Blair Saxon-Hill

Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts 2016

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Blair Saxon-Hill Photo: Harold Hutchinson

Media: Sculpture, Photography, Painting.

Currently: Practicing artist, living and working in Portland, Ore.

Background: Saxon-Hill was born in Eugene, Ore. Beginning her career as an oil painter, she has evolved into a cross-medium approach of assemblage and collage. She brings together painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography and borrows from various histories and modalities. She has exhibited in solo and group shows for the past 15 years in Oregon, Washington, California, and New York City. To date, Saxon-Hill has received a number of career accolades, including a 2016 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2013 she was awarded a Golden Spot Residency at Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, supported by The Ford Family Foundation, and was a finalist for the Henry Art Gallery Brink Award. She was nominated twice for the Portland Art Museum’s NW Contemporary Art Award in 2010 and  2014. Her work has been curated alongside leading contemporary artists including R.H. Quaytman, Virginia Overton, Shana Lutker, Austin Eddy, Virginia Poundstone, and Jessica Jackson Hutchins. In addition she was included in the Portland2014 Oregon Biennial. She is regularly covered in art media, including ArtForum Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine Korea, Frieze Magazine, Opening Ceremony, and locally by Oregon Arts Watch, the Oregonian, Portland Mercury and Willamette Week. In addition to her practice, she co-owns Monograph Bookwerks, an art bookstore that specializes in rare art exhibition ephemera and modern and contemporary art books. She also frequently serves as a visiting lecturer. She studied sculpture and painting at Reed College. 

Artist Quote: "We are alive in a rare moment in history; I have a strong responsibility as an artist to image this time.” 

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