Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts presents

Isolation Art of 2020 – Inspired by the art & times of the WPA Era

An online contest

There is a bronze plaque up at Timberline Lodge. You’ve passed by it maybe once or maybe a hundred times. It reads: Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood National Forest, dedicated September 28, 1937, by the President of the United States as a monument to the skill and faithful performance of workers on the rolls of the Works Progress Administration.

In photos taken of the president that day, you can see some of the detailed craftsmanship of our region. Behind him, a wood carving of a ram’s head, a signature theme. To his right, a hand forged thunderbird. Inside, hand forged architectural elements and furnishings, hundreds of handmade textiles, glass murals, inlaid woodwork, paintings in oil and watercolor and prints. The triumph of engineering with soaring timbers and logs. The stone and timber that we love so much about this monumental lodge are more than just a statement of permanence, art, and creativity. They are a call for continuing to create art and craft during hard times.

Maintaining the traditional art and craft that embodies the identity of the Mount Hood region is our mission. And now, in this time of uncertainty, we can’t go on with classes as usual, the National Forest recreation sites are closed; so we look to the WPA Era for inspiration. What did they do? What can we learn from the artists and craftspeople of the past?

Our message is clear: Keep creating, even in the worst of times.

Our biggest hardship, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

In this sprit, we’re putting out a call for submissions to the ‘Isolation Art of 2020’. Inspired by the WPA Era. An online contest.


  • Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Must be created by the person submitting the entry.
  • One entry per artist.
  • WPA mediums used in Timberline Lodge preferred, but not absolute, scale can be much smaller than those in the lodge when necessary.
  • Please see complete rules on the ‘Contest Rules’ page on the Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts website.
  • Winners MUST send their winning piece to CCAC for display purposes.  Art will be returned.
  • Winners MUST be willing to have their art and name displayed on social media, and or any  marketing media that CCAC chooses to utilize.
  • Winners will be selected on July 31,2020

SUBMISSION: There is no entry fee. The artwork will be judged by a jury comprised of the Board of Directors of the CCAC.

Three prizes will be awarded. One (1) First Prize of a Fused Glass Bowl, by Raven Studio instructor, Betsy Valian (retail value $180.00) and a $100 VISA Prepaid Card.  (1) Runner Up prize of a Blown Glass vase, by Raven Studio Artist Charlene Fort, (retail value $125.00)  and a $50 Visa Prepaid Card. (1) Honorable Mention a $40.00 VISA Prepaid Card and a complimentary Lunch Tour of Timberline Lodge with curator Linny Adamson.

Let’s reflect on what art brings to our lives, and in the ways traditional arts have been passed down through the generations before us, who also faced uncertainty.

This way of life may be with us for a while, but we are as resilient as the mountain we make our home. Our creative spirits have been—and always will be—with us to bring light through dark times. We sincerely hope to see all of you on Mount Hood in the Cascadia Center studios when our programming can continue as scheduled. Watch the website for rescheduling and opening dates.

For more information and to access the entry form, visit the contest page:

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