CORVALLIS - As part of an ongoing effort to support artistic expression that fosters an appreciation of agriculture, the E.R. Jackman Foundation and the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University launched the 16th annual Art About Agri culture exhibit this week.

They hosted a reception and awards ceremony for 40 Oregon artists whose work has been selected for the 1999 Art About Agriculture exhibit tour. More than $5,700 in purchase and cash awards were presented to 15 of the artists. Among the winners was Clai re Barr-Wilson, whose clay sculpture, "Dog with Intent," received the Reese Lamb and Paul Lamb Purchase Award.

An exhibit containing 53 pieces - in media ranging from watercolor to bronze sculpture to enamel cloisonné - will be on display in the Giustina Gallery until March 28. After that, the exhibit will go on tour. Tour dates and locations follow:

April 1-27: Art Adventure Gallery, Madras

April 30 - May 30: Carnegie Center, Oregon City

June 3 - July 1: Crossroads Art Center, Baker City

July 12 - Aug. 25: Capitol Rotunda, Salem

Aug. 25 - Sept. 7: Oregon State Fair, Salem

The E.R. Jackman Foundation, an affiliate of the OSU Foundation, is a non-profit fund-raising organization dedicated to the College of Agricultural Sciences. Its board is comprised of 25 leaders from Oregon's agriculture industry, whose collective purp ose is to provide service to the people of Oregon, Oregon agriculture, and the faculty and students of Oregon State University.

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Betty Brose, 541-737-2665