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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


  2016 first artistChris Cole*, (Bend), painting and sculpture
Chris Cole is a kinetic sculptor and abstract painter. His mechanical works and large-scale, vibrant paintings study the intersections and disconnects between the industrial and natural worlds. Heavily influenced by technologies and aesthetics of the industrial revolution, his sculptural works use markedly complex mechanical structures to celebrate organic constructs. Conversely, his paintings expose beautiful machinery beneath organic frameworks. Having spent most of his life in the small towns of the Northwest, proximity and the abundance of wilderness has heavily influenced Chris’s subject matter, though he gravitates toward the abstract. A self-taught artist, he began painting as a teenager. In the mid 1990’s, he branched into kinetic sculpture, for which he is now most recognized. Chris currently lives and works in Bend, Oregon.

Wynde DyerWynde Dyer*, (Portland), mixed media
Wynde Dyer is a process-based conceptual artist, currently working in the realm of contemporary quilting. Her art and activism are concerned with representations and transformations of physical and psychological space, intersections of the personal with the political, overcoming aversions to trauma-rooted thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and materials, and building community. Dyer was the founder/creative director of Portland’s now-defunct Golden Rule Gallery (2010–2012). She has exhibited across the Pacific Northwest, and was the recipient of a 2013 Regional Arts and Culture Council Artistic Focus project grant and a 2013 Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity grant.

Anne Rioseco-Greenwood_photo 2015Anne Greenwood-Rioseco, (Portland), mixed media
Anne Greenwood-Rioseco moved to Portland, Oregon, from North Dakota in 1990 after completing a BA in art from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. In Portland, Anne met photographer and historian Thomas Robinson, whom she apprenticed with for eight years. They cofounded the Photo Research Group, which later became the Historic Photo Archive. In 1998 Anne’s art practice shifted away from photography and into multidisciplinary work. Simultaneous with this shift, her desire to combine her art and horticultural practices began to manifest, thus she began to work with local neighborhood groups and schools to facilitate community projects. She has received multiple grants over the years from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the Bureau of Housing and Community Development, and the Portland Development Commission. Last year she was awarded her first artist residency at PLAYA in Oregon

Alex HirschAlex Hirsch, (Portland), painting and sculpture
Alex Hirsch makes images on paper and painterly art glass for architectural environments. Her work stems from intellectual rigor combined with a certain kind of humanity and spirituality. Hirsch’s process is intuitive; it is driven by expression and aesthetics. Her glass creations grow out of nearly 30 years as a painter. At the University of Michigan, Hirsch earned a BA in art and politics and a BFA in painting and printmaking. Her MFA in painting is from Washington University. Hirsch’s glass education includes study at Bullseye Glass and working with fabricators in Oregon and with three German studios. National and international private, public and corporate collections own her work, including the United States Embassy (Bulgaria), Good Samaritan Hospital (Washington state), Oregon State University, USAID (Uganda), the Hallmark Corporation (Missouri), Umpqua Bank (Oregon), ODS Companies (Oregon), and Southern Oregon University (Ashland). Hirsch has been accepted at artist residencies including the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Red Cinder Creativity Center. Exhibition opportunities include solo shows at the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in 2013. Hirsch has been awarded grants to further develop her work from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Linfield College, and the Hallie Ford Foundation.

ryan pierceRyan Pierce, (Portland), painting
Ryan Pierce’s vivid large-scale paintings depict our world recovering from human industry. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature, and folk art to create scenes that portray the resilience of the natural world. He has exhibited internationally, and his work has been recognized by grants from the Joan Mitchell and San Francisco foundations, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, as well as by reviews in Art in AmericaArt Papers, and The Oregonian. Pierce has been an artist in residence at the Ucross Foundation, Caldera, and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Norway, and at the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency program at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Pierce has taught at colleges and universities throughout Oregon and lectured as a visiting artist at more than 30 institutions. In 2012, he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. He is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland. Pierce is also the cofounder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines.

Sharita TowneSharita Towne*, (Portland), mixed media
As an artist, Sharita Towne’s interests lie in unpacking the inherited struggles of past burdens and in affording collective catharsis. Through collaboration, stereo-photography, printmaking, video, and community art projects, she’s worked at memorials in Germany; in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria; in Brazil; in gentrifying cities like Portland, Oregon; in schools, museums, and neighborhoods, and within her own family. She received a BFA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Portland State University. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a 2016 Art Matters grant recipient.

MOsley WOttaMOsley WOtta*, (Bend), painting
Chicago born, Oregon-based artist MOsley WOtta (MOWO) is an undeniable talent. A consummate creative, he has been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, poet, visual artist, and educator for over a decade. MOsley WOtta is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries most recently at Franklin Crossing in Bend and his work is featured in the May 2016 issue of Cascade Arts & Entertainment Magazine. He has been featured multiple times as a TEDx speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, MAGIC trade show (Las Vegas), Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, and PBS Oregon Art Beat. He has shared the stage with the likes of Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, Buddy Wakefield, Patricia Smith, TechNine, Blackalicious, Indigo Girls, Toots and the Maytals, Tricky, and many more. Recently MOWO traveled to Nauru as a journalist to write for VICE magazine and report on refugee camps and conditions. Additionally, MOWO is an Art Ambassador with the RISE UP INTL and the US Embassy. This year he will be leading a discussion with author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Laila Lalami for the Oregon Humanities. His latest album MARKETS FLOODED is slated to come out in 2016. 

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.