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Season 18, Episode 17 - Oregon's Animation Magic

At just about any moment of any day in Oregon, someone is making animation. Home of Oscar-winning artists, Portland is considered one of the stop-motion capitals of the world. In this 30-minute special, we'll meet the artists who have made Oregon an animation powerhouse, including Claymation creator Will Vinton, animation makers Rose Bond, Jerold Howard, Joan Gratz, artists at LAIKA, and more!


"Oregon Art Beat" is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now entering its 19th season. The program profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest.

This week, join us for "Oregon Art Beat's" special highlighting Portland's stop-motion animation artists!

In fact, we’ll introduce you to some of the artists who create sets, costumes, and figures for some of LAIKA’s most renowned films, including Kubo and the Two Strings. See it just in time for the Portland Art Museum’s new exhibition “Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.”

Follow artists on their incredible creative journeys this fall Thursday nights at 8 pm or watch any time on our website!

Due to federal closed-captioning requirements, some of our stories are no longer available online. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

A glimpse at the largest eclipse-watching gathering in the country. "Art Beat" highlights from a new story coming this season from the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Big Summit Prairie.

'Neural Echoes': Kindra Crick And The Science Of Creativity

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Fueled by artistic passion and innate curiosity, Kindra Crick bases her work on scientific research.

Fred Harwin Hand-Paints Windows To The Soul

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Fred Harwin is an “ocularist” — he makes prosthetic eyeballs, hand-painting each one so it perfectly matches the patient’s other eye.

Lan Su Chinese Garden Welcomes The Year Of The Rooster

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2017

The Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden introduces us to some cultural activities including the lion dance performance and illuminated lanterns.

Pacific Northwest Plein Air Invites Painters To Get Outside

OPB | Broadcast: May 2, 2017

The Pacific Northwest Plein Air painting event encourages artists to immerse themselves in the natural landscape

Portland Winter Light Festival Sparks Illumination

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2017

By the time February rolls around here in the rainy northwest, most folks are going a little bit crazy. A respite from those mid-winter woes: the Portland Winter Light Festival

Portland Animator Rose Bond Changes Where Animation Lives

OPB | Broadcast: April 21, 2017

Rose Bond calls herself an animator and media artist and says she includes “a lot of social practice, a lot of public involvement” in every piece she creates.

Animator Joan Gratz Embraces Technology To Create Her Newest Films

OPB | Broadcast: April 27, 2017

Joan Gratz has worked in Portland’s animation scene since its earliest days.

Rural Eastern Oregon Retreat For Ceramic Artists

OPB | Broadcast: April 20, 2017

The LH Project is a residency for ceramic artists near Joseph, Oregon.

Art And Nature Come Together In A Meaningful Way At Sitka

OPB | Broadcast: April 20, 2017

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is home to workshops and opportunities for artists to retreat and create work.

The Portland DIY Clay Experiment That Changed Animation Forever

OPB | Broadcast: April 27, 2017

In a few short months, two Portland animators' film went from being rejected by the Northwest Film Festival to winning the Oscar for best short animated film, kicking off Oregon's animation scene in the process.

How To Make 48 Million Facial Expressions For An Oscar-Winning Animation

OPB | Broadcast: April 27, 2017

At LAIKA Animation Studio, in Hillsboro, Oregon, they’ve pioneered a new way to change facial expressions with 3-D printing.

Portland Animator Explores A Changing Portland With 2 Local Icons

OPB | Broadcast: April 27, 2017

The engine of gentrification fueled by Portland’s recent transplants was starting to hum by the time Jerold Howard returned. That's inspired his latest film.

The Meaning Of Food For Award-Winning Author Diana Abu-Jaber

OPB | Broadcast: April 12, 2017

Author and Portland State University Professor Diana Abu-Jaber has a cultural connection to the food she often writes about.

Sarah Hart Makes ‘Food Of The Gods’ At Alma Chocolate

OPB | Broadcast: April 13, 2017

Sarah Hart makes gold-covered chocolate icons inspired by the Latin root of cacao — "food of the gods."

Sebastian Cisneros Makes Chocolate That Brings Ecuador To Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: April 12, 2017

Portland chocolatier Sebastian Cisneros uses chocolate to stay connected to his Edcuadorian culture

Jared Goodman Makes Ice Cream Sundaes Inspired By Art

OPB | Broadcast: April 12, 2017

Portland ice cream maker Jared Goodman takes inspiration from works of art when creating his elaborate sundaes

Sculptor Chris Cole

OPB | Broadcast: March 30, 2017

Chris Cole is a Bend artist who creates distinctive motor- and crank-powered sculptures.

Comics U

OPB | Broadcast: March 30, 2017

Ben Saunders of the University of Oregon runs the only Comics Studies concentration in the country.


OPB | Broadcast: March 30, 2017

Three Portland cardistry artists stop by the OPB studio to show off their dazzling flourishes with a deck of playing cards.

Program Funding Provided By:

Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
John and Patricia Beckman Fund   

Additional Support Provided By:
The Roundhouse Foundation
The Jackson Foundation