The Oregon Arts Commission announced the award of $9,700 funded by The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Program to the Schneider Museum of Art. The Art Acquisition Fund, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports the artists and the institutions that sustain their work.
The Schneider Museum of Art was awarded $9,700 to acquire Arnold J. Kemp‘s Who’s Afraid of Something Real (2012), an archival pigment print in artist’s frame; and Akihiko Miyoshi’s diptych Abstract Photograph (111511dg2) and (111511c)(2012). Kemp and Miyoshi were included in a touring exhibition of Portland2012 Biennial of Contemporary Art, exhibited at the Schneider Museum September 28 through December 8, 2012.
Erika Leppman, Acting Director of SMA said, “This is great news. The grant allows us to collect the work of mid-career Oregon artists who are doing strong, relevant conceptual work. The two artists supported by this grant add diversity to our collection as their identities (Japanese-American, Jamaican-American), inform their work. The work is photographic, 2-D, easy to store, and strengthens our works-on-paper collection. A collection, when focused, is of great benefit to SOU, Oregon, and the arts.”
About The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program
The Art Acquisition Fund is one of seven program facets launched in 2010 as part of The Ford Family Foundation’s $3.5 million, five-year visual arts program established in the memory of Mrs. Hallie Ford to assist Oregon’s most promising visual artists.Knowledgeable Pacific Northwest arts leaders helped frame the overall program. In addition to the Arts Acquisition Fund, other resources are being dedicated to the following:
Fellowships: three annual Hallie Ford Fellows are provided unrestricted grants to support the conceptualization and the development of new work.
Artists-in-Residences: bi-annual awards to three “Golden Spot” residency programs in Oregon, and two outside the state of Oregon at Djerassi Art Residency and the Ucross Foundation, that provide opportunities for artists to explore and conceptualize new work.
Exhibition & Documentation: funding for the curation, preparation, materials and traveling of exhibitions.
Capital Projects: resources to improve and/or expand studio and exhibition space at key Oregon visual arts institutions.
Curator/Critic Tour: visitations by national curators to consult with Oregon’s visual artists and interact with the arts community.
Opportunity Grants: resources to mid-career Oregon visual artists who face unanticipated circumstances that could aid in significantly advancing the creation, production or exhibition of their work.
About The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation is the sole funder of this Visual Arts Program. It partners with Oregon’s leading visual arts educators, gallerists, museum and arts professionals to help implement program elements and leverages funding with other state and national resources. The 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. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation, please visit the website at www.tfff.org.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at www.oregonartscommission.org