FAQ Page

Artist Questions

What is the time schedule for First Thursday?

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Street is closed and marked. Preparations begin.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Artist sign-in and set up You must sign in before you set up. Stop by the sign-in table at NW 13th and Hoyt. Those with advanced reservations are checked in before walk-ins. There is a sign up sheet for walk-ins. We will try to get walk-ins signed in as quickly as possible after 4:00 pm, or as soon as space becomes available. If you are approved as a walk-in, you'll pay the display fee. UAN accepts cash and checks and credit cards. You may then proceed to your space.

4:00 pm - Deadline for holding reserved spaces If you are going to be late, email us ahead of time that you want us to save your space. Otherwise, at 4:00 reserved spaces will be forfeited to walk-ins.

10 pm - Take Down Please do not break down your display before 10 pm. If you must leave early, please notify the Urban Art Network staff and respectfully pack your things out. Begin breaking down your display at 10pm and try to have the street cleared by 10:30pm. You are responsible for clearing your area of trash.

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What about my car?

Cars aren’t allowed inside the Street Gallery. This includes set up and break down. The only exception is if your car is part of your display. Otherwise, you may briefly unload outside of the street closure signs. Once you have unloaded, find a parking spot before you set up your display. Meters run until 7 pm on Thursdays. Long-term curbside parking is available near PNCA and towards NW Lovejoy. Three-hour and five-hour spots may be available north of the event site. People with small displays might find it easier to park first and then walk their work in.

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What if it rains?

The Street Gallery is outside in all weather conditions. Be prepared for wind and rain or hot sunshine. Especially be aware of gusts of wind that can knock your display over and blow your work into the dirt. Make sure that your display is structurally sound.

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What if my work is stolen or damaged?

Urban Art network is not responsible for your property during this event. Please take appropriate precautions.

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What if I misbehave?

Participants who do not abide by these few established policies and guidelines will be put on probation. Once placed on probation, it will remain in effect for the entire season. Continued violations of UAN policies will lead to refund of advanced registration.

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Do these rules apply to me?

Yes, if you have read or received an answer to your question, and you do not like it, or you think a UAN policy may exclude you, and feel the need to re-ask the same question, it is important to understand that the rules also apply to you. Urban Art Network is aware that our community is made up of “outside the box” thinkers. We appreciate your creativity, interest and passion, however, our clearly defined rules represent our mission, and they apply to everyone interested in or showing with us.

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What are the vendor guidelines for First Thursday?

Vendor guidelines, 1st Thursday 2016

By purchasing a space to show with URBAN ART NETWORK, vendors are responsible for reviewing and following all guidelines & requests of event staff. Failure to do so may result in a no-sell status for the evening, season, or future events. 

SET UP: 3pm - 5pm Vendors may begin set up no earlier than 2pm.  Vendors not checked into, or at their reserved space by 4pm will forfeit their space.

  • Keep display and storage in marked space at all times.
  • Consider bringing carts or dollies for quicker loading & unloading.
  • Plan your display set up and help according to these short time-frames.

Street gallery hours: 5 - 10pm   Vendors must be set up no later than 5pm.

Event closes: 10pm     Early break down is not permitted. In some rare cases, events may close early due to weather. If this occurs, all vendors will be notified by UAN coordinator. 

Breakdown: 10pm - 11pm   All vendors must begin break down at 10pm. 

  • Cars are not permitted in loading zones until 10:15pm, booth must be completely broken down 1st.
  • Vendors must be packed up and off event site by 11pm.
  • Plan your display breakdown and help according to these short time-frames.
  • Consider bringing carts or dollies for quicker loading & unloading.

Vehicles on site Vehicles are not allowed in the event site for any reason. Vehicles in event site between 2pm-11pm risk being towed. 

Loading zones  Load in  3:00-5:00pm / Load out 10:15-11:00pm.

  • Loading zones are for active loading & unloading only. 
  • Loading zones are one car-length deep & two cars wide at each street entrance.  Do not move the road closed signs. 
  • Do not pull your car into the loading zone until your booth is completely broken down.
  • Be courteous to vendors in corner spots, do not unload any product into, or walk product though their space.
  • Consider bringing carts or dollies for quicker loading & unloading.


Location: Park Blocks 3:00 - 5:00pm.  /  NW 13th 2:00 - 4:30pm. All transactions & requests must be made during listed hours.  Please wait in fill in line for all transactions & requests. 

Power/lights Power is not provided for this event. Please plan your lighting set up accordingly. Generators are not permitted.  Do not plug into any building or business for this event under any circumstance.

Refunds Payments are non-refundable & non-transferable. Vendors wishing to ‚Äúgive away‚Äù their space to an unregistered vendor must receive prior approval from UAN staff. 

