Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art 2013–2014

The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of the Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program, Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art for the 2013-2014 season.

Connective Conversations is the seventh and final element of The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program's Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures that invites professionals from outside the Northwest region to join in community conversations.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

The next Connective Conversation lecture is Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00pm at White Stag Block in Portland with...

Eric Fredericksen | Waterfront Program Art Manager, City of Seattle and Director of Western Bridge

Eric Fredericksen is the Waterfront Program Art Manager for the City of Seattle, developing art commissions and cultural projects for the city's central waterfront. He is also an independent curator and writer, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington School of Art. Previously he was director of Western Bridge, an exhibition space of the Ruth and William True Collection in Seattle, and an editor and writer for The Stranger and Architecture. He has organized exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Artspeak, and the Or Gallery, Vancouver; at Open Satellite, Bellevue, WA, and the Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Fredericksen will present a public lecture on

July 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., Event Room, First Floor

University of Oregon in Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts, 70 NW Couch, Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Darling | Chief Curator, MCA, Chicago, Visits April 2014

Michael Darling is the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, where he has organized the exhibitions Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection, The Language of Less (Then and Now), IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011, Ron Terada: Being There, David Hartt: Stray Light, Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, and Think First, Shoot Later: Photographs from the MCA Collection. Forthcoming exhibitions include Isa Genzken: Retrospective and Anne Collier.

Previously, Darling was the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). His exhibitions at SAM included Kurt, Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949-78, Thermostat: Video and the Pacific Northwest, along with exhibits on the work of Su-Mei Tse, Nicolas Provost, Geoff McFetridge, Enrico David, Oscar Tuazon and Eli Hansen. Prior to SAM,

Darling was associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where he curated the exhibitions Roy McMakin: A Door Meant as Adornment, Sam Durant, Painting in Tongues, and The Architecture of R.M. Schindler. He also organized Superflat in collaboration with the artist Takashi Murakami. Darling received his BA in art history from Stanford University, and his MA and PhD in art and architectural history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Darling frequently serves as a panelist, lecturer, and guest curator on contemporary art and architecture. To see lecture details go here.

 

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PREVIOUS CONNECTIVE CONVERSATIONS. . . .

Anne Ellegood | Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Visits October 2013

Ellegood will also participate as a keynote speaker for the 2013 Oregon Arts Summit “Re-Thinking Engagement.” The Oregon Arts Summit, hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission, features presentations by leading national experts and Oregon leaders—within and outside the Arts sector to deepen the exploration of this year’s theme, “Re-Thinking Engagement.”

EllegoodIn partnership with The Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, will arrive in Oregon early October.

Since joining the Hammer in 2005, Ellegood has co-organized two large-scale exhibitions-All of this and nothing (2011) and the Hammer's inaugural biennial of Los Angeles-based artists, Made in LA 2012, a city-wide effort that included 60 LA-based artists working in all different mediums.
 


Prior to joining the Hammer, Ellegood was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., since 2005. Previously, she was the New York-based Curator for Peter Norton’s collection of over 2400 works of international contemporary art. From 1998-2003, she was the Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
 


While at the Oregon Arts Summit, Ellegood will also participate in an afternoon break-out session focusing on Oregon’s Visual Arts Ecology. She will join Tom Manley, President of Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland artists Tad Savinar and Jon Raymond to talk about the forces that allow a community of artists to thrive.

Ellegood’s visit to Oregon is sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation’s Visiting Curator and Critic Program, organized by The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.


Links: Oregon Arts Summit 2013 | Re-thinking Engagement, Speaker Anne Ellegood

Speakers at Oregon Arts Summit
 

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JOHN SPIAK | Visits Oregon, September 2013

As part of the continuing Connective Conversations Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures series, curator of the Grand Central Art Center at California State University Fullerton, John Spiak will be in Oregon to visit artist galleries during the month of September.

John D. Spiak was appointed Director/Chief Curator of California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), Santa Ana in September of 2011.

John D. SpiakHis curatorial emphasis is on contemporary art and society, with focus on works in social practice and video. Through the GCAC Artist in Residence initiative, Spiak hosts national and international artists at the center as they develop projects, most recently Adriana Salazar (Bogota, Colombia) and Carmen Papalia (Vancouver, BC).

Prior to his appointment at GCAC, he was Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum, joining that staff in 1994. Spiak was acting curator in charge of the ASU Art Museum residency initiative series Social Studies, which featured solo social practice community projects. In 1997, he founded and was acting director for fifteen years of the annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival.

