fellowship resident projects

Each year, Ground Beneath Us works with an artist or artist team and presents them with the opportunity to take a larger step with their project, take a step in a different direction, or simply use time to reflect in the landscape.

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Daniel Duford: JOHN BROWN’s BODY

Daniel Duford is the first Ground Beneath Us Fellow. During his residency in 2017 he became acquainted with the history and landscape around Waterford through the lens of abolitionist John Brown. He produced a series of watercolors, paintings and writing exploring John Brown’s legacy.

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FOLSOM50: Oregon prison tour

Danny Wilson & Tracy Schlapp formed the band, Luther’s Boots, to pick up the thread of
Johnny Cash’s musical and social/political legacy. During 2018, they toured Oregon prisons playing Cash’s “At Folsom Prison” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the album’s release. The tour dubbed Folsom50 took the band to eleven of the fourteen prisons in Oregon.


Arvie Smith

Painter Arvie Smith is creating work for an ambitious solo exhibition at Disjecta Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon in late 2019. Arvie Smith transforms the history of oppressed and stereotyped segments of the American experience into lyrical two-dimensional master works. His paintings are commonly of psychological images revealing deep sympathy for the dispossessed and marginalized members of society in an unrelenting search for beauty, meaning, and equality. Smith’s work reflects powerful injustices and the will to resist and survive. His memories of growing up in the South add to his awareness of the legacy that the slavery of African American’s has left with all Americans today. His intention is to solidify the memory of atrocities and oppression so they will never be forgotten nor duplicated. Smith creates this work because he must. We will post Arvie’s work from his residency year as he completes it. To look at his past work go to his website.