Precipice Fund

2013 Grant Recipients

Precipice Fund is proud to announce its Round One (2013-14) grant recipients. In this inaugural year, $75,000 was awarded to 58 artists representing 18 collaborative artist projects and spaces, ranging from $2,800 to $5,000 each.

Kristan Kennedy, PICA’s Visual Art Curator, and Roya Amirsoleymani, PICA’s Community Engagement Manager, gathered three panelists to review more than 70 projects. The 2013 Precipice Fund Panelists were Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College; Travis Fitzgerald, Artist & Co-Founder of Appendix Project Space; and Courtney Fink, Executive Director of Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), whose organization was the first Warhol Regional Regranting Program site.

Listen to April Baer’s synopsis of the Precipice Fund award announcements and reception on OPB’s State of Wonder. Read about the Precipice Fund grant announcements on Oregon Arts Watch and Oregon Public Broadcasting.


12128 MicroresidenciesAmur Initiatives Media and Research (AIMR/AMUR)Container CorpsC.O.P.SThe Cosmic Serpent, a show in three actsExperimental Film Festival Portland 2014EIGHTS, Issue No. TwoFalseFrontFRONTM.A.S.S.Portland Museum of Modern ArtResident ResidencyRandom Access Tape / Stream Room InstallationS1Arresting PowerSENSINGFEELINGPERCEIVING (“Exquisite Corpus”)Spreading RumoursWeird Shift Storefront

12128 Microresidencies $3,900

Caitlin Ducey, Kyle Thompson

Established in 2010, 12128 is a project space on a 135-ft., decommissioned crab fishing vessel moored on the Willamette River. The grant will support a series of microresidencies and subsequent exhibitions for visiting artists at 12128, with the goal of providing Portland artists/audiences greater exposure and critical dialogue with visual artists from outside the local region.

Amur Initiatives Media and Research (AIMR/AMUR) $3,200

Rebecca Peel, Jonah Porter, John Knight, Zachary Davis, Lia Griesser

Amur Initiatives Media and Research Group is a flexible organism with visual art at its core, which just presented an inaugural exhibition documented at the Umpqua Dunes in Southern Oregon. All AMUR media content will eventually be publically accessible online. This grant supports additional first-season programming for AMUR.

Container Corps — An Arts Press $5,000

Gary Robbins, Zoë Clark

Container Corps is a design studio, offset print shop, and bindery that serves as a platform for the creation, distribution, and discussion of new arts publications. The books  we publish are collaborations between artists and their ideas and our skills as editors, publication designers, and printmakers. This grant will aid in the funding of a year of operations for Container Corps, including the production of three new publications, hosting public launch events to release each book, and attending two internationally acclaimed book fairs.

C.O.P.S. (The Conceptual Oregon Performance School) $5,000

Patrick Rock, various faculty

C.O.P.S. is a free, artist-run, experimental summer school, with a focus on contemporary performance and conceptual-based art strategies. Its mandate is to engage participants in the methodologies, critical theory, and dialogue surrounding the discipline, while investigating its social and cultural role. Participants will experiment with a myriad of contemporary performance strategies through direct interaction with visiting artists, curators, and visual art professionals; formal and informal lectures, open seminar-based dialogue; and structured group critique.

The Cosmic Serpent, a show in three acts $4,000

Julia Calabrese, Emily Bernstein

A made-for-TV play to be performed for a live audience, aired on public access television, and constructed entirely of handmade sets and props. Non-actors from various sectors of the community will be cast as performers. The grant will support the cost of project development, production, and execution.

EFF Portland 2014 – Experimental Film Festival Portland $4,000

Ben Popp, Hannah Piper Burns, Kiri Hargie, Lena Munday

An artist-run, five-day festival celebrating the diverse, dynamic landscape of experimental film, video and new media, in traditional and nontraditional cinema settings. Gathers the broader experimental film/media community with local audiences. The grant will support artist fees, programming, and collaborative publicity with other small, experimental Portland festivals in its third year. (

EIGHTS, Issue No. Two $5,000

Lisa Radon, Emily Henderson

EIGHTS is an annual publication, an exhibition on the page for readings and writings by artists and writers. Concrete poems share space with conceptual writing, visual readings, and text works and writings by artists. EIGHTS No. One was 126 pp., offset printed, smyth sewn, and perfect bound in Portland and Silverton in an edition of 300 with a letterpressed cover by a Portland-based artist, set in Perpetua and Univers. Issue No. One included two inserts, a full-color offset poster and letterpressed print. Precipice Fund will support production of Issue No. Two, to be produced in the same manner with the same specifications. (

FalseFront $4,500

Jason Doizé, Amber Corneliuson

Started in 2008 as an alternative space in a renovated neighborhood storefront in NE Portland, FalseFront provides regional contemporary artists and curators an exhibition space distinct from customary gallery settings, with a commitment to artists’ creative freedom. FalseFront often presents the first solo exhibitions of artists who go on to garner publicity, exposure, opportunity, and critical accolades regionally and nationally.

