Portland artist Michelle Ross received two grants to support her upcoming exhibition at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, opening in October 2016.

Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross with one of her artworks (detail)

Michelle Ross was awarded grants in the visual arts category: $1500 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $4500 from The Ford Family Foundation. Both awards will support a solo survey of her work at The Art Gym, including textile works, prints and paintings.

Michelle Ross is one of 17 Oregon artists to receive a Career Opportunity Grant. The grants are funded by a partnership between Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation. A total of $61,625 in funding was awarded in the third round of awards, with individual grants ranging from $500 to $8500.

Career Opportunity Grants help individual artists take advantage of timely opportunities to advance their artistic careers. Most of the grants support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities that help bring visibility to their work. The Ford Family Foundation grants are available only to Oregon mid-career visual artists over 30 years of age who are actively producing new work in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft.

“We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers,” said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. “We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages.”


Michelle Ross received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA from Washington State University. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Ross was named as a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. Her work is held by a number of collections including the Rhode Island School of Design Special Collections, Willamette University and the Portland Art Museum. In 2011, she was awarded in the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

Since 1980, The Art Gym has been recognized as a venue exhibiting some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications and public engagement.