GIVERS::curated by Jesse Hayward

Ford Building 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland Oregon
Opening Reception Friday, December 12th 6-9pm
Olivia Brown
Elias Crouch
Sally Finch
Bryan Friel
Nathan Gibson
Bill Hayward
Midori Hirose
Byron Kurtz
Hannah Lockhart
Mark Moore
Lisa Mir
Jarrett Mitchell
TJ Norris
Tim Schwartz
Sibel Sunar
Liz Walsh
galleryHomeland is pleased to announce GIVERS, a group show of art objects given away by their makers.  For this curatorial effort, Jesse Hayward examines his fundamental belief that artists are generous and creativity is giving by nature.  With GIVERS, Hayward shares his collection of gifted artworks acquired over decades of studio visits and hundreds of artist relationships.  GIVERS includes objects from contemporary local artists, curators and professors alongside works from Hayward’s graduate school compatriots.  These artist-to-artist gifts are paired with a more personal narrative as Hayward also shares a neighbor’s childhood drawing, a painting from the 1950’s given by his father and a college ceramics assignment gone just right.
I have a core belief that artists are givers.  Having known hundreds of artists for decades, I have found great confirmation that despite our neuroses and hubris the creative act is inherently generous and artists are confirmed and habitual givers, further evidenced by the volume of gifted artworks I have gladly received over the years.  Yes, artists want their work to be seen but this instinct has more kindness at its core then vanity.  With GIVERS, I am most excited to share a painting made by my father as a young man in 1958 and gifted to me shortly before his death in 1999.