Wind acknowledgment Improperly secured displays have resulted in flying canopies, damaged artwork and property.  By signing our vendor agreement, you acknowledge the risk of displaying outdoors in a high-wind area & agree to take all necessary precautions to secure your display an artwork from the impact of strong winds. Urban Art Network assumes no responsibility for damage from vendor displays. 

  • All canopies must have proper weights secured at all times. 
  • The spaces between Hoyt and Irving on 13th street are in an especially high wind area. 
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How do I register to participate in the Street Gallery?

You must be a member on the website to qualify for advanced registration. The advanced registration event usually happens in March. The UAN announces the date of this in-person event on its website approximately two weeks before the event takes place. Artists may register and pay for the upcoming season.

You can also sign up during the First Thursday event. From 3:00 pm - 5:00pm you can pay for any months remaining in the season, provided you meet the criteria of website registration.

As space permits, we also accept walk-in presenters. These spots are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so a spot is not guaranteed. You should build your profile ahead of time so that images of your work have already been approved. If you have already done this, you may pay for multiple months at once. If you have not uploaded your images, you may bring samples of your work and request to participate. Please keep in mind that this latter approach slows down the process for everybody. To register as a walk-in, visit the event sign-in table located at NW 13th and Irving. Walk-in hours begin at 4:00p.m. on First Thursdays. Remember, the earlier you get there, the better chance you have of getting a spot.

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What kind of art can I show at the Street Gallery?

Urban Art Network only considers creatively inspired, consciously manipulated, or artistically altered objects that are handmade, one of a kind, and/or limited edition. When accepting artists for the Street Gallery, other factors include previous participation, quality of work, quality of display, and your overall attitude.

The Street Gallery is a venue for local self-representing artists to market and sell their handcrafted works. Therefore, spaces dedicated to advertising, fundraising and promoting are not accepted. Nor do we accept massage, tarot reading, henna or face painting.

The UAN does not accept T-shirts, soap, candles, rocks, plants, food, or any manufactured items. We make occasional exceptions for craftspeople who follow our special application process.  Work should be made by the artist who is presenting it. The event is for two- and three-dimensional display art only. We do not have the space or permits to include musical performances.

For more information, refer to this chart of definitions of media. [hyperlink to below chart]  If after reading this you are still unsure whether your art qualifies, please build your profile on the UAN website and upload your images (see below for more details). Email the UAN at least a week before the next First Thursday Street Gallery and request that your profile be juried.

Located somewhere between 2D and 3D work, assemblage is primarily mixed media work, using painting and collage techniques and often incorporating found objects.

Handmade beads, strung beads, multiple design elements.

Book Arts
Book as art object.

Book Craft
Blank bookbindings and journals.

Creative and decorative handmade boxes.

Spinning, casting, molding, and firing clay.

Collage and Cut Paper
2D work that uses cut paper, found images, and various treatments (such as paint and glue) to create a composition.

Digital Images
Images made primarily with a computer.

Digital Photography
Photography done with a digital camera and/or modified with a computer.

Work done with a pencil, charcoal, chalk, crayon, etc.

Weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and treatments with cloth fibers.

Hand designed and limited edition, creative clothing or accessories.

Handmade, decorative, functional, and limited edition, with innovative design.

Cast, blown, or molded, with limited edition and innovative design.

Handmade, molded or cast materials, innovative design and decorative presentation (Large size ornamental work is encouraged).

Handmade, limited edition, and innovative design.

A grab bag approach, with a mixture of work in a multiplicity of media.

Handmade, limited edition, and innovative design.

Work done primarily with paint.

Work done with an SLR Camera.

Stamping or pressing a pattern or texture.

Prints (Fine Art)
Fine art prints, especially lithography or block printing, in limited edition. Might also include photocopies or postcards of original work.

3D work.

Any image which cannot or has not been specified.

Handmade, limited edition, and innovative design.

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How much does it cost to display at First Thursday?

Space Fees 

For NW 13th: $50 per month, or $300 for the entire season, prepaid

For the Park Blocks: $30 per month, or $200 for the entire season, prepaid.

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How do I set up my space for First Thursday?

All spaces are 10' wide. Creative and elegant displays within your designated space are encouraged. Remember to accommodate your neighbors. Please do not display your work on top of the loading docks, put adhesive on buildings or hang objects from trees. Also, do not set up on the sidewalks, in front of the Paragon, or in the middle of the street. If your display involves a canopy, know that the maximum canopy size is ten feet by ten feet.

If possible, raise your art off the ground. Dazzled or distracted visitors have been known to step on art. Loud or otherwise disruptive performances are not allowed at the Street Gallery, but First Thursday can be unpredictable. If there is a spontaneous or renegade performance, guard your art from encroaching crowds.

