Industry and Arts Program
Industry and Art Initiative
The opportunity for accomplished artists to capture and translate their images of old industry at the falls--through plein aire 'art jams', and the accessibly priced Dan Robinson event poster project-- are two aspects of our Industry & Art initiative.One of the foundation's most innovative preservation strategies, the "Art Contemplates Industry" project interprets historic industrial structures through the eyes of fine artists.
The T.W. Sullivan Hydropower Plant in West Linn was the site of our first "Art Contemplates Industry" event, in 2007. The collection was on display for seven months, from September 2007 through April, 2008, in three venues in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties. It is currently back in the hands of the artists but has been gathered in an exhibit catalog funded by the Arts Alliance and available in several area libraries and from the foundation.
Artists who've sold their pieces from these collections include Shelley Hershberger, Leslie Peterson, Zeb Andrews, Jonell Covault. Artists with work from this collection featured in the Portland Art Museum's Rental/Sales Gallery are Christopher Mooney and Kevin Farrell.
A spin-off of this project is the creation of a sister project by the Estacada Arts Commission, which is working with PGE to create similar opportunities for artists at the old powerhouses and dams on the Clackamas River.
Marvel at the views of artists of three historic Clackamas County hydropower plants, as documented in our collection of project catalogs. See Bull Run Powerhouse, T.W. Sullivan Powerhouse, and the Hawley Pulp and Paper Company Powerhouse (no longer in existence) through the eyes of some of the region's finest artists and photographers.