FRONT $4,300

Tahni Holt, Danielle Ross, Noelle Stiles, Robert Tyree

A collective of four Portland zealots who produce a broadsheet newsprint publication devoted to contemporary dance. In 2014, FRONT will capstone five years of collaboration with the creation and distribution of Edition 4. FRONT honors invested ideas and reflections from the field of contemporary dance by soliciting content from peer artists near and far, creating a highly visible and accessible resource to nurture Portland’s artistic communities, connect distant cultural sites, and cultivate broader appreciation for a breadth of work in and around contemporary dance. An art object available for just $2/copy, FRONT operates in the personal domain, giving its audience a stake in the vibrant considerations its pages portray. This grant will support FRONT’s curation, art direction, presentation, and distribution in 2014. (

M.A.S.S. $3,000

Van Pham, Matthew Henderson, Chris Spencer, Jessica Cole, Ian Paige, Caitlin King

An ambiguous acronym for a bi-monthly performance series at Alberta Abbey, a mixed-use church in NE Portland featuring a rotating program of performing artists in the Abbey sanctuary. Modeled loosely on a liturgical mass, and tailored to a secular audience, M.A.S.S. curates musicians, writers, videographers, and guest artists to provide a meditative experience for audiences. Visual artists create limited edition letterpress program guides with local poetry, and concerts are recorded as cassette tape keepsakes for the following M.A.S.S.


Felisha Ledesma, Alex Ian Smith

Launched in 2012, Multiplex is an artist-run gallery, project space, and venue for emerging contemporary art and music, regularly hosting local, national, and international artists working across mediums. The Precipice Fund grant supports a new year of programming, including exhibitions and live events, for Portland’s art community. (


Garrick Imatani, Anna Gray, Ariana Jacob, Ryan Wilson Paulsen

A series of artistic interventions that reimagine existing modes of communication, distribution, and circulation, with particular interest in how art can address the Political and function in responsive relationship to cultural and political happenings locally and globally. Collaborators will design and model experimental distribution forms that artists, activists, and writers will be invited to inhabit, creating authored or anonymous work made public through cellphone technology, public signage, print publication, and the internet. Documentation will be collected and made accessible for download on a project website.

Portland Museum of Modern Art $5,000

Libby Werbel, Eric Isaacson

The Portland Museum of Modern Art is an art gallery dedicated to exhibiting high-caliber contemporary art in North Portland, an alternative model for bringing quality art from the national landscape to Portland and exhibiting it in an unconventional setting that reflects the city’s cultural values of self-organizing and connectivity. The artists who show their work here are considered collaborators in the vision of a community-built, neighborhood-oriented “Modern Art Museum.” We are creating the art space we want to see in Portland. The Precipice Fund will support ongoing programming in 2014. 

Random Access Tape / Stream Room Installation $2,800

Dominic Billand Amorin, Dana Paresa, David Fleming, Tomás Tello, deepwhitesound

This two-phase project involves multidisciplinary artists collaborating locally and internationally. The first phase encompasses production of a collaborative, internet submission-based musique-concrete cassette tape, Random Access Tape, comprised of hundreds of short compositions to be distributed at various locations locally, nationally and internationally. The second phase, Stream Room, consists of an immersive, 8-channel sound installation, with accompanying visual aids, of a continuously-shifting sound collage piece formed by randomly sequenced, streaming broadcasts of work collected during Phase 1.

Resident Residency $4,500

Katy Asher, Ariana Jacob, Khris Soden, Krista Connerly, Linda Wysong, Mack McFarland

Resident Residency proposes value in artists staying home to focus on where they live and work, inviting them to participate in their neighborhood association meetings as catalysts for participatory public artworks, and to broaden understanding of their own neighborhood context through trainings and public conversations throughout the city. The grant supports this project’s one-year pilot residency to culminate in broad distribution of a paper and electronic publication that documents experiences and lays groundwork for future programming.

Safe & Sound? Artists Respond to Police Violence $4,000

Julie Perini, Erin Yanke, Jodi Darby

Safe & Sound? is a collaboratively produced video/web project about police violence in Portland. Through a collection of short documentary and experimental videos, the project offers an overview of Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations and documents its rich history of resistance. The Precipice Fund grant will support the costs of producing and premiering a feature film version and DVD of the project.
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SENSINGFEELINGPERCEIVING (“Exquisite Corpus”) $2,800

Tahni Holt, Linda K. Johnson, Linda Austin

A collaboratively designed and facilitated workshop to provide visual and interdisciplinary artists interested in materials of performance–time, space, presence, physicality and voice–a rigorous place to study, experiment and practice. The grant supports the cost of creating, delivering, and documenting workshops, and keeping it affordable for participants.

Weird Shift Storefront $4,000

Adam Rothstein, Rosalynn Rothstein, Carl Diehl

A six-month, multi-faceted project designed to create a community culture around lesser-known areas of knowledge, and to collect, document, share, and stimulate investigation of illuminating and exciting marginalia. Events will build community culture around minor areas of knowledge, including local and regional arcana, anecdotal stories, speculative histories, and vernacular electronics. Weird Shift’s archives will be made accessible through curated display, encouraging marginalia research by interested publics. (



For full project summaries, quotes, and more press information, please download the press release for the round two grant announcement (PDF).