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12x16 Gallery records

Identifier: WUA092

Scope and Contents

The 12x16 Gallery records cover the years 1997 through 2018 and feature promotional postcards and brochures, Myron Filene's documentary photographs of the gallery, and an archived version of the website. The collection contains the 12x16 Gallery's administrative files such as insurance and lease information, business registration forms, meeting notes, price lists, and artist statements from exhibitions. Also included are folders on specific artists, such as Cary Doucette, Serena Barton, Israel Hughes, Ray Keller, Beate Scheller, and others. The rest of the collection consists of a scrapbook with newspaper clippings and 12x16 Gallery promotional postcards and brochures, employee log books from December 2005 to December 2017, and the gallery visitors’ books from December 2005 to December 2017.


  • 1997-2018
  • Majority of material found within 2006-2018


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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Historical Note

In 2005 seven artists opened an art gallery in Portland, Oregon named 12x16 Gallery after its first location on 1216 SE Division Street. Its inaugural show consisted of a smattering of collages, photography, mixed media, and paintings from the seven founding artists: Cary Doucette, Eunice Parsons, Luke Dolkas, Maureen Herndon, Israel Hughes, Lee Ann Slawson and Edward Story. These individuals were friends, fans of one anothers’ work, collectors, and exhibition organizers whose goals included promoting their own and each others’ work while avoiding the tediousness associated with the art and business worlds.

The 12x16 Gallery continued for twelve years, hosting a number of shows each month and eventually expanding to a larger space in the historic southeast Portland district of Sellwood. It featured the works of its gallery members as well as artwork from guest artists from across the Pacific Northwest area. Known for reasonable prices, the gallery became a launching pad for young collectors and a space for local artists to help one another. 12x16 Gallery’s last show was in December 2017.


3 Linear Feet (4 boxes)


The 12x16 Gallery records (bulk 2006-2018) feature promotional postcards and brochures, Myron Filene's photographs of the gallery, administration files, folders on specific artists, a scrapbook, employee log books, the gallery visitors’ books, and an archived version of the website.


The records retain original order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cary Doucette, 2018.
Guide to the 12x16 Gallery records, 1997-2018
Finding aid processed by Ivy Major-McDowall.
© 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
A special thank you to Sybil Westenhouse for investing in experiential learning through the Sybil Westenhouse Archives Excellence Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States