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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.

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.