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Harrell Fletcher
Harrell Fletcher

Harrell Fletcher

Portland, OR USA

"When you're doing what you think is the right thing to do, you're going to be a happier, more satisfied person."

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Harrell's work combines: Art, Environment & Nature, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Social Artist

I create art that engages audiences directly through the creation of intangible, collaborative experiences.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    San Francisco Art Institute

  • Graduate Degree

    Art/Art Studies, General

    California College of the Arts

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Was always encouraged to make art; started drawing at age 10, picked up photography down the line.

  • 2.

    Went to a state university, then transferred to an art institute; realized he'd started to lose his creative impulse, was too focused on success.

  • 3.

    Took a year to teach art at a grade school to get back in touch with his "original intentions" for making art.

  • 4.

    Was inspired by a five-year-old who'd make a book about something he loved, show all of his friends, throw it away, and make a new one.

  • 5.

    When he went back to do his MFA, he realized he didn't want to make art in a studio; he wanted to interact with local places and people.

  • 6.

    Developed "social art" while working with a Portland gas station owner-gave this man the means to live out his dream of shooting a video at his gas station.

  • 7.

    Acted on the gas station owner's vision, used Portland residents in the film, invited the participants to the showing-made it a communal artwork.

  • 8.

    Says you have the option to be selfish and greedy, but it's more "interesting, satisfying, and fun to try to contribute [to society] in a positive way."