Oregon Arts Commission starting new grant and fellowship cycle

Coast Weekend | July 24, 2012 8:15 a.m. | Updated: July 26, 2012 7:18 a.m.

The Oregon Arts Commission will offer two funding programs for Oregon artists in Fiscal Year 2013: Career Opportunity Grants and Artist Fellowships.

Career Opportunity Grants offer up to $1,500 and enable artists of all disciplines to take advantage of unique opportunities to advance their careers. Grants can fund opportunities such as exhibits in national and international venues, or participation in conferences or workshops to expand artists’ knowledge base.

Through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation, additional support is available to visual artists. Reviewed in combination with the Career Opportunity Grant requests, these additional grants, range from $1,500 to $7,500, and aid mid-career Oregon visual artists in the creation, production or exhibition of their work.

There are three online deadlines for applications: Aug. 15, 2012; Dec. 17, 2012; and April 15, 2013. Applications are accepted only online at www.oregonartscommission.org/support_for_the_arts/grants/grant_inds.php

Artist Fellowships are $3,000 awards that recognize the achievements of Oregon artists and the contributions they make to the cultural health of the state. These are highly competitive grants awarded to a select group of the state’s most innovative creators.

Past Career Opportunity Grant recipients include Avery Thatcher, a young graphic designer, who used her grant to attend a national trade fair, which gave her custom wallpaper exposure to a large market.

Latin musician Jessie Marquez leveraged her grant to pay for marketing materials, including a music video. She is now booking performances regionally, expanding her reach outside of her hometown Eugene.

Past Artist Fellows include such renowned Oregon visual artists as Nan Curtis, Anna Fidler, Mike Bray and Ryan Pierce.

Shannon Planchon, Assistant Director of OAC and Accessibility Coordinator for the arts grants said she is “thrilled that the Oregon Arts Commission is able to continue its support for Oregon’s individual artists. We have seen the impact that these funds can make on a career.”

The FY13 program is open to artists involved in performing and literary arts. In FY14 visual artists, craftspeople and designers may apply.

Fellowship applications are due Oct. 15, 2012 and must be submitted online. The application form is available now. The guidelines may be reviewed at www.oregonartscommission.org/support_for_the_arts/grants/grant_inds.php

To learn more about the work of prior fellows or career opportunity grantees, visit the Creative Oregon section of the Commission’s website at www.oregonartscommission.org/creative_oregon/stories/ or look for additional information in the press archive.

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