Corvallis artist Bruce Burris is one of five Oregon recipients to be named a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts, a program meant to recognize artists for demonstrated excellence and potential.
The program is sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation.
"I certainly appreciate it," Burris said of the designation, which comes with a $25,000 unrestricted award. "It's a good reminder for me to just continue to go out and do the best work I can, and every once in awhile you're rewarded. It's a wonderful feeling."
Burris is a practicing artist in collage and found objects. He is also director of several Corvallis-based community initiatives, some of which are dedicated to assisting individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, many of whom are artists themselves.
He has exhibited in several cities in Oregon and in Lexington, Kentucky, San Francisco and Philadelphia, among others. His most recent solo exhibit in the mid-valley, "Superegional," was in Oregon State University's Fairbanks Gallery in February. He currently features work in the "Around Oregon Annual" exhibit at The Arts Center.
Burris said he believes his community work, as much as his solo artwork, helped him catch the eye of the jurors who selected this year's fellows.
"Those community things that I do certainly impact positively on the artwork as well," he said.
Burris has more than a few ideas for what he would like to do with the $25,000 award, including studio renovations and taking more opportunities to see artwork in person. But one plan topped his to-do list.
"If you've ever seen my website, then you would know I need a good camera," he said.
The other artists receiving fellowships all live in Portland: Avantika Bawa, Demian DinéYazhi’, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, and Elizabeth Malaskaips.