Jordan Schnitzer, in a partnership with the Jordan Schnitzer Museums of Art at the University of Oregon, Washington State University, and Portland State University, is establishing an $150,000 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Artist Grant Program in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Each Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will award twenty $2,500 grants to artists who use their voices, experiences, and artistic expression to reflect on social justice efforts in response to systemic racism.
“I have often said artists are chroniclers of our time. We all feel anguish about the death of George Floyd and many others at the hands of racial oppression,” said Jordan Schnitzer, president of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. “We, more than ever, need artists to help us understand this issue and help us heal.”
Artists residing throughout Oregon and Washington are encouraged to submit proposals for new work or projects, or recently created work directly responding to the current Black Lives Matter movement, responding to marginalized communities, experiences with systemic racism and inequality, and artists whose work thematically connects to these experiences. Artists working in all mediums are invited to apply. Interested artists should submit their applications no later than September 30, 2020. Submission instructions may be found on the art museum’s website beginning on August 3. Winners will be announced on October 31 and selected works will be exhibited at the Jordan Schnitzer Museums of Art when the museums reopen.