Art by David Douglas High School student Patipon Ketmanee. Another of his works won a recent art competition for Oregon high school seniors and now hangs in Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Washington D.C. office.


PhotoArt Encounter | 9th-College

OBT’s PhotoArt Encounter provides an opportunity for high school and college students studying the visual arts to work directly from the figure. The program invites students to observe the OBT dancers in their company class and/or rehearsal, and draw or photograph them with unprecedented exposure to athletes in the process of training.

The PhotoArt program was developed in 1990 as a means of extending the possibilities for students’ exposure to the dance arts. Annually, some 300 students studying the visual arts participate in the program, either at OBT’s home studios or in the major theaters in downtown Portland during company performance runs. The student-generated artwork is exhibited annually in a public showing.

2018|19 PhotoArt Encounter

PhotoArt Encounter occurs mid-day sometime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm in the theater on the following dates (based on company dancer schedule):

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, October 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 6 or Friday the 7th, 2018 – time TBD.
  • Thursday February 14 or Friday, February 15 at 12:15-1:30
  • Thursday, April 11 at 12:15-1:30
  • Thursday, June 6 at 12:15-1:30
Dates and times are subject to change.
Please contact Kasandra Gruener at 503.290.0012 or


Duration: 1 hour | $4.00 per person


Header image: “Synchronized” by Malia Hee (St. Mary’s Academy). Digital photography, Lightroom, Photoshop – 10×35″