Sequential Art Gallery was founded as a space to promote comic book art and illustration, which is often overlooked when discussing fine art. We primarily focus on artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest, most of whom consider themselves comic book artists, illustrators, and cartoonists; the gallery was named after the term coined by comics artist Will Eisner in 1985. We have also hosted exhibitions featuring multimedia, audio-visual, fiber, photography, and sculpture arts. While we believe that art tells a story, we don’t feel that storytelling is limited to paper and ink, and actively seek artists interested in playing with the concept of sequential narratives across a variety of mediums.
The Sequential Art Gallery is currently located in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown, and we regularly participate in the First Thursday Art Walks that take place in the Downtown, Old Town Chinatown, and Pearl neighborhoods. The gallery is located in the Everett Station Lofts & Galleries, a building dedicated to providing live-work spaces for working artists, which means that its curators do live in the loft above the gallery space! Sequential Art Gallery is a labor of love and a major part of its curators’ lives. We strive to provide a professional yet casual experience for both our exhibiting artists as well as our visitors and patrons, be they first-time artists or art buyers, or seasoned professionals or art collectors.
Location and Hours
Located at 328 NW Broadway #113. We are on the Broadway side of the block, next to Budd + Finn and across the street from STAG.
First Thursday 6pm-10pm
or available by appointment
If you are unable to visit our location in Portland, OR but have interest in purchasing art from a current or recent exhibition, please contact us directly. We are able to ship most art and will ship internationally.
The Curators and Staff
Kaebel Hashitani founded Sequential Art Gallery in 2005, coming from a background of political illustration and a lifetime of comics fandom. He served several years on the board of the Stumptown Comics Foundation as well as various volunteer roles for the Stumptown Comics Fest, culminating in serving as Fest Director in 2013. More recently Kaebel spent several years on “stage” playing assorted parts in Atomic Arts‘ Trek in the Park, most notably portraying Sulu in their outdoor production of the episode “Mirror, Mirror”. Currently he works full time at Guardian Games, and co-hosts the weekly podcast Geek in the City.
Merrick Monroe joined as Kaebel’s co-curator in late 2009, coming from a background of graphic design and small business management. She volunteered with the Stumptown Comics Fest for several years, including Exhibitions Manager in 2013, and has also volunteered for several years at Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle) under special assignments. Merrick is currently manager of Bridge City Comics in North Portland, and host of #merrickhasissues on Patreon.
Mochi Manju is the finest feline to ever set paw inside of Sequential Art Gallery, and serves as both Figurehead Extraordinaire and Chief Officer of Public Relations. Small in stature but big in pride, she joined the gallery soon after it opened in 2005 when a neighbor found a sassy kitten in the building’s garage and presented her to Kaebel for safekeeping. Soon after, his sister gave her a name, and it was then that we were all, for certain, doomed to forever fall prey to her vicious charms… and her absurdly boopable nose. All praise the Manjudon, Destroyer of Cobwebs and master of the #blep.
We are also lucky to have benefited from the dedication and skills of assorted volunteers over the years! Rich Mackin helps out by gathering and making sense of all the First Thursday (and beyond) events we include in our monthly newsletter. Our current in-gallery volunteer Andrew Paris can answer all your questions during Saturday business hours, and helps maintain our social media presence. Thank you to these two and the many, many others who have donated their time and passion for the Portland arts and comics scenes over the years!
We are not currently open for submissions of art or future shows
We appreciate your interest in exhibiting with Sequential Art Gallery, but we schedule our shows a year in advance and are not able to consider in-house exhibitions from creators outside our network. We implore you to come visit the gallery during a First Thursday art walk or our regular business hours, and become acquainted with the space and its community and curators. We look forward to getting to know more of Portland’s most passionate illustrators, cartoonists, and sequential art creators!
Kaebel and Merrick are currently available for outside curation and consulting. We have worked with organizations such as the Hollywood Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and the Maryhill Museum of Art, and would love to extend our mission of comic arts education and outreach to venues beyond our own. We offer consultation on the current state of Portland’s comics industry and the creators and businesses working in our region, as well as full curatorial services (art selection, presentation, and sales) for offices, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Please get in touch with us directly about your upcoming exhibition or project so that we can assess your needs and the scope of work to be presented.