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DEBRA BEERS M.A., M.F.A. University of Iowa, Drawing and Painting

Graduate Painting Program, Stanford University
B.A. Western Washington University, Fine Art

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  • 2014 Two person exhibition, Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.
  • 2009 Going Home, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University
  • 2008 Debra Beers, Paintings Chemeketa Community College
  • Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008 “Debra Beers – Drawing”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland OR
  • Dec. 2004/Jan. 2005 “Recent Work”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
  • Dec. 2002/Jan. 2003 “Recent Work”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
  • Dec. 2000/Jan. 2001 “Recent Work”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1998 “Recent Works”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1997 “Portraits”, Acanthus Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1993 “Futures and Securities”, Littman Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1992 “Debra Beers-Recent Work”, Mt. Hood Community College, Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham, OR.
  • 1990 “Lives in The Balance”, Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
  • 1988 “The Wall’; Voices of The Burnside Homeless”, Northwest Artist’s Workshop, Portland, OR
  • 1987 “Debra Beers-Mixed Media”, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1987 “Debra Beers-Mixed Media”, Cunningham Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1986 “Recent Works”, King County Arts Commission Gallery, Seattle, WA


  • 2015  Drawing  Deeper  Schuette Gallery, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Or.
  • 2014  “Motions, (E)Motions”,  Juried National, A/NT Gallery, Seattle Wa.
  • 2013  Art About Agriculture, LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery,  Oregon State University , Invitational Exhibition
  • 2006 “Self Portrait”, Invitational, Clackamas Community College
  • 2006 “Art for Life”, Cascade AIDS Project, Juried. Catalogue, Honorable Mention
  • 2005 “War Drawings” Invitational, Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
  • 2005 “First Person” Juried. Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR.
  • 2005 “Art for Life” Juried. Curators: Greg Bell, 4Culture, Seattle, WA, John Buchanan, Bruce Gunther, Portland Art Museum
  • 2003 “12×12″ Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland OR.
  • 2003 “Aftermath of Violence” Gallery 500, Portland OR.
  • 2002 “Art for Life”, Cascade AIDS Project, Juried, Live Auction, Catalogue Curators: Bruce Guenther,
  • Portland Art Museum. Terri Hopkins, Marylhurst University. Stuart Horodner, Portland Institute
  • of Contemporary Art.
  • 2001 Northwest Narrative, Invitational. Curated by Stuart Horodner, Kristy Edmunds,
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland OR.
  • 2001 Rose City Zeitgeist, 1985-2001, Visual Chronical of Portland Exhibitions, Portland, OR
  • 2001 ART/AIDS Invitational, Portland, OR
  • 2001 “Art Slate 2001 Biennial Invitational”, Condon, OR
  • 2001 “Strong Art, Social Art”, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver, WA. Invitational
  • 1999 “Point of Orgin II”, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Juried Exhibition
  • 1999 “Handmade Oregon”, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR. Curator: Janet Koplos,
  • Art in America
  • 1999 “Field of Colors”, Littman Gallery, Portland State University
  • 1998 “Here and Now”, Invitational Exhibition curated by Randy Gragg, Oregonian Art
  • Critic, Tidbit Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1998 “Heads”, Invitational, Wentz Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.
  • 1997 “Let Them Eat Cake”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1995 “The Oregon Biennial”, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Juror: William Fagaly, Curator
  • of Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • 1995 “The Visual Chronicle of Portland: Selection from the First Ten Years”, Oregon Historical Society/Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR
  • 1995 “Northwest Noir”, Vox Populi Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 1993 “Crosscuts”, The Oregonian Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Invitational. Curators: John Weber, Prudence Roberts, Portland Art Museum
  • 1991 “The Point is Made”, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1991 “Paradigm Shift in 4 Movements”, Culture Shock Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1989 “The Human Form 3D”, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR
  • 1989 “ART AIDS”, Invitational Exhibition, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1989 “Nuclear Visions”, Oregon Council for the Arts, Traveling exhibition: 1988-1989
  • 1988 “Oregon Women Artists”, Littman Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1988 “Hunger is Not a Pretty Picture”, EMU Gallery, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • 1987 “International Woman’s Day Art Exhibition”, Seattle, WA
  • 1987 “Fibers and Form”, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
  • 1987 “ART AIDS”, Invitational Exhibition, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
  • 1987 “Home Street Home-Artists Create Work about Poverty and Homelessness”, 911 Contemporary Art Center and Fremont Arts Association, Seattle, WA
  • 1987 “State of the Union”, Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, OR
  • 1986 “On The Job”, Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, OR


