Jean B. Boyer Cowling, Medford
Jean Boyer Cowling, supporter of arts education, taught art for 17 years to junior high and high school students in Medford’s 549-C School District. Following her career in teaching, Boyer Cowling was International Sales Manager, responsible for sales to 27 countries, for Sabroso Company, a manufacturer of fruit purees. She has been a board member and president of the Rogue Valley Art Association, chaired the Craterian Committee which developed plans for the re-use of the Craterian Theatre as a performing arts center, and has been involved in local fundraising efforts for the Schneider Art Museum, the Jackson County Central Library and the Southern Oregon University Foundation. Boyer Cowling received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MAT in Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Chicago.
Term Expires: 5/10/2014
Jean Boyer Cowling
Roger Hull, Salem
Roger Hull is an adjunct curator and professor emeritus of Art History at Willamette University in Salem where he taught from 1970 through 2010. He envisioned and helped establish the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette and has served as curator of Northwest art at the museum since it opened in 1998. In that capacity, he has organized many exhibitions at the Hallie Ford, including six retrospectives and accompanying books exploring the work of Oregon artists including Salem painter Carl Hall (2001), Eugene sculptor Jan Zach (2003), Portland painters and printmakers Charles Heaney (2005) and George Johanson (2007) and Portland painter and sculptor Harry Widman (2009). He is currently working on the sixth exhibition and book in this series, which will feature Portland painter Henk Pander. Roger Hull received a BA from Whitman College and a Master of Arts and a PhD in Art History from Northwestern University. He was the recipient of an Oregon Governorʹs Arts Award in 1999.
Term Expires: 10/31/2014
Josie Mendoza, Portland
After 17 years as an executive in the high tech industry, Josie Mendoza is now focusing her energy on support for the arts in Oregon. She was recruited to Oregon by Tektronix as part of a turn‐around effort and co‐led its subsequent transformation into three separate companies. Prior to joining Tektronix, she held senior management positions at Apple Computer and Hewlett‐Packard in Silicon Valley. She began her business career in Floridaʹs aviation industry. She served on the Artists Repertory Theatreʹs board of directors for nine years as it moved from rented space at the YWCA, to the creation of the of the Alder Stage, to the purchase and launch of its performing‐arts campus encompassing an entire city block. With Artists Rep, she served in a variety of leadership roles, including vice‐chair, and was particularly focused in leading its board development. Mendoza is currently on the board of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, where she serves on the executive committee and chairs the Work for Art committee. She received a BA from the University of Florida.
Term Expires: 7/8/2014
Royal Nebeker, Gearhart
Royal Nebeker is an internationally exhibited painter and printmaker. He has been committed to arts education both locally and abroad throughout his career. He was a full time member of the art faculty at Clatsop Community College from 1978 through 2004. In Oregon, Nebeker has been a visiting artist-teacher, and guest lecturer at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon, among others. As director of the art department at Clatsop Community College, he oversaw the growth and development of the art program and gallery. Through his Sami heritage, he has a keen interest in the art of indigenous and northern people. He received an MFA from Brigham Young University and a Meisters Grad (an MFA equivalent) from the National School of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway. He is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland.
Term Expires: 3/19/2014
Henry Sayre, Bend, Vice-Chair
Henry Sayre is a Distinguished Professor of Art History at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus since 2001, and from 1983 through 2001, he taught art history at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Sayre is a prolific writer who has written about almost every aspect of the arts. He recently completed a six-volume history, The Humanities: Culture, Continuity, and Change. His textbook, A World of Art, now in its 6th edition, is one of the most widely used art appreciation texts in the country. His children’s book, Cave Paintings to Picasso, won the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature at the 2005 Oregon Book Awards. Sayre received a BA with Honors and Distinction in the Humanities from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Washington.
Term Expires: 10/31/2014
Libby Tower, Eugene
Libby Tower is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for The Hult Center for the Performing Arts, in Eugene. She brings broad experience in marketing and public relations as well as with tourism projects, having served two terms on the Oregon Tourism Commission from 1991-2000, including a term as vice-chair. Tower received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Oregon, and was on the Board of Visitors for the University's School of Architecture and Allied Arts from 2002 to 2008.
Term Expires: 12/8/2013
Maurizio Valerio, Union
Maurizio Valerio is a Regional Program Coordinator for Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), a non-profit that builds leadership in rural areas through consultation in community building, economic vitality and organizational development with specialized programming for Latino, tribal and youth audiences. Born in Italy, Valerio immigrated to the United States where he received a Master of Arts in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley before moving to Eastern Oregon, where he raised a family. Valerio’s interests and experience capture the modern-day pioneer spirit of rural eastern Oregon. His expertise in zoology extends to ranching and horse breeding. While owning and running Eccoci Ranch, he also served as Associate Editor for Western Side Magazine, an Italian publication focusing on the history and horse culture of the American West. Culture and cultural tourism have since remained central to Valerio’s work, including ongoing consultation and teaching in the arts and tourism, the development of the world’s largest database of outdoor service providers, and, since 2007, his work with RDI.
Term Expires: 11/30/2016
Julie Vigeland, Portland, Chair
Julie Vigeland is an advocate for Oregon’s arts and culture groups. She brings extensive volunteer experience with arts and cultural nonprofits to the commission. She is a member of the Giving in Oregon Council, Oregon’s think tank on philanthropy and giving. Since 1995, she has served on the board of Portland Center Stage, serving as chair for five years and chairing the Capital Campaign for the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Vigeland is one of three trustees of the Jackson Foundation as well as a trustee of the Wessinger Foundation. Her board service in the Portland area also includes the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Symphony Foundation, Friends of the Portland Center for Performing Arts, and Oregon College of Art & Craft. She is a past president of Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Women of Distinction Award for the Arts presented by Marylhurst University.
Term Expires: 7/26/2013
Crystal Williams, Portland
Crystal Williams is a poet, a professor of creative writing, a recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission individual artist fellowship. Williams is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Troubled Tongues, which won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her fourth collection of poems, a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Cleveland State Poetry Award, will be published in 2014 by Lost Horse Press. She has received additional grants and fellowships from such organizations as Literary Arts and the MacDowell Arts Colony. In 2010, Williams was the inaugural Mary R. Field Distinguished Visiting Professor of Writing at DePauw University. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, The Sun, The Northwest Review, The Indiana Review, 5 AM, and Callaloo, and can be found in many anthologies, including, Angels of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. In addition to her role as Reed College Dean of Institutional Diversity, Williams is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed. She has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Cornell.