"I’ve always liked sharing the experience of making art with other people, especially people who don’t consider themselves artists, or have access to skills, and contexts like museums and galleries. Moving to Portland three years ago, I debated relocating to New
York or Los Angeles, but decided to settle outside of art world centers. In Portland I feel I can have a substantial effect not just on the local art scene, but eventually on the whole social and cultural environment. I’m trying to encourage more artists to choose lessexpected locations to live in and to create work that engages those places as well as the larger art world."

Working from a wide variety of literary and social sources, Harrell Fletcher sees art, not only as discreet objects or images, but as a point of view one brings to all aspects of life. Collaboration is a core element of his practice; he's worked with kids, museum visitors, farmers, seniors and old friends. In exhibitions, video, events and web-based projects, he creates interactions, transforming both people and spaces such as a bus stop, a retirement home, and a garage where mechanics and customers read Ulysses aloud. His web site Learningtoloveyoumore.com offers "assignments"—from "Draw a scene from a movie that made you cry" to "Defeat George Bush"—and posts participants' responses. Fletcher will be giving away $20,000 of his Alpert Award in the form of "sub-grants" to other artists and projects around the country.

Born 1967, Santa Maria, California
Lives in Portland, Oregon

1996 Certification in Ecological Horticulture, UCSC, Santa Cruz, California
1994 M.F.A., Interdisciplinary, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
1990 B.F.A., Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Franscisco, California

2004-present Assistant Professor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

2005 The Wrong Gallery, New York, Sasquatch
2004 Christine Burgin, New York, A Moment Of Doubt
2004 Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, Maintaining The Jazz
2004 New Langton Arts, San Francisco, Happiness Follows Us Like A Shadow
2003 DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas, The Sound We Make Together
2003 Signal Art Center, Malmo, Sweden, Reread Summerhill
2001 Portland Institute For Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon, Everyday Sunshine
1999 Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, The Boy Mechanic

2005 Royal College of Art Gallery, London, Do Not Interrupt Your Activities
2005 Whitney Museum, New York, Whitney Biennial
2005 Domaine de Kerguéhennec Centre d’Art, Bignan, France, Near And Far
2003 The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, Baja to Vancouver
2003 The Drawing Center, New York, Street Selections
2001 Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California, Fast Forward
2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Of The Moment: Contemporary Art From The Collection
2000 Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, Above and Beyond
2000 de Young Museum, San Francisco, Museum Pieces

2005 ArtPace Residency
2004 Artslink Grant
2002 Creative Capital Grant
2000 Creative Work Fund Grant
1998 Headlands Center For The Arts Residency