Two PNCA Faculty Awarded Hallie Ford Fellowships

June 13, 2010

PNCA Faculty members Daniel Duford and David Eckard are two of three Oregon visual artists named Hallie Ford Fellows today by The Ford Family Foundation. This is the inaugural year for the Visual Arts Program and the Hallie Ford Fellowship—the recipients named are awarded $25,000 each for demonstrating excellence in their work and exhibiting significant potential for future accomplishments.

From the press release:

“These $25,000 unrestricted fellowships are meant to give artists what we are told they value most—additional resources to expand their think and work time to explore, create or complete new work,” stated Norm Smith, President of the Foundation. “We know from national research that artists typically use these funds to make progress on or finish a body of work, develop new concepts or a new project, even purchase art supplies, organize a presentation of their work, or for additional education, training and travel related to their work. For some, these funds also help cover essential daily needs such as healthcare, food and shelter.” 

“The jury noted the selected fellows are sophisticated makers of fine art and craft whose interdisciplinary work illustrates both superior craftsmanship and conceptual rigor. Their work articulates groundbreaking potential for innovative developments in the visual arts while simultaneously remaining grounded in the classical modes of production, echoing a sensitivity to the traditions of craft.”

“The fellowships are the first of seven program facets being launched this year as part of the Foundation’s $3.5 million, five-year visual arts program established in the memory of Mrs. Hallie Ford. Knowledgeable Pacific Northwest arts leaders helped frame the overall program.”

Daniel Duford teaches Advanced Studios, Foundations, Illustration, Intermedia, and Sculpture, in addition to writing. In 1996, he received a BFA in Studio Art from University of New Mexico. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeastern US. He has received a number of public and private commissions and awards. He is a regular guest lecturer and panelist and has published regularly in ArtNews, The Organ, The Bear Deluxe and Ceramics: Art and Perception.

David Eckard is Chair of the Sculpture Department and Associate Professor of Intermedia and Sculpture. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. He explores ideas through found objects, drawings, installations and performative interventions. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. David was most recently acknowledged by a jury of his peers with the award of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship for 2010. His work has been written about in Flash Art, The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture and The Chicago Tribune.