2024 – 26 Fields Artist Fellows Announced
Four Oregon artists will receive $150,000 each over two years to develop their careers and engage their communities.
January 8, 2024 (Portland) — Oregon Humanities, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation, announced the third round of Fields Artist Fellowships on Monday, awarded to four Oregon artists whose work cultivates social change in their communities. These artists will receive $150,000 each over the course of two years, and an additional eight finalists will receive a one-time award of $10,000.
The 2024 – 26 Fields Artist Fellows are Myles de Bastion (Portland), Chava Florendo (Ashland), Scott Kalama (Warm Springs) and Eduardo Melendrez (Ontario). Their work covers a wide range of media: de Bastion creates immersive art installations that center Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing audiences; Florendo focuses on collaborative programs providing cultural, arts and education opportunities for Indigenous youth and artists; Kalama leads drum-making classes and music workshops for youth and performs as Blue Flamez; and Melendrez paints portraits, mentors youth through boxing and serves on the Ontario City Council.
"Like Oregon Humanities, Oregon Community Foundation believes that meaningful creativity and cultural expression are essential cornerstones for vibrant and healthy communities,” said Lisa Mensah, President and CEO, Oregon Community Foundation. "We are thrilled to support the Fields Artist Fellowship program and the creative potential of these talented Oregonians who are bridging divides in their communities every day through art and inclusion. These artists help inspire joy, spur economic growth and strengthen our communities.”
The Fields Artist Fellowship, first awarded in 2019, is now one of the largest unrestricted artist fellowships in the country. The 2024 fellowships represent a transformative investment in individual artists and their communities, and a significant and growing commitment to Oregon’s arts ecosystem in a time when many artists and arts organizations are facing severe financial challenges.
Portland hip hop artist Mic Crenshaw received one of the inaugural fellowships in 2019. At the end of the fellowship, he wrote, “The most important thing this fellowship has allowed me to accomplish is a greater faith in myself and the world to recognize, support and validate my work.”
The eight finalists from this cohort are Esteban Camacho Steffensen (Eugene), Adolfo Cantu-Villarreal (Beaverton), Anthony Hudson (Portland), LaRonn Katchia (Portland/Warm Springs), Ernesto Martinez (Eugene), Yanely Rivas (Salem), Shalanda Sims (Troutdale) and Vo Vo (Portland).