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Caldera’s Golden Spot Award Residency


Project Overview

Since 2011, Caldera has been honored to be one of several host sites in Oregon for The Ford Family Foundation’s “Golden Spot” residency, recognizing our Artists in Residence (AiR) Program’s distinctive environment and the consistent support we provide Oregon visual artists.

The Ford Family Foundation’s Golden Spot award supports residency programs in Oregon that provide opportunities for artists to explore or produce new work. As part of The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program, Golden Spot works to enhance the quality of artistic endeavors and body of work by Oregon’s most promising visual artists. It also serves to improve Oregon’s visual arts ecology by making strategic investments in Oregon institutions such as Caldera. Fifty percent of the award funds support the operations of the residency program; the other fifty percent provides stipends to the selected artists to offset life and work expenses.

Golden Spot Recipients


Luann Algoso, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)
Luann Algoso is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, creative activator, cultural worker, and strategic communications specialist. Her work in organizing both in Asian American and women-identified spaces melds at the intersection where the arts meets activism. As a cultural worker, Luann is in service to using her art in building movement for justice and liberation. She utilizes creative strategies and tactics to center the voices of communities that are directly impacted by injustice and oppression and supports the leadership development of those impacted to create those messages. Luann is inspired by the many manifestations of the written word, whether used in prose, poetry, storytelling, or in relationship with media. Since her artistry is multifaceted, Luann immerses herself in the different methods words can be used to shift harmful narratives and to begin envisioning alternatives.

Demian DinéYazhi´, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)
Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water). DinéYazhi´s creative practice is materialized through the lens of curatorial inquiry, site-specific installation(s), poetic expression, social engagement, and art production. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Demian is the founder and director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to education, perseverance, and evolution of Indigenous art & culture, as well as co-director for the forthcoming zine, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. DinéYazhi was an artist-in-residence at Institute of American Indian Arts (2016), and is a recipient of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2017 Creative Exchange Lab and Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency. He has received grants from Evergreen State College (2014, 2016), PICA – Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014, 2016), Art Matters Foundation (2015), and Potlatch Fund (2016).

bart fitzgerald, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)
bart fitzgerald’s work explores black sociality, religion and queerness through a lens of liberation theology as base ideology for radical living. they make work as an visual artist, writer, lecturer and curator of vibrant life for black folks in Portland, OR. and abroad. recently, their work has been presented at Reed College, Newspace Center for Photography, Friends of The Children, Black Lives Matter: Portland, St. Mary’s Academy. They have received commissions and funding from c3:initiative, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Urban League of Portland and numerous local and national organizations.

Zoe Keller, Visual Arts–Illustration (Portland, Oregon)
Zoe Keller uses graphite to create highly detailed drawings that blend hints of narrative with images from the natural world. A Woodstock, New York, native, Zoe is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the Midwest and Northeast.

Susan Murrell, Visual Arts–Painting (La Grande, Oregon)
Susan Murrell’s painting-centric installations investigate our expanding concept of landscape as technology continues to shift our perspective. She has been awarded residencies with international programs such as Yaddo, Ragdale, and Signal Fire, and been the recipient of The Ford Family Foundation Oregon Visual Artist Mid-career Residency Award at PLAYA, and the Golden Spot Award at Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts. In the fall of 2016 she created work as the Artist-in-Residence at Portland State University’s Studio MFA program then exhibited the project, “we are all cosmic dust,” at PSU’s Autzen Gallery. Other recent solo exhibitions include, “Embedded” at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, “The Matter” at the International Gallery of Art in Anchorage, “Areal Density” at the Portland International Airport, and “Shell” at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Susan lives and works in La Grande, Oregon, where she hikes daily in the beautiful Blue Mountains with her dog Amiga, and is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University.

Sharita Towne, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)
Sharita Towne works collaboratively in research, education, print media, video, and socially engaged art projects. She’s pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, and gentrifying cities like Portland. Her work takes place in museums, schools, print shops, community centers, neighborhoods, and within her own family. Towne works within the collective URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora) and the postcolonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is 2015 Art Matters Grantee.

Patricia Vázquez Gómez, Visual Arts–Mixed Media (Portland, Oregon)
Patricia Vázquez Gómez lives and works between Portland and Mexico City. Her practice includes a range of media, from painting and murals to video and socially engaged art projects, and it is deeply informed by her experiences working as organizer and educator in the immigrant rights and other social justice movements, both in content and in the methodologies she uses. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Reece Museum, the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, and the Houston Art League; but also in more accessible spaces as apartments complexes, community based organizations and schools. She is the recipient of the 2013 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland’s Jade and Midway Districts and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Chris Cole* (Bend), painting and sculpture
Wynde Dyer* (Portland), mixed media
Anne Greenwood-Rioseco (Portland), mixed media
Alex Hirsch (Portland), painting and sculpture
Ryan Pierce (Portland), painting
Sharita Towne* (Portland), mixed media
MOsley WOtta* (Bend), painting

