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Art Acquisition Funding

Grants to Oregon Arts Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
to Purchase Works of Art by Oregon Visual Artists

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Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) - Ford Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon arts institutions, agencies, and Indian tribes to purchase seminal works by Oregon visual artists. Funds may be used to prepare, transport, or acquire works for exhibition. Funding is intended to improve the state's arts ecology by investing in Oregon institutions that further the progress of artists.

Purpose of the Art Acquisition Grants
The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission, provides resources to Oregon visual art institutions and public visual arts collections for the purpose of acquiring seminal works by Oregon visual artists to preserve public access to them and to provide support for the artists and to the visual arts institutions that support their work through acquisition and exhibition. The partners defines a “seminal work” as a work that may strongly influence the artist’s later work, is formative to their practice, and/or is superlative in a grouping of their production.

Applicants must:
- Demonstrate a commitment to the exhibition, documentation, and preservation of works by Oregon visual artists
- Operate in a facility with an appropriate secure and climate-stabilized environment in which to exhibit and store works acquired through this program to preserve them for future generations
- Provide reasonable public access to their collection
- Recognize The Ford Family Foundation's contribution to the institution's ability to acquire the work(s)
- Alert and seek approval of any proposed deaccession of acquired work(s) and provide for an alternate recipient through "restricted" gift provision

- Artworks are preferred to be publicly exhibited within two years of acquisition
- Requests for acquisitions that align with significant upcoming exhibitions will receive special consideration

The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program
The Ford Family Foundation established its Visual Arts Program to honor Hallie Ford's (1905-2007) interests and legacy in the visual arts. The goal of the Program is (1) to accelerate an enhanced quality of artistic endeavor and body of work by Oregon's most promising midcareer visual artists and; (2) to improve Oregon's visual arts ecology by making strategic investments in Oregon institutions that further the progress of these artists. The Program includes multiple funding components, in addition to Arts Acquisition Funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162286

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Term of Contract:

Activities must occur between July 1, 2018– June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for Art Acquisition funding must meet the following criteria for eligibility:
- Be an Oregon visual arts institution or public visual arts collection with IRS 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status (organizations maintained under a fiscal sponsorship are not eligible to apply) and have corporate, non-profit status in the state of Oregon or

- Be a unit of government or a federally recognized tribe

Art Acquisition funds will not fund the reimbursement of previously purchased work.

Storage, public access, or documentation costs are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be submitted by email no later than 5:00 pm, October 15, 2018.

The Arts Commission may request an opportunity for the work to be viewed in person by one of its staff members or by members of the review panel between October 16 and November 8, 2018. Please indicate if this is possible, and if you are able to assist in its viewing, as requested in the application. If the work is more easily viewable prior to this date (or to the application deadline) please notify the Commission.

The artwork proposed must be placed on hold by the owner/dealer for two months from time of grant deadline to notice and up to four months for payment. Confirmation of this is to be uploaded with application materials.

Grant funds will not be distributed until all additional funds needed for the purchase of the artwork have been secured. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to plan a fundraising strategy related to other sources of funds that may be implemented quickly.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal:

Return applications by email to

Meagan Atiyeh, Visual Arts Coordinator
(503) 986-0084

For technical questions:
Kat Bell
(503) 986-0082

775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280

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USA: Oregon