Annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN

The Howland Community OPEN Exhibition invites ALL people living in Linn or Benton Counties to show their art. The exhibit reflects the joy of art-making and the engagement of our community with the visual arts. Art making is a valuable means of expression for beginners and seasoned professional artists alike. Awards will be awarded to participants in several categories.


New: Curator’s Trophy for a Small but Mighty Work, anything roughly one foot (12 inches) all dimensions, or SMALLER!

Thanks to Ruth and Jim Howland for establishing the Howland Fund within The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund to support the Community OPEN Show Awards.

VOTING for the People’s Choice Award

  • Visitors may cast up to 3 votes with small post-its supplied by The Arts Center front desk
  • Voting can be for different pieces or all for one piece — however you wish to vote
  • Votes accepted from February 18 – March 11  (HOURS: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 PM)
  • There is no voting on the day of the Reception, Thursday, March 12