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Nichole Maher
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Nichole Maher of Portland appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission (Photo) - 08/08/17

Salem, Oregon -- Nichole Maher, the president and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown. Maher fills the position previously held by Julie Vigeland, who completed her second four-year term in July.

Previously the executive director of Portland's Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Maher was raised in the small community of Siletz in Lincoln County and is very involved in supporting Native art and arts organizations. Since joining the Northwest Health Foundation in 2012, she has transformed it into a national forerunner in equity and a champion of supporting communities to build power through collaborative action and advocacy.

"We are thrilled to have Nichole join the Arts Commission as we continue the critical work of ensuring equity, access and inclusion through all of our programs and services," said Commission Chair Christopher Acebo. "Though she now lives in Portland, Nichole is a champion for rural communities and is dedicated to supporting all of the rich cultures, histories and practices of the arts community."

"I am particularly interested in ensuring that all parts of Oregon are included in arts development and that all have access to opportunity and funding," said Maher. "I have a specific passion for ensuring that rural communities, communities with disabilities and racial and ethnic groups historically underserved have a seat at the table and access to resources."

Maher holds a master's degree in public health from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She also completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education program at Yale Medical School. She has received numerous leadership and industry honors, including Oregon's 50 most powerful people, Oregon's top 40 under 40, Portland's 50 most influential people and the Oregon Women of Distinction award.

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, Maher is also an active mother of three young children. She and her mother practice the traditional art of making button blankets, an important part of Northwest tribal culture.

Her four-year term began July 27.
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The Oregon Arts 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 Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
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.

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Amanda Salov, “Mirrored Lattice Porcelain,” wood, 2016, (LxWxH) 6
Amanda Salov, “Mirrored Lattice Porcelain,” wood, 2016, (LxWxH) 6" x 18" x 18".
22 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation (Photo) - 08/03/17

Salem, Oregon -- In the final of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $88,246 to 22 artists for career development projects. The awards include $23,116 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $34,700 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $30,430 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $552 to $9,000.

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."

"These artists make our communities so much richer. It's an honor to be able to support them in their work as they continue their creative journeys," said Max Williams, president and CEO of The Oregon Community Foundation.

This fiscal year a total of $200,000 is available for three rounds of funding.

FY17 Round Three Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Hector Aguero (Salem), Music: Orchestral Arts Commission $1,492
To support Aguero's guest-conducting appearance and rehearsal observations with the New Jersey Youth Symphony in February of 2018.

Chris Baskin (Portland), Crafts: Clay Arts Commission $1,500
To support Baskin's participation in a six-week residency at FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums (FLICAM) in Fuping, China, in August and September of 2017.

Allison Cobb (Portland), Literature: Poetry Arts Commission $1,200
To support Cobb's collaboration on "Suspended Moment," a dance/sculptural installation depicting the horror of the nuclear war, on July 16, 2017, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first atomic bombs were created.

Stephen Cohen (Portland), Music Arts Commission $775
To support Cohen's travel to a two-and-a-half week summer residency at Music OMI in Hudson, New York.

Steven Doughton (Portland), Media Arts: Film The Oregon Community Foundation $5,240
To support Doughton's preparation and travel for participation in the Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village exhibition at MoMA in October 2017.

Daniel Duford (Portland), Visual Arts Arts Commission $1,500 The Ford Family Foundation $4,500
To support Duford's participation in and creation of the inaugural Waterford Foundation artist residency in Waterford, Virginia, from July 26 to Aug. 11, which will include the creation of a publication based on the drawings and research created during the residency.

Shelley Jordon (Portland), Visual Arts Arts Commission $1,500 The Ford Family Foundation $4,500
To support Jordon's solo exhibition at the Butler Gallery on Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in New York in the spring of 2018.

Erinn Kathryn (Portland), Visual Arts: Sculpture Arts Commission $1,374
To support Kathryn's participation in a one-month visual art residency at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in Rutland, Vermont.

Yukiyo Kawano, (Portland), Interdisciplinary Arts Commission $1,500
To support Kawano's collaboration on "Suspended Moment," a dance/sculptural installation depicting the horror of the nuclear war, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first atomic bombs were created.

