Madras artists receives Fields Artist Fellowship
Four Oregon artists will receive $100,000 each over two years to develop their careers and engage their communities.
Oregon Humanities announced the second round of Fields Artist Fellowships on Thursday, July 8. The fellowships, offered in partnership by Oregon Humanities and Oregon Community Foundation, will pay four artists $100,000 each over the course of two years.
The recipients of the 2021–23 fellowships are CarlaDean Caldera, of Madras; Gabriel Barrera, of Ashland; Jason Graham, of Bend; and Sharita Towne, of Portland. An additional eight finalists will receive a one-time award of $10,000, including Scott Kalama, of Warm Springs.
"The Fields Artist Fellowship is such an exciting and meaningful program for artists," said Chey Kuzma, associate program officer, Arts and Culture, Oregon Community Foundation. "OCF is delighted to provide support for a second group of Fields Artist Fellows in partnership with Oregon Humanities. These artists are poised to creatively address the opportunity gap with thoughtful approaches that will have far-reaching impacts throughout Oregon."
Caldera is a Culture Bearer and Advocate of the Northern Paiute who has shared her love and knowledge of the cultural legacies of Northern Paiute Bands as a scholar and teacher since 2000.
She has shared her love and knowledge of Northern Paiute Bands cultural legacies. Of the Tuhudyatuka Numu – Deer-Eater Band of Northern Paiute, Watah Family – Silver Lake, her work is dedicated to Our Elders who came before and who are here now so that Our Ways will live on through futuristic learning and teaching.
She will use this fellowship to share Northern Paiute culture, teachings and the Numu Yaduan language, using digital technologies, public events and outings.
Kalama is a musician who performs as Blue Flamez. He won a 2016 Native American Music Award for Best Music Video for "Rez Life." His most recent albums are "Game Time" and "Warrior." All his music can be streamed on Spotify.
Founded in 2019, the Fields Artist Fellowship is intended to give artists and culture bearers the freedom to develop their art and careers, engage with their communities, learn from one another, and explore the opportunity gap in Oregon.
In addition to monetary awards, they will have opportunities for professional development, networking, and community building. All funding for the fellowship is provided by the Fred W. Fields Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. The program is administered by Oregon Humanities.
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