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Columbia Center for the Arts
Best of the Gorge 2020


2020 Best of the Gorge

July 3-27, 2020


About the Show 

This premier show celebrates and rewards the best artwork produced by mid-Columbia Gorge artists. All mediums are welcome, such as drawing, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art and digital and mixed media. Prizes will go to the best three artworks as chosen by the Juror.


About the Juror

Kristin O'Neill was a set designer in LA for many years before moving to The Gorge. Her work required creating visual vignettes for film and TV. Some of her credits include the movie, Stewart Little and the television production of the MTV Awards. She currently uses her creative talents as the creative director of, as well as the co-owner of the performance-based event site The Ruins at the old cannery.



The show is open to all mid-Columbia residents who live at least three months annually in one of the following Columbia Gorge counties: Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, & Skamania counties.


How to Apply

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2020 until May 20, 2020.

Apply online (The show is titled Best of the Gorge 2020 on the site.) The Fee is $35.00 for up to three images.


Work to Submit

  • All submitted artworks must be created within the last two years. 
  • Classroom or workshop pieces may not be entered.
  • Artworks must not have been displayed previously in the mid-Columbia region. 
  • All submitted artworks must be ready for display. 
  • The title of each artwork must be written on the front of the piece or written on a small piece of paper attached to the back of the piece. 


Since we hope to display work from many artists, space will be at a premium and size restrictions (see below) for submitted pieces must be met. 


Submitted pieces will be juried individually. It is probable that some artists will have more than one piece accepted. Purchasers may take their pieces at the time of purchase. As CCA is a nonprofit organization, we are looking for pieces that are saleable and priced for the local art market. If you have questions about appropriateness of your pieces and/or their prices, please contact Gallery Manager, at


Contracts & Payment to Artists

Artists juried into the show will be asked to sign a Columbia Center for the Arts exhibition contract, and must submit an artist statement at the time of delivery on the work(s). Statements must be well-designed and cleanly printed on 8.5x11” white paper. The commission sales split is 60% revenue to the artist and 40% revenue to Columbia Center for the Arts. Payments to artists will occur by the 20th of the month following the exhibition.


Size Restrictions

For 2-D works, the framed size must be less than 48” on the longest size. 3-D works must be less than about 36 cu. ft., (i.e., a box about 3’ x 2’ x 6’, depending on the work’s overall shape). If you have a question about the size restrictions, please contact the Gallery Manager, at



Best of Show           $400

Second Place           $200

Third Place             $100


Artist Reception

The opening of the show will be celebrated at an evening reception on First Friday, July 3, from 6-8pm. We ask all show artists to attend the opening event if possible. There will be food, drink, and music, and the prizewinners will be announced. Juror, Kristin O’Neill, will attend First Friday and describe her process for selecting the prize-winning pieces. We encourage artists to connect with visitors at the event to discuss their art.


Show Takedown

The show takedown will be on Sunday, July 26th. If you cannot be at Columbia Center for the Arts on that day to pick up any unsold pieces between 3pm-5pm, you must contact Gallery Manager, prior to July 26th to make other arrangements. 

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