Eugene artist Jack Ryan received $9,000 in Career Opportunity Grants for his spring 2017 exhibition, The Lost Chord, at the Art Gym.
Sculptor Jack Ryan received two grants: $7,500 from The Ford Family Foundation and $1,500 from the Oregon Arts Commission. Both grants are in support of his solo exhibition of new works, The Lost Chord, opening April 9 at Marylhurst University’s Art Gym.
Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers. The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work. The Ford Family Foundation grants are awarded to artists in the fields of contemporary fine art and craft; The Oregon Community Foundation grants are awarded only to established Oregon artists in the literary and performing arts fields. Most of the grants from both foundations support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.
“This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists,” said Julie Vigeland, the arts commissioner who chaired the review panel. “We also are so proud to support artists in representing Oregon outside of the region and internationally.”
“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.”
Since 1980, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University has been recognized as a venue that exhibits some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of the contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications and public engagement.