2017 HALLIE FORD FELLOWS EXHIBITION
2017 Hallie Ford Fellows:
Aaron Flint Jamison
The Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts recognize Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence of their work and potential for significant advancement in their practices of art. The Fellowships are one of seven components of The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program that was established in 2010 in memory of Hallie Ford, a co-founder of the Foundation. Twin goals of the program are to accelerate an enhanced quality of artistic endeavor by Oregon’s established visual artists who are at pivotal points in their careers, and to improve Oregon’s visual arts ecology.
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.
Their selection by the panel, which drew upon curators, critics and art historians 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.
Serving on the panel were: Andria Hickey, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art – Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio); Arnold Kemp, Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Dean of Graduate Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois); Sara Krajewski, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon); Henry Sayre, Distinguished Professor of Art History Emeritus, Oregon State University – Cascades Campus (Bend, Oregon); and Buzz Spector, Professor of Art, artist and writer, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri).
The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.
“Our newest Fellows represent a range of practices that showcase the breadth of creative talent in Oregon. Having them join our current family of Fellows will enrich their interactions and strengthen the community of contemporary art of the region.”
Anne C. Kubisch, President, The Ford Family Foundation