Hallie Ford Fellowships

General information and eligibility

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A close-up of a work by 2018 Hallie Ford Fellow Bruce Burris

The Foundation awards up to five unrestricted Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts per calendar year, each in the amount of $25,000, to Oregon visual artists who have demonstrated a depth of sophisticated practice and potential for significant future accomplishment. Their work furthers the conversation of contemporary art in the 21st century. These fellowships honor the late Hallie Ford, co-founder of The Ford Family Foundation, who left a legacy based on a lifelong interest in and support of the visual arts. She believed strongly that others should have the opportunity to realize their talents. 

General Information 

Recipients are chosen based on the evolution of their work, the quality of their existing work and potential. They are chosen by a panel of arts professionals familiar with the work of Oregon visual artists and the national contemporary art discipline, and who are experienced in fellowship selection processes.

The Foundation contracts through the Western States Art Federation, a non-profit arts service organization, for access to the web-based CaFE application system to both accept and jury applications. 

The panel reduces the initial field of applicants to a pool of semi-finalists and then convenes to discuss the merits of each candidate before reaching consensus on a recommendation for final award recipients. The Foundation confirms eligibility and compliance with award terms, and contacts references. Panelists' names are disclosed with the announcement of the Fellowship awardees.


The Foundation recognizes that advancement is being made in a broad array of visual arts mediums and, therefore, does not want to be unnecessarily restrictive. With the exception of film, video and animation, the Foundation will accept applications from any visual arts medium. 


Application is open to any Oregon visual artist who meets the following criteria: 

    • is a practicing visual artist currently producing works of contemporary fine art and craft;
    • is a full-time resident of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline and remains a resident through the duration of the grant period;
    • maintains Oregon as his/her primary residence if he/she participates in an out-of-state residency program;
    • is 30 years of age or older at the time of application;
    • provides evidence, through appropriate documentation, of seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in his/her medium; and
    • is not enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part time or full time, at the time of application or during the successive grant period. 

Schedule and deadline 

Before Fellowships are awarded, finalists will be required to provide legal proof of residency in the form of a valid Oregon driver's license, voter registration card or documented payment of residence-related costs, such as taxes or utility bills. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability or religion.

Jan. 19, 2018 Call for Applications opens for 2018
Febuary 28 Call for Applications closes (10:59 p.m. Pacific Time)
Early June Foundation announces awardees
Late June Foundation hosts awards presentation

Tips for Applicants

Before you begin:

Review the CaFE “how to apply” document. »  

Review the CaFE document on preparing and sizing your images. »
As part of application you will be required to attach photos of your work. They must be in JPG format and sized appropriately. 

Visit the help section of the CaFE website. »
For general information on the CaFE application system.

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