Jordan Schnitzer, in a partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Museums of Art at the University of Oregon, Washington State University, and Portland State University, is establishing an $150,000 Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program. Each Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art awarded $2,500 grants to 20 artists who use their voices, experiences, and artistic expression to reflect on social justice efforts in response to systemic racism.
Encompassing drawing, painting, video, performance, photography, installations, sculpture, and digital works, the exhibition highlights work by younger and emerging artists from the Eugene area, with representation by artists from Ashland and Bend as well.
Funded by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation to recognize artists making work in support of Black Lives Matter, the grant program spanned the JSMAs of the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Washington State University. Each artist received a cash award of $2500, and the opportunity to participate in the exhibition. The UO JSMA collaborated with the campus’s Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center to assemble a selection panel to pick the grant winners.
The grant award selection panel particularly sought out younger and emerging artists for whom the grant could make a real difference while paying close attention to artists’ connections to the Black Lives Matter movement. Works on view will reflect a variety of approaches and mediums, but most of the works are figurative and representational, with photography and video most strongly represented.
The Black Lives Matter Exhibition will open to the public July 3. An outdoor, public reception is in planning for the evening of Thursday, July 8, 5-7pm, pending health directives from the Oregon Health Authority and the UO pandemic Incident Management Team. More details about the event: Summer Reception: Celebrating the artists of the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program