Ellen Lewis (Woodburn), Theater The Oregon Community Foundation $9,000
To support bringing the Portland production of Lewis' "The Gun Show" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2017.

David Carmack Lewis (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting Arts Commission $1,500 The Ford Family Foundation $2,500
To support Lewis' solo exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis in July and August of 2017.

Taylor Long (Portland), Music: New Arts Commission $552
To support Long's participation in a one-week residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute near Boston in August of 2017.

Katie McClenahan (Portland), Theater: Puppet Arts Commission $1,223
To support McClenahan's participation in the National Puppet Slam as part of the Puppeteers of America National Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota in July of 2017.

Stephanie Mccollough (Portland), Visual Arts Arts Commission $1,500
To support McCollough's participation in a five-day paper engineering workshop at Mills College in Oakland, California, in June of 2017.

Susan Murrell (La Grande), Visual Arts: Painting Arts Commission $1,500 The Ford Family Foundation $1,700
To support Murrell's participation in a one-month residency at Krteles in Haukijärvi, Finland, in June of 2017.

Julia Oldham (Eugene), Visual Arts: Experimental Arts Commission $1,500
To support Oldham's production of "Birth of a Star," a series of four video sculptures showing the phases of a star's life, for the exhibition Light Years Away at Index Art Center in Newark, New Jersey in June of 2017.

Tatyana Ostapenko (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting Arts Commission $1,500
To support Ostapenko's participation in the 2017 Odessa Biennale in Odessa, Ukraine, Aug. 26 through Sept. 30, 2017.

Amanda Salov (Corvallis), Visual Arts: Sculpture Arts Commission $1,500 The Ford Family Foundation $3,500
To support Salov's one-month residency at Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan) as well as nearby research travel, in August of 2017.

Lisa Schonberg (Portland), Music The Oregon Community Foundation $4,010
To support Schonberg's participation in the 10-day LabVerde art immersion program in the Brazilian Amazon in July of 2017.

Dan Stone (Albany), Theater The Oregon Community Foundation $4,680
To support Stone's participation in LaMaMa Umbria 2017, an international symposium for theater directors in Assisi, Italy in July of 2017.

Barbara Tetenbaum (Portland), Interdisciplinary The Oregon Community Foundation $7,500
To support Tetenbaum's travel, website and technology for a public project honoring the centennial publication of Willa Cather's "My Antonia" in Lincoln, Nebraska, during the summer of 2018.

Heather Watkins (Portland), Visual Arts Arts Commission $1,500 The Ford Family Foundation $4,500
To support Watkins' creation and installation of new work for an exhibition at New York's CANADA Gallery in June of 2017.

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Summer Ventis, “Emigrant Lake[s]”  XIX, 2015. Monotype from woodblock, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Summer Ventis, “Emigrant Lake[s]” XIX, 2015. Monotype from woodblock, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Summer Ventis's "Emigrant Lake[s]" to be exhibited in the Governor's Office Aug. 1 -- Sept. 28 (Photo) - 07/26/17

Salem, Oregon -- Medford-based artist Summer Ventis will exhibit "Emigrant Lake[s]" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem from Aug. 1 to Sept. 28.

According to the artist, the body of work "Emigrant Lake[s]" uses the printed surface to examine the interplay of external and internal landscapes and the tenuous nature of our relationship to our surroundings through drought's effects on the Western landscape and its population.

"In observing our surroundings, we project ourselves onto and into the landscape," said Ventis, "while the observed landscape also dictates our internal reception of it. The landscape is inside us as much as we are inside it."

Ventis received a bachelor of art degree from Grinnell College and a master of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including Disjecta (Portland); the Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland); Flatbed Press (Austin, Texas); and the Liu Haisu Art Museum (Shanghai, China). Her works can be found in numerous collections such as the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland); the Denver Art Museum; and Proyecto 'ace in Buenes Aires, Argentina. Previously visiting faculty at Southern Oregon University, Ventis is currently assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.

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The Oregon Arts 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 Business Oregon (formerly Oregon 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.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org