The Oregon Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Ford Family Foundation, has awarded several PNCA faculty and alumni over $10,000 in competitive Career Opportunity grants. These awards provide support to individual artists who seek to take advantage of important opportunities to advance their careers through the development of artistic, business or professional skills. The grant recipients include Carl Diehl, Sarah Farahat ‘09, M.K. Guth, Laura Hughes MFA ‘10, and Jessica Orlowski.
The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine policies, establish long-range plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by the state of Oregon, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art and with a cultural partner grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Here are descriptions of each recipient’s project:
Carl Diehl (Faculty), media artist, $652
To support Diehl’s participation in the &Now Conference, a festival which brings together artists in a variety of disciplines to see how the artists can work together and develop new work. Diehl has been invited to present his performance work to the participants in this festival. www.carldiehl.com
Sarah Farahat (Intermedia ‘09), Portland, media artist $1,500
To support Farahat’s living expenses while participating in the Home Workspace Program, an 11‐month independent arts residency program in Beirut, Lebanon. The experience will expose Farahat to a year‐long intensive art dialogue and enable her to devote full time work toward a major exhibition.
M. K. Guth (Faculty), Portland, sculptor/installation artist, $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation, $3,760
To support the material costs associated with an invited public residency at The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, administered by The Art Production Fund in New York. Guth will travel to Las Vegas, with assistants to complete and install a site‐specific work. Additional Ford Family Foundation funds will support the costs of professional documentation of her work, travel and assistant expenses for the project.
Laura Hughes (Visual Studies ‘10 and Faculty), visual artist, $1,455
To support Hughes’ solo exhibition at the University of Oregon White Box Gallery in Portland, providing broader exposure to the arts community. Hughes is preparing an architecturally‐oriented installation, which will highlight her skill incorporating light and space into a dynamic vision. http://www.laurahughesstudio.com/index.html
Jessica Orlowski (CE Instructor), Hillsboro, sculptor, $1,500
To support costs associated with a solo exhibition of Orlowski’s ceramic sculpture at the Harry Krug Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. An artist talk will increase the impact of the opportunity, allowing her to more fully develop contacts outside this region.