Artist Spotlight: Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts

Join SOU Senior Tyler Noland for an overview of the Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts and the exhibition ‘What Needs to Be Said: Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts’ at the Schneider Museum of Art during the Winter of 2021.

Currently on view on the Schneider Museum of Art’s website, What Needs to Be Said: Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts brings together the work from thirteen Oregon based artists who received the Hallie Ford Fellowship between 2014 to 2016. Organized for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art by Los Angeles curator Diana Nawi, this exhibition brings together the best in Oregon based visual arts. This is the fourth stop for this traveling exhibition which is now online due to COVID-19 restrictions, having opened at the Umpqua Valley Art Center and Umpqua Community College, and now arriving digitally to the Schneider after being at Disjecta in Portland.

The Hallie Ford Fellowship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Ford Family Foundation co-founder Hallie Ford, whose support of Oregon visual arts was a lifelong pursuit. In 1936, Hallie’s husband Kenneth Ford founded Roseburg Forest Products Co. which grew to be one of the largest family owned wood product companies in the U.S., and gave the Ford’s the opportunity to use their fortune to give back to Oregon communities. Hallie Ford passed away in 2007 at the age of 102 after devoting her life to teaching and being an avid supporter of the visual arts. She was a painter herself, and her passion for the arts is what has made the Hallie Ford Fellowship among other opportunities for Oregon artists possible.

The Hallie Ford Fellowship is awarded to up to three professional Oregon artists per year. The selection process is based on the depth of their practice, and their potential for growth and development in the future, something that is clearly very evident throughout the entirety of this exhibition. There is no one medium these artists work in, chosen for their ability to further the conversation about art in the twenty-first century.

The thirteen artists in this exhibition are: Karl Burkheimer, Ben Buswell, Tannaz Farsi, MK Guth, Anya Kivarkis, Geraldine Ondrizek, Tom Prochaska, Wendy Red Star, Jack Ryan, Blair Saxon-Hill, Storm Tharp, Samantha Wall, and Lynne Woods Turner.

The Winter Exhibition What Needs to Be Said: Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts will be available to view virtually on the Schneider Museum of Art’s website until March 6, 2021.


Tyler Noland is a senior Creative Writing major at Southern Oregon University. She is originally from the Bay Area, and this is her third year at the Schneider Museum of Art. While not working on her writing she enjoys making collages with vintage magazines.