Bruce Burris

Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts 2018

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Bruce Burris Photo: Harold Hutchinson


Collage and found objects


Practicing artist and director of several Corvallis-based community initiatives (Artworks – CEI, OUTPOST1000 and In Visible), some of which are dedicated to assisting individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, many of whom are artists themselves


Burris’s current practice stems from observations of class and philosophical divides between those who are proponents of dying industries and those who are adamant that these industries must adapt, many times including both perspectives in a single work. Burris has exhibited in Oregon and in Lexington, Ky.; San Francisco; Philadelphia; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Wilmington, Del.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Washington, D.C. He has been awarded fellowships or awards from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Kentucky State Arts Council, the Delaware State Arts Council, the NEA-SAF, Puffin Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. His work is collected by art patrons in New York City, Philadelphia, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles. WhiteHot Magazine, Artweek, Dialogue and the Southern Quarterly have written favorable reviews. Burris attended the San Francisco Art Institute and Nasson College. He was represented by the Braunstein-Quay Gallery in San Francisco for 20 years.

Artist Quote:

"I wish to present viewers with paintings and drawings that are filled with a cacophony of information and layers of images and text exposing opinions of many sides. This work is an appeal to have some empathy and to listen on occasion to those of us who experience life differently than perhaps I do.”


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