About Us

Urban Art Network is a registered 501-C3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for self-representing local artists.

We are collectively engaged in:

  • Creating and hosting events for artists to showcase and sell their work
  • Working with businesses and other organizations to promote the arts
  • Networking and outreach for both established and emerging artists

Since 2000, a devoted team of artist coordinators has presented a street art gallery in the Pearl District on First Thursdays. For one vibrant evening each month from April through October, artists at all stages of their careers, self-represent and sell their work. The Street Gallery is open to the public, rain or shine, every First Thursday (5pm - 10pm) April through October.

Coordinator Team:

Jennifer Kapnek

Street Gallery Coordinator, Sign-in

19 years

I love the magic that happens at the Street Gallery. I am honored and proud to be a part of Urban Art Network.

Joseph Forbish

Street Gallery Coordinator

14 years
Metal art and mixed media

Try to help out best I can.

Michael Heuser

Street Gallery Coordinator, Treasurer

9 years

I volunteer with UAN as I feel it is a valuable asset to the community and a great venue for Artists.

Michelle Purvis

Street Coordinator, Safety Crew, Active selling artist.

12 years

Support emerging artists and connections with the community.

Tam Hess

UAN info booth coordinator & UAN social media marketing

3 years

I love helping and supporting local artist!


Street Gallery Coordinator

12 years
Commission and artist woodturner

I am proud to be on a team that supports up and coming artists.

Zak Gere

Street Gallery Coordinator

17 years
Painter & Sculptor

Free spot

Chuck E. Bloom

Street Gallery Coordinator

18 years

It is a way to help ensure outlets for artists and easy access to people to buy art.

Dana Gravelle

Digital Coordinator

15 years
Web Guy

Involved with UAN since 2005. I'm happy to assist whenever I can.

Mary Heuser

Goals, planning & funding research for 20th anniversary

4 years
Fiber artist

Encourage and support emerging artists within the greater Portland area.

Urban Art Network is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We strive to create opportunities for all artists of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talents.

We embrace and encourage artists with differences in age, color, ethnicity, race, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, veteran status, physical and mental ability, and socio-economic status.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas and strategies for accomplishing our commitment of inclusion.