No lighting is provided, other than limited streetlights, and there are no power outlets. You’ll need to supply your own battery-powered lighting or small closed-flame lanterns. Power generators are not permitted. You may not, under any circumstances, use electricity from surrounding buildings.

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Why are registration opportunities so limited?

Urban Art Network is an all-volunteer community of artists. An event as big as the Street Gallery takes many hours of work and planning. Limiting the time spent dealing with registration helps ensure that UAN volunteers will still have some time to do their own work and earn their living. Please keep this in mind and practice patience.

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What are the terms and conditions of my reservation?

Urban Art Network Terms of Service

By visiting our website or our location(s) and/ or purchasing from Urban Art Network, you engage in our "Service" and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”). These Terms of Service apply to all users, including without limitation users who are vendors, customers, browsers, and/ or contributors. Please read these Terms of Service carefully. By visiting, accessing or using any part of the website or our services, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service.

All descriptions of pricing, locations, and conduct are subject to change at anytime without notice, at the sole discretion of Urban Art Network.

We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use or participation service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

Reserved Space Contract

  • After 4:00 pm, reserved spaces are forfeited to walk-ins, unless other arrangements are made in advance.
  • Cancellations must be received at least two days in advance.
  • There are no refunds, only credits or transfers. To claim a credit for a future Street Gallery, or to transfer your space to another artist, you must make arrangements at least two days in advance; no-shows forfeit these claims. Credits or transfers are only valid for the current calendar year.
  • Anyone can be excluded from our event for disruptive behavior or any other behavior outlined in our city mandated rules of conduct.
  • Reservations can be revoked at the discretion of the event administrators.
  • Beyond the administration of the street closure and bathrooms, no other services will be provided on-site.
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General Questions

When is First Thursday?

The First Thursday Street Gallery operates on the first Thursday of every month from April to October. Art replaces vehicular traffic on the blocks between NW Hoyt Street and NW Johnson Street from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Artists also set up in the Park Blocks, between Davis and Everett on NW Park and NW 8th.

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What is Urban Art Network?

Urban Art Network is a Portland, Oregon based organization dedicated to empowering independent artists. We work to create inspiring venues for artistic expression and to develop a network of artists. We support direct exchange between artists, patrons, businesses and the community.

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Where is UAN located?

UAN is a decentralized, volunteer-run organization. We have no office. Our main event is the First Thursday Street Gallery in the Pearl District.

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Membership Questions

How do I become a Member?

First you should become a member by building a profile on the UAN website. To build a profile, you type in some basic information about yourself and submit at least three images of your work. Once you have a profile and meet the qualifications, you are part of the network and will be added to our artist directory so that visitors to the website can view your images. If you don't submit a user image and three pieces for your profile, you won't be included in the main Artist Directory.

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I've uploaded 3 images to my Profile, am I a member now?

Membership is not an automatic process. To qualify, you need to meet all of the requirements in our member guidelines. The short-list for qualification is:

  • Three original and handmade pieces uploaded to your profile with a title and description. We prefer that each piece fall in the category you selected for your primary artist medium. Please provide the best images possible as far as cropping, lighting and image quality.
  • You have supplied an artist statement. Your artist statement should describe your body of work and a bit about your working process and background.
  • Please note that we only accept members from the Portland, Oregon area.

Membership doesn't automatically qualify you to present at our events. Please make sure your artist profile includes your current email address.

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What if I don't have a computer?

Many benefits of membership center around the UAN’s online presence and networking. But if you lack access to a computer, write us a letter with your name or your organization’s name, describe the medium you work in and provide your contact information. We’ll also need sample images of your artwork and a brief artist statement.

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How do I fill in my Artist Statement?

Log in and go to your profile page. Navigate to "Edit > Update Your Profile." On the resulting page you'll find a tab titled "Artist Statement." You can add or edit your text there.

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Website Questions

I forgot my username/password, how can I log in?

Use the link below and fill out the form. Instructions will be emailed to you on how to retrieve/update your login information:

Forgot your username/password?

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How do I change my password?

  1. Visit your profile page. Go to 'Edit' > 'Update Your Profile.'
  2. In the Artist Info tab, enter your new password in the "password" field
  3. Re-enter the same password in the "verify password" field.
  4. Click the "update" button at the bottom of the form to complete updating your password.
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How do I create a custom image for my Profile?

To create your own personalized image for your profile, first log in and go to your profile page. Activate the drop-down list under "Edit" in your profile's menu options. Choose the "Update Your Image" option. Use the form to select a pre-made image or to upload your own image from your computer.

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