THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
Rainmaker Artist Residency is the first artist residency of its kind established within the city limits of Portland, Oregon that meets the needs of the growing number of artists who choose to live here. At Rainmaker, each artist's studio is part of a greater community that exists to foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas and learning. Rainmaker is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Founded in 2013 by artist Jane Schiffhauer, Rainmaker Artist Residency offers studio space and professional development education and support to eligible artists (see Apply page).
The core values of creativity, community, and education guide Rainmaker residents over a
6-12 month period during their residency.
Artists need ongoing professional development. Not unlike professionals in any other job, artists benefit from feedback about their work and how to sustain their artistic practice on a professional level.
Funding sources, grant writing, taxes, marketing, contracts, and networking are just some of the professional development education needs of emerging artists. Rainmaker provides seminars in these areas along with conversations and studio visits with visiting artists, gallerists and curators.
A rainmaker is someone who induces or creates something. Originally rainmaking referred to rituals in many cultures that induced rainfall. In popular culture it is also used to mean creating more business by bringing in new clients.
This residency exists to induce emerging artists to expand their creative work and grow professionally. The “rain” created is both the art that is produced and the artists themselves who continue to expand their professional practice and bring their art into the world.
And yes, there is also the fun reference to the fact that the clouds above Portland are truly some of the best rainmakers in the world!
JANE SCHIFFHAUER, FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, ARTIST
Originally from New York, Jane Schiffhauer is an artist who has called Portland home for over 20 years. She explores ideas of memory, mythology, and the body in her sculptures, images and videos. After an early career in business, Jane followed her passion and began studies in graphic design and photography. She began her studio practice in printmaking and mixed media while raising her two sons. She has been awarded several artist residencies in the U.S. and her work is shown regionally and nationally. Jane holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a BS dual degree in Management and Communications from Syracuse University.