Bend arts advocate Jenny Green named chair of Oregon Arts Commission
SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Jenny Green, Bend arts advocate, art historian and former gallerist, was elected by the Oregon Arts Commission to succeed Anne Taylor as chair of the commission.
Harlen Springer, founding member and past president of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, was elected vice-president.
Green believes the arts are an essential ingredient in a happy and healthy community and has spent much of his life promoting the arts throughout Oregon.
She holds an MFA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, a BA in Art History from the University of Vermont, and did post-graduate studies in feminism and the history of art. art at the University of Wyoming. She has worked in galleries, museums and auction houses in London, San Francisco and Bend.
Since moving to central Oregon 27 years ago, Green has taught art history at Central Oregon Community College, established the Jenny Green Gallery, and co-founded At Liberty Arts Collaborative. . She works with several non-profit organizations and is currently a board member of the Scalehouse Collaborative for the Arts and past board member of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, Ellipse Theater Community and World Muse.
“I believe deeply in the power of art and its ability to improve our quality of life, influence social change, and allow us to witness to each other’s shared humanity,” said Green. “The Oregon Arts Commission strengthens our statewide community through the arts and I want to support this important work.
Springer is a founding member and former chairman of the public arts committee of the city of Florence. He is also a member of the “Embellishment for Florence” committee, a former member of the Siuslaw Library Art Committee and artistic coordinator of “Florence Fest”, the annual jazz, art and wine festival.
A retired business executive with extensive experience leading arts and consumer products companies, Springer holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of O and a Masters of Business Administration from Seattle University. He was president of Portal Publications, a leading designer and publisher of posters, prints, and greeting cards; Chief Operating Officer of Numi Organic Tea; and chief operating officer of Boing Designs, a Portland-based designer and manufacturer of products for the giftware industry.
Previously, Harlen held executive positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter and Gamble, Clorox and Unilever, where he served as Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Marketing and General Manager.
“I’m honored to be asked to take on this new role,” Springer said. “The Arts Commission has worked tirelessly during the pandemic to increase funding and develop new concepts like the Artist Resilience program to support artists and arts organizations across the state that have been negatively impacted over the past two I look forward to working with Chair Jenny Green and the rest of the Commissioners and staff to continue this important work.
The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding, and arts programs through its grants, services, and special initiatives. The Arts Commission is supported by general funds appropriated by the Oregon Legislature and by federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.