Artist Resume/Bio

Nate Orton


2017 My Day 1-42 Installation. Passages Bookshop. Portland, OR
2016 Look left: walk towards the river. RCCO. Portland, OR
2015 My Day, the first 10 years. Glyph. Portland, OR
2015 The Child. Multnomah Arts Center. Portland, OR
2011 Recent Drawings. The Firehouse Gallery. Grants Pass, OR
2011 Nate Orton draws the Portland Art Museum. Reading Frenzy. Portland, OR
2011 Recent Sculptures and Drawings. Olympic Mills Gallery. Portland, OR
2009 Drawings of Idaho. The Half and Half. Portland, OR
2006 New Work. Fix Gallery and Boutique. Portland, OR
2005 Untitled. Hippo Schemes Gallery. Seattle, WA


2019 OAEA Art Educator’s Show. Maryhill Museum. Goldendale, WA     
2018 Wood Would. Katterskill Fine Arts Gallery. Hunter, NY                      
2018 Ink + Press. ANX Gallery. Portland, OR
2017 Nate Orton/Cynthia Lahti. Littman Gallery. Portland State University. Portland, OR
2016 Ray Trayle Print Show. Multnomah Arts Center. Portland, OR
2016 Instuctors show. Multnomah Arts Center. Portland, OR
2016 (con)Sequence. Art Center East. La Grande, OR
2016 Suddenly Entire. Cannon Gallery, Western Oregon University. Monmouth, OR
2015 Instuctors show. Multnomah Arts Center. Portland, OR
2014 Instructors show. Multnomah Arts Center. Portland, OR
2013 Quietude. Eastern Oregon University Gallery. La Grande, OR
2012 Trees of Oregon Park. PDX Gallery Window Project. Portland, OR
2012 N. Orton and Cynthia Lahti. North Coast Seed Building. Portland, OR
2010 Annual Juried Show. Center for Contemporary Art. Seattle, WA
2010 Mystic Sons of Morris Graves Tribute. TK Building Gallery. Seattle, WA
2010 I want to feel at home here. MP5 Gallery. Portland, OR
2009 Multicultural Symposium. Lewis Clark College. Portland, OR
2009 N. Orton and M. Kondratiev. Satellite Art Gallery. La Grande, OR
2008 Touch group show. Show and Tell Gallery, Everett Lofts. Portland, OR
2007 N. Orton and B. Stallman. Flight 64 Printmaking Co-op. Portland, OR
2006 Alien/Sedition. Mark Woolley Gallery. Portland, OR
2005 The Cash and Carry. Portland Art Center. Portland, OR


Museum of Modern Art Library. New York, New York
Spencer Collection, New York Public Library. New York, New York
Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. Berkeley, California
Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University. Newhaven, Connecticut
Green Library, Stanford University. Stanford, California
University of Oregon Library. Eugene, Oregon
Brown University Library. Providence, Rhode Island
University of Delaware Library. Newark, Deleware
Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin


Nate Orton currently resides in Portland, Oregon and is best known for his self-published book series, MY DAY, established in 2005, which explores the people and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest through drawing, writing and traditional as well as non-traditional printing and printmaking techniques. Nate regularly walks his city with sketchbook in tow documenting the common yet sometimes surreal scenes and situations he stumbles upon. Taking inspiration from Claude Flight and the Grosvenor School’s pragmatic views of art production and art sales, he believes modern artist’s techniques, tools and materials should be accessible to everyone and art prints and books should be purchased at prices similar to a trip to the movies. Nate’s work lives in collections as small as Portland’s local independent book shops to as large as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city.


My artwork is about documenting scenes and stories from my city and its hinterlands. This journalistic devotion allows me to explore my community residents, history, and aesthetics by drawing and painting open-air whenever I leave my house. Once back in my studio, I take my small drawings and make them into books, paintings, prints, collages and maps in the hopes to better understand the places that I live and work in.


2018 – Present: High school visual arts teacher. Riverdale High School. Portland OR

2011 – Present: Adult printmaking, drawing and youth arts instructor. Multnomah Arts Center. Portland OR

2015 – 2017: Visual Arts Teacher in residence. Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, K-8. Portland OR

2013 – 2015: Teen and adult letterpress instructor. Independent Publishing Resource Center. Portland OR