For Immediate Release
February 10, 2011
Contact: Meagan Atiyeh, (503) 986‐0084, Meagan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine D’Arcy, (503) 986‐0087, email@example.com
The Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon State Capitol
Announce the Acquisition of James Lavadour’s Flag 2
JAMES LAVADOUR. FLAG 2. 2001. Oil on panel. 36 x 54 inches.
The Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon State Capitol announce the addition of an important
painting by Oregon artist James Lavadour to the Oregon Capitol Art Collection. The work is the
first purchase underwritten by The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Program, a new
resource to support the acquisition of seminal works by acclaimed Oregon visual artists by
major collections. The effort is designed to preserve public access to important works by Oregon
visual artists by providing funds to qualified Oregon visual arts institutions and public
collections to acquire them. In the process this assists s both the artists and the visual arts
institutions of Oregon that support their work through acquisition and exhibition.
One of the most prolific and respected living artists in the region, James Lavadour (b. 1951) is
known for his bold and abstracted landscape paintings. Lavadour’s Flag 2, marked a significant
period for the artist as he deepened his interest in architectural abstractions. The work was first
shown in his 2001 exhibition “Intersections” at PDX Contemporary Art, Portland. The painting
was also included in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s 2008 Lavadour retrospective, “The
Properties of Paint,” which toured throughout Oregon.
The acquisition of Flag 2 was part of a larger project to conserve and reinstall the State’s Capitol
Art Collection in the building’s renovated wings. An art selection committee appointed by the
Oregon Legislature and Oregon Arts Commission, made recommendations for the appraisal,
conservation and reinstallation of the 170 works in the original collection, assembled as
Oregon’s first Percent for Art in Public Places project between 1976 and 1978; and for new
acquisitions to extend the collection’s legacy.
In considering new acquisitions, the committee was advised by Lawrence Fong, curator of
American and regional art for the Jordan Schintzer Museum of Art; appraiser and photography
consultant Jennifer Stoots; art selection committee members John Olbrantz of the Hallie Ford
Museum of Art and Christine D’Arcy, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and
Oregon Cultural Trust; and Arts Commission visual arts coordinator Meagan Atiyeh, who
managed the overall project. They sought work based on priorities similar to those on which
the collection was first built: “artworks that were and would remain significant to Oregon’s
history.” Furthermore, they looked for specific pieces that would extend the existing strengths
of the collection.
Commented Christine D’Arcy, “James Lavadour is truly an Oregon master painter whose
legacy will ultimately join others including Louis Bunce and Charles Heaney already
represented in the Capitol Collection. It is very appropriate for this recognition to extend to
Norm Smith, president of The Ford Family Foundation, acknowledged the significance of the
first Art Acquisition Program funding, “The Visual Arts Program was born of a desire to
recognize the late Hallie Ford’s enduring commitment to Oregon and to honor her longstanding
interest and legacy in the visual arts. I can’t think of a more fitting collection than the state’s
Capitol Building to realize this combined passion for civic pride and artistic excellence.”
James Lavadour is the recipient of numerable awards and accolades, including the Eiteljorg
Fellowship (2005), Award for Visual Arts from the Flintridge Foundation (2004) and Oregon
Governor’s Arts Award (1994). His work is in the collections of the Portland Art Museum,
Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, the Microsoft Collection and
other respected public and private collections. He is represented by PDX Contemporary Art,
Flag 2 is joined by thirteen additional new acquisitions to the Capitol Collection, from artists
Michael Brophy (Portland), Margaret Coe (Eugene), Jon Jay Cruson (Eugene), Nancy Lindburg
(Salem), Jim Lommasson (Portland), Robbie McClaran (Portland), Tom Prochaska (Portland),
Laura Ross‐Paul (Portland), LeRoy Setziol (1916–2005) and Terry Toedtemeier (1947–2008). The
project also includes a 72 page catalog documenting the history of the collection and the artists
represented. The Capitol Art Collection is owned by the Capitol on behalf of the State of Oregon
and is accessible to all. Art may be viewed during open building hours: Monday‐Friday, 7:00
am‐ 5:30 pm.
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon, always a pioneer, was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art
legislation. Since 1975, the Percent for Art program (ORS 276.080) has maintained a
commitment to the placement of permanent art of the highest quality in public buildings.
Committees of local citizens across Oregon have helped build a collection of artwork that
enhances the state’s public spaces and contributes to our well recognized quality of life.
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its
grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor,
determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission
became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the
expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon
communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural
Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s
expertise in grant‐making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature,
federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural
About The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program
Art Acquisition Program is one of seven program facets launched in 2010 as part of The Ford
Family Foundationʹs multi‐million, five‐year visual arts program established in the memory of
Mrs. Hallie Ford to assist Oregonʹs most promising visual artists. Knowledgeable Pacific
Northwest arts leaders helped frame the overall program.
About The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation is the sole funder of this Visual Arts Program. It partners with
Oregonʹs leading visual arts educators, gallerists, museum and arts professionals to help
implement program elements and leverages funding with other state and national resources.
The 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, please visit the website at http://www.tfff.org