Eugene Arts & Letters Award
The Eugene Arts & Letters Award recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enrichment of Eugene’s cultural life through their work as a visual, performing, or literary artist. The award was established by Lee and Hester Bishop supported by the Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.
Eligible candidates must:
- Be a local (the greater Eugene area) visual, performing, or literary artist.
- Be currently practicing their art form.
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
- Candidates have contributed to the enrichment of cultural life through their involvement in the arts.
- Candidates are established and active in their art form, with priority given to artists practicing locally for 10 or more years.
- Candidates have committed time to volunteer work in the arts.
- Candidates’ expertise is actively put to good use for the arts community.
Winners are selected by a committee of past winners and ABAE board members. Nominations typically open in January or February, and close in March. The award is presented by the Mayor of Eugene at the spring BRAVA event in June.
Eugene Arts and Letters Award Winner (2020)
Jud was born and raised in Eugene. Jud makes art out of materials that were not originally intended to be artistic mediums. He takes old, cold, beat up steel objects and merge them with many other objects to create something new, that can appear soft, warm and life-like – the whole belying the origins of the many recycled ingredients.
Along with creating pieces that can be purchased for your home or yard, Jud also has created several public works and commissioned pieces for local businesses. His Great Blue Heron can be seen as you enter the University District. He has recently crafted pieces for Ninkasi Brewing Company and Thinking Tree Distillery.
Past Recipients of the Eugene Arts and Letters Award:
Cecelia Hagen and Craig Spilman
Mark Clarke and Peg Coe
William L. Sullivan
Anne Dhu McLucas
Anne Kutka McCosh
Oregon Bach Festival
Max and Hattie Mae Nixon
Robert D. Clark
Richard M. Long
Oregon Mozart Players
Very Little Theatre