Co-Curator and Board Chair
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
Christopher Rauschenberg is Co-curator and Board Chairman of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Blue Sky Gallery was established in 1975 by Mr. Rauschenberg and four other photographers. Since then, Mr. Rauschenberg has co-curated 735 solo exhibitions by 625 different artists. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a photographer since 1973 and has had 103 solo shows of his own work in eight countries.
Blue Sky Gallery is a non-profit artists' space which produces 25 solo exhibitions per year and an occasional group show every couple of years or so. It produces an annual yearbook that features 6 images from each show. Their focus and passion is to promote emerging artists. Over the last 10 years, they have done solo shows by 82 photographers from FotoFest, plus 41 more from Photolucida, Arles, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Bratislava, Santa Fe, Mannheim, Montreal, Photo Alliance and Photo Nola.
While Mr. Rauschenberg likes to look at everything, Blue Sky does not tend to exhibit fashion or classic nudes, traditional portraits and scenic photography (in the style of Edward Weston or Ansel Adams, for example). The many landscape and portrait exhibitions the gallery presents tend to have strong documentary and sociological content. As with all FotoFest reviewers, you should look at our website to see if you and the gallery are a good match. Bear in mind that we are looking for coherent bodies of work, rather than isolated great pictures.
Blue Sky is also looking for artists from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon for our Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers. The Drawers exhibit up to 800 prints by 80 regional photographers, and are re-curated annually.