Museum of Contemporary Craft to Present Inaugural Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition

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March 15, 2012

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 971 255 5511

Museum of Contemporary Craft to Present Inaugural Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition

Portland, OR – March 15, 2012 – The Ford Family Foundation, in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Craft, announces the first exhibition of the work by its Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts, scheduled to open January 24, 2013 and run through the Fall of 2014 at both Oregon and out-of-state museums. The exhibition will be curated by a curator of national prominence to be announced in Spring of 2012. The Hallie Ford Fellowships, three awarded each year in the amount of $25,000, are one facet of The Foundation’s five year Visual Arts Program that it launched in February of 2010 to support the creation, production, exhibition, documentation, and acquisition of work by seasoned Oregon visual artists.

The exhibition will include 2010 Fellows Daniel Duford, David Eckard, and Heidi Schwegler; 2011 Fellows Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, and Stephen Hayes; and the 2012 Fellows who will be announced in June.

The exhibition will travel to a number of institutions in the Western States after its opening at the Museum. Educational materials, lectures, and other public programs will extend the reach of the exhibition in the communities in which it will be hosted.

“What a great honor it is to host the first exhibition of work by the Hallie Ford Fellows,” said PNCA President and Museum CEO Tom Manley. “In a few short years, The Ford Family Foundation has made a singular impact on the arts in Oregon by investing in well thought out programs that holistically advance the visual arts ecology in our State. For PNCA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft the exhibition is doubly meaningful: it features at least three artists who teach or have taught at the College—David Eckard, Daniel Duford and Stephen Hayes—and it makes vivid Hallie Ford’s belief in the inspirational power of art. It was that conviction which led her to the extraordinary $15 million gift to PNCA in 2007 and that subsequently made possible the partnership between the College and the Museum.”

“We are proud that the Hallie Ford Fellows exhibition will allow new audiences to experience the work of these distinguished artists,” says Norm Smith, President of the Foundation. “Supporting broader exposure for these artists is a key tenet of the Visual Arts Program and one that honors Mrs. Ford’s belief that a promising artist should have every opportunity to realize and fulfill his or her potential. Our partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Craft in this exhibition is an important next step in the work of the Visual Arts Program.”

The impetus for the Visual Arts Program was the Foundation Board’s desire to recognize the late Hallie Ford’s enduring commitment to the visual arts in Oregon. Other important aspects of its Visual Arts Program—funding for the curation, the documentation via catalogues, and the traveling of exhibitions of works by Oregon visual artists—come together in this first of what is expected to be a series of Hallie Ford Fellows exhibitions in the years to come.


Those eligible are practicing visual artists currently producing works of art; full-time residents of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline who are legal residents of Oregon 30 years of age or older at the time of application who have evidenced, through appropriate documentation, seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in their medium and are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time at the time of application or during the successive grant period.


DANIEL DUFORD: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Instructor in Foundations, Advanced Studios, Illustration, Intermedia, Sculpture; Writer. (BFA, Studio Art, University of New Mexico, 1996). He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeastern US. He has received a number of public and private commissions and awards. He is a regular guest lecturer and panelist and has published regularly in ArtNews, The Organ, The Bear Deluxe and Ceramics: Art and Perception.

DAVID ECKARD: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Chairman of the Sculpture Department, Associate Professor Intermedia and Sculpture. (BFA, Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1988). He explores ideas through found objects, drawings installations and performative interventions. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. David was most recently acknowledged by a jury of his peers with the award of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship for 2010. His work has been written about in Flash Art, The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture, and The Chicago Tribune.

HEIDI SCHWEGLER: Oregon College of Art & Craft, Associate Professor Metals. (MFA, Metalsmithing, University of Oregon). She works with a variety of materials, including metal, resin, found objects and digital imagery. She has participated in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Tacoma Art Museum and Scope Art, NY 2004. She was a recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and will participate in the Beijing International Artist Platform this summer. Her work has been recognized in ArtNews, Metalsmithand American Craft.


SANG-AH CHOI: Painting and Mixed Media: Professional artist with Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea and a MFA recipient of the University of Illinois. Choi has soloed in exhibitions for the past eight years in Portland, New York, Korea and Chicago and in group shows since 1996 in Oregon, Georgia, New York, Seoul, Michigan, Taipei, Chicago, Massachusetts. she is currently exhibiting in a group show in Venice, Italy, a parallel sanctioned exhibition to the Venice Biennial. Her works are held in a number of public collections in New York, the Southern and Mid-western United Sates. Numerous critics have written of her work over the past decade.

BRUCE CONKLE: Sculpture and Installations: Instructor of Design at the University of Portland and Portland Community College. Conkle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications and Film from the University of Oregon, attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and received his Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He has exhibited work in solo and group shows in museums and galleries across the United States and in Iceland as well as serving as a guest lecturer and visiting artist for a number of institutions. He was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in 2010. Like Choi, his work has been written about by a number of regional and national critics.

STEPHEN HAYES: Painting: Assistant Professor of Art, Oregon State University; Instructor on the faculty of the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Graduate Student Mentor for the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Hayes received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and has been exhibiting for nearly 30 years in solo and group exhibitions across America and in the Middle East. A nominee for the 2010 Contemporary NW Arts Awards by the Portland Art Museum, his work was also featured in the Elizabeth Leach Gallery’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition in 2011. In addition to teaching and the practice of art he has been actively engaged in the Oregon arts community serving on advisory panels, curatorial committees and as a visiting artists/juror. His work is held by numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Gates Foundation, the New York Public Library, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Microsoft Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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 please visit the website at

Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the way audiences experience it.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) has been an influential force in art and design education in the Pacific Northwest since its founding in 1909. Today PNCA continues to prepare students for a life of creative practice with more than 600 students in 15 undergraduate and graduate programs, and another 1,500 students in its continuing education programs. PNCA has become a leader in innovative educational programs that connect students to a global perspective in the visual arts and design. In addition to its 10 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, PNCA offers five graduate degrees under the auspices of its Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE): an MFA in Visual Studies, a Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, an MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, an MFA in Collaborative Design, and an MFA in Applied Craft and Design developed with the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the first inter-institutional degree of its kind in the US.

PNCA is actively involved in Portland’s cultural life through exhibitions and a vibrant public program of lectures and internationally recognized visiting artists, designers and creative thinkers. The Portland Monthly, in its January 2012 issue, called PNCA the “crown jewel of Portland’s creative class.” With the support of FIVE, the College has an operating partnership with the nationally acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Craft. For more information, visit