Biography // Curriculum Vitae

Blue Mitchell

Born in Montana, US 1974

Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has been involved with many facets of the photographic arts. Mitchell received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft where he has taught studio school classes and workshops. In his personal work he implements many photographic techniques including toy cameras, pinhole, alternative processes, mixed media, and hand drawing. Most recently Mitchell has been specializing in acrylic lifts – this process and some of his work was published in Photographic Possibilities, 3rd edition by Robert Hirsch and Alternative Photographic Processes: Crafting Handmade Images by Brady Wilks.

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions
2014Chasing the Afterglow, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX
2012Evanescent Energy, Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TXCurator: Rene' West
2011Evanescent Energy, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, ORCurator: Michael Granger
2010Evanescent Energy, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, ORCurator: Chris Bennett
2008Mythos, Space 204, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TNCurator: Libby Rowe
2007Mythos, Downtown Initiative for the Arts (DIVA), Eugene, OR
2007Mythos, Filter Talent, Portland, OR
2006Mythos, Cameraworks Gallery, Portland, ORCurator: Scott Jones
2-5 Person Exhibitions
2014-2015Fragments of Reality, Duane Monczewski, Beth Moon, Jennifer Schlesinger, Takeshi Shikama, Blue Mitchell, Verve Gallery of Photography, Sante Fe, NMCurator: Jennifer Schlesinger
2010Third Juried Annuale, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NCCurator: Alex Niergescatalogue
2009This Land, Studio West, Eugene Oregon
2009Four: Contemporary Approaches to Photography, 12x16 Gallery, Portland, OR
2008It’s Just Life, ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery, Seattle, WACurator: Nichole Dement
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015Depth of Field, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZCurators: Connie and Jerry Rosenthal
2015Sky, Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MACurator: Paula Tognarellicatalogue
2014Breaking Ground Exhibition, Homecoming 2014, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VACurator: Eliot Dudik
2014Peter Urban Legacy 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MACurator: Aline Smithsoncatalogue
2014Unbound3!, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VACurator: Gordon Stettinius
2013Center Forward, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, COCurator: Hamidah Glasgowcatalogue
2013Antiquarian & the New Alchemy, Serenbe Photography Center, Chattahoochee Hills, GACurator: S. Gayle Stevens
2013Board of Directors Exhibition, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
20134th Biennial Juried Pinhole Photography Show, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CACurator: Ann Jastrab
2013e·mer·gence, Lightbox Gallery, Astoria ORCurator: Michael Granger
2013 Exposure 2013 | Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival, Snap Shot, Calgary, CanadaCurator: Skew Gallery
2012Cannon Beach Photo Review Exhibition, Cannon Beach Arts Association Gallery, OR
2011ISTORIA: Exploration in Contemporary Narrative, UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TXCurator: Committee
2011This Good Earth, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR Curator: Laura Valenti
2010Spooky Show, 2nd Annual, Lightbox Gallery, Astoria ORCurator: Michael Granger
2010Plastic Fantastic Toy Camera Show, Lightbox Gallery, Astoria ORCurator: Lauren Henkin
2010TPS Annual Members’ Only Show, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco TX
20091st Annual Members Showcase, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
2008Sitka Art Invitational, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
2008Edgy: Pushing the Limits of Photographic Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, COCurator: Michael Itkoff
2008International Open Exhibition, The Photomedia Center, Erie, PACurator: Anthony LaSala
2007Craft Biennale Juried Group Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, OCAC, Portland, ORCurator: Arthur DeBow
2007Photography: The Other Fine Art, 2nd Annual, The Midlantic Gallery Arts Consortium, Perkasie, PA