Kaila Farrell Smith (Portland), painting and sculpture
Bill Hoppe* (Bend), painting
Horatio Law (Portland), sculpture and installation
Aaron Lish* (Bend), sculpture and installation
Amanda Schoerer* (Portland), drawing, painting, and sculpture
Storm Tharp* (Portland), painting
John Whitten (Portland), photography and drawing

Baba Wagué Diakité* (Portland), ceramics and painting
James Florschutz* (Portland), sculpture
Eugenie Frerichs (Portland), photography
Carolyn Hopkins (Portland), sculpture and drawing
Jim Leisy (Portland), photography
Patti Martin Freeman* (Terrebonne), printmaking
Ben Rosenberg* (Portland), drawing and painting

Terry Gloeckler* (Bend), Drawing & Painting
Ryan LaBar* (Enterprise) Ceramics
Dana Lynn Louis* (Portland) Painting & Installation
Andy Myers* (Corvallis), Drawing
Whitney Nye* (Portland), Mixed Media

Rose Bond (Portland), film and installation
Vanessa Renwick, (Portland), Film, video and installation
Cynthia Lahti, (Portland), sculpture and drawing
Christine Bourdette, (Portland), painting and drawing
Midore Rose, (Portland), painting and installation

* Indicates artists who participated in Caldera’s Easts Meets West Curated Residency

Golden Spot Curated Residency: East Meets West

In addition to Caldera’s Artists in Residence Program that runs January–March, each year Caldera organizes East Meets West, a curated residency supported by Golden Spot. This special residency brings together artists from urban and rural areas of the state, mirroring Caldera’s Youth Program. This approach works to connect communities across Oregon and allows for the exchange of ideas, information, and expertise. Each residency grants Oregon visual artists with time, space, a supportive community, and stipend awards.

Annual Progressive Projects with Caldera’s Youth Program

All Golden Spot artists also participate in an annual Progressive Project that provides an opportunity for Caldera’s mentors and high school participants to collaborate with these professional artists on projects ranging from ceramic platters to wood sculptures. Working side-by-side offers a unique learning experience for youth and residents alike and exploring a new medium collaboratively requires trust, support, and risk for all involved. An individual artist’s creative process can be viewed as a dialogue between the artist and the work of art, and the works created in our Progressive Project series have the potential to spark powerful community conversations.

2016: Progressive Quiltmaking


Facilitated by AiR Wynde Dyer, Caldera Central Oregon high school students worked side-by-side with AiR to create a collaborative tarp quilt and individual tarp quilt blocks. Students and artists worked at Caldera over an afternoon cutting shapes and adhering them to a background tarp, layering different elements over others to make an eclectic quilt that was displayed in Sisters during the Sisters Quilt Festival.

2015: Progressive Painting Project

Progressive Painting Project

In 2015, Central Oregon high school students and AiR participated in a progressive painting project at Caldera. Each person had ten minutes to work on a panel and at the end of the ten minutes, everyone moved to the panel on their right. Each participant worked on every panel to create the final collaborative paintings.

2014: Progressive Sculpture Project

Progressive Sculpture Project

Teams of Central Oregon high school students and AiR worked together at Caldera to create individual sculptures that were then combined into a larger group sculpture. Students and artists together made decisions about how the individual sculptures were combined to create the final artwork.

2013: Progressive Platter Project

2013 Progressive Platter Project

The first in our progressive series, platters were thrown by AiR Ryan LaBar. In the Grand Room at our Arts Center’s Hearth Building, Central Oregon students and AiR decorated each platter by carving into them and painting them with glaze. Each person had a limited amount of time at a platter. When the time was up, people moved to the next platter and added to what was done by the person before them.

Pacific Northwest Artists in Residence Summit

PNW AIR Summit

On September 23-25, 2011, Caldera convened Northwest Artist in Residence Programs from Oregon and Washington at our Arts Center in an “NW AiR Summit.”  With the support of our first Golden Spot award, we brought together colleagues and examined ways we could collaborate. Attended by eleven Northwest Artists in Residence Programs and five funding representatives interested in the field of residency programs, participants shared successful ideas related to marketing, board development, evaluation, and AiR and program administration.

The Summit spawned a network of organizations we named the Cascadia Artist in Residence Network (CAiRN) , which continues communication and regular meetings to promote collaborations and share best practices.

Participating Residency Organizations
Caldera, Sisters, Oregon
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton, Oregon
Disjecta Interdisciplinary Arts Center, Portland, Oregon
Fishtrap, Joseph, Oregon
Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island, Washington
Hypatia-in-the-Woods, Shelton, Washington
IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Playa, Summer Lake, Oregon
Signal Fire, La Grande, Oregon
Sitka Center for Art and the Ecology, Otis, Oregon
The Spring Creek Project, Corvallis, Oregon

Participating Arts Supporters
Representatives from five supporting organizations joined us to introduce themselves and their funding foundations. This gave the participating AiR organizations the opportunity to explore how they could align their goals and missions with the goals and missions of these supporting organizations:

The Ford Family Foundation
Oregon Art Commission
The Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Cultural Trust
Washington State Arts Commission

About The Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation and its Visual Arts Program please visit www.tfff.org.