Eric Rue, a Blackfish Member since 2006, joined the gallery shortly after graduating from PNCA with a BFA in Painting in 2005. Since graduation he has worked steadily and exhibited in Portland as well as in group shows in Seattle (Gallery 110) and New York City (55 Mercer Gallery). In 2008 he was included in a national publication called Studio Visit Magazine curated by Michael Klein, one of the former curators for the Microsoft Collection, and nominated for the 2009 Brink Award at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.
Blackfish Gallery was founded as a cooperative art gallery in Portland in 1979. The decision to create a new gallery came about largely because, at the time, there were not enough galleries to accommodate the number of artists in town. The gallery’s history can be traced to 1978, when a …