2007Documentation & Distortion, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, GA Curator: Pete Christman
2007OCAC Alumni Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, OCAC, Portland, ORCurator: Arthur DeBow
2005SPE NW Juried Exhibition, Gallery II Fine Arts Center, Washington State, Pullman, WA
2005International Open Exhibition, The Photomedia Center, Erie, PACurator: Mike Tkach
2005Craft Biennale Juried Group Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, OCAC, Portland, ORCurator: Arthur DeBow
2005Visuals 505 Film & ideo Festival, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2005Sintax: A Pop Art Exhibition, Gallery 500, Portland, OR
Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers (Traveling Group Exhibition)
2015University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PACurators: Anne Leighton Massoni & Libby Rowecatalogue
2014Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
2014Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
2014Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
2013Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
2013Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2013Baylor University Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX
2012West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV
2011Gallery 114 and Kendall Gallery, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris University, Grand Rapids, MI
2011Lupke Gallery, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
Interviews
2014July 2014, F295 Interview by Tom PersingerVIEW
2014Jan. 2014, Rfotofolio, Interview and gallery by Connie and Jerry Rosenthal VIEW
2014Focal Point Q3 2014 Interview, Crusade for Art by Jennifer SchwartzVIEW
2013MIXTAPE, Oct.10, 2013, Lenscratch, Interview by Aline SmithsonVIEW
2013Sept. 11, 2013, Kiernan Gallery blog, Interview by Kat KiernanVIEW
2012Blue Moon Camera Codex, Interview by Jake ShiveryVIEW
2010Holga Darkroom, Featured Photographer by Jennifer Henriksen VIEW
Bibliography
2017Issue 203, June 2017, Black + White Photography Magazine (UK), “American Connection” by Susan Burnstine
2015Alternative Photographic Processes, page 67-69, Focal Press, Brady Wilks
2014Wide: Chasing the Afterglow, Issue #40, Dec/Jan 2014-15, Blur MagazineVIEW
2014Summer 2014 Issue, page 101 (print edition), Diffusion exhibit review at Verve Gallery, ARTnews, Ann Landi
2012Issue 116, page 35, summer 2012, Shots Magazine
2012April 23, 2012, “Photographer visits AC, inspires students”, The Ranger, Amarilo College
2011Newspace Center for Photography Retrospective Book, 2002-2011
2011Oregon College of Art & Craft Alumni Profile, OCAC Imprint, Spring 2011
2010Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, 3rd Edition, page 5, 268, Focal Press, Robert Hirsch
2010Lenscratch, Sept 3 2010 Featured PhotographerVIEW
2010The Pinhole Camera, Take 5 InterviewVIEW
2010Camera Obscura Journal, Volume II, Sfumato Press, LLC
2010Balch Creek, Issue 30, Bear Deluxe Magazine: a project of Orlo 2008
2010Issue 100, page 10, summer 2008, Shots Magazine
2010Cell Phone Photography Exhibition I catalog, page 12, Texas Photographic Society, TX
2008Issue 30, Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Air, F-StopVIEW
2007June 7, 2007, Page 40, “Photography...the other fine art” at Perkasie, Bucks County Herald, PA
2007June 2007, “Tranquility Equals Balance”, Portland Southeast Examiner, Portland, OR
2007The CameraArts Blog, CameraArts Preview Portfolios, Oct 30, 2007
2006Issue #20, Winter Issue, F-Stop MagazineVIEW
Exhibition Reviews
2013Spencer, Aaron “In Narrative Photo Exhibition, Every Picture Tells A Story” OPB, Nov. 12VIEW
2010Decambre, Dave, “Local Flavors: The Light Factory’s 2010 Annnuale, NC Artblog, June 1
2010Speer, Richard, “Visual Arts Pick”, Willamette Weekly, January
2008Silverman, Jack, “Time Lapse/Mythos at Ingram Studio Center” Nashville Art Scene, Oct 9
Publication as Author
2015A Dose of Magic: Blue Mitchell on Louviere + Vanessa, PDN Photo of the Day, July 6, 2015VIEW
2014Rule Breakers: Alison Turner - Don't Take Pictures, Feb 17, 2014VIEW
2014Crusade For Your Art: Best Practices For Fine Art Photographers, 1st Edition, Crusade Press, Jennifer Schwartz
2013KK Depaul interview, editorial statement, Diffusion: A Proclamation for Unconventional Photography, Special Iss.
