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Reed College Professor of Art Geraldine Ondrizek Wins Hallie Ford Fellowship

Portland, Ore (May 30, 2014)-- Reed College Professor of Art Geraldine Ondrizek is a 2014 Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. She is one of three Oregon visual artists who were recognized for their excellence and potential for significant advancement in their art. Each artist will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award.

"Our 2014 Fellows have demonstrated tremendous talent and commitment to their practice of art as well as to their fellow artists," said Anne Kubisch, President of the Ford Family Foundation. “They come from diverse backgrounds—from rural Oregon to Iran. They work in diverse mediums and all are creating stellar work.”

In addition to Ondrizek, a jury of five arts professionals selected Tannaz Farsi of Eugene and Storm Tharp of Portland from a diverse and talented pool of applicants.

The selection committee commented that Ondrizek's work brings science to the public in a way that is beautiful and intriguing. “In the complicated world of genetics it is great to have a 'gateway' into the public in a different fashion, rather than simply letters. It makes people excited and curious about it. Even though her work is highly sophisticated, the whole mission of her work is to serve as translation for people of all kinds.”

"Over the last 10 years I have engaged with researchers in the U.S. and Europe to show and discuss this work. I am indebted to them for their willingness to research and collaborate together,” said Ondrizek. “I am committed to exposing the long history of racial discrimination woven into the fabric of American culture, which will be highlighted in my upcoming exhibition this fall, Shades of White, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene."

In 2006 Ondrizek won the Oregon Council on the Arts Fellowship. National publications such as Artweek, Surface Design, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times have featured critiques of her work. The Mellon and Levine Foundations have funded her past research. She has been an artist in residence at CAMAC in France, Gasworks in London, the Women’s Studio in New York, Kunstseminar in Schwäbisch Hall Germany, the Mattress Factory in Pennsylvania, and the Anderson Arts Center in Colorado.

She has had 30 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows in the US and Europe. In 2012-13 her work traveled to NASA and the University of Houston, The Florida International University, and National Museum of Women in the Arts. Ondrizek has been a member of Reed’s art faculty since 1994. She has a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from University of Washington, Seattle.