Open Call


Signal Fire

No Funding
Portland, United States


Ages 18+ Current students and non-students accepted. May be available for college credit through an arrangement with students' home institutions.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


June 20, 2021 - July 10, 2021


  • $3,300.00 program fee (one-time)




Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, Vegan, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Competition , Courses, Critique, Discussion, Forum, Group Dinners, Mentors, Panel, Performances, Professional Development, Publication, Readings, Retreat, Round Tables, Schools, Self-Directed, Seminars, Visiting Professionals, Workshops, Yoga


Acting, Activists, Administrators, Animation, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Arts Administrator, Augmented Reality, Ballet, Biotech, Blacksmith, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Media, DJ / Nightlife, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Metalsmith, Mime, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Scholar, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology



Program Description

Wide Open Studios presents Artist-as-Trickster, a backcountry-based survey of strategies for subversion, fable, and ruse. Taking inspiration from the prevalence of mythical tricksters throughout the cultures of the world, we will share a journey through the wild heart of the Klamath-Siskiyous, a land whose natural history is touched by mystery and contradiction. Our readers will include stories from Native North America wherein Coyote reigns supreme. Coyote dwells in paradox, and we will observe the ways contemporary artists embrace paradox in a daily sequence of artist profiles and a parallel course of Tiny Projects—prompts that ask each artist to try new ways to disrupt their own creative habits. Visiting artists will join us to illuminate the strategies they use to embrace the unexpected, as well as to discuss the many enchantments and conflicts of the Klamath. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE- PLEASE SEE APPLY LINK Image alumna Fadwa Bouziane, 2019 performance

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