Benton County Foundation

Commission to create a series of artworks for the Benton Community Foundation’s Third Annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards

Deadline: July 25, 2021

What:   Call for Artwork Awards:  One artist will be commissioned to create a series of artworks for the Benton Community Foundation’s Third Annual Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

The selected Artist will receive $3500, promotion by the foundation as the award creator, and an invitation to the Philanthropic Awards Luncheon, Friday, November 12, 2021.

Dates to Remember
Sunday, July 25, 2021, 11:59 pmDeadline to submit and receive designs
August 19, 2021Notifications Sent
September/OctoberPhotos or Video taken with the selected artist
November 1, 2021Deadline for completed works to be delivered at Benton County Foundation
November 12, 2020, 12 pmEvent Friday

The Benton Community Foundation (BCF) instituted Philanthropy Awards to be awarded in honor of National Philanthropy Day, at an awards luncheon event to be held, Friday, November 12, 2021. To stress the importance of the arts in our community BCF commissions artwork as the physical award. 

(Pictured: Rhoda Fleischman, 2019 Artist Award Maker)

A BCF selection committee will select one artist to create 10 free standing glass, wood, ceramic or metal artworks to this year’s Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

  • We welcome all Oregon artists working in glass, ceramic, wood and metal media, 18 years or older to apply.
    NOTE: Artists living or working in Benton County will receive one extra criteria point in the selection process.
  • We encourage a diverse selection of artists to apply, including artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities including (but is not limited to): artists from rural communities, emerging artists, artists from communities of color, LGBTQ+, artists who are self-taught. 
  • We welcome artists regardless of citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income. 

The Arts Center is excited to partner with the Benton Community Foundation in support of their annual Philanthropic Awards Luncheon. Learn more about this opportunity for artists to create a special award for this event thanks to the foundation.

Jeff Gunn on Why Artists Should Apply to be the artist for this year’s Benton Community Foundations Philanthropic Awards. Jeff was selected to create 10 Awards for the 2020 Philanthropic Virtual Event (see the vessel to his left).

The Benton Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Achievement Awards brings together nonprofit leaders, business leaders, and community members to recognize outstanding achievements in philanthropy in Benton County.

For access accommodations needed to support signing up for this show, please contact Curator, Hester Coucke and/or call 541-754-1551, Ext. 658. Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 2 pm. 

Artists are invited to submit a design of artwork that can be executed as 10 very similar works and exemplify the artist’s best work. 

  • While it will serve as an award, it should not have any traditional award-like features.
  • Because the artwork is handcrafted it is understood that there will be minor differences.
  • The size of the freestanding sculptural work should be roughly 6x6x6 inches, suitable for display on a desk or office counter/credenza.
  • The work can be made out of wood, clay, glass or metal (or combination thereof).
  • Artists should familiarize themselves with attached background information on the Benton Community Foundation and inception of these Philanthropic Achievement Awards.

Submissions must include:

  • Name and Contact Information:  Address, Email & Telephone Number
  • Short bio (no more than ½ page or 500 characters) 
  • 5 digital images (high quality jpeg or pdf no larger than 5MB) of similar past works with dimensions and material
  • Design Proposal that includes description, dimensions, and photo or sketch(es) of proposed design in a jpg or pdf format
  • A short statement (500 character max.) about the values of equity and diversity, and why you want to create an object that represents the mission and values of the Benton Community Foundation as well as the purpose of the award itself:  
    • MISSON:  To enhance our community through philanthropy.
    • VISION:  We envision a future where:
      • We further the aspirations of children, youth and families
      • We invest in resilient and healthy communities
      • We protect cherished resources for future generations

Awards will be provided in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Volunteer Group
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Business
  • Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional
  • Outstanding Innovative Project of Program 
  • BCF Board of Director’s Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement

Complete online submission form or send award design submissions to Hester Coucke.

Philanthropic Achievement Awards

On November 12, 2021, the Benton Community Foundation (BCF) will host the third National Philanthropy Day Celebration and awards luncheon. This celebration is intended to showcase the hard work of our talented, generous community and honor the people and organizations who volunteer, donate, and inspire others to create a bright future for all Benton County residents.

BCF was founded in 1953 by members of the Corvallis Rotary Club who wanted to build a better future for children and families in Benton County. The Foundation began with a contribution of $1,000 and received its first major bequest in 1957 “to assist, encourage, and promote the welfare and well-being of youth residing in the vicinity of Benton County, Oregon.”  

More than 67 years later, community members work with BCF to support the causes they are most passionate about. To date, the Foundation holds more than $21 million in assets and has awarded more than $9 million in grants and scholarships. Through its continued reinvestment in local communities BCF is focused on improving the lives of the people who live, work, and play in Benton County.  

To honor those people who further our mission of enhancing our community through philanthropy, the Benton Community Foundation will host the Philanthropic Achievement Awards on November 12, to align with “National Philanthropy Day” established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The purpose of National Philanthropy Day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy – and those who are active in the philanthropy community – to the enrichment of our world.  

The word philanthropy comes from the Greek word philanthropia which translates into “kindliness, humanity, benevolence, love to mankind.” Those who practice philanthropy in Benton County are linked to the broader community by sharing their time, talents, and treasure in support of building a stronger community together.  Giving back in local communities teaches people of all ages and backgrounds compassion and understanding. 

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