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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!


For nearly two decades "Art Beat" has traveled the state profiling hundreds of artists, getting a behind the scenes look at the creative process and insight into some of the Northwest’s world class art.

Best of all, we hear the stories of each and every one’s individual journey to their craft, learning what drives, inspires and ultimately shapes them as artists.

Join us this fall to meet more of Oregon’s extraordinary artists!

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Program Funding Provided By:

 The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Endowed Fund for Excellence

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

Additional Support Provided By:
The Jackson Foundation
Lee and Marcia Stevenson