Harrell Fletcher

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Harrell Fletcher
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Santa Maria, California
Nationality American
Education MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts. BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
Known for relational art, video art, performance, and sculpture
Notable work Portland, Oregon
Movement Social practice (art)
Awards Americans for the Arts Outstanding Public Artwork, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award For Excellence in Community-based Learning and Teaching, Alpert Award in the Visual Arts, Creative Capital, Creative Work Fund

Harrell Fletcher (born 1967 in Santa Maria, California)[1] is an American artist living in Portland, Oregon and a key figure in the development of Social practice (art) and relational art in the US.


Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990 and his MFA from California College of the Arts in 1994.[2][3]

A one time collaborator with Jon Rubin, Fletcher became known for making projects in collaboration with strangers and non-artists. He went on to found the Social Practice program in the Art department of Portland State University, where he is still on faculty.[4]


With artist Miranda July, Fletcher founded the online arts project called Learning to Love You More (2002–2009). The project's website offered assignments to artists whose submissions became part of "an ever-changing series of exhibitions, screenings and radio broadcasts presented all over the world".[5] In addition to its internet presentations, Learning to Love You More has been compiled for exhibitions for the Whitney Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and other hosts.[5][6] A book version of the project's online art was released in 2007.[6][7] The project is now part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Collection.[8]

Awards and residencies[edit]

In 2011 he was in residence at Exploratorium, and won an award from Americans for the Arts for Outstanding Public Artwork. In 2005 he won the Alpert Awards in the Arts and a residency at ArtPace.[9] In 2002 he won the Creative Capital award [10] He has been in residence at Capp Street Project at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Ox-Bow School of Art. In 2006 he was faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.[citation needed]


Fletcher's work has been exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the De Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The SculptureCenter, The Wrong Gallery, Apex Art, and Smackmellon in NYC, DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture show in Houston, TX, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, OR, CoCA and The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA, Signal in Malmo, Sweden, Domain de Kerguehennec and the Matisse Museum in France, The Tate Modern in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.[citation needed] He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.[citation needed]


Fletcher's work is held in the following permanent collections:


  1. ^ "Harrell Fletcher". San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Our Authors". a blade of grass. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Harrell Fletcher". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  4. ^ "PSU Profile". Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  5. ^ a b Yuri Ono (designer) (2009). "Hello". Learningtoloveyoumore.com. Miranda July; Harrell Fletcher. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b KCAI (2009). "Current Perspectives lecture series, Spring 2009: Harrell Fletcher". Kcai.edu. Kansas City Art Institute. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  7. ^ July, Miranda; Fletcher, Harrell (2007). Learning to Love You More. Munich; New York: Prestel. ISBN 3791337335. 
  8. ^ a b "Learning to Love you More, Collection Page" San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Accessed 12 October 2016
  9. ^ "Alpert Award in Visual Arts, 2005". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Harrell Fletcher: Emerging Fields, 2002" Creative Capital. Accessed 12 October 2016

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