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Brianna Ortega [Artist, Director & Educator]

Current Offerings

Portfolio (Coming soon) 
Video & Performance
Sea Together
Events & Facilitation

About Brianna


Brianna Ortega

Artist, Director, and Educator 

Brianna (Bri) is passionate about exploring identity and power through art, film, surf culture, physical materials, and education. She creates spaces for people’s stories or identities to be nurtured, and she enjoys being a bridge between different people and ideas.

She is also the Founder and Director of the global women’s surf movement and brand called Sea Together, which has manifested as retreats, a print publication, workshops, a podcast, events, and other changing forms. Bri also directs Folding Water Media, a media production and creative consulting company. 

Contact Bri for:
-creative, leadership, or burnout coaching
-facilitation or teaching
-community engagement consulting
-guest interviews and speaking engagements




Portland State University 2018–2021, MFA Contemporary Art Practices: Art and Social Practice
Portland State University, 2013–2016, B.A. in Contemporary Art Practice, with media focuses in drawing, video, performance, and jewelry/metalsmithing, and with a Focus in Psychology and Child and Family Studies
Saddleback College and University of Portland 2011-2013, Psychology

University Teaching

Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Video Art, Portland State University, Fall Term 2021
Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Drawing, Portland State University, Winter Term 2021
Promotion and Tenure Committee, Portland State University, 2020-2021 School Year
Teaching Assistant, Low Tech Cinema with Julie Perini, Portland State University, Fall Term 2020 Teaching Assistant, Water Media with Tia Factor, Portland State University, Summer Term 2020 Co-Teaching Assistant, Ideation with Michelle Illuminato, Portland State University, Spring Term 2020 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Drawing with Horia Boria, Portland State University, Spring Term 2019

General Education

Environmental Educator, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Oregon, Jan. 2017 – Present
Art Workshop Instructor & Designer, Cannon Beach Arts Association, Oregon, June 2017 – 2021 
Art Education Intern, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, California, Oct. 2017 – Dec 2017
Art Education Intern, Laguna Art Museum, California, Jan. – Mar 2017
Lead Teacher, YMCA of the USA, California, Dec. 2016 – March 2017
Environmental Educator, Friends of Tryon Creek, Oregon, March 2016 – Jun 2016

Creative Leadership & Work

Director & Founder, Sea Together Magazine, 2017 - Present
Artist Assistantship, with Julie Perini, Portland State University, Oregon, Summer 2015
Gallery Docent, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Oregon, Sep. 2015 Contributing Author Intern, College Prowler, California, June 2012 – Aug. 2012
Copy Editor, WALL at Saddleback College, California, Jan. 2012 – May 2012

Lectures/ Workshops/Panel Discussions

2021 June - Porltand State University ASSEMBLY Artist Talk Lecture
2021 April - Lecture, Bunny Hill, Cannon Beach Arts Association, Oregon
2021 Winter - Lecture, Illia Yakovenko’s Intro to Art and Social Practice, Portland State University, Oregon
2020 May - Presentation, Be a Local of my Life, PSU’s MFA Social Practice’s ASSEMBLY conference, Portland State University, Oregon
2020 Spring - Workshop, Writing & Drawing classes, through Sea Together Magazine, Global (Online)
2019 July - Lecture, Indigo & Salt Surf Night Out, Talk on women’s surfing subculture, Bulli, Australia
2019 July - Panel Discussion Participant, U&I, discussion on women artist entrepreneurs, Torquay, Australia
2019 July - Workshop, Creative Zine Making, Aoka Surf Studio, Whangamata, New Zealand
2019 Spring, Workshop, Puffin Postcards Workshop, Cannon Beach Arts Association & Gallery
2019 Spring, Puffin Paintings - Cannon Beach Elementary School with Cannon Beach Arts Association & Gallery 2019 January, Panel Discussion Participant and Facilitator, Women surf film representation, Leeward Surf, Portland, Oregon
2019 May, Workshop, Play & Work, PSU’s MFA Social Practice’s ASSEMBLY conference, Portland, OR
2018 December, Workshop, Creative Zine Making, San Diego Surf Ladies, San Diego, California
2018 July, Panel Discussion Facilitator, Sexism in Surf Culture of the Pacific Northwest, Leeward Surf, Portland, Oregon
2018 Spring, Drawing Waves Workshop, Cannon Beach Arts Association

Artist Residencies

March 2021 - Present, City of Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock Awareness Program May 2015 - Burnside Skatepark

Art and Art & Social Practice Exhibitions 

Artist and Facilitator, Bunny Hill Grand Opening and Film Showing, Cannon Beach Art Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Artist and Facilitator, ‘Surf Telephone Hotline’, WildCactus, Portland, Oregon
Retreat Organizer & Workshop Facilitator, Sea Together, Oahu, Hawai’i
Workshop, Play & Work, PSU’s MFA Social Practice’s ASSEMBLY conference, Portland, OR
Co-organizer & panel member, Sea Together x U&I, Toruqay, Australia
Co-organizer, co-host, co-curator & installation/art handling, Aoka Surf Studio, Whangamata, New Zealand Co-host, At Sea with 100 Men, Sea Bones, Byron Bay, Australia
Artist Talk, Surf Night Out, Indigo & Salt, Buli, Australia
Event Organizer & Panel Facilitator, Women Surfers in PNW, Leeward Surf, Portland, OR
Curator & Event Organizer, Juneshine, San Diego, CA
Event Organizer, 1 Year Anniversary, San Onofre, CA
Artist, Merge/Convene Art Show, SDAI (San Diego Art Institute), San Diego, CA
Artist, Portland State University Film Festival, Portland, OR
Artist, Art & Design Open House, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Artist, A Slow Hello Parade, PSU’s MFA Social Practice’s ASSEMBLY conference, Portland, OR 2014
Artist, Group Exhibition, DdA Factory Art Gallery, Cagliari, Italy
Artist, Student Exhibition, University of Portland, Portland, OR


Publication Producer and Director, ISSUE 001: Identity, Sea Together Magazine, Global (2018)
Publication Producer and Director, ISSUE 002: Place, Sea Together Magazine, Global (2019)
Local BBQ (2020)
Under the Sea (2021)