The Museum has announced new dates for its biennial awards exhibition celebrating contemporary art created in the greater Northwest. Originally scheduled to open in October, our 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition will be on view February 13 to May 8, 2016.
“This extra time provides a wonderful opportunity for our seven award winners, who are creating new and exciting work for this exhibition,” says exhibition curator Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art. “Several of the artists are creating installations specifically for the unique exhibition spaces of the Portland Art Museum, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they can create with four more months.”
The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards honor artistic merit and potential while providing an in-depth and scholarly presentation of work by a select group of professional contemporary artists living and working in the greater Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana). The award recipients are honored with an exhibition in the Museum’s special exhibition galleries, a full-color catalogue, exhibition-related programming, and cash awards. One recipient will be further recognized with the Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the amount of $10,000.
The seven winners who will display their work in the exhibition are Victoria Haven, of Seattle, Wash.; Lead Pencil Studio, of Seattle, Wash.; Dana Lynn Louis, of Portland, Ore.; Helen O’Toole, of Seattle, Wash.; Akio Takamori, of Seattle, Wash.; Willem Volkersz, of Bozeman, Mont.; and Samantha Wall, of Portland, Ore.