Individual Artist Fellowships

| Monday, January 11, 2010
Individual Artist Fellowships

The Oregon Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. The Fellowship Program honors Oregon’s professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their careers. In selecting artists to receive the $3,000 Fellowships, the Commission looks to Oregon artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work.

A review panel of artists and arts professionals considered 82 applicants on the basis of the quality of the applicants' work, their sustained professional achievement, and potential for future contributions to the field. The following thirteen fellowships were approved by the Oregon Arts Commission:

  • Christine Clark, Portland Sculpture/Metals
  • Bruce Conkle, Portland Sculpture/Installation/Mixed media
  • Tannaz Farsi, Eugene Sculpture/Installation
  • Erin Rose Gardner, Portland Sculpture/Metals
  • Damien Gilley, Portland Site specific installation
  • Heidi Preuss Grew, Salem Sculpture/Ceramics
  • Shelley Jordon, Portland Painting/Media
  • Jenene Nagy, Portland Sculpture/Installation
  • Kelly Neidig, Portland Painting
  • Heidi Schwegler, Portland Sculpture/Metals
  • Marie Sivak, Beaverton Sculpture/Installation
  • Stephen Slappe, Portland Installation/Media
  • Mark R. Smith, Portland Painting

Many of these artists are utilizing very traditional techniques: quilting, stone carving, metalworking, drawing, drafting. Yet they are using these practices to achieve very contemporary artworks that speak to cultural identity, consumerism, political, and environmental concerns. “More than ever, Oregon artists are engaging with a global art world,” says Arts Commission visual arts coordinator Meagan Atiyeh, “exhibiting, studying and making art that is relevant to Berlin, Reykjavik, and Beijing; as well as Portland, Eugene, New York and San Francisco.”

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