A photographic survey of the Columbia River from its source in British Columbia to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean

Robbie McClaran

January 4 - February 5, 2021

A Zoom artist talk will be held January 27th at 1:00 pm.

Zoom Link:

Mica Dam, Columbia River, British Columbia. Mica Dam, is the first, or uppermost dam of 14 on the main stem of the Columbia. Completed in 1973 it stands 801 feet above the bedrock. Ancestral homeland of the Secwepemc, Ktunaxa, Syilx tmix, and Sinixt People.

The Alexander Gallery is pleased to support "The Great River of the West," a virtual exhibition of photographic images by Portland-based artist, Robbie McClaran on view January 4 - February 5, 2021. A Zoom artist talk will be held Wednesday, January 27 at 1 p.m. "The Great River of the West" is a photographic survey of the 1250 mile long Columbia River, from its source in the Canadian Rockies, to the confluence with the Pacific and explores its current cultural and economic landscape with an eye toward its significance in the history of the Pacific Northwest and North America.

This collection of photographs were made by use of an antique 8 x 10 camera and are a sampling of McClaran's documentation from over the past seven years. THE GREAT RIVER OF THE WEST is supported by The Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Arts Commission. Robbie McClaran is an award winning photographer, whose work focuses on the American people and landscape. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Time, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated and has been collected by institutions including the Portland Art Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Walker Art Museum.

The Alexander Gallery supports the work of established and emerging artists. This exhibition and artist lecture is made possible by the Alexander Gallery endowment. For further information about this exhibition please contact Kate Simmons at or 503-594-3032