124 NW 9th, Portland, Oregon 97209

Artist Membership in Waterstone Gallery

Waterstone Gallery reviews artists’ work on a regular basis. 

Artist members are assessed a monthly fee to cover rent and operating expenses. Currently it is $175. Each artist works at the gallery 2 days per month and must also volunteer for some duties essential to the operation of the gallery, i.e., Publicity, Treasurer, Secretary, Maintenance, etc.. Attendance is required at a monthly business meeting held at 3:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Artists are also responsible for working a one hour shift on First Thursday evening. There is a 3 month trial period during which either the artist or the gallery can withdraw from the agreement.

The gallery intends to display at least one artwork of each artist every month. There is an annual group show every year. There is limited storage but each artist can have 3-7 (depending on size) additional works stored in the stacks. The gallery retains 25% commission on sales.

One-person exhibitions are selected on a rotational basis. Each member-artist is given a show month every 18 to 24 months. All costs associated with a solo show are to be covered by the artist. This includes partial payment of the one page PADA ad and other expenses associated with advertising their exhibition. The preview opening costs will also be borne by the artist as well.

The artist will work in cooperation with the marketing committee to promote the event. This includes providing press release information in a timely fashion among other responsibilities. The hanging committee will assist the artist with the exhibition installation.

An artist wishing to leave the gallery shall give a 3 month notice to the gallery Director. Dues and gallery sitting responsibilities are still in effect during this period.

If you are interested in applying please submit all of the following information to:
Lisa Onstad at – lisaonstadstudio@gmail.com

  • a résumé
  • a letter of interest which includes what skills you bring to the running of the gallery as well as why you want to be a member-artist of Waterstone Gallery
  • 6 images (jpg’s only – pixel dimension of each jpg should be as large as possible without exceeding 1920w x 1080h, AND the file size of each jpg should not exceed 1 MB)
  • a detailed inventory sheet that includes dimensions, media and prices of the submitted art works

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Lisa Onstad
Jury Coordinator