2019 RAC Artist Fellowships

From left: Tim Portlock, Margaret Keller, and William Morris. Photos courtesy of Regional Arts Commission.

Posted by Liam Otten February 4, 2019

Tim Portlock, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, has won a 2019 Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission.

Launched in 2013, the annual fellowships are designed to support the development of the individual artist’s career, providing time and space to study, reflect, experiment, explore and create. They are among the few multidisciplinary fellowships of their kind in the United States. Each recipient receives a $20,000 award.

Portlock, who is also chair of the undergraduate art program, combines special effects software and the visual conventions of 19th-century American painting to creatively simulate contemporary cityscapes. In recent years, his large-format print images have depicted imagined landscapes populated with the empty buildings that surround his home as well as developments in post-boom-and-bust Las Vegas and San Bernardino, California. Other work uses large outdoor video projections onto buildings, creating temporary public art that incorporates new media and the visual language of murals while engaging with architecture and city space.

Also among the 10 honorees this year are two Sam Fox School alumni: mixed-media artist Margaret Keller (MFA89) and video artist William Morris (BFA85).

Keller works in related series using installation, drawing, digital media, painting, sculpture, and printmaking, as she examines the relationships between nature, contemporary culture, and technology. She also focuses on the curatorial and critical aspects of contemporary art, with many published reviews.

Morris has more than 30 years of experience as a video artist. His work has shown locally at the Bruno David Gallery, Citygarden, the Saint Louis Film Festival, the Missouri History Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, and internationally in Paris, Foça Izmir, Turkey, and Busan, South Korea.


Work by Tim Portlock.