Natalie Ball, Iván Carmona, Donald Morgan

Natalie Ball, Iván Carmona, Donald Morgan

The Ford Family Foundation

December 18, 2020
Natalie Ball, Iván Carmona, Donald Morgan
2020 Hallie Ford Fellows
December 18, 2020, 8am

The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program congratulates artists Natalie Ball, Iván Carmona, and Donald Morgan. A jury of arts professionals selected the three to receive 35,000 USD Hallie Ford Fellowships.

Serving on the jury were: Roger Hull, professor emeritus, Willamette University (Salem, Oregon); Jenelle Porter, independent curator (Los Angeles, California); Claire Tancons, independent curator (Berlin, Germany); Kate Wagle, artist and professor emeritus, University of Oregon (Portland, Oregon); and Wallace Whitney, artist, curator, co-founder Canada Gallery (New York, New York). 

About the 2020 Hallie Ford Fellows

Natalie Ball (b. 1980. Lives and works in Chiloquin, Oregon)
Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she received a Master of Arts, focusing on Indigenous contemporary art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands in Chiloquin to raise her children. Natalie attained her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018.

Her work has been shown internationally, including the Half Gallery, New York, New York; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Gagosian, New York, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France; and SculptureCenter, New York, New York; Art Basel, Miami 2020. And a forthcoming show at the Wentrup Gallery in Berlin, Germany in 2021. She is the recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Award, Joan Mitchel Painters & Sculptors Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Betty Bowen Award.

Iván Carmona (b. 1973. Lives and works in Portland, Oregon)
Iván Carmona’s hands helped his father tend to a family home in Puerto Rico. The coarse finish of cement is coded to his personal history, as are the rich pastels and modernist lines that distinguish Puerto Rican architecture. Already a successful ceramicist, Carmona made the move to Portland to study more deeply, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2015, where he also assisted many artists in the studio and as an instructor. Carmona’s work has recently been exhibited in Portland by Eutectic Gallery and Ash Street Project, and is held in the collections of King County, Washington; Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico; and Gifu Prefecture Tokyo Kouryu High School, Japan.

Donald Morgan (b. 1969. Lives and works in Eugene, Oregon)
Donald Morgan’s work is deceivingly complex. Impeccably built and finished sculptures pose a compendium of questions and narratives in conversation with texts. The works touch on broad-brush humor and high-brow postmodernism. Morgan’s recent solo and two-person exhibitions include the Green Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Art Gym, Portland, Oregon; and Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner. Morgan received his Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in 2001. He was an early member of Ditch Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Springfield, Oregon, and is an associate professor at the University of Oregon.

About The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program
The Visual Arts Program honors the late Hallie Ford, co-founder of The Ford Family Foundation, who left a legacy based on an interest in and a lifelong support of the visual arts. The Hallie Ford Fellowships are the flagship element of the Visual Arts Program. In addition, the program offers grants to visual artists for unanticipated career opportunities; supports artists-in-residence; brings curators and critics to Oregon for studio visits and community dialogue; supports exhibitions, catalogues and other forms of documentation; and awards grants for small capital projects.  

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