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Marie Watt: Contemporary Northwest Art Award 2008 recipient

Summer 2008, the Portland Art Museum presents the inaugural Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. Furthering the Museum’s 115-year commitment to celebrating, exhibiting, and collecting art of the region, this biennial awards exhibition honors emerging and nationally under-recognized professional artists living in the Northwest. Mary Henry, James Lavadour, D.E. May, and Storm Tharp were also announced as finalists for The Portland Art Museum's Contemporary Northwest Art Awards.

Vanessa Renwick: NAAU Couture 2008 Award recipient

"Art dealer Ruth Ann Brown of the New American Art Union announced the 10 recipients of a special artists' stipend project. Each artist will receive $8,000 --a $7,000 stipend plus $1,000 for art materials."-D.K Row, The Oregonian, October 10, 2007

Vanessa Renwick: Artistic duo chosen to create Zoobomb Pyle

"As part of the process to transform their iconic “Pyle” of mini-bikes into official public art, the Zoobombers have chosen two artists to help turn their visions into a reality." -Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org, December 14th, 2007

James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art February 2 - March 30, 2008

"I took it for granted until now, but Lavadour is a brilliant colorist. In these paintings, specifically the multi-paneled ones, he juxtaposes colors from different panels to dazzling, dramatic effect, stirring the eyes so much with activity and music that you feel you're watching a fireworks show in the heavens." - Excerpt of review by D.K. Row