Who We Are

BlueTower Arts Foundation is a fellowship of artists vitally interested in contemporary art, its ideas, practices and powers of communication.

BlueTower Arts Foundation exists to develop dialogue and production in the contemporary arts across the full range of media and practice. BTAF’s mission is to foster a vibrant, humane, aesthetic grammar informed by traditional, contemporary and emerging art practices. We seek a rigorous and open conversation that engages with historical and contemporary philosophical and religious ideas. Put briefly, BTAF desires to foster art making that explores both the beauty and exigencies of our present world and human condition.

(BTAF is a federally approved (501-C3) non-profit organization whose available resources support a mission of arts education and production.)

Please go to our website for more information: bluetowerarts.org


Wesley Hurd- wes@bluetowerarts.org

Wesley Hurd received his undergraduate degree in art education at Southern Oregon University. He holds an M.F.A in painting and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Oregon. In 1979, Wes founded McKenzie Study Center based in Eugene, OR. He has taught as an adjunct assistant professor of art at the University of Oregon, and is currently a tutor at Gutenberg College, a great books college in Eugene. Wes has been awarded two graduate teaching fellowships at the University of Oregon and was an adjunct assistant Professor in painting in 2001 and 2002. Wes is co-founder of BlueTower Arts Foundation and serves as a principle teacher and chairman of the Board of Directors for the organization. He was nominated for the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Contemporary Art Award in 2007. See his work here.

Craig Doerksen-craig@bluetowerarts.org

Craig Doerksen has B.A. in English, University of Oregon and an M.A. in English, University of Ireland, Maynooth. Craig is co-founder of BlueTower Arts Center and serves as its current director. He comes with an extensive background in ministry and management, including strategic planning and program development. He spent eight years with Young Life in direct ministry and in management at Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch in Oregon. He was most recently the Upper School Principal at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, a classical Christian school in North Carolina. Craig is a natural leader and instructor, teaching courses incorporating the various disciplines of the humanities. Craig is a writer, mostly fiction, or writing that is fictitious in nature, if not in appearance.

Director of Development

Courtney Stubbert-courtney@bluetowerarts.org

Courtney Stubbert has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon and an A.A. in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Seattle. He is Sr. Graphic Designer for Imagination International, Inc., the North American importer and distributor of Copic Markers. He also freelances as a graphic designer under the studio name PUNCH. He is a practicing fine artist and musician.


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