Since 2012, the City of Hillsboro has annually awarded the Picture Hillsboro Purchase Award to an original two-dimensional work of art that represents the City of Hillsboro. The selected work is purchased and added to the City’s Public Art Collection, to be reproduced and presented as official gifts in City travel throughout the world. The Picture Hillsboro Purchase Award emphasizes Hillsboro’s pride in its creative community and serves as an acknowledgment of the contributions artists make to the City.
This year, eleven finalists and twelve works have been selected from over 70 submissions. The finalists will be presented at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on January 15, and their work will be on display at the Civic Center Auditorium in downtown Hillsboro from January 15 through March 3, 2019. The Purchase Award selection will be announced at the City Council meeting on February 19, 2019.
The works that have been selected as 2019 finalists represent historic Downtown, beloved parks, bucolic nature scenes, and the modern infrastructure of Hillsboro. This year’s finalists show unusual perspectives of the city and a wide range of painting styles, and range from professional artists to relative newcomers, all passionate about developing their work.
The finalists are: Sharon Abbott-Furze, “Amelia’s,” oil; Malia Autio, “Orenco Woods Nature Park Technicolor,” watercolor; Ellen Jerome, “Red Clover Field” and “Hillsboro Farm,” oil; Gretha Lindwood, “Standing Tall III,” pastel; Cindy Marsh, “Noble Woods,” watercolor; Randy Marsh, “Rood Bridge,” acrylic; Christine Martell, “Hillsboro Map,” watercolor and colored pencil; Emily Miller, “Tualatin River at Rood Bridge,” watercolor; Allison Ruiz, “Meeting Friends in Hillsboro,” watercolor; Harley Talkington, “Autumn Hints,” pastel; and Laura Wilson, “HIO Hillsboro Pilots,” oil.
Hillsboro Public Art is a program of the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department. More information about Hillsboro’s Public Art Program can be found at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/publicart.