Current Exhibits

Artwork by Jessalyn Haggenjos
Title: “Plate Glide”
Medium: Acrylic on Panel


2016 ArtWorks Northwest

Sponsored by Arnold Morton

May 6 – July 8, 2016

ArtWorks Northwest exhibit: A regional juried exhibit of works from the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, Western Montana, and Western Wyoming). The call was open to all media and features the best regional artists working in the Pacific Northwest. We are excited to announce that out of 400+ submissions, 45 works were chosen by our juror, Stephen Hayes, to form this year’s ArtWorks Northwest exhibit.

About our Juror: Stephen Hayes is an artist who earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has exhibited his evocative paintings and prints with the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland since 1986. His work has been shown in London, England; Kyoto and Sapporo, Japan; Gibraltar; Belgium; Jordan; as well as New York, Oakland, New Orleans and Washington D.C. Hayes has received numerous awards for his work as an artist, including fellowships from The Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and the Western States Arts Federation. He is 2011 Hallie Ford Fellow.

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This year’s ArtWorks Northwest Artists:

Joanna Adler – Roberta Aylward – Amy Bay, Nils Benson –  Marjorie Black –  CJ Breil –  Aaron Brethorst –  Reginald Brooks –  Clint Brown –  Tori Bryer –  Kathleen Caprario –  Sarah Ciampa –  Bets Cole –  Renee Couture –  Shawn Demarest –  Eric Demattos –  Pam Demo –  Tallmadge Doyle –  Livia Erwin –  Joan Findlay –  John Francis –  Julie Gautier-Downes –  Jessalyn Haggenjos –  Jan Hoy –  Michael Kelly –  Ann Kresge –  Cynthia Lahti –  Eva Lake –  Drew Lantrip –  Susan Lehman – Laurie Morris –  John Nichols –  Stephen O’Donnell –  Azalea Rees –  Sam Slater –  Gabriella Soraci –  Leslie Vigeant –  Julian Voss-Andreae

Gallery II features the work of Claudia Lapham in her solo exhibition titled Round Home. Lapham creates place-based paintings that reflect an exploration of herself as the subject within her surroundings. The pieces are thought-provoking as she seamlessly uses media and surface to investigate her subject matter. Both process and finished paintings reflect an engagement with the natural world and a flickering between layers of seeing and experiencing “home”.In the Red Gallery is the work of Bruce and Connie Vincent in an exhibit titled Side by Side. This exhibit features approximately 30 pieces created by the couple, with each of them contributing half of the total exhibit. As the title implies, the work will be displayed so that they hang side by side, rather than being relegated to a display of “his” and “her” work. The exhibit features both printmaking processes and painting.

In the Entryway and Corridor Gallery is Photography NOW!: A juried exhibition featuring photographic work from artists nationwide. The subjects vary within the works to give viewers an expansive view of Photography NOW! This show is meant to give space for the emerging voices of this cultural moment in the photographic arts.

About the juror: Laura Valenti is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director based in Portland, Oregon. She works as the Outreach Director at Photolucida, a nonprofit that strives to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing industries. Previously, she worked as Program Director and co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography. Laura curates photography exhibitions around the country and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Center for Fine-Art Photography, Photographic Resource Center, and RayKo Photo Center. She also recently curated a major northwest landscape photography exhibition for the Oregon Historical Society: “Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape”.

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The Student Gallery will feature: The Third Dimension, a show made up of art objects created by students (grades 8-12) at Phoenix School by using a 3D printer! The show also features 2D drawings and paintings. Through the combination of Art, Design and Technology, students are empowered to engage in artistic endeavors and full self-expression.

“A UVAC series of art exhibits offer a diverse range or creative expression” Vera Westbrook, News Review. 

Galleries closed for one week (June 27 – July 5) following the Summer Arts Festival.

Exhibition Dates for All Galleries: May 6 – July 8, 2016
Reception for All Galleries: Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5-7pm

The public is invited to attend this free opening reception for the exhibit.

Exhibits at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association are always free, and are open to the public Tuesday – Friday from 10AM – 4PM and Saturday from 10AM – 2PM.
For further information, call (541) 672-2532 

May 6 – July 8, 2016

GALLERY II Claudia Lapham
RED DOOR GALLERY Bruce & Connie Vincent
ENTRYWAY Photography NOW!
STUDENT GALLERY “The Third Dimension”
by Phoenix School


Interested in applying to a show like this one?
Visit our Call to Artists Page

Friends of the Art Center:


Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Phillip and Debi Bates, Craig Jackson, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Chuck’s Texaco, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.