  • Johnson, Barry, “ An International News and Notes….” OregonArtsWatch  Feb. 27, 2014
  • Row, D.K., “Art That Dignifies Life Most Fragile”, Oregonian, Living p.1-2, 12/07
  • Row, D.K., “Shows of Note,” The Oregonian, A & E 12/2004
  • Row, D.K., “Taking It To The Street” The Oregonian, A & E, p.61, Dec. 27, 2002
  • McQuillen, James, “Figures from a Streetscape” Open Spaces, v.4/ issue 3/2001-2002
  • “Equivalents-Portraits of 80 Oregonian Artists” by George Johanson. Portland Art Museum, 2002
  • Gragg, Randy, “An Outsider Guide to the NW”, Oregonian, A & E, p. 54, Nov. 9, 2001.
  • Eastern Oregonian Living, June 28, 2001
  • Lindberg, Ted, PREVIEW, Nov/Dec/Jan. 2000-2001
  • Hathcock, Marcus, “Work of Debra Beers Focuses on the Homeless” VANGUARD Jan 2001
  • D.K. Row, Critic’s Picks, Oregonian, Dec. 6, 2000
  • Allen, Lois ART PAPERS, May/June 1999
  • Bonansinga, Kate, “Drawing the Margins”, Willamette Week, p. 63, Nov. 11, 1998
  • New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Competition, Juror: Clare Bell, Assistant Curator of
  • Contemporary Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  • Ferranto, Matt, Anodyne, p. 30, March 1997
  • “Debra Beers’ Street Art”, PDXS, p. 13, March 1997
  • Gragg, Randy, “Portraits Of a Lady”, The Oregonian, Arts and Entertainment, p. 61, Feb. 28, 1997
  • Bennett, Laura Lee, “Portland Art Museum”, REFLEX, p.19, Oct. 1995
  • Allen, Lois, “Debra Beers at Littman” REFLEX, p. 22, Jan. 1993
  • Weinstein, Joel, “Futures and Securities”, The Oregonian, p.6, Nov. 20, 1992
  • Gragg, Randy, “Butters Exhibits Portland’s Hippest Art”, The Oregonian, p. B2, Jan. 1988
  • “Artist’s Manifestos”, REFLEX p. 12, Oct. 1990
  • Barden, Renardo, “Ordinary People, Debra Beers Opens Her Art to the Homeless”, Northwest Magazine, p. 12-14, July 1989
  • “Art in Unestablished Channels” Heresies, p.90 #22, 1989
  • Johnson, Barry, “Art of Life on the Street”, The Oregonian, p. B2, Jan. 1988
  • Hackett, Regina, “Art on the Run”, Seattle Post Intellegencer, p. C1, Nov. 1987 (Beers p. 2)


  • 2015 Puffin Foundation Grant
  • 2005-present Regional Arts and Cultural Council; Juvenile Justice Center Public Art Projects
  • 1995 Juried Purchase Award, Oregon Arts Commission, Knight Library, University of Oregon
  • 1994 Metropolitan Arts Commission, Commission Purchase Award, Portland Visual Chronicle
  • 1994 Juried Purchase Award, 1% for the Arts, Portland Community College, Sylvania
  • 1992 Metropolitan Arts Commission, Project Grant


  • Oregon Health Sciences University, Permanent Art Collection, Portland OR
  • Lewis and Clark College, Permanent Art Collection
  • City of Portland, Portable Works Collection, Drawing 2007
  • Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
  • Outside In, Portland OR
  • Stoel Rives, Portland OR
  • Care Oregon, Portland, OR
  • University of Oregon, Knight Library, Eugene, OR
  • Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, OR
  • Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR
  • City of Portland, Portland Visual Chronicle, Portland, OR
  • Metropolitan Community Church, Portland, OR
  • Sisters of the Road Café, Portland, OR
  • University of Washington, School of Social Work, Seattle, WA
  • Battelle Northwest, Richland, WA. Juried Purchase Award.
  • Private collections throughout the United States


  • 2014 Panelist, Human Animal Studies Conference, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis and Clark College Law School
  • 2006 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Visiting Artist
  • 2004 Visiting Artist Lecture, Art Beat, Portland Community College
  • 2003 Oregon College of Art and Craft, Senior Thesis Review Critic
  • 2003 Portland State University, Arts Panelist, School of Art
  • 2002 Lewis & Clark College, Howard Hall Art Selection Panel
  • 2002 Visiting Artist, Voices/Outside In, Portland, OR


  • 2014 Animal Rights National Conference, Los Angeles CA. Art Auction Fundraiser
  • 2010 Lewis and Clark College, York Selection Committee
  • 2002 Lewis & Clark College, Howard Hall Art Selection Panel
  • 1998-2003 Selection Committee, Regional Arts and Culture Commission, Portland Visual Chronicle, City of Portland, OR
  • 1995-2000 Salvation Army Greenhouse, Portland, OR. Assist homeless youth.
  • 1993-94 Billboard Project, Outside In, Portland, OR. Coordinated the installation of billboards created by artists and homeless youth.
  • 1991 Bradley-Angle Inc., Portland OR. Assisted women and children escaping from domestic violence. Provided referrals, counseling, shelter intakes, managed crisis calls.
  • 1989 Mural Project, Outside In, Portland, OR. Assisted in the painting of outdoor collaborative mural. Worked with local artists and homeless youth.
  • 1988-89 West Women’s Shelter, Portland, OR. Provided art activities for homeless children.
  • 1987-89 Northwest Artist’s Workshop. Assisted with exhibit installations, fund raising.
  • 1986-87,89-90 Burnside Community Council, Baloney Joe’s Homeless Shelter. Assisted in shelter related activities; collected donations, assisted with meal preparations and clothing distribution.