Oregon City Commission: Cheers to 175 Years!

CASE STUDY: Oregon City Photomontage

LOCATION: Oregon City, Oregon

CLIENT: Downtown Oregon City Association, supported in part by a grant from Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Parks and Recreation, and Oregon Cultural Trust

WHEN: June 2019 

SCOPE OF WORK: In 1844, Oregon City, Oregon was the first city to incorporate west of the Rocky Mountains. This year, 2019, marks the 175th Anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Oregon City officials, Executive Director  Liz Hannum, and Marketing Director Matt Cisneros invited me to design and produce a limited-edition series of archival prints showcasing both the significance of the city’s founding and the growth they celebrate today.  

RESULTS: By personally touring the Oregon City area, capturing hundreds of images from which to work, and meeting with locals and town officials, I developed a comprehensive concept to respond to my clients’ needs.  I chose the most iconic and recognizable landmarks in Oregon City to feature prominently in the design. Oregon City’s outdoor elevator (one of only four in the nation!) serves as a centerpiece surrounded by Singer Falls, Willamette Falls, and the newly restored Arch Bridge. The design is grounded by the Court House, the Masonic Lodge, and the McLoughlin House – all historic buildings – creatively positioned at the foot of the elevator. An anniversary tribute, the print is titled, “Cheers to 175 Years!”. A limited-edition of 100 archival prints will be available in 2019 only to participants in Oregon City’s “Seek & Find” celebratory event. 

SIZE/MEDIUM: 16” high x 12” wide / Archival Pigment Print on Rag Paper


This quick video shows my process of making the Oregon City art print and introduces the “Seak & Find” event.


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