2012Jim Leisy interview, editorial statement, Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, V. IV
2011Re-Imagining: Kate Stone, Becky Comber & Christopher Jordan plus interview and editorial statement, Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, V. III
2010The Mitchell Acrylic Lift on Birch Process, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, 3rd Edition, Focal Press, Robert Hirsch
2010Issue 15, Post Process: Acrylic Lifts, JPG Magazine
2010Various interviews and editorial statement, Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, V. II
2009Various interviews and editorial statement, Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, V. I
Awards & Honors
2014Focal Point Q3 2014 featured artist, Crusade for ArtVIEW
2011Featured Artist, Texas Photographic Society, Membership Print Program 2011
2009Grow Art, Poncho Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA
2009Art on the Vine, Live Auction Invitee, OCAC, Portland, OR
2007Third Place Award, Photography – The Other Fine Art, 2nd Annual, MGAC, Perkasie, PA
2005Photography Student Commission, Art on the Vine Auction, OCAC, Portland, OR
2005First Place Award, Student Juried Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, OCAC, Portland, OR
Artist Lectures & Presentations
20162016 Northwest Symposium for Alternative Process Photography, Keynote Lecture, Vancouver, BC
2015Handcrafted Photography Panel, Organizer/ Moderator, SPE NW Conference, Portland, OR
2013Spinning Yarns Artist Talk, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
2013Brown Bag Lecture Series, Portland Art Museum Photography Council, Portland, OR
2012Visiting Artist Talk, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX
2012Visiting Artist & Curatorial Talk, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
2010Artist Lecture, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
2010Alternative Process Panel Speaker, Society for Photographic Education NW Conference, Portland, OR
2010Artist Lecture / Professional Practices, Art Institute of Portland Photo Dept., Portland, OR
2010Artist Lecture / Professional Practices, OCAC Thesis Class, Portland, OR
2009Artist Lecture, Portland Photographers Forum, Portland, OR
Exhibitions Curated
2016Diffusion 7th Annual Exhibition, C0-Curated by Libby Rowe, A-Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX
2015Diffusion 6th Annual Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2014Diffusion: 5 Year Retrospective Exhibition, Verve Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
2013Unconventional Photography, Co-Curator, Lishui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China
2013After-Light, Basil Hallward Gallery, Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR
2012Diffusion 4th Annual Exhibition, Luz Gallery, Victoria, BC
2011Diffusion 3rd Annual Exhibition, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011Dream Allegory, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR
2010Diffusion 2nd Annual Exhibition, Springbox Gallery, Portland, OR
2009Diffusion 1st Annual Exhibition and Gala, pop-up, Portland, OR
Exhibitions & Competitions Juried (Guest)
2017Abstraction, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct. VT
2016Tribe, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR
2015Abstract, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
2014Forgotten, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX
2013Grayscale, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA
2013Critical Mass, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2013Photo+Craft II, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR
2013Curiouser and Curiouser: Photographic Dreams and Fictions, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2013TPS 22: International Competition, Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, TX
2012Critical Mass, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2011Photo+Craft, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR
2011Critical Mass, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2011Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards, Portland, OR
2011Wonderland: Photographing Fictions and Fantasies, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2010Critical Mass, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2010Lo-fi’ography, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2009Alternative Processes, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2008Student Juried Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, OCAC, Portland, OR
Exhibitions & Competitions Juried (Host)
2017The Visual Armistice, Plates to Pixels Annual Juried Showcase
2016Intimate Alchemy, Plates to Pixels Annual Juried Showcase
2014Lumen Eyes, Plates to Pixels Annual Juried Showcase
2012Enchantment, Plates to Pixels Annual Juried Showcase
2010Silver Seduction, Plates to Pixels Annual Juried Showcase
Teaching
2014Workshop Instructor, Acrylic Lifts for Photographers, Oregon College of Art & Craft, OR
2013Workshop instructor, Acrylic Lift Demonstration, Newspace Center for Photography, OR
2013MFA Photography Thesis Mentor, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
2013Studio School Instructor, The Artful Process for Photographers, Oregon College of Art & Craft
2013Workshop Instructor, Unconventional Photography, Oregon College of Art & Craft, OR
2012Workshop Instructor, Acrylic Lifts, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX
2002-2005Workshop Instructor / Photography Teacher, Art Adventures, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR
Professional Activities
2017Portfolio Reviewer, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2016Portfolio Reviewer, PhotoNola, New Orleans, LA
2015Portfolio Reviewer, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2014Curator, Your Daily Photograph, May 2014, 30 alt process photos, Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2013Portfolio Reviewer, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2012Portfolio Reviewer, PhotoNola, New Orleans, LA
2012Portfolio Reviewer, Cannon Beach Photo Review, Cannon Beach, OR
2011Portfolio Reviewer, Photolucida, Portland, OR
2011Portfolio Reviewer, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Portland, OR
2010Portfolio Reviewer, PhotoNola, New Orleans, LA
Professional Affiliations
2015-2017Artists For Artist Photo Collective, Member / Web Guru, world wide web
2011-2013Board Member, Co-Chair, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
Related Business / Employment
2008–Owner / Publisher, One Twelve Publishing, LLC, Portland, OR
Titles published: Contact by Jake Shivery (April 2015), Diffusion annual (2009-2017)
2007–Curator / Founder, Plates to Pixels Gallery, platestopixels.com, world wide web
2006–Graphics Design/Photography/Videography, Visual Media Services, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Education
2005BFA, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR