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. 

2013 Fellowship Recipient

Poet, writer, musician and teacher Kirsten Rian was, by her own admission, a shy kid growing up in Portland who “interpreted and reinterpreted my world through writing poems and writing stories, writing songs, singing and playing piano.”

2013 Fellowship Recipient

“Have flute, will travel” could be the moniker for Molly Barth, one of the most versatile, top-tier flutists in the nation. Though waifish in stature, Barth has a passion for performing contemporary music that practically knows no bounds.

2013 Fellowship Recipient

If you attend a concert by pianist Susan Chan, you may hear an expressive interpretation of a piece the Chinese-American composer Tan Dun followed by an equally evocative performance of a work by J. S. Bach.

2013 Fellowship Recipient

Portland author Scott Sparling spent over thirty years writing his novel, Wire to Wire (Tin House, 2011).

2013 Fellowship Recipient

Like vinyl records, 16mm film has experienced a resurgence of popularity, especially among experimental cinematographers such as Ben Popp, who received a Media Arts Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

2012 Fellowship Recipient

Evertt Beidler performs his sculptures. His “Moves Manager” is a custom walking machine. Wearing a suit and tie, Beidler is strapped into the machine, and as it rolls forward, it moves his arms and legs in a manner that imitates walking.


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