The exhibition brings together 13 of Oregon’s contemporary visual artists who received the Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts between 2014 and 2016 - an award given annually to artists living in Oregon based on their artistic accomplishment, depth of practice, and future potential. Curated by independent curator Diana Nawi and organized by John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the HFMA, the exhibition opens at the originating museum on Sept. 14 and continues through Dec. 22 in the museum’s Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby. The exhibition will also take place at various venues throughout the state over the next two years.
Nawi says, “The exhibition attempts to relay the urgency and intimacy of what happens in the artist’s studio. Art is something we do for ourselves, and something we undertake in the spirit of the collective, sharing our thoughts and investigations with others through exhibitions and conversations. It is, simply, the expression of what needs to be said. While for each artist this is understood and manifested differently, it is an idea that suggests the importance of artistic practice for the individual and society more broadly—something the Hallie Ford Fellowship unquestionably supports.”