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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!

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NW Life | local | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

The Portland DIY Clay Experiment That Changed Animation Forever

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.

NW Life | local | Entertainment | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

Animator Joan Gratz Embraces Technology To Create Her Newest Films

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

NW Life | local | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

Portland Animator Explores A Changing Portland With 2 Local Icons

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.

NW Life | local | Entertainment | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

Portland Animator Rose Bond Changes Where Animation Lives

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.

NW Life | local | Entertainment | Arts | Oregon Art Beat

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

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

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November 22, 2 a.m. [OPB TV]

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Most Recent Broadcast: May 4, 2017

Oregon's Animation Magic (1817)

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Most Recent Broadcast: April 27, 2017

Artists on Retreat (1816)

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Most Recent Broadcast: April 20, 2017

Art of Food 2 (1815)

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Most Recent Broadcast: April 13, 2017

Taking It to the Next Level (1814)

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Most Recent Broadcast: March 30, 2017

Working Together (1813)

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Most Recent Broadcast: February 23, 2017

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, Liz Vice and Jock Bradley (1812)

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Most Recent Broadcast: February 9, 2017

Art in Astoria (1811)

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Most Recent Broadcast: February 2, 2017

Big, Bold, and Out of the Box (1810)

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Most Recent Broadcast: January 26, 2017

Paper Arts (1809)

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Most Recent Broadcast: January 19, 2017

Nu Shooz Concert Special (1808)

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Most Recent Broadcast: December 15, 2016

The Natural World (1807)

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Most Recent Broadcast: January 12, 2017

Assemblage Art (1806)

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Most Recent Broadcast: January 5, 2017

Art in Wide Open Spaces (1805)

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Most Recent Broadcast: November 17, 2016

Animals in Art (1804)

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Most Recent Broadcast: November 10, 2016

The Shape of Things (1803)

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Most Recent Broadcast: October 20, 2016

The Power of Art (1802)

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Most Recent Broadcast: October 13, 2016

It's Not What You Think (1801)

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Most Recent Broadcast: October 6, 2016


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