Hallie Ford Museum's Native American gallery to benefit from $30,000 grant

Through a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art will commission new pieces, launch public programs and hire artists over the next year to enhance its permanent gallery of Native American art.

Museum Director John Olbrantz says the gift is significant because it comes on the heels of another, $75,000 grant from the NEA to support the re-installation of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Gallery.

The grant will support three artists’ residencies. Marie Watt ’90, will create a mixed media piece that addresses the theme of conversation. Joe Feddersen will make a glass vessel based on Plateau Indian basketry designs, and Robert Kentta will sew a Siletz dance costume. The commissioned pieces, all by Native American artists, will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

The museum will hire a videographer to film the artists creating their works, clips of which will be posted online. Each artist will also be invited to campus to give a lecture, meet with students and provide a one- to two-day demonstration.

The purpose of the project, “Extending the Conversation,” is to spark dialogue about the role of the arts, not only in strengthening native communities, but in supporting mutual understanding among the wider public.