Media / Press Relations
Please stay tuned for information on media in relation to Graeter Art Gallery including the photography and filming of events.
Although we are not actively seeking new artists, the Graeter Art Gallery welcomes and periodically reviews artist submissions.
Please email a link to your work that includes a resume, artist statement, and a retail price list to email@example.com
Due to the number of submissions we receive, please understand that it is not possible for the gallery to critique work on an individual basis. If we find that your work fits in with our program, we will contact you for furtherinformation.
We cannot be held responsible for unsolicited materials.
Private Event Rentals
The Graeter Art Gallery is nestled in the Victorian-era Historic Merchant Hotel of NW Portland's Old Town/ Chinatown neighborhood. We are conveniently located between the beautiful Steel and Burnside Bridges, two blocks from Central Train station, one block from the Max line and walking distance to the any of the city's best restaurants, bars, entertainment and attractions. Our original and gleaming Skid Row Doug-Fir floors, 12ft high exposed brick walls and floor to ceiling windows invites any stranger in from the rain.
Overlooking 2nd Ave and Old Town to the east, our cozy Redwood bar is a fabulous place to perch, and our couches and brick fireplace always a favorite retreat. With our open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and monthly contemporary art exhibits, our gallery space is ideal for most any event imaginable.
Located in the Historic Merchant Hotel, the Graeter Art Gallery and Wine Bar stands as a new Portland Contemporary Art gallery model. Read more
Graeter Wine Bar
We are proud to work with local Oregon and California vineyards, serving wines from the Willamette Valley and Chehalem Mountains to the Snake River Valley and beyond.
Our featured wines may include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and more. Read more
About Graeter Art Gallery
John Graeter was born and raised in Washington, DC where he was exposed to international politics, Capitol Hill antique shops, quaint historic brownstones, hot, humid summers filled with punk rock, hip hop and reggae, alleyways with personality, good local graffiti and skateboarding on the marble of our national monuments.
After moving to Portland in 2002, John started his personal art career in full swing. Through self-marketing, guerilla promotion and lots of hustling, he successfully launched his art career and subsequently produced hundreds of art works for as many local art shows.
John co-founded and was acting Director of local non-profit Portland City Art from 2007-2009. During that time he worked with Creative Director powerhouse Chris Haberman and thousands of emerging Portland artists of varying backgrounds, philosophies and creative disciplines.
Chris and John transformed many alternative gallery spaces, industrial warehouses, private residences, old manor homes and street corners into engaging group art shows for whence the Portland community could engage, network, and support.Also during this time, John was co-owner and curator from at Anka Gallery in NW Portland. John helped to organize, implement, curate and manage the gallery artists and art shows.
Soon after the dissolving of Portland City Art in 2009, John formed Graeter Art Rep as sole proprietor of a his Portland curating, brokering, advising and art event production firm. Through Graeter Art Rep, John was able to manage and curate artwork for several outstanding client accounts including law firms, top culinary hotspots, private events and also hosting the occasional pop-up art event in Portland.
Looking to take his trusted stable of highly visionary, ambitious and gutsy Portland artists to the national + international level, John threatened to leave for another city and form a contemporary art gallery.
Then, John realized what a fool he'd be to leave the people, the city and the vision of Portland that he loved so much! In January of 2011, after an inspirational and transformative rainy day monologue rant over a glass of good red wine, the heart of Graeter Art Gallery spilled onto the table. It was something out of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The rest is history.
Ashley Gibson is a curator and scholar hailing from southern California. She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin in 2004, after which she worked in Los Angeles as a buyer in the fashion industry for five years. During this time she was immersed in a creative environment that blurred the lines between art, fashion, and music. However, a desire to move completely into the art world took her in Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 2009 to pursue a M.A. in Art History at the University of Oregon. Specializing in Contemporary Art, Ashley wrote her Masters thesis on the history of exhibition, distribution, and access of video art and graduated in June 2011. During her time in Eugene, Ashley curated a number of art exhibitions including Diaspora, Identity and Race: Cuba Today at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.