Umpqua Valley Arts is dedicated to the belief that the arts are an indispensable element of a thriving and meaningful community, and that education in the arts should be available to all.
Our exhibition programming is inspired by our energetic community, the geography in which our organization is situated, and the unique history of our region and our institution. When we are willing to consider ideas & art together, we are learning to acknowledge and respect the histories that bind us together, and the changing world that surrounds us.
A Watched Pot Always Boils
HALLIE BROWN FORD GALLERY
Curator for “A Watched Pot Always Boils,” Serena Swanson:
Curator for “A Watched Pot Always Boils,” Jayden Dukes:
The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women’s constitutional right to vote. However, it is important to note that while this sounds ideal in theory, in practice many women of color found themselves unable to exercise their legal right to cast a ballot, depriving them of a voice in local and federal elections. As the New York Times noted in an editorial in their evaluation of the 19th Amendment’s centennial, “millions of other women… remained shut out of the polls until the voting rights act was passed in 1965.”
Postcards for a Beautiful World
Featuring postcard size artwork by community members in the Umpqua Valley! UVA put a call out and received many postcards of care and support. What are your hopes and dreams for the future? How do we weather our collective storms and continue to cultivate a sense of belonging with one another? We decided to do this fun event because a beloved art teacher and long time Art Center family member, Victoria Carnate, came up with the brilliant idea and shared it with our Gallery Director! See, you can make a difference at UVA by using your voice. Happy 2021! We think it’s going to be great because if you’re reading this, our doors are open! UVA is honored to show these postcards made by our beloved community!
Wood, Water and Oils
RED DOOR GALLERY
Typewriter Art by Paul Smith | UVA's Permanent Collection
Known worldwide as the “Typewriter Artist”, Paul Smith’s story spans eight decades, seven in which he created typewriter art. Having a severe case of spastic Cerebral Palsy that affected his speech, his mobility, and his fine motor coordination, Paul persevered and expressed himself through his artwork. Paul Smith lived a full life painting intricate pictures with only a typewriter.
UVA proudly presents works in our permanent collection by Paul Smith in our newly renovated Gallery II.