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Bend artist's works on exhibit at governor's office

SALEM, Ore. - Bend artist Bill Hoppe will exhibit Works on Paper in the governor's office, in the Capitol Building in Salem, through February 21, 2013.

Begun in 2009 as a series of monoprints inspired by Hoppe's garden, the nineteen works in this exhibition incorporate a spatial illusion taken from a 1425 drawing by Paolo Uccello (1397 - 1475).

The Wavelength series forms a parade of events moving through the visible spectrum while referring poetically to the unseen waves of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Hoppe lives in Bend, where he is a professor of art at Central Oregon Community College.  He received an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. 

His work is included in more than 40 public collections including both the Seattle and Portland Art Museums and the Weyerhaeuser, Microsoft and Tektronix corporate collections.  He has shown his work at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, N.Y., and numerous galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Hoppe received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship in drawing in 1981 and an American Institute of Architects Annual award for Portal, a large-scale public art piece at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 

Hoppe's 1976 Untitled diptych was recently reinstalled as part of the Oregon State Capitol Collection, and may be viewed near the first floor Senate Wing lobby.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol.  

Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered, and an exhibit in the governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor.  

Artists whose work has previously been shown in the governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey, and Yuji Hiratsuka.

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.

In 2003, the Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

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.

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