Oregon Progressive is published and edited by Don Hudgins.
With a focus on Oregon, this publication covers Local and National Politics, Art, Fundraising and Nonprofits and other areas of interest.
Don Hudgins has a personal history as both an artist and a professional arts administrator. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Don has resided in Richmond, VA, Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, and currently in Salem, OR. Don presents fine art and collectibles online and by appointment in Salem, OR.
Currently employed as a Deputy Clerk for Marion Co. Oregon, Don also offers freelance fundraising, event planning and web site services for nonprofits and Progressive Political organizations. Most recently, Don plans and organizes the annual Monroe Sweetland Dinner for Marion County Democrats.
Don recently planned and directed Salem Art Fair and Festival for 2015, managing hundreds of artists, vendors and volunteers.
Don’s first Oregon involvement was with Oregon Alliance for Arts Education, which is affiliated, with Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. At OAAE, Don planned and directed Oregon Teacher Arts Institute and revitalized OAAE’s Creative Ticket Awards.
Don founded Sedrat Arts (www.sedrat.org) in late 2004. Sedrat Arts has been dedicated to finding creative solutions to arts funding issues and assisting artists and arts organizations in organizational development and project completion. Sedrat Arts was a sponsor and presenter of West Edge Sculpture Invitational from 2004 – 2008.
Don was previously Executive Director of Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle. www.cocaseattle.org. During his tenure, Center on Contemporary Art produced such landmark exhibitions as Blurred, Crossroads, People Doing Strange Things With Electricity, Neoqueer, and Domicile. His professional arts career has included service to many commercial and nonprofit galleries, private collections, and the Illinois Arts Council as Assistant Curator. Previous to the Center on Contemporary Art, Don was Collection Manager at Chihuly Studio, Inc. and owned and operated Art Shuttle, Inc. based in Chicago for over 10 years.