b'ForewordThe Ford Family Foundation launched its Visual Arts Program in 2010 to honor the life-long interest in and support of the visual arts in Oregon by the late Mrs. Hallie Ford, a co-founder of the Foundation.The goal of the program is to inspire deeper artistic expression, elevate creativity and excellence in the field, and strengthen the vibrancy of Oregons visual arts ecology. The Foundation dedicates resources to increase creative work time and opportunities for individ-ual artists, and to support visual arts institutions whose primary purpose is to exhibit and preserve the results of artistic pursuits.A core component of the Foundations program is the Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, awarded annually to established Oregon artists who are actively producing new work in the fields of contemporary visual art and craft. An independent jury of regional and national arts professionals conducts a rigorous review and recommends artists who are exceptional among their peers.In 2013 the Foundation cosponsored the launch of a traveling exhibition of work by the first four classes of Hallie Ford Fellows (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), curated by independent cura-tor Cassandra Coblentz and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft of Portland. The exhibition traveled to diverse communities and was accompanied by a richly descriptive catalogue featuring the artists and their work.In 2019 the Foundation continues the tradition, traveling the second exhibition of Fellows work featuring Hallie Ford Fellows from the classes of 2014 (Tannaz Farsi, Geraldine Ondrizek, Storm Tharp), 2015 (Ben Buswell, MK Guth, Tom Prochaska, Jack Ryan, Samantha Wall), and 2016 (Karl Burkheimer, Anya Kivarkis, Wendy Red Star, Blair Saxon- Hill, Lynn Woods Turner). Curated by independent curator Diana Nawi and organized by John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, the exhibition will crisscross the region, bringing excep-tional works of art to communities large and small.7'