July brings the 23rd edition of the Recent Graduates show, an anticipated summer event that showcases some of Oregon's most gifted new makers. Thirty graduating artists, selected by the art faculties of their respective schools, present work in photography, sculpture, painting, video and more. The show offers an opportunity for viewers to see what themes resonate with the newest generation of artists, and get a sense of how the art object may be altered going forward.

The third annual Lawrence Duckler New Arts Award will be presented to the artist whose work garners the most audience votes following First Thursday. The award comes with a $300 cash prize and the opportunity for a month-long installation in Blackfish’s Fishbowl window gallery. Named for Dr. Lawrence Duckler, a staunch supporter of the arts in Portland, who believed in the importance of arts and artists in our society and the impact of their imagination on our present and future lives.