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PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art)

PICA (Portland Institute For Contemporary Art)
415 SW 10th
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: (503) 242-1419
Fax: (503) 243-1167


Founded in 1995, PICA is a non-profit arts center with the mission of acknowledging and advancing ideas in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, publications and educational programs, PICA enables artists and audiences alike to push the limits of artistic expression and provocative ideas that illuminate life in the here and now. PICA’s main program is the annual TBA (Time Based Art) Festival that brings together a remarkable group of artists from around the nation and around the world for ten days of thoughtful, innovative and inspiring performances that address the cultures, aesthetics, issues and ideas of today.

PICA presents artists whose work draws on the vast and varied traditions of theatre, dance, performance, media and visual art, building on these to create new forms, often defying categorization. The TBA Festival is curated by Artistic Director Cathy Edwards along with Erin Boberg Doughton and Kristan Kennedy. Work is reviewed on an ongoing basis, and festivals are programmed one to two years in advance. Staff invites artists for residencies and commissions on a case-by-case basis; there is no formal submission process.

House Capacity: 300

Disciplines: Dance, Performance Art, Music, Theatre, Spoken Word, Multi-Discipline