30 newly minted artists emerge onto the Portland art scene this July in Blackfish Gallery’s much-anticipated Recent Graduates exhibition, showcasing the work of Oregon’s top BFA and MFA graduates. For the public, it’s a one-time opportunity to experience the freshest ideas and images emerging from Oregon’s 15 art degree-granting institutions.

The participating artists are selected by their teachers, based on the quality of work created for their senior projects or theses. The opportunity to show at Blackfish has become a de facto award for top grads, something the institutions and students value highly, “and that mandates us to keep doing it,” says Blackfish member and recent grads show organizer Steve Tilden.