SALEM, Ore. - Jenny Green, a gallerist and art historian from Bend, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown. Green fills the position previously held by Lawrence Fong of Portland, who completed his term in October.
Green is the owner of Jenny Green Gallery in Bend, a pop up contemporary art gallery exhibiting in Bend, throughout the United States and, soon, in Venice, Italy. She has worked in arts and education for 22 years and is a former adjunct professor of art history at Central Oregon Community College.
"We are really excited to have Jenny join our team," said Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower. "Her passion for art and her connections in Central Oregon will be great assets. We are grateful she has agreed to use her expertise to advance the arts across Oregon."
"I believe deeply in the power of art and its ability to enhance the quality of life not only for artists but for the communities in which they work," said Green. "The Oregon Arts Commission strengthens our statewide community through the arts and I want to support this important work."
Prior to moving to Bend in 1994, Green worked in art galleries, art museums and art auction houses in London and San Francisco. She is a founding board member for the independent college-prep school Cascades Academy and serves on the board for the social change organization World Muse as well as the advisory board of Caldera Arts. She holds a master of arts in fine and decorative arts from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London and a bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Vermont.
She begins her four-year term immediately.
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.