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May 2021

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Columbia Center for the Arts and The Dalles Art Center is excited to announce the first in an ongoing collaborative Biennial, each focused on a different medium. The first of these biennials, Beyond the Construct, highlights ceramic work from around the Pacific Northwest and within our region in the Columbia Gorge. Beyond the Construct is an opportunity to showcase the expressive and functional capacities of clay. Enjoy this incredible work at TDAC for the month of May!

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
Aisha Harrison
Baba wague
Dirk Staschke
Ivan Carmona
Joe Davis
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.