Michelle Ross, “The Woolgatherers,“ 2015. Oil, graphite and chalk on birch panel (detail)
Enriching Oregon’s visual arts ecology
The Foundation’s Visual Arts Program honors Hallie Ford’s lifelong interest in visual arts and commitment to supporting artists in Oregon. The program focuses on enhancing the quality of artistic endeavor and body of work by our state’s most promising visual artists, collaborating to improve the visual arts ecology, and investing in key Oregon institutions that support artistic excellence.
Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts
The Foundation supports Oregon visual artists who have demonstrated sophisticated practice and significant potential with annual fellowships. The Hallie Ford Fellowships are the flagship of the Visual Arts Program. We recognize that the work of the Fellows furthers the conversation of contemporary art in the 21st century. Up to three $35,000 awards are made each year.
Exhibition, documentation and capital grants
Artist funding: opportunities and experiences
The collaborative Critical Conversations initiative provides a space for artists and cultural producers that is rooted in inquiry and exchange. Led by partner University of Oregon, the three-part endeavor includes studio visits for Oregon artists by prominent visiting curators and arts writers, a series of convenings and commissioned writing that examines currents in society and the field.
Critical Conversations partners have included Reed College, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University and historically Oregon College of Art and Craft.
The Visual Arts Program remains committed to supporting historically underrepresented artists.
Of the 49 artists awarded Hallie Ford Fellowships since 2010:
were women, people of color and/or LGBTQ+
were non-Portland based
were not represented by an Oregon dealer
had no gallery representation at all