Governor Kate Brown announces 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced two artists and three organizations as winners of the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards. Portland artist Arvie Smith and Yoncalla artist Esther Stutzman both won Lifetime Achievement Awards. Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Portland Opera and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation will also be honored.


22 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation

Salem, Oregon – In the final of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $88,246 to 22 artists for career development projects. The awards include $23,116 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $34,700 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $30,430 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $552 to $9,000.

Study shows Oregon’s arts and culture industry generates $687 million in economic impact

Oregon’s arts and culture sector contributed $687 million and 22,299 jobs to Oregon’s economy in fiscal year 2015, according to the latest Arts & Economic Prosperity study from Americans for the Arts. Released June 17 at the group’s national conference in San Francisco, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 includes first-time data from rural Oregon.

Nancy Lindburg’s “Resolutions” to be exhibited in the Governor’s Office June 5 – July 27

Salem artist Nancy Lindburg will exhibit “Resolutions” in the Governor’s Office of  the Capitol Building in Salem from June 5 to July 27.
Lindburg’s paintings, ranging from simple still-lifes and non-representational studies to landscapes and color-field paintings, are rich in color and feeling.

Governor Brown reinstates Governor's Arts Awards in honor of Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary

In celebration of the uplifting power of art and its value to Oregonians’ quality of life, Governor Kate Brown today announced she is reinstating the Governor’s Arts Awards in honor of the Oregon Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary. Established in 1977, the once-annual awards have been on hiatus since 2007. A call for nominations is now posted on the Arts Commission website.

Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation Announce New Visual Arts Ecology Project; Opening Event April 14

Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project is now live at The online magazine and archive attempts to further explore the depth and expand the breadth of Oregon’s visual arts ecology. The Project is a joint effort of the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, who wish to create an accessible, permanent and interactive virtual collection documenting Oregon’s visual arts landscape, and the interconnected realms of artist, institution, patron, curator and arts writer.


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