A jury of five arts professionals from within and outside of Oregon selected John Houck, Brenda Mallory, and Arvie Smith, all of Portland, from a competitive pool of 175 applicants. They will receive a $35,000 unrestricted award and will join 46 of their peers selected over the last 12 years as Hallie Ford Fellows.
“These three artists share a sincere self-awareness that brings confidence in their choices as makers. They are working quite personally but making globally relevant and impactful artworks.” says Anne Kubisch, president of the Foundation.
The jurists individually reviewed and then collectively discussed the applicants. They determined that each awardee demonstrates a mastery of artistic practice that prepares them to step into rigorous and meaningful opportunities in the global contemporary art world. Serving on the panel were: Amy Adams, Owner, Adams & Ollman (Portland); Erin Christovale, Associate Curator, The Hammer (Los Angeles); Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator, New Museum (New York); Victoria Sung, Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Abigail Susik, Associate Professor of Art History, Willamette University (Salem).
The 2022 recipients were selected based on the following criteria:
• Quality of work: Artists demonstrate artistic excellence, exemplary talent, and depth of sophisticated exploration.
• Evolution of work: Artists stand at a pivotal point in their practice and would benefit from a Fellowship at this point in their careers.
• Impact of work: Artists' goals are consistent with Fellowship goals, and they show potential for future accomplishment and capacity to contribute significantly to Oregon's visual arts ecology.