OTIS – This spring, photographers Danielle Dean and Isaac Sachs will be Artists-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology through a partnership with Portland’s Blue Sky Gallery. Danielle is an “alumna” of Blue Sky’s Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, and Isaac’s work is currently a part of the program. The Viewing Drawers are an annually rotating exhibition of photographic prints by artists based in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
Sitka’s residency program provides artists, writers and ecologists the gift of time and space needed to focus on creative pursuits and research. As part of their residency, Danielle and Isaac will get housing and a studio for 3 weeks at the Sitka Center, surrounded by the natural environment of Cascade Head on the central Oregon coast. Isaac Sachs will reside at Sitka’s new Grass Mountain property, situated 2 miles from the main Sitka campus. Following their residency, both artists will give an artist talk at Blue Sky in Spring 2018 (date to be announced).
The Blue Sky/Sitka Center residency is in its second year of collaboration between the two organizations. Inviting photographers to participate in a residency at Sitka is intended to support the work of Oregon photographers and highlight the residency program at Sitka Center. Sitka Center Executive Director Leslie Jordan commented, “We are really exciting to be expanding our residency program to include more photographers. Through journalism, personal memoir and fine art practice, photography is a powerfully creative medium that offers a conduit for transmitting a deeper understanding and appreciation for the environment and our experience in the world.”
Danielle Dean is an artist and educator based on San Juan Island in Washington State. She recently completed her MFA in photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is included in public and private collections and has been exhibited throughout the country including the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Center for Fine Art Photography, Blue Sky Gallery, and Foley Gallery in NYC.
Isaac Sachs is a photographer and engineer from Oakland, California, living in Portland, Oregon. His work examines the many ways in which humans interact with and shape their environment, particularly through technology. Isaac has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. His work has been in group shows at Blue Sky Gallery and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, and Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, and has been featured in online and print publications.
Committed to expanding the relationships between art, nature and humanity, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is renowned for its workshop and residency programs. Exploration of the coastal environment has remained a key component to the Center’s vitality. Located at Cascade Head, with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Sitka Center offers a place where artists, writers, environmental scientists and musicians of all abilities and backgrounds come to nourish and inspire their creativity. For more details visit www.sitkacenter.org.