Debra Beers: an artist, lecturer and activist with galleries, collections, grants, honors, exhibitions, selected reviews and publications focused on art.


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.


Debra Beers: an artist, lecturer and activist with galleries, collections, grants, honors, exhibitions, selected reviews and publications focused on art.

Debra Beers