Spiak has curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions over his career, working directly with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, Brent Green, Tony de los Reyes, Jillian Mcdonald and Adam Chodzko. His projects have received support from such prestigious organizations as The British Council, Metabolic Studio, Polish Cultural Institute, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CEC ArtsLink and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

For the 2013-2014 series, artist and critical writer, Buzz Spector comes to Oregon in late May 2013 to tour artist studios on the Oregon Coast.

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BUZZ SPECTOR | Oregon Coast Tour, May 2013

the big red c, image courtesy of Buzz Spector

Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been the focus of exhibitions in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. Spector’s work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception.

33 Art Histories (Spine), 2003, image courtesy of Buzz Spector

Spector’s poetry and experimental writing has been published in various journals and reviews since the 1970s, including Benzene, Café Solo, and River Styx. He was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as the publication's editor until 1987. Since then Spector has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art on Paper, Dialogue, Exposure, New Art Examiner, and Visions. A volume of selected interviews with Spector, plus new page art, Buzzwords, is newly in print from Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago, and Spector is also the author of The Book Maker's Desire, critical essays on topics in contemporary art and artists' books (Umbrella Editions, 1995), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays, including Ann Hamilton: Sao Paulo – Seattle (University of Washington Press, 1992), Dieter Roth (University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1999), and The Hybrid Book (University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2009).

Off the Shelf, image courtesy of Buzz Spector

Spector earned his B.A. in Art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972, and his M.F.A. with the Committee on Art and Design at the University of Chicago in 1978. In 2005 he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books. Among his other awards are a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 1991 and National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships in 1982, 1985, and 1991. Spector is the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman Jr. Professor of Art and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Buzz with Actual Words, image courtesy of Buzz Spector

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JAN SCHALL | Inside / Outside:  Integrating Art, Architecture, and the Landscape

The interior spaces of the Bloch Building offer glimpses of galleries and of the Kansas City Sculpture Park just outside. The Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Court offers visitors a reflective space near the south end of the Bloch Building. Photograph by Roland Halbe. Image courtesy of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

 

Inside/Outside: Integrating Art, Architecture and the Landscape

Jan Schall, Sanders Sosland Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, Missouri

About the lecture. . . .The Bloch Building of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opened in June 2007. Designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, it doubled the museum’s footprint and expanded gallery space by two-thirds. At the same time, it radically changed the north and east sections of the museum’s Kansas City Sculpture Park. Before the first shovel of earth had turned, the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art and museum designers were deeply immersed in the task of reinvention. Dr. Schall will discuss how plans, elevations and architectural models provided the framework within which imagination and experimentation took flight. While mathematics, measurement and engineering assured structural integrity, the museum’s collection settled lightly into the new interior and exterior spaces. A perfect fit.

 

Aerial view to the south-west of the Bloch and Nelson-Atkins buildings. At the lower right is the J.C. Nichols Plaza and Walter De Maria’s One Sun/34 Moons. Photograph by ©Timothy Hursley.

 

Early Study for water pools.  Artist rendering by ©Steven Holl Architects.

 

Jan SchallAbout Jan Schall. . . .Schall, Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in art history from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2000, Schall organized the National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Projects exhibition Tempus Fugit: Time Flies and produced both its accompanying catalogue and award-winning website. Additionally, she curated the Museum’s 75th Anniversary exhibition Magnificent Gifts for the 75th, Kiki Smith: Constellation, Inventing the Shuttlecocks and the seven-part Re:Installation series. She co-curated Sparks! The William T. Kemper Collecting Initiative, the five-part New Media Projects exhibition and 9 prints and drawings exhibitions.

Schall oversaw the renovation and reinstallation of the Museum’s Kansas City Sculpture Park and developed and implemented both the program and installation of the modern and contemporary collection in the expanded Museum. She was a contributing author to (Im)Permanence: Cultures in/out of Time (Carnegie Mellon University), The Sublimated City (University of Missouri), Zhi Lin: Crossing History/Crossing Cultures (Frye Art Museum), and other publications. Formerly a professor of art history at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Schall’s research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
 

 

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Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2:00pm at the White Stag in Portland

SUZANNE RAMLJAK | "WAKE UP CALL:  THE CRITIC AS CULTURAL CAFFEINE"

Suzanne RamljakSuzanne Ramljak will present “Wake Up Call: The Critic as Cultural Caffeine,” a free lecture, on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. at the University of Oregon in Portland’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Her lecture will be held in the Event Room in the White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St. in Old Town. A reception will follow the lecture.

Ramljak’s lecture, “Wake Up Call: The Critic as Cultural Caffeine,” will address the importance of criticism as social stimulant. “Criticism serves a vital cultural role, helping to stimulate the public body and awaken minds to new perspectives” says Ramljak. “Yet critics are now becoming an endangered species. Recent firings of film critics at many major newspapers, along with the waning pull of critical judgment on popular opinion, are symptoms of this demise. ‘Wake Up Call: The Critic as Cultural Caffeine,’ will make a case for the value of critics as invigorating agents of awareness and change.”

