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Natalie Ball Awarded the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship

Wed, 03/11/2020
 Natalie Ball, Breast Plate, 2019, Textiles, elk, hide, horsehair, metal. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Congratulations to artist Natalie Ball on winning the 2020 Bonnie Bronson Award! Natalie joins the Bonnie Bronson Fellows, an important group of makers, who have previously won the award.

We are also very pleased to announce that PDX CONTEMPORARY ART will have a solo exhibition of work by Natalie Ball at the Gallery in June 2020.

Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree, focusing on Indigenous contemporary art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including: Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Te Manawa Museum, NZ; Half Gallery, NY; Portland Art Museum, OR; Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), NM; Seattle Art Museum, WA; and SculptureCenter, NY. Natalie attained her M.F.A. degree in Painting & Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018.

About the Fellowship:
Bonnie Bronson (1940–1990) was an artist and vital member of the Pacific Northwest arts community. In celebration of her life, the fund bearing her name was founded in 1991. Each year a fellowship is awarded to a working Northwest artist in recognition of artistic excellence and to encourage intellectual and creative growth. In 1996, the Fund established the Bronson Collection. It is comprised of works purchased successively from each of the Bronson Fellows. The Collection exemplifies the Fund’s long-term commitment to the work of the Fellows, while building a visual record of the Fellowship. On extended loan to Reed College, the Collection is installed throughout the campus. It is the Bronson Fund’s gift to the community.