Oregon Arts Commission 2008 Fellowship


For Immediate Release
December 14, 2007

Contact: Christine D'Arcy, 503-986 0087,
Meagan Atiyeh, 503-986-0084,

Oregon Arts Commission Awards Thirteen Artist Fellowships
Grants Recognize Excellence in Visual Arts: Sculpture, Painting,
Photography, Mixed Media and Installation

The Oregon Arts Commission has recognized thirteen Oregon artists with Artist Fellowship awards of $3,000 honoring outstanding work created by artists throughout the state. This year, the program was open to artists involved in the visual arts. In alternate years, artists involved in performing and literary arts may apply.

The Commission's Fellowships assist Oregon artists in the development of their work. Artists may use the $3,000 grants to complete work in progress or embark on a new body of work; undertake research, study or travel; or experiment with new materials or media.

The artists selected for 2008 Fellowships are:
Kate Ali, Dexter, sculpture
Judy Cooke, Portland, painting
Dave Tinman Edgar, Portland, painting
Stewart Harvey, Portland, photography
Deborah Horrell, Portland, glass
Wendy Huhn, Dexter, fiber arts
Linda Hutchins, Portland, drawing/installation
Colin H. Ives, Eugene, media arts
Anya Kivarkis, Eugene, metals
Jeffrey Krolick, Ashland, photography
Paula Rebsom, Portland, interdisciplinary
Lena McGrath Welker (formerly Linda Welker), Portland, sculpture/installation
Amanda Wojick, Eugene, sculpture

Applications from 113 artists were reviewed by panelists who recommended funding based on the quality of the artist's work, a record of sustained professional activity and achievement, and future promise. This year’s panel included painter and Southern Oregon University art faculty
member Cody Bustamante (Ashland); Wieden + Kennedy Executive Creative Director Jelly Helm (Portland); Don Hudgins, director, Oregon Alliance for Arts Education (Salem); artist and past fellowship recipient Cynthia Nawalinski (Portland); painter and University of Puget Sound faculty member Elise Richman (Tacoma, WA); art historian and Oregon Arts Commissioner Henry Sayre (Bend); and Namita Wiggers, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in Portland.

Jeffrey Krolick

Photographer Jeffrey Krolick has created an entire body of work around a single location in Southern Oregon. Explains Krolick: “The images are not landscapes in the traditional sense but rather, appropriations of the seasonal textures and shapes from a unique locale – Emigrant Lake, Oregon.” Deemed by the panel “one of the great colorists in Oregon photography,” Krolick creates images more closely related to abstract painting than landscape photography. He completed a State University of New York campus-wide MFA program where his studies focused on fine art jewelry and sculpture. For the past 20 years, however, photography has been his most consistent artistic pursuit. His work has been included in exhibitions nationally, including the American Craft Museum; the Smithsonian Institution; Jen Bekman Gallery, New York; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock in New York. He received a fellowship from the SilverEye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh and was selected by the International Photography Awards as fine art photographer of the year. Krolick is represented by Davis and Cline Gallery in Ashland.

View a combined slideshow of these Fellowship artists’ work:

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The Oregon Arts Commission believes that the arts and culture are touchstones of community and civic life and that it is essential to preserve, stabilize and develop their central role in Oregon. The Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Economic and Community Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available at

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.