Bend artist receives $8,000 in grants for ‘For The Love of Trees’ exhibit

Nancy Floyd For Love Trees exhibit
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The Oregon Arts Commission and the and Ford Family Foundation announced Monday their first round of 2024 Career Opportunity Program grant awards going to 24 artists. One of those artists is from Bend.

Nancy Floyd will receive $2,000 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $6,000 from the Ford Family Foundation for production and travel expenses associated with a new exhibit titled “For The Love Of Trees” at the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem.

Here is the full announcement of all the grants:

Salem, Oregon – In the first round of FY2024 Career Opportunity Program grant awards, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $105,103 to 24 artists for career development projects. 

The awards include $44,202 from the Oregon Arts Commission for all artistic disciplines and $60,901 in supplemental funding for 16 established visual artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program. Individual grants range from $800 to $8,500.

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Career Opportunity grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities that enhance their artistic careers. Most grants support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.

“This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists,” said Arts Commissioner Roberta Lavadour, who led one of two review panels. “That support is a powerful way for artists to become better recognized and enhance their arts resumes.”

The Ford Family Foundation funds are available to established Oregon visual artists who are producing new work in the fields of contemporary art and craft. 

FY2024 Career Opportunity Program grant award recipients are:

Elizabeth Arzani, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $1,020

To support a two-person exhibition with Renee Couture at Carnation Contemporary in Portland from Jan. 6 to 28.

Avantika Bawa, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $6,030

To create a site-specific installation as part of the fourth edition of The Sculpture Park, at Madhavendra Palace, Jaipur, located within the precincts of Nahargarh Fort and curated by Peter Nagy in collaboration with Nature Morte gallery and Saat Saath Arts Foundation.

David Paul Bayles, Corvallis

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support a scheduled solo exhibition of David’s long-term photographic project titled “FOLLOWING FIRE – A Resilient Forest / An Uncertain Future” at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland in January.

Dru Donovan, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $6,000

To support the production, documentation, shipping of work and travel for the installation of a solo exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, scheduled to run from June 13 to Aug. 10.

Elsa Dougherty, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,157

To support the production of “Dumpster Girl,” an original devised musical featuring one lead performer and a four-piece band to perform at CoHo Productions in Portland Dec. 14-16, 2023.

Nancy Floyd, Bend

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $6,000

To support the production and travel expenses associated with a new solo exhibition, titled “For The Love Of Trees” at the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem.

Anne Greenwood, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,995

The Ford Family Foundation $4,674

To support new artwork that creates conceptual and real connections to landscape and community (fabric book and outdoor soundscape gathering with performers, blankets and publication) for the PDX Biennial at Oregon Center for Contemporary Art and satellite programming at Albina Green Park from April to August.

Sabrina Haque, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $4,300

To support the (Un) Belonging series and to create a new, site-specific installation of large drawings with video projections of hand-drawn animation at Patricia Reser Center for the Arts from May to August.

Wendy Heldmann, Eugene

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $5,250

To support a solo exhibition at Nowhere Gallery in Milan, Italy, in April, including travel from Eugene; packing and shipping existing works and materials for two on-site murals and a lightbox sign; lodging for duration of install; mural creation, opening and show documentation.

Diane Jacobs, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $2,000

To support a five-week ceramic artist residency March 11 to April 15 at Township 10 in North Carolina near Asheville.

Katie Janovac, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,200

To support Katie’s development as a street dancer and dance festival organizer. Katie attended dance events Freestyle Session and Flava of the Year in Los Angeles in November. She battled in popping and gained knowledge of how to responsibly organize a cultural street dance event.

Horatio Law, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $6,500

To support Horatio’s project “Serenading the Departed – Reconnecting Block 14 to Chinatown.”

Claire Lorenzo, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,200

To support the recording of a full-length studio album for Claire’s band, “Shore Pines,” in November 2023 in Portland.

Cas Majewski, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $800

To support Cas in securing and equitably compensating a videographer and lighting designer for congruency dance collective’s second mainstage tap fusion show “spectra” to take place at the end of January at The Headwaters Theater in Portland.

Ido Radon, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $4,750

To support production and presentation of a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Afternoon Projects, a gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sweta Ravisankar, Beaverton

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support Sweta’s travel to further her learning, to collaborate with professional Indian Classical Artists and to perform in India between November 2023 and January. To help bring back the knowledge of historically significant choreographies to her students and nourish her full-time dance career.

Anthony Roberto, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support a May 2024 solo exhibition at Well Well Projects in Portland, representing the culmination of a multi-year body of work: 3D printed sculpture and 2D prints that use the stage as a space without place to show a group of faceless figures engaging in a time slice of space without place.

Joe Robinson, Lake Oswego

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $1,666

To support the giving of a talk, “The Business of Community,” at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the leading professional conference for ceramic educators, in Richmond, Virginia, in March.

Lilith Rockett, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $2,960

To support Lilith’s participation as a guest artist at the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour in Minnesota May 10-12.

Stephen Slappe, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support travel and accommodations for Stephen to attend the NYU Orphan Film Symposium in Astoria, New York, April 9-14. This archival film symposium brings together artists, historians and scientists from around the world for four days of presentations, screenings and networking.

Jessie Vala, Cheshire 

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $400

To support the completion, shipping and documentation of a series of mixed media sculptures for Meteorite Mama, an immersive installation and performance at Well Well Projects in Portland, March 3-31.

Mike Vos, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $1,000

To support an artist residency and mentorship opportunity with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art March 13 to April 8 in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Samantha Wall, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $5,851

To support the production of a new body of work for a solo exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, scheduled to open on April 10 and run through October.

Vicki Wilson, Philomath

Oregon Arts Commission $1,850

The Ford Family Foundation $2,500

To support the creation of a body of work to be shown at The Arts Center in Corvallis and Oregon Potters Association Ceramic Showcase, as well as travel and participation expenses associated with the Ceramic Showcase.

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