Artwork of Benjamin Mefford


Artwork of Marcia Morrow


The call for artists goes out each year in late summer for inclusion in the following year’s exhibit rotation. AEP 2023 Application will be open September 2022

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  • This opportunity is open to emerging and experienced INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS and ARTIST GROUPS who live or work in Clackamas County. *
  • ARTIST GROUPS with a minimum of 75% of participating artists who live or work in Clackamas County. Minimum 4 to maximum 20 artists in the group.
  • Prior exhibit history is not required!
  • Previous AEP exhibitors may apply in any year with new artwork.

*County means artist’s studio is in Clackamas County, or artist’s place of employment is in the county.

If you have a question about eligibility, please contact us!




Original artwork will be considered for our 17 Clackamas County gallery venues. Because we exhibit in public gallery spaces, all artwork must be suitable for viewing by people of all ages, beliefs, religions, and cultures. No artwork should depict nudity, religious symbols, overt political messages, images of death, drug or alcohol imagery, or include negative or provocative words.

Mediums as listed, but not limited to:

  • Two-dimensional hanging artwork – painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, digital arts, metal arts, fiber arts, mixed media, etc.
  • Three-dimensional artwork for cabinet display – sculpture, book arts, metal arts, fiber arts, collage, mosaic, wood, mixed media, etc.

Artists who have previously exhibited with AEP should apply with new work.


Selection Process

Artists to be exhibited are selected by a jury panel. Selection criteria include: composition and design, technical proficiency with media, and skillful visual communication of subject or concept. Accepted artists will exhibit artwork the same or similar to what they have applied with.

Once Accepted

All artists will be notified by email as to acceptance or not. Accepted artists  will receive an AEP Accepted Artist Agreement to sign and return, and are required to attend the Artist Orientation scheduled for October. Also, please become familiar with our artwork preparation guidelines, and check out our AEP INFORMATION SHEET SAMPLES.


Exhibit Venue Information

Artists selected to participate in the Artist Exhibit Program will exhibit original artwork for 3 or 4 months at one of our 17 galleries (see link at right for list of venues). Artwork must remain on display for the entire duration of the exhibit period, even if an artwork sells. (Artists are NOT guaranteed a specific venue when selected for the program.)


Schedule / Gallery Rotations

Each month there are from 3 to 8 of our galleries installed with new artwork. The specific venues vary each month. The Exhibit Coordinator manages the schedule of venues, contacting artists in the months before an exhibit to suggest an opportunity to exhibit. Once confirmed, an Exhibit Information Form is emailed to that artist to fill in the details. At each venue gallery, artists delivering artwork arrive about the same time as an artist picking up their artwork, and keeping to the schedule is important. Only the Exhibit Coordinator installs delivered artwork, and will work with artists at delivery on this process to determine a layout. Only the Exhibit Coordinator takes artwork down at the end of an exhibit, and it will be ready for artist to remove when they arrive according to the schedule.


Artwork Sales

Sales of exhibited artworks are permitted and encouraged. Although increased public exposure of artwork can and sometimes does result in sales, art sales can neither be guaranteed nor assumed to be an outcome of any exhibit. All sales inquiries will be referred directly to the artist, who is responsible for any and all sales agreements. Artists retain 100% of sales revenues generated during and after the exhibition. The Clackamas County Arts Alliance does not collect jury or exhibit fees. Participation in the Artist Exhibit Program is absolutely FREE.

All sold artworks must remain on display for full duration of an exhibit.



Artists are responsible for insuring or self-insuring exhibited artwork. While Arts Alliance staff and venue hosts will exert all reasonable efforts to protect artwork from theft, vandalism, or other harm, exhibiting artists agree to assume liability for artwork installed in Program venues.


Artwork Preparation

2D artwork must be ready to hang according to our standards. Artwork must be clean, inside and out, in good repair, and mounted securely with correct hanging hardware. D-rings are ideal hardware for our program. Framed (or without a frame) size range is minimum 8″ x 10” to maximum 36″ x 48,” and not to exceed 25 pounds. Most of our galleries use an Arakawa cable-track system to display artwork, so please attach hanging hardware according to guidelines.

3D artwork must be clean, free of flaws, and stable at the base. Artists are encouraged to supply props for better display of their artwork. The cabinet overall dimensions are 21″ deep x 94″ wide x 36″ high, with four available glass shelves measuring 12″ x 46” each, that sit to the back half of the space.


Please check out the AEP information links below to become more familiar with how we operate. Further general information, and guidelines on preparing artwork for exhibit, will be addressed during the Artist Orientation session in October.


2023 AEP Application Online September 2022




Sue Allen, Artist Exhibit Program Coordinator

503-622-3611  | Email