5 FOREWORD I n 2011, The Ford Family Foundation established a granting program to fund Golden Spot residencies in Oregon for Oregon’s visual artists. More than 25 artists annually enjoy residencies in inspiring locales. Current residency partners are Caldera, Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art at Leland Ironworks, and Playa. In 2013, the Foundation unveiled a national component of its artist residency program and we initiated partnerships with Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Ucross Foundation. We wanted to provide opportunities for Oregon visual artists to experience month-long residencies among their national and international peers against the back- drop of inspiring Northern California and Wyoming landscapes. Four years later, we are pleased to support the publication of Oregon Artists at Work, a commentary on the artist residency program and the 29 Oregon visual artists who experienced the magic of “away time” at Djerassi and Ucross between 2013 and 2016. To a person, each artist has spoken of the freeing that comes with a residency. They all report exploring new boundaries, new materials, new approaches, and new ways of seeing and knowing. Surrounded by their peers — poets, performers, composers, writers, other visual artists — the Oregon 29 exchanged ideas around the dinner table, then returned to the solitude of their studio to consider their work in an expanded light. The blossoming of our partnerships with Djerassi and Ucross Foundation has increased the Foundation’s appreciation for what residencies can do for artists. As a result, in late 2015, we created new partnerships with four additional national Golden Spots: The MacDowell Colony, The Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency - Captiva, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. We are certain that Hallie Ford (1905–2007), one of the founders of the Foundation and in whose honor the visual arts program was conceived, would be pleased with the progress these artists have made. We remain committed to advancing Oregon’s visual artists who are engaged in producing new work and the institutions that further their progress. We are grateful to Raymond Plank and Dr. Carl Djerassi, who founded their respective residency programs to foster uninterrupted time for artists to reflect, pursue a new vision, or expand a creative portfolio. We are indebted to the staffs of both organizations, led by national arts professionals Sharon Dynak and Margot Knight, for their cooperation in selecting and ensuring our Oregon visual artists have the most beneficial away time possible. And without the spirit and talent of Tad Savinar, this publication simply would not be possible. Finally, we wish to thank Oregon visual artists who leave their families and work in Oregon to continue the growth of their creative practices to all of our benefit. With this publication, we share with you the magic of the work of many of our state’s visual artists. We hope that you will come away inspired by all that Oregon has to offer to the national and global visual arts community. Anne C. Kubisch President The Ford Family Foundation