The Ford Family Foundation today named its 2015 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts, recognizing five Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence of their work and potential for significant advancement in their practices of art. A jury of arts professionals from within and outside Oregon selected 5 artists including Tom Prochaska from a diverse pool of 172 applicants. Each Fellow will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award and will join 15 of their peers selected over the last five years as Hallie Ford Fellows.
The 2015 recipients were selected based on the following criteria:
"Working without obvious intention is my avenue of exploration. My concern is to discover something, surprise myself, touch or reveal some magic through the process of simply working. So I put down paint with a brush or pallet knife, some black and some white, and the process begins. At this point the painting maintains an ambiguity and remains very open to the viewer's interpretation. My current large works have combined my painting voice with my printmaking sensibilities and taken me to a place that holds a new found content and magic." Tom Prochaska
The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation and its Visual Arts Program please visit www.tfff.org.
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