Oregon artists honored nationally
including three Hallie Ford Fellows
Oregon artists were impressively represented on the recent list of grant recipients from the New York-based Joan Mitchell Foundation. Five of the 25 recipients were from Oregon, including three Hallie Ford Fellows: Elizabeth Malaska, Wendy Red Star and Blair Saxon-Hill. The other two Oregon artists are Lisa Jarrett and Addoley Dzegede.
Oregon was second only to New York in the number of artists receiving awards. “This is an incredible honor for Oregon and for each artist personally and professionally,” says Kandis Brewer Nunn, senior adviser to The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts program. “Equally important is that it raises the level of visibility of their respective careers, and the caliber of the award burnishes their resumes, opening up opportunities from curators and critics.”
Previous Hallie Ford Fellows receiving the grant include Samantha Wall, Ellen Lesperance and Julie Green.
The unrestricted nature of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grants aligns with artist Joan Mitchell’s recognition that having the time and freedom to create is as important to the development of one’s practice as support for specific endeavors. In addition to the financial support, recipients of the grants become eligible to apply for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans and gain access to a network of arts professionals, who can provide consultations on career development and financial management.