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Grant Deadline Announcements for Visual Artists from Oregon Arts Commission

Oregon Arts CommissionOregon Visual Artists:

The application deadline for three unrestricted $25,000 Hallie Ford Fellowships awarded by The Ford Family Foundation is Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10:59 p.m. MDT.  Artists must apply through the Western States Arts Federation’s CaFE system.


Fellowships are awarded to Oregon mid-career visual artists who are on the cusp of attaining a new level in their work, based on the advice of an independent panel of arts professionals who review the work independently and then gather together to consider a smaller pool of semi-finalists in late May.  Each year the Foundation recruits an entirely new panel from instate and outside of Oregon – as a result the type of artists and disciplines selected will fluctuate from year to year and the Foundation encourages prior applicants to reapply.


People define “mid-career” in different ways – the Foundation’s baseline criteria is that the artist should be an Oregon resident and have at least 7 years of demonstrable experience and be over the age of 30.  Even if an artist has had several decades of experience, they should consider applying – there is no restriction on the upper range of age or years of experience.


Link to the application via the Foundation’s website ( or at

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SignalFire Seeks Artist Applications


Signalfire facilitates outdoor residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines. Co-founded by Arts Commission visual arts fellowship recipient Ryan Pierce, the program is accepting applications for some great trips.   Applications due March 15.





Alliance of Artist Communities is surveying Artists, Writers, Musicians, Performers, Dancers


Oregon Artists, Writers, Musicians, Performers, Dancers! – What are your greatest challenges?  The Alliance of Artists Communities wants to know.
Take a minute to tell them by filling out this survey:


Arts Northwest – Juried Showcase applications now open !


Performers and companies who are members of Arts Northwest can apply for a juried showcase at the next NW Booking Conference scheduled for 15-18, 2012  in Boise, ID.  All performing artists in all genres are eligible. Applicants are assessed on artistic merit, originality, fee schedule, residency activities, availability for touring and diversity in terms of the need to showcase high quality artists from a variety of disciplines. The jury wants to expose new artists to western presenters.  Information:   Deadline: March 19, 2012.


Public Art Forum: The Nuts And Bolts of Proposing and Completing Public Art Commissions


We’re sponsoring a free workshop on the nuts and bolts of developing a body of public work and more effective strategies for competing for public commissions.  Friday, March 9, 2012, 11am- 3:30pm.  Lane Community College, Building 10, Room 109, Eugene.  Free. Bring a brown bag lunch.  Information: [email protected]   include Nuts & Bolts in the subject line.


GO Training Webinars Set


The Arts Commission’s FY13 grant applications will be submitted online using WESTAF’s Grants Online (GO!) system.  Take advantage of the orientation webinar so you become familiar with the system well before the May 1 deadlines for Operating Support, Arts Services and Arts Learning grants.  The next FREE webinar will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at  4:00 pm.



Oregon Visual Arts Organizations and Museums:

The Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, who partner to provide funding for the acquisition of seminal works by Oregon visual artists, announce the March 30, 2012 deadline for applications for Art Acquisition grants.


Part of the foundation’s Visual Arts Program, the grants enable qualified Oregon visual art institutions and public visual arts collections to preserve public access to important works of art, provide support for the artists as well as the institutions that support their work through acquisition and exhibition.


Eligible applicant organizations for Art Acquisition Funding are Oregon visual arts institutions or public visual arts collections with current 501(c)(3) status, governmental entities, and federally-recognized tribes, with collections that are accessible to the public.


Applications will be accepted through the GO, Grants Online, system until 5:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012.   Panelists will review applications independently before coming together as a group in April to consider all requests.    Guidelines for Art Acquisition Funding are available at:



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