A Black Art Ecology of Portland (BAEP) is a multi-discipline, multi-sited, multi-year project stewarded by artist Sharita Towne that devotes resources to Black art and community in Portland, OR. In its launch event, BAEP Takes Place, Towne with key artists and organizers will introduce BAEP’s aim and activity through short presentations. With platforms for audience feedback and an interactive pop-up exhibition, guests are invited to take part in the onset of this project. Part of this project will be engaging community on designing a permanent art installation to honor Keaton Otis, a 25 year old Black man murdered by Portland police May 12, 2010.

BAEP Takes Place will be followed by a site-responsive outdoor projection by Mobile Projection Unit (MPU), a roving studio that presents new, experimental video works throughout Portland landscapes. PICA is the fiscal sponsor and a core partner of A Black Art Ecology of Portland.

BAEP Takes Place | March 7, 4:00-6:00 PM
4:00 PM Exhibition Open
4:30 PM Artist Presentations
5:30 PM Open Dialogue / Q & A
Food by Everybody Eats and DB Desserts. Beer and wine will be served.

Mobile Projection Unit | 6:00-8:00 PM
The intersection of N Williams Ave. and NE Hancock Street
This will be outdoors, please dress accordingly for the weather.

BAEP Takes Place Pop-Up Exhibition
Opening: Saturday, March 7 | 4:00-6:00 PM
March 10 – March 13 | 12:00-6:00 PM
Closing: March 14 | 12:00-4:00 PM

Participating Artists
Intisar Abioto
Donovan Smith
Melanie Stevens
Sharita Towne
Hasan Mahmood
and more…

BAEP is supported by an Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights grant, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Ford Family Foundation, Community Development Partners, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

SPACE Program

SPACE (Supporting Partners, Artists, and Community Events) offers PICA’s space, equipment, staff and other resources in support of local artists and community organizations to curate and produce residencies, programs, and events.

SPACE is supported in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation, and Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust. 

More information on the SPACE Program, including its two-year history at PICA, will be released in coming months.