.  In addition to his board service for NCECA, Brett serves as the Board President for the Portland Art Dealers Association(PADA), interim director for PADA, as an advisor to Township10 and Programs Director for the LH Project.  

invited artists
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Aisha Harrison
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Baba wague
Dirk Staschke
Ivan Carmona
Joe Davis
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Lisa Conway
Maya vivas
Stacy Jo Scott

Selected work will be shown alongside work by Maya Vivas, Ivan Carmona, Lisa Conway, Dirk Staschke, Willie Little, Baba Wague Diakite, PK Hoffman, Joe Davis, Stacy Jo Scott, Aisha Harrison. Juried artists will be invited to exhibit two pieces of work: (1) piece representing the functional aspect of their practice, and (1) piece representing the expressive side.


As two rural community art centers, TDAC and CCA wish to offer artists based in the Pacific Northwest an opportunity to exhibit their work alongside other regional artists producing work in clay. Artists who's work is accepted will be considered for additional opportunities at both centers. In addition, one artist will be selected by Brett Binford for a solo show to be held at The Dalles Art Center in 2022. 

Entry Fee: $22.00 per application 


Artists residing in Oregon and Washington

Selection Criteria:

  • Artists will be selected based on the artistic quality of their work.


Submission Materials:

  • Artist's Statement

  • Work Samples (examples of both functional and non-functional work required)


March 2021- Applications due March 22nd

April 2021 - Artists notified
May 2021 - Exhibition

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