Charles Siegfried, Adjunct Instructor in Art Practice, presented The Immigrant Show at Blackfish Gallery
Author: School of Art + Design
Posted: January 3, 2019

Charles Siegfried, adjunct instructor in the School of Art + Design, presented The Immigrant Show: Artworks by Immigrants Living in America at Blackfish Gallery. The exhibition showcased artworks by 30+ immigrants born outside the U.S. who were invited to respond in original words and images to the prompt: “What are your experiences living in America?” The Immigrant Show gives the immigrant and refugee communities a voice.

The artists represented an array of ages, ethnicities, countries of origin and art backgrounds, giving the wider Portland community a unique opportunity to view visual and written artwork from a diverse population that many in the Portland metro area are not familiar with.
The project was supported in part by a generous grant from the Art Department at Clackamas Community College. Additional partners included Mount Hood Community College, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, and art therapist Luba Gonina, who assisted the gallery in finding and inviting the participating artists. Catholic Charities of Oregon was key in providing their immigran and refugee clients an opportunity to creat artworks for the show.
The exhibition was on view December 4-30, 2018 at Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Avenue, Portland OR.
KATU News coverage of the exhibition:
Photo: Artwork by Aleathea St. Hilaire