BLM Artist Project Grant

(Left to right: MO WO. Uncle toms cabin fever, 2018-2020. Naomi Meyer. Jo at 13, 2018. Mya Lansing. Untitled, 2020. Gabriel Barrera. Sams Hands, 2020.)

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With the support of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the JSMAs of UO, Portland State University, and Washington State University selected sixty artists from across Oregon and Washington to receive $2,500 each for their work in support of Black Lives Matter. At the UO, the JSMA worked with the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center and their Coordinator Dr. Aris Hall to assemble a selection panel and oversee the program. The museum and the BCC congratulate the grant winners and thank the grant selection jury, including Dean Sabrina Madison-Cannon of the School of Music and Dance; Jamar Bean, Program Advisor and Director of the UO Multicultural Center; and Asst. Prof. Jovencio de la Paz of the Department of Art, who worked with Dr. Hall and JSMA director John Weber to make final selections. The JSMA and the BCC look forward to showing work from the grantees in 2021.


John Adair | Eugene

Mika Aono | Eugene

Gabriel Barrera | Ashland

Gabby Beauvais | Eugene

Kathleen Caprario and Gregory S. Black | Springfield and Eugene

Marco Elliott | Eugene

Marina Hajek | Eugene

Jasmine Jackson | Eugene/Beaverton

Mya Lansing | Veneta

Ana-Maurine Lara | Eugene

Anthony Adonis Lewis | Ashland

Stormie True | Eugene

Malik Lovette | Eugene

Tumelo Michael Moloi | Eugene

Naomi Meyer | Eugene

Artemas Ori | Eugene

Michael Perkins | Creswell

Josh Sands | Cottage Grove

Aaron Thompson | Eugene

MO WO | Bend 

“We congratulate the Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program grantees and thank all the applicants for their creativity and their commitment. In selecting the artists for the grant, we particularly sought out younger and emerging artists for whom the grant could make a real difference. We also paid close attention to artists’ connections to the Black Lives Matter movement, and we sought to support a wide range of artistic practices. We encourage our community to support these artists and other artists from marginalized communities who are confronting systemic racism and the legacy of white supremacy. Our selection includes artists working in traditional media such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking, and also video, performance works, community projects and collaborations between artists. Our committee had a difficult job, as so many worthy submissions were received. For artists who were not selected, we thank you for your efforts and encourage you to keep making art and working for racial justice.“