Current Exhibits

May 5 – June 30, 2017

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 5th from 5pm – 7pm


HALLIE BROWN FORD GALLERY: ArtWorks Northwest  the seventh annual ArtWorks Northwest Exhibit: A regional juried exhibit of work made by artists working in the Pacific Northwest.

RED DOOR GALLERY: I Am a Country Made of Changing Places artworks by Renee Couture.

CORRIDOR & ENTRYWAY GALLERY: Printmaking Now: A juried exhibition featuring printmaking from artists nationwide.

GALLERY II: Unspoken artworks by Beth I Robinson and Beverly Soasey

STUDENT GALLERY: Artsy Lancer artworks by South Umpqua High School Students

ArtWorks Northwest:  Painting by Colleen Chronister Title:  Little Red Bobber.   Medium: Oil.  Dimensions: 30″ x 30″

Featured in the Hallie Brown Ford Gallery is the seventh annual ArtWorks Northwest Exhibit: A regional juried exhibit of work made by artists working in 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 500+ submissions, 46 works were chosen by our juror, Scott Malbaurn, to form this year’s ArtWorks Northwest exhibit. About our Juror, Scott Malbaurn: Prior to his appointment as Director of Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum of Art, Scott Malbaurn was the Acting Assistant Chairperson of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and oversaw the undergraduate Fine Arts program in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics. Malbaurn also worked at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum located in Queens, NY where he worked in the Curatorial and Collections Department as well as Noguchi’s Design Department. Malbaurn has an extensive background in independent curatorial work in New York and has had his own work displayed in many professional exhibits nationally and internationally.

Gallery II features the work of Oregon Artists, Beth I. Robinson and Beverly Soasey in their collaborative exhibition titled Unspoken. The artists share a love for found objects, collage, cut edges and the unspoken. In particular, they are interested in narratives that are missing, left out, or forgotten. Together they have selected a unique collection of objects which have inspired this new body of work. Some of the objects have made it into the actual artwork while others may be mere fragments or ghosts within the materials, pencil lines or patterns. Through collaborative dialogue and observation, the two artists capture the momentary voice of these objects within visual narratives created by their individual interpretation and process. Their work captures narratives beneath the surface, individual perception, and the things often left unsaid, giving the viewer dual representation for each object. 

In the Entryway and Corridor Gallery is Printmaking Now: A juried exhibition featuring printmaking from artists nationwide. The subjects within the works vary to give viewers an insight into the differing ways artists are using media. About the juror, Charlene Liu was Born in Taiwan and raised in the American Midwest. Liu is an Associate Professor and Printmaking Coordinator in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

In the Red Gallery is the work of Renee Couture in an exhibit titled I Am a Country Made of Changing Places. For this exhibit Renee explores the idea of barriers and borders. She says, “The fence is a man-made barrier that shows ownership. Fences enclose, surround, confine, separate, protect, and keep out. By fencing in a piece of land, a space becomes specific. It becomes my place or your place or our place. They become separate but connected, and filled with memory, longing, and desire.” As an artist, place is fundamental to Renee Couture’s studio work and research. She uses her own rural community as a starting point for her work in examining the tension between social well-being and ecological integrity.

The Student Gallery will feature Artsy Lancer: A collection of work by South Umpqua High School Students. Art Instructor Emily Figueroa-Wolfe’s students display a variety of mediums and topics within their ultra creative works.

ArtWorks Northwest 2017 Juried Winners

First Place Awarded to “Consent” by Eric Olander.
Second Place Awarded to “Consensual cubes” by Richard Newman.
Third Place Awarded to “Aleta No. 4” by Kathryn Lesh.
Fourth Place Awarded to “Pendleton, Oregon” by John Francis.

Resourceful Gallery Exhibit Documents
Press Release: 2017 Spells_Press Release
Postcard: 2017 Spells_Postcard
Poster:  2017 Spells_Poster


Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

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, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.