Fields Artist Fellowship 2021–23

2021-2023 two-year fellowship program for Oregon artists.

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, 2019-21 Fields Artist Fellow. Photo by Michael French

Application extended until Thursday February 18 at 11:59 p.m.

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon Humanities (OH) are partnering once again to invest in individual artists, culture bearers, and their communities through the Fields Artist Fellowship. In September 2021, OCF and OH will award four Fields Artist Fellows $100,000 each over a two-year period; along with robust professional development, networking and community building opportunities. In addition, a one-time sum of $10,000 will be awarded to eight finalists.

The first iteration of this fellowship was awarded in 2019, bringing increased access, community impact, and visibility to four Oregon-based artists; while helping OCF and OH explore support structures for cultural leaders across the state. This second iteration of the Fields Artist Fellowship aims to support artists who are at a pivotal moment or inflection point in their careers, where the fellowship can provide meaningful impact over the two-year term.

The goal is that this opportunity will enable Fields Artist Fellows to:

  • Advance their artistic work and careers

  • Develop creative and meaningful ways to address and respond to the opportunity gap in Oregon

Fields Artist Fellow Joe Whittle shares these words about his experience:

“It has been so immeasurably valuable to have people in these positions recognize my worth and value. And just psychologically, how that has impacted me as an artist is probably in the long run going to be more valuable than the computer that I was able to buy or the camera or even the stories that I'm able to produce from this, just because in itself receiving this award was such an incredible recognition of my heart and soul and my identity, which is completely tied to my art practice…it's going to cascade, the repercussions are going to be there for a long time, for the rest of my life.”


To be considered for a Fields Artist Fellowship, applicants should have:

  • At least five years of professional practice in an artistic discipline or combination of disciplines;

  • At least three years of residence in Oregon (non-continuous) and the intent to reside in Oregon for the majority of the fellowship term (September 1, 2021 - September  30, 2023); 

  • Demonstrable evidence of artistic practice that can engage with community groups and organizations and/or address community concerns


Online Application opens: January 4, 2021
Due date for applications: 11:59 p.m. PST February 15, 2021
*Application extended until Thursday February 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Interviews with finalists to be scheduled between May-June 2021
Final awards to be announced in July 2021

How to apply:

First read and get familiar with all the detailed information on the request for proposals.

Fill out an online application before 11:59 p.m. PST February 15, 2021 on our online platform, SlideRoom. (You will be prompted to create a profile if you do not have one.)

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For more information:

The Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Humanities are holding an online informational session on January 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PST to provide more information and answer questions about the Fields Artist Fellowship. A full recording of this session would be available after. 

Watch the recording of the information webinar here

The Fields Artist Fellowship is a collaborative program between Oregon Humanities and the Oregon Community Foundation.

If you have any further questions about this program please contact Maya Muñoz-Tobón at or leave a voicemail at (503) 241-0543, extension 116.

Meet the 2019-2021 Fields Artist Fellows

More information on the opportunity gap from the Oregon Community Foundation reports:






3 comments have been posted.

Hi there, My name is Pony Boy Gilbert. Being a "culture bearer" has been a important part of my life for many years, but never as important as when my wife and I started our family here in Veneta some twenty years ago. As our family grew, we felt and saw the lack of cultural development opportunities for our children. Famously, my wife announced that we would be the ones to fill this gap. Now for many years the children in our local area schools have been able to hear the songs and listen to the stories that had been such an important part of my life. I am a Native singer, dancer, story teller and artist. My singing and dancing came from Pow-Wow. My story telling has always been for the children who have never heard the stories and for the older ones who haven't heard the stories in such a long time. My art is from the earth, I make clay trade beads from local river clay. I make my pottery in pit fires, the way I learned to as a much younger man back home. I look forward to meeting all of the other wonderful artists that will be a part of this gathering. I can't wait to meet you all. Pony.

PonyBoy Gilbert | December 2020 | Veneta OR

Hello, my art has been dedicated to addressing the Oregon Opportunity Gap with my very first art exhibit inspired by the at risk youth I’ve worked with over the last 14 years. I give a voice to the voiceless and marginalized. I try to create gracious space and equity for all I paint. Thank you for reviewing my application and hope to be the voice who can bridge the gap for many of the youth who so desperately need it in my community.

Eddie Melendrez | February 2019 | Ontario Oregon

I am a singer/songwriter with 12cds To my credit. I have performed at the Britt festival and several other venues in so. Oregon and Calif.. I also paint in oils, and am a wood carver and flintlock gunsmith.

Glenn Justus | December 2018 | Klamath Falls, Or.

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