Ramljak is a renowned art historian, writer, curator and editor specializing in contemporary art and functional objects. She is currently editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator at the American Federation of Arts. She is former editor of Sculptor and Glass Quarterly magazines, and associate editor of American Ceramics.

Ramljak’s lecture is part of Connective Conversations: Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures, a partnership initiated by The Ford Family Foundation with the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The base of Connective Conversations is the one-on-one studio visits with selected mid-career visual artists. Included as part of the program is a series of public lectures featuring these nationally renowned art curators and critics brought to Oregon to join in community dialogue open to the public as well as the studio visits. The partnership launches the seventh and final element of the Foundation’s Visual Arts Program.

“I am excited about participating in the Connective Conversation’s program, which is designed to foster dialogue and social exchange,” commented Ramjlak. “As both a critic and curator, I likewise seek to make fresh connections in order to reveal unexpected ideas and possibilities.”

Ramljak’s visit to Oregon is the third professional tour of the Connective Conversations series. In the fall of 2011, UCLA art historian and art critic George Baker presented lectures and visited artist studios in Portland, Salem and Eugene. In the spring of 2012, Helen Molesworth, curator of The Institute of Contemporary Art | Boston visited artists in Portland and Eugene; she delivered her lecture in conjunction with the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago exhibit, “This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s.” A fourth visit is slated to take place in November 2012 with Jan Schall, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

“Early response to prior visits by out-of-state curators indicates that Oregon artists very much value the opportunity to talk about their work and receive feedback from experienced art professionals,” stated Norm Smith, president of The Ford Family Foundation. “This fall we have planned two additional tours to reach artists living in Eastern and Southern Oregon since the two earlier visits focused primarily on the Portland Metro and Lane County areas.”
  

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HELEN MOLESWORTH |  "THIS WILL HAVE BEEN:  Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s"

This lecture coincides with Molesworth guest curating the exhibit,
"THIS WILL HAVE BEEN:  Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s" organized by the
Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago and opening in February 2012.

 

IN THE NEWS
Read about Helen Molesworth and the exhibit she guest-curated:

"The Art Newspaper: THIS WILL HAVE BEEN...."
"This Will Have Been" at Walker
"Our Tiempo: This Will Have Been"
"This Will Have Been: Art, Love and Politics" at the MCA
"MCA Exhibit Looks Into Gay Rights in the 1980s"
Time Out Chicago on the MCA exhibit

 

6:00p.m.  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012  |  EUGENE, OREGON

link to live streaming video

   

5:30p.m.  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012  |  PORTLAND, OREGON

 

[SEE LECTURE DETAILS BELOW]

Event posterHelen Molesworth is the current chief curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.  She has served as the head of the department of modern and contemporary art at The Harvard Art Museums where her exhibitions included "Long Life Cool White:  Photographs by Moyra Davey" and "ACT UP New York:  Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993."  She is also known for her work organizing Hauser & Wirth's reinterpretation of Allan KaprowYard happening with William Pope. L, Josiah McElheny, and Sharon Hayes.  Prior to joining Harvard, Molesworth was chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from Cornell University.

A distinguished scholar, writer and curator, Molesworth will present her lecture, "This Will Have Been:  Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s" to audiences in both Eugene and Portland.  "This Will Have Been:  Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s" is an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and guest curated by Molesworth.

The exhibit at the MCA Chicago opens on February 11, 2012 and is timed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first HIV/Aids deaths.  Today's political climate also seems an apt backdrop for the show, explains Molesworth.  "The crash of the market, the recession being the result of massive deregulation that began in the 1980s, and this raging battle for the conservative soul of America--they're all redolent of things that happened in the 80s," says Molesworth.  Her lecture will further illuminate this parallel as well as bring to the forefront the art of the exhibit which Molesworth describes as "very melancholic."

Molesworth has been called "a curatorial force...[who] combines keen intelligence, insight, scholarship and a distinctive vision for the history of and future for contemporary art."  She is lauded for her ability to inspire and delight art audiences and her propensity to connect audiences with art, ideas, history, and the joy of discovery.

