Fellowship Profiles

The Arts Commission recognizes the achievements of outstanding Oregon artists through annual Individual Artist Fellowship grants. Fellowship Profiles introduce featured artists and provide a description of their work. 

2016 Fellowship Recipient

For Michael Hensley’s most recent series of paintings, he threw every available material into the mix, including house paint, spray paint, pencil, collage, crayon, paint pens and even dirt from the garden.

2015 Fellowship Recipient

“It’s like a crime scene,” explains Katherine Longstreth. “Most of us don’t witness the crime, but the detectives go back and use evidence to determine what happened.” 

2015 Fellowship Recipient

Few artists in the United States can integrate their interest in the written word with performance art, but such multi-genre projects are a specialty of Ana-Maurine Lara whose “Cantos” project led her to walk the streets of New York City and inter

2015 Fellowship Recipient

Imagine hiking through Hoyt Arboretum, the 189-acre wilderness park located inside the city of Portland, and stumbling upon a contemporary dance performance.

2015 Fellowship Recipient

“I was always a theatrical child,” recalls Michael Mendelson. “I liked to make a big splash in everything I did whether it was destructive or constructive.

2015 Fellowship Recipient

On a quiet evening at her home in Bend, you might find Mary Heather Noble pouring over technical data relating to the effects of ground contamination on the environment.


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