Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR) and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, OR) are pleased to announce New York based photographer Daesha Devón Harris as our third annual Blue Sky/Sitka Center Residency Award recipient. The juried residency recognizes an alumnus of Blue Sky’s exhibitions or Drawers program with a month-long residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Sitka’s residency program provides artists, writers and ecologists the gift of time and space needed to focus on creative pursuits and research. Daesha will be in residence for four weeks at Sitka Center, surrounded by the natural environment of Cascade Head on the central Oregon coast. In addition to lodging and a work studio at Sitka Center, Daesha will receive a stipend from The Kinsman Foundation.
Following her residency, Daesha will give an artist talk about her work at Blue Sky Gallery on Friday, April 26 at 5:30pm, and at Sitka Center’s Resident Show and Tell on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm at Sitka Center.
Sitka Center Executive Director Alison Dennis 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.”
Daesha was chosen from a pool of Blue Sky exhibition and Drawers alumna—the largest application pool to date for this residency. Blue Sky Executive Director Lisa DeGrace reflects, “Daesha’s exhibition at Blue Sky in June 2018 was deeply rooted in the waters and lands of her home in upstate New York. We are thrilled to see how the rich environment of Sitka Center feeds her ongoing work.”