Oregon City artist Tammy Jo Wilson received $1,500 this month from the Oregon Arts Commission to support her solo exhibition at Chemeketa Community College in Salem from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2022.
Wilson said she was excited to use the grant to support the creation of new artwork for the solo show. She added that the show will mostly consist of painting completed after the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, but that she might include the occasional pastel or older piece.
"I have one painting in my mind right now that I'm planning to work on this week," she said.
Individual grants ranged from $880 to $7,500, and Wilson was the only Clackamas County artist to receive funding in the second and final round of 2021 Career Opportunity Program grant awards out of a $41,364 pot from the Oregon Arts Commission. The grants are intended to support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities that enhance their artistic careers, largely through participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.
"This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists," said Anne Taylor, the Arts Commissioner who chaired the review panel. "That support is needed now more than ever, as artists continue to suffer losses due to the pandemic."
Wilson serves as president of Art in Oregon, which has remained busy during the pandemic. The nonprofit organization arranged artwork donation to the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City and continued its artists-in-residence program with the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House this summer.
Wilson also curated the "Black Matter" exhibition from June 22 to July 31 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg. Wilson, manager of the Visual Arts & Technology at Lewis & Clark College, curated the group show of Black Oregon artists to speak more to the experience of being human rather than simply expressing the experience of living in a state and country rooted in systemic racism.
Learn more about the residency program and the nonprofit's other activities at artinoregon.org. Artists can be part of the community for free by joining the ArtShine.org database.
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