2017 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts Named

June 6, 2017: The Ford Family Foundation today named its 2017 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts, recognizing five Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence of their work and potential for significant advancement in their practices of art.

A jury of five arts professionals selected Pat Boas, Harrell Fletcher, Aaron Flint Jamison and Marie Watt of Portland, and Julie Green of Corvallis from a diverse pool of 166 applicants. They each will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award and will join 25 of their peers selected over the last seven years as Hallie Ford Fellows.

"Our newest Fellows represent a range of practices that showcase the breadth of creative talent in Oregon," said Anne Kubisch, president of the Foundation. “Having them join our current family of Fellows will enrich their interactions and strengthen the community of contemporary art of the region.”

The selection of the 2017 Fellows by a panel of five arts professionals from within and outside of Oregon followed extensive individual review and collective debate. The jurists determined that each is at a pivotal moment of potential transition in his or her career and an infusion of resources now may help to catalyze each artist’s practice in transformative ways. 

The 2017 recipients were selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Quality of their work: artistic excellence/exemplary talent and depth of sophisticated exploration evidenced in past work,
  • Evolution of their work: whether the individual is poised at a pivotal point in his or her practice and would benefit from a Fellowship at this time of career, and
  • Effect of the Fellowship on their work: how the Fellowship goals are consistent with the artist's goals, potential for future accomplishment and capacity both to improve individual work and contribute significantly to Oregon's visual arts ecology.
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