For more information on Helen Molesworth, please see the following:
"The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Appoints New Chief Curator," (January 13, 2010)
"Three Questions |  Helen Molesworth Speaks with Taylor Davis"

Information on the MCA Chicago exhibit is available on the following:
"The Art Newspaper:  THIS WILL HAVE BEEN...."
"This Will Have Been" at Walker
"Our Tiempo:  This Will Have Been"
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This Will Have Been: Art, Love and Politics" at the MCA
"M
CA Exhibit Looks Into Gay Rights in the 1980s"
T
ime Out Chicago on the MCA exhibit

Lecture Details:

In Portland

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 5:30p.m. | Reception to follow
University of Oregon in Portland
White Stag Block | Event Room
70 NW Couch Street | Portland  Oregon  97209
For more information, contact Kirsten Poulsen-House, 503-412-3718, email kpoulsen@uoregon.edu

In Eugene

The Fowler Lecture

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:00p.m.
University of Oregon, Eugene campus
1190 Franklin Boulevard | Eugene  Oregon  97403
For more information, contact Heidi Howes, 541-346-3610, email hhowes@uoregon.edu

link to live streaming video

 

 

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GEORGE BAKER

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 | PORTLAND, OREGON

NOVEMBER 7, 2011 | SALEM, OREGON

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 | EUGENE, OREGON

George Baker

GEORGE BAKER

George Baker, professor of art history at UCLA, author, editor of October magazine, and critic for Artforum. Baker has been called “one of the leading scholars in modern and contemporary art of his generation” and is internationally lauded as a modernist who seamlessly engages with contemporary art.   Professor Baker launched the Connective Conversations Curator and Critic Tours and Lecture series with his November 3, 2011 lecture, "Paul Thek: Notes from the Underground."

Professor Baker will be delivering two lecture topics at three different locations as a part of Connective Conversations.

“Paul Thek: Notes from the Underground”
Paul Thek (1933-1988) was an American sculptor, painter, and installation artist who paved the way for artists adopting collaborative strategies. This lecture will be presented at both the University of Oregon in Portland and at Willamette University in Salem.

University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Reception 5:30pm | Lecture 6:30pm
The White Stag Event Room
School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon in Portland
70 NW Couch Street | Portland | Oregon 97209
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For more information contact Kirsten Poulsen-House, 503-412-3718 kpoulsen@uoregon.edu

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
Monday, November 7, 2011
Lecture 7:30pm
Paulus Lecture Hall, E-201
College of Law, Willamette University
245 Winter Street SE | Salem | Oregon 97301
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This is a Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lecture. | For more information contact Abigail Susik, 503-370-6124, asusik@willamette.edu
  

 

“Photography’s Expanded Field: The Work of Sharon Lockhart”
Part of Baker’s increasing oeuvre is his forthcoming Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography. In this book he delves into the photography and cinematography of Sharon Lockhart. Lockhart explores social subject matter in her work influencing, engaging and provoking dialogue between photography and cinema. Professor Baker addresses “photography’s expanded field.”

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Lecture 6:00pm
Lawrence Hall, Room 177
School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon

1190 Franklin Boulevard | Eugene | Oregon 97403
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This lecture is sponsored by the Davis Family Fund and the departments of Art and Art History at the University of Oregon
For more information contact Beth Roy, 541-346-3609, beth@uoregon.edu
 

This lecture may be viewed by live streaming video at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Follow the link below to view the livestream.

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About George Baker
George Baker is a professor of art history at UCLA, where he has taught modern and contemporary art and theory since 2003. A New York and Paris-based critic for Artforum magazine throughout the 1990s, he also works as an editor of the journal October and its publishing imprint October Books. He regularly offers courses on all aspects of modernism and the historical avant-garde, on the history of photography in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, and on specialized topics in post-war and contemporary art history. Baker received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the art history program at Yale University and the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Professor Baker is the author, most recently, of The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris (MIT Press, 2007), and several other books including James Coleman: Drei Filmarbeiten (Sprengel Museum, 2002), and Gerard Byrne: Books, Magazines, and Newspapers (Lukas & Sternberg, 2003). He has published essays on a variety of postmodern and contemporary artists including Robert Smithson, Robert Whitman, Anthony McCall, Louise Lawler, Andrea Fraser, Christian Philipp Müller, Tom Burr, Rachel Harrison, Paul Chan, Martin Kippenberger, Richard Hawkins, Mike Kelley, and Knut Åsdam. In 2007 and 2008, his essay on the artist Paul Chan was published in a catalog that accompanied Chan’s major exhibition of the project The 7 Lights at the Serpentine Gallery in London and the New Museum in New York. Baker subsequently published an interview with Chan for the recent anti-war issue of October. Currently, he is working on disparate projects including a revisionist study of Picasso’s modernism and a shorter book on the work of four women artists--Zoe Leonard, Tacita Dean, Moyra Davey and Sharon Lockhart--to be entitled Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography. The latter is part of a larger project that Baker has termed “photography’s expanded field,” detailing the fate of photography and film works in contemporary cultural production.

Future planned Lectures in the Connective Conversations series include:

Speaker To Be Announced
Fall of 2012

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.