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CALL TO ARTISTS – A River Runs Through Us: The Art and Words of the Lostine

NOTE: This is an invitation only event.

The Wild and Scenic Lostine River is an iconic Oregon landscape. The river begins amid the rugged peaks, placid lakes, and weather-beaten white bark pines of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Its clear, cold waters follow a glacially-hewn valley for 31 miles to the confluence with the Wallowa River, where it nurtured an important Nez Perce summer encampment. The ridges along its watershed are places of alpine splendor, home to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, and other iconic wildlife. The river harbors bull trout, steelhead and rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, and recently restored Coho salmon, whose first returns occurred in 2018.

The Josephy Center of Arts and Culture invites you to be among the talented artists who participate in our 2019 Wild Landscapes exhibition: A River Runs Through Us: The Art and Words of the Lostine.  

This exhibit will portray the entirety of this extraordinary wild watershed and its wild inhabitants, river, forests, and alpine setting, from sources to mouth, ridge-top-to-ridgetop, in words and images. It is the 30th year of the river’s official designation as a Wild River.

Come participate in an afternoon gathering at Williamson campground on the Lostine River, from noon to 2PM, Friday, June 14, 2019. You’ll enjoy a scrumptious lunch and meet some of the other artists and writers who are part of the project. You’ll also learn about the natural history of the river and its watershed, and the importance of this landscape to the Nez Perce people. We hope that this gathering will stimulate creative thought, and help you better understand and capture this landscape. We will provide a map for your use, a USFS parking pass if you need one, and we’ll answer any questions you might have. (Note: We will gather at Williamson, but you may camp or stay anywhere you wish.)

Photographs, paintings and visual art in any medium, essays, short fiction and creative non-fiction, and poetry are invited. You may submit up to four works for consideration. Written and visual work will be juried into exhibition. Admitted written works will be excerpted, printed and hung. Written and visual works will appear in full in the “A River Runs Through Us” catalogue.

Please RSVP for the June outing no later than June 1 to Megan Wolfe at or call (541) 432-0505

Submissions are due on July 1 to

Admitted works due at Josephy Center by August 1

Exhibit runs August 2 – September 9, 2019

Because we wish to depict the entire watershed, including high elevation alpine lakes, which may be inaccessible in mid-June, and wildlife, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats, which may be elusive, we are also permitting entry of visual and written work that depicts the alpine settings of the Lostine River that have been created in spring, summer, or fall prior to June, 2019.

Note: Williamson Campground directions – From Enterprise travel west on Highway 82 for 10 miles to Lostine. In lostine turn left at Lostine River Road and go 7 miles; The Lostine River Road turns into Forest Road 8210 at Forest Boundary; Continue 4 miles on Forest Road 8210; Campground entrance is on right side of road.