Kris Blackmore (1st Prize)
About the Artist
Kris Blackmore is an artist and designer who uses research-based methods to explore the intersections of culture, technology, and aesthetics. Her socially-engaged work examines themes of language, gender performance, privacy, and consent through works that span digital and print media, illustration, moving images, interactive installations, essays, and curatorial projects.
Kris prefers to explore the creative process collaboratively, producing most of her work under the collective moniker Midgray. Her work has been exhibited at conferences and galleries in Rome, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Portland. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Art Farm in rural Nebraska and in the Conlict Resolution Department at Portland State University. Her artistic and educational work on sexual consent has received grants from the University of California.
Kris is an undergraduate in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Design Book Club. She will receive her BFA in Graphic Design in December 2020.
About the Prize
The Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prizes were created in 2013 with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to help raise awareness of the quality of art education at PSU and to honor the late Arlene Schnitzer, who was a devoted and inspired leader of art and culture in Portland.
1st Prize: $5500
2nd Prize $4000
3rd Prize $3000
Applications are accepted spring term.
About the Exhibition
Prize winners are honored with an awards celebration and an exhibition of their work at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU.