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June 2019 Oregon Arts Commission News & Updates

June 2019

News & Updates

G. Lewis Clevenger honored with Governor’s Office exhibition, NEA spring grants announced and upcoming grant deadlines!

Beaverton student wins Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to Jennie Cho, a freshman at Westview High School in Beaverton, on winning the Congressional Art Competition for Northwest Oregon – Congresswoman Susan Bonamici’s district.
Her winning entry, “Suffocating,” was selected by a panel of artists including Brian Rogers, executive director of the Arts Commission. Jennie and her work will be recognized along with other national winners at a ceremony in Washington, DC, and will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
“I was very impressed by the many beautiful and provocative entries,” says Congresswoman Bonamici. “The arts have a bright future in Oregon!”

(left to right) Competition judges Brian Rogers and Lani Faith, Executive Director of the Beaverton Arts Foundation, pose by “Suffocating” with artist Jennie Cho and Congresswoman Susan Bonamici.

G. Lewis Clevenger exhibits “Moving On” in the Governor’s Office at state Capitol

Portland artist G. Lewis Clevenger exhibits “Moving On” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through July 25. Clevenger paints abstract compositions with bold colors and overlapping, softly geometric forms.
To him, painting each piece is a give-and-take process that takes time:
“The paintings develop as I ‘push’ the mark making and the canvas pushes back in response,” he says. “The colors and composition shift and settle in as the painting progresses. My paintings develop and change daily.”
The final works both reveal and hide these storied layers, inviting the viewer’s eye to return to the lines and colors again and again, searching for a meaning that is just out of reach.

G. Lewis Clevenger, “Copa,” 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches. Photo Aaron Johanson.

NEA awards 17 spring grants

to Oregon arts organizations

Congratulations to the 17 Oregon arts groups sharing $1,219,200 in spring funding from the National Endowment for the Arts​!
The amount includes $732,200 in partnership funding for the Oregon Arts Commission.
Grant also were awarded to:
High Desert Museum; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; Eugene Ballet; Eugene Symphony; Caldera;
Cappella Romana; Disjecta; Literary Arts; Network of Ensemble Theaters; Oregon Children’s Theatre Company; Oregon Folklife Network; Oregon Bach Festival; Portland Community Media; Regional Arts & Culture Council; Western Arts Alliance; and Wisdom of the Elders.

Oregon Bach Festival received a spring grant from the NEA to support its “Bach in Motion” collaboration with DanceAbility International, to be performed July 5 at the Hult Center.

Percent for Art enhances new OSU-Cascades campus

Visit the new OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, and you’ll undoubtedly encounter many of close to two dozen artworks installed as part of Oregon’s Percent for Art program. Managed by the Arts Commission, Percent for Art funds the integration of new and existing works as part of public construction projects.
The OSU-Cascades art joins more than 2,400 other pieces of art currently in Oregon’s Percent for Art Collection.
Read a Bend Bulletin story about stone sculptor Masayuki “Yuki” Nagase’s contributions to the OSU-Cascades art.

“Along the Columbia,” 2018. Snavely, Gary. Oil paint on board. Installed at OSU-Cascades’ Tykeson Hall through Oregon’s Percent for Art program.

Four Rivers Cultural Center honored for stewardship

Congratulations to Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum​ and its Executive Director, Arts Commissioner Matt Stringer, on receiving The Museum of Natural and Cultural History​’s annual Stewardship Award!
The award honors the Center’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival, a daylong public celebration of traditional arts and artists in eastern Oregon.
The Festival is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts​, Oregon Folklife Network​ and Starseed Foundation.

Mildred Quaempts (left), dentalium work, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, and Wilson Wewa (right), storyteller, Warm Springs. Both will participate in the 2019 Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival at Four Rivers Cultural Center on Saturday, June 29. Photo by Riki Saltzman,©Oregon Folklife Network.

Upcoming grant deadlines

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