Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts in Oregon

The Ford Family Foundation Board established the Visual Arts Program, in recognition of Foundation co-founder Hallie Ford's (1995-2007) enduring commitment to Oregon and to honor her interests and legacy in the visual arts. This special grants program is intended to accelerate an enhanced quality of artistic endeavor and bodies of work by mid-career Oregon visual artists and to improve Oregon's visual arts ecology. It intends to accomplish this by providing a range of resources to support the most promising of Oregon's practicing visual artists to help them take major strides forward at a pivotal point in their careers as well as by strategically investing in Oregon visual arts institutions that further the progress of these artists. In so doing, the Foundation hopes to raise the region's profile nationally and internationally as a thriving creative environment for the conceptualization and exchange of ideas and the arts.

The Foundation launched new Fellowships as an integral component of this comprehensive program in 2010.  For the past five years it has awarded three (3) $25,000 Fellowships annually to Oregon mid-career visual artists who have demonstrated a depth of sophisticated exploration, have the potential for significant future accomplishment, and to support the conceptualization and creation of new work. Resources such as these Fellowships provide professional "time outs", often the catalyst for artists poised to take quantum leaps in their art practice. Beginning in 2015 the Foundation will award up to five (5) $25,000 Fellowships to Oregon visual artists who qualify.  Beyond the Fellowships, the Foundation has dedicated additional resources to support its Fellows including but not limited to exhibiting and producing catalogues of their works.  Awardees will be encouraged to continue their association with the Foundation and with other Fellows over time, to create a supportive community among themselves that includes convenings for the continuing opportunity to share experiences and to learn from one another's explorations.

Oregon's fine artists flourished during different periods of the State's history. In the 1930s artists were inspired by the sense of place and embraced regional subject matter. The 1940s-60s pivoted to the exploration of new developments in 20th Century modernism. Artists born and raised in Oregon were joined by artistic soul mates who gravitated to the State, maturing together over the decades and creating impressive bodies of contemporary art. This program responds to Mrs. Ford's desire that others have the opportunity to realize and fulfill their talents to be successful creative citizens.  The Foundation seeks to support and inspire Oregon's current fine and craft artists to reach new heights in the conceptualization and creation of work that reflects and celebrates the diverse richness of contemporary art of the region.

More detailed information on the Visual Arts Program, and the Fellowship program specifically (including a FAQ fact sheet) may be found at If questions remain after thoroughly reading all program-related materials, email:  Due to limited staff, it will not be possible to respond to telephone calls.


Application is open to any Oregon visual artist actively producing new work who meet the following criteria:

• be a practicing visual artist currently producing works of art in the fields of fine and contemporary art and craft;

• be a full-time resident of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline, provide legal proof of residency if awarded a fellowship, and remain a resident through the duration of the grant period;

• be 30 years of age or older at the time of application;

• provide evidence, through appropriate documentation, of seven (7) or more years of serious, active professional participation in his/her medium;

• not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time at the time of application or during the successive grant period.

Visual Arts Medium: 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. The Foundation will accept applications from any visual arts medium with the exception of film, video and animation.

The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability or religion.

Required Application Materials

All application materials must be assembled and submitted through the CaFÉ system. Applicants unfamiliar with or requiring assistance with the system may contact WESTAF's technical advisors who may provide support during the application process. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. The system will prompt the applicant if the application has not been completed but it is the responsibility of the applicant to complete and submit it by the above deadline.

Questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to Applicants may find more information about the Fellowships and the Visual Arts Program on the Foundation's website:

Submission of Materials

The following documentation is required:

Artist Statement:  Describe in 2,000 or fewer characters/spaces:  (1) the conceptual framework of your work; (2) the media you work in; (3) how your work has evolved over past 7-10 yrs; and (4) how this Fellowship would enhance your work at this time. (When this item is printed, the CaFÉ™ system automatically omits all characters/spaces that exceed the 2000 limit.)

Resume and References:  Upload one (1) PDF (*.pdf) or MS Word (*.doc) file, not to exceed three pages, with both a current resume that contains your professional arts experience (i.e., exhibitions, commissions, teaching, etc.) and educational training, and three (3) professional references with their contact information (name, title, organization, telephone number, email address, postal address).  Specify your relationship to each of your references and secure their agreement to list them as references before doing so.

Sample Images: Upload up to 14 works that have been created within the past 7-10 years that show a range of artistic practice; weight sample visuals to more recent work.  Provide the following information for each visual:  title, year produced, dimensions, and brief description.  (Applicants may upload and save more than 14 images on the CaFÉ system.  However, a maximum of 14 images should be selected to submit with this application.)  Please note: If new images are uploaded to CaFÉ or current images already in the applicant's CaFÉ image databank are used, this call requires that an Artwork Description be included with the image information for each artwork that is attached to the application.) One image per JPG is preferred; however, indicate if the work is a part of a larger series.  (Do not embed label information into the JPG image.)

Please note: Once an application has been finished in the CaFÉ system, an auto reply message is generated by CaFÉ noting the application process has been finished.  However, our team does one final, additional check of each application for completeness and/or errors.  If application information is missing and/or unreadable after this final check, you will receive an email letting you know your application is incomplete and needs to be revised.  You will then have an opportunity to resubmit within a short window of time.

Selection Process

A jury of five arts professionals, representing a wide range of expertise and experience in the practice and/or curation of art and craft and fellowship selection processes, will review all applications independently.  They will then convene as a group to deliberate on a pool of semi-finalists to arrive at a collective recommendation to the Foundation of up to five finalists based on the quality, evolution and the effect the Fellowship will have on the candidates' work.  The Foundation will confirm eligibility compliance with award terms as outlined below in the Legal Agreement, and check references before awarding the Fellowships.  The use of the award funding is unrestricted.

Since the Fellowship jury changes annually, each panel may take the award in new directions, selecting artists from different disciplines than in past years.  Therefore, we encourage artists who have submitted in prior years but who have not been awarded a Fellowship, to continue to submit.  Each year panelists' names will be disclosed simultaneously with the announcement of the Fellowships, which will occur during the first week in June, 2015.  Fellowship participation will be monitored at key milestones throughout the year.

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