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In Gratitude

Jan 8, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

CCA&C Exhibitions

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

In Gratitude is the final Leland Iron Works Residency Exhibition. Rather then summing up the work of our 2019 Residents under one title as we usually do, it became important to recognize the larger picture. With In Gratitude, we draw attention to the gratitude felt by the many residents and community members who have benefited from the Kelly family’s generous gift sharing of their home and their time with PNCA over the past 10 years. In addition we wish to give thanks to The Ford Family Foundation for supporting twenty Golden Spot Residents and many more emerging artists over the past four years of the residency program.

This year our residents grappled with many issues close to the heart or Leland Iron Works; environmental and political concerns were prevalent, themes of time and loss emerged. Leland Iron Works embodies these concepts with its storied history and landscape. It has attracted residents who, like Lee Kelly, are grappling with these ideas in their work. We are grateful to our 2019 residents for their dedication, independence, and resolve to create. As the residency draws to a close we are grateful for the wide community of artists that has evolved from the unique shared experience offered by Lee Kelly, his family, and his home. In Gratitude.

Please join us for a closing reception at 5:00pm January 24, 2020.
    Artists include:
  • Jennifer Bacon
  • Christy Baily
  • Lisa Conway
  • Ken Eklund
  • Marcelo Fontana
  • Sam Hamilton
  • Carolyn Hazel-Drake
  • Diego Morales-Portillo
  • Dave Mosier
  • Collin Richard
  • Johanna Robinson
  • Justin Voiss

PNCA would also like to thank Christina Conant for her dedication to making this residency program a success.


Since 1963, the five-acre property and “great experiment” known as Leland Iron Works has been Lee Kelly’s studio and home. Previously a sawmill and dairy farm, LIW is a direct link to the earliest days of Oregon’s history. Since the 1960s, it has provided art studios for writers, architects, and other artists who come to the property to work or find quiet. In 1970, it was designated an artists colony.