Visual artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2015 fellowship award

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from visual artists for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available through the RACC GrantsOnline system at

Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute to the community in very meaningful ways. This year RACC plans to name two fellows, with each artist receiving a cash award of $20,000. RACC rotates the recognition among four disciplines every year – visual arts, media arts, literature, and performing arts. Past Visual Arts Fellows have included Christine Bourdette and Terry Toedtemeier (2000), Michael Brophy and Judy Cooke (2003), Henk Pander (2006), and Eric Stotik (2011).

Guidelines can be downloaded from the RACC website, and all applications must be submitted online at To be considered, applicants must submit an “Intent to Apply” form electronically through the RACC GrantsOnline system no later than 5:00 pm, July 8, 2015. Applicants are then required to finalize and submit their online application and upload all supplementary materials electronically through the system by 5:00 pm, July 15, 2015.

A panel of community representatives with expertise in the visual arts reflecting the disciplines of the applicants will select the two fellowship winners. An artist’s involvement in the community will play a significant role in evaluating each application. In addition, applicants must meet several strict criteria in order to be eligible for these highly competitive awards:

The applicant must be a professional artist, as recognized by their peers, with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the visual arts.

The applicant must have been an Oregon resident for a minimum of 5 years and a current resident of Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington Counties.

The applicant must demonstrate sustained high artistic quality of artmaking.

Other RACC fellows are listed at, and they include: Mary Oslund, Obo Addy, Christine Bourdette, Terry Toedtemeier, Jim Blashfield, Michele Glazer, Tomas Svoboda, Keith Scales, Judy Cooke, Michael Brophy, Chel White, Craig Lesley, Thara Memory, Henk Pander, Joanna Priestley, Kim Stafford, Robin Lane, Eric Stotik, Lawrence Johnson, Sallie Tisdale, Linda Austin and Anita Menon​.

For more information about the fellowship award and other RACC grants visit