Prequel artists and mentors 2018 announced!


Ali Balter, Winnie Black, Marcelo Fontana, Emily Wise, Kevin Holden, Alan Page, Pace Taylor, Maya Vivas



Avantika Bawa, Karl Burkheimer, Demian DinéYahzi’, Amanda Leigh Evans, Tabitha Nikolai, Ariana Jacob, Ralph Pugay, Jeremy Rotsztain




We are excited to release the application for Prequel’s third session. Prequel is a free artist mentorship and critique program that includes weekly group meetings with visiting artists, curators, and organizers. This year Prequel will run February through May 2018 and will conclude with a final exhibition and catalog in the fall. Eight participants are selected from an open application process via jury and pair with eight mentoring artists (this session’s mentors are included below). Participants are expected to continue making and critiquing new independent and collaborative work while also building their professional development skills. Prequel is an alternative form of education seeking emerging artists of all ages who feel that they are at a point in their career in which they would benefit from both group critiques and individual mentoring.

This year’s confirmed mentors are Avantika Bawa, Karl Burkheimer, Demian DinéYahzi’, Amanda Leigh Evans, Ariana Jacob, Tabitha Nikolai, Ralph Pugay, and Jeremy Rotsztain.  


  • minimum 1 year removed (as of Nov. 1st, 2018) from most recent full-time education (high school, undergraduate, graduate).
  • 18 or older.
  • Available for at least 90 percent of Monday night group meetings (7-9pm).
  • Flexibility to meet at various locations around Portland. (We cannot provide financial assistance to help with transportation but will work with you in advance to help coordinate).
  • Currently making new work.
  • Eagerness to engage in critical dialog around your work and that of your peers.


April 5th, 2017

Sorry for the delay in updates everyone! Prequel will run again in the winter of 2018 with an open call coming out later in 2017. Please join our mailing list and/or follow us on facebook/instagram to find out when this goes live, and thank you for your interest!



Prequel Exhibition Logo

  • JOIN US at the opening reception for The Participants, Nov. 5th from 6–9 at PSU’s Littman Gallery. Prequel 2016’s final exhibition is on view during gallery hours from November 1–13. Sat–Wed, 12–5 pm & Thurs–Fri, 12–6 pm.
  • 2016 artists and mentors announced! Click here to learn more. Congrats and thanks to everyone who applied.
  • Prequel 2015 catalogs are available for sale here. They were beautifully designed by Prequel 2015 artists Genevieve Goffman, Travis Beardsley, and Dakota Gearhart.



Prequel is a free, juried artist incubator that consists of weekly critiques and workshops with guest artists, curators, and arts organizers. Prequel takes a durational approach to community development, incubating artists and their ideas over a six-­month span that concludes with an exhibition and catalog, with a series of public programs along the way. Prequel was created by artists in order to provide other emerging artists with a supportive environment to make and critique new work while engaging with more experienced artists and organizers to develop clearer narratives regarding their practices, identity, career, and sustainability.

Prequel’s main objective is to create a strong sense of community in our core group and outward among emerging and mid-­career artists. This goal in turn raises the rigor of art and criticality in the Pacific Northwest while simultaneously addressing the realities and viability of pursuing a life as an artist in the region. The program is designed to benefit its selected artists and their mentors, along with the broad reach of artists, organizations, and public with whom these selected artists collaborate and have conversations with.





Rose City Art Review reviews What I Know Is: Read here.

60 Inch Center reviews Prequel’s Eight TakesRead here.