We are Shannen and Kelly, both artists and art lovers. We found ourselves in an incredible position to operate and live in an art gallery located in downtown Portland. Without hesitation we agreed that the major goal for this space is to better the community by providing opportunities to art students, and artists without representation. We also want to use the space to bring together a community of artists by hosting workshops, and creating and an environment devoted to creativity, inspiration, and development.
There are many difficulties underrepresented artists face while finding venues to display their work. We at GALLERY IOI make it our main focus to give them a stepping stone toward success. This is why we made it our mission to mostly show art students and those who need a first start. Like the class number IOI being an introduction to a school subject, we like to see our gallery as an introduction to becoming a represented professional artists.