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Coming in October it’s the 20th season of Oregon Art Beat!

Cover Photo: Portland Japanese Garden. Photo by David M.Cobb

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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Rothko: Life Beyond The Abstract

OPB | Broadcast: May 3, 2018

Painter Mark Rothko sold newspapers on Portland street corners, worked in his uncle’s downtown Portland clothing store, and eventually enrolled at Lincoln High School, where he excelled. 

La Belle: Lost In The World Of The Automaton

OPB | Broadcast: April 5, 2018

Portland’s Imago Theatre is famous for their long running, national touring, hit shows "Frogz" and "ZooZoo." But now, Directors Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouwad have created what they hope is a new hit.

Painting With A Side Of Aromatherapy In Oregon's Lavender Fields

OPB | Broadcast: April 5, 2018

Every summer, scores of painters descend on the lavender fields of Oregon, creating work, and getting a little aromatherapy as well!

Sharing The World In 3-D: Rich Dubnow And Oregon’s Iconic View-Master

OPB | Broadcast: April 5, 2018

Meet a photographer who got his start shooting stills for the Oregon-born View-Master company and never stopped loving 3-D.

Dressing A Running Man: Mark Orton And The Art Of Film Composing

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2018

Oregon film composer Mark Orton has been scoring films since 2001.

Portland Illustrator Creates A Child's World In Watercolor

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2018

Children’s book illustrator, Lee White, shows us his studio process working between traditional watercolor and digital illustration. 

Musician Hauls Piano To 25 Of Oregon's Most Scenic Locations

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2018

Classical pianist Hunter Noack performs in the most remote and beautiful spots in Oregon.

Perfect And Improbable: Remembering The Oregon Eclipse Festival

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2018

"Oregon Art Beat" takes you to an epic arts festival built around the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Studies In Resilience: Claudia Marchini's "Homage To Slaves"

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

Peruvian-American artist Claudia Marchini's work is inspired by her research as a psychologist.

Put A Bow On It: Eugene Artist Kelly Durian's Next-Generation Neckties

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

Kelly Durian makes bow ties and suspenders for a new generation from her shop in Eugene.

Stop Planning, Stop Judging: Painter Jesse Reno's Wild Intuition

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

Jesse Reno believes in following his intuition when painting, forgoing a plan for his images.

Minor White Captures The Ornate Beauty Of Portland's Past

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 16, 2017

Images captured by photographer Minor White in the late 1930s are the only remaining connection to the ornately decorated cast-iron buildings that once lined the streets of Portland.

Dao Strom's Work Aims To Destabilize The American Vietnam Narrative

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

Portland artist Dao Strom uses image, music, writing and spoken word to explore the intersection of her Vietnamese birth and American life.

Vu Pham Examines Vietnamese Diaspora Through Film

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

Portland filmmaker Vu Pham has a distinct, developing voice in his films, which manifests in a dark, contemporary noir style and tone.

Oregon Plein-Air Painter Anton Pavlenko Embraces The Abstract

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Plein-air Painter Anton Pavlenko explores the world of abstract and moves into a new direction.

ShadowMachine Embraces Portland's Animation Talent

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Awarding-winning ShadowMachine has set up shop in Northwest Portland. Animator Isaac Sagastume shares his story and experiences working with this Portland-based animation house.

Portland Artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins Makes Meaning From Everyday Life

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Jessica Jackson Hutchins is known for making striking, profound art out of unlikely materials.

Andiel Brown Takes Gospel To New Heights

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Andiel Brown is director of the gospel ensembles at the University of Oregon. He's also an athlete who attended UO as a scholarship football player and currently competes in bodybuilding competitions. He explains how his two passions intersect.

The Oregon Garden, A Labyrinth Of Botanical Wonders And Creative Expression

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

The Oregon Garden showcases 80-acres of botanical wonders intermingled with a permanent display of sculpture and art.


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