A portion of the Oregon Arts Commission’s $120,889 returned to the community in the form of $3,000 grants to 13 artist fellows, this year in the visual arts. One of those artists,
Kate Ali from Dexter was commissioned to create her site-specific work, “Dining Dynamics” at the statewide Arts Summit that convened at the Oregon Convention Center on April 23. The piece was performed by summit participants who were encouraged to collaborate with their forks tied one to another beneath the table, creating a push me-pull you effect when one or the other diner tried to take a bite. Carrying through on the dining theme, the summit was titled “Setting the Table”and included keynote addresses from Frances Bronet, Dean, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon; and Katharine DeShaw, Executive Director of United States Artists, Los Angeles; break-out sessions and workshops; and a reception at the University of Oregon’s new Portland campus in the former White Stag building.