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Portland Art Museum Announces Finalists for the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
PORTLAND, OR.- The Portland Art Museum announced the finalists for the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, an awards exhibition celebrating contemporary art created in Oregon , Washington , Idaho , Wyoming , and Montana . The finalists are:

Holly Andres • Chris Antemann • John Buck • Jaq Chartier • Glenn L. Clevenger • James Coupe • Tannaz Farsi • Anna Fidler • Justin Gibbons • Charles Gill • John Grade • Robert Hanson • Sean Healy • Jerry Iverson • Arnold Kemp • Scott Kolbo • Cynthia Lahti • Isaac Layman • Lead Pencil Studio – Annie Han & Daniel Mihalyo • Susie Lee • Megan Murphy • Jenene Nagy • Ryan Pierce • Michelle Ross • Heidi Schwegler • Susan Seubert • Eric Stotik • Sherrie Wolf

About the Finalists
There are 29 artists, but two artists work collaboratively. There are 14 women and 15 men with ages ranging from their 20s to over 70. Two are from Idaho , two are from Montana , 16 are from Oregon , and eight are from Washington .

The Selection Process
Regional arts professionals, including curators, scholars, dealers, writers, artists, and critics were invited to nominate visual artists based on the quality of their work, innovation, skill, continuity of vision, commitment to their practice, and level of development in their career. The Museum received 296 nominations and invited the nominated artists to submit application materials. Of the nominated artists, 241 submitted materials for consideration.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, reviewed the nominees’ materials and selected the finalists. She will continue reviewing the artists’ work through studio visits during the next several weeks. She will eventually select five to seven artists to be recognized with the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. These artists will be featured in the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition opening June 11.



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