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Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN

February 15-March 31, 2022

Members Drop Off Week: February 8-12, 2022

Public Drop Off Day: February 12, 12-4 pm

A community art event bringing all ages, all experience levels and a variety of media together in one amazing show!

The Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN is an opportunity FOR EVERYONE* to exhibit artwork at The Arts Center. We welcome all ages and levels of experience, with those just beginning to create especially invited to participate. All visual arts media will be accepted within the size and weight restrictions listed below.

Online registration and expanded delivery times returns, as well as exhibition and award categories. Since it all worked well last year, this second year will be even better.

Online registration opens January 1 via the registration form below.

Printed forms are available upon request at the front desk of The Arts Center (700 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis) and can be submitted upon delivery.


Artwork Drop Off:

  • Members Drop Off Week:  Tuesday-Friday, February 8-11, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday, February 12, 12- 4 pm 
  • General Public:  Saturday February 12,  12 – 4 pm ONLY

Artwork Pick Up: Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2, 12-5 pm.  Pick up art purchases, your own artwork and/or those of others (kids, neighbor, friend) if the artist notifies The Arts Center in advance. 

NOTE: Work not picked up after April 9 will be considered a donation to The Arts Center and included in a future fundraiser. 


  • Members receive an entire Drop off Week, Tuesday-Friday, February 8 – 11, 2022, 12 – 5 pm, and Saturday Feb 12, 12-4 pm  
  • Members will be noted on special Member Exhibition Tags and be eligible to win the “THE Award.”  For 2022, it is a wonderful Sculpture by Ginny Gibson.


The Howland Community OPEN exhibit will be installed by categories from which awards will be presented and celebrated:

Kid Age Categories:  Awards for three age groups, (in addition to the other categories below) with individual ages on the exhibition tags.

Categories for all — include kids, adults, professional, non-professional:

  • People: (self)-portraits, full figure, busts, headshots, but perhaps also a mermaid or celestial beings.
  • Flora (also known as Plants):  trees, plants, flowers, seedpods.
  • Fauna (also known as Animals): wild and domestic such as foxes or chickens, tigers or cats, birds or dinosaurs. Or dragons. (the curator has an octopus phobia, be kind).
  • “. ..”Scapes: landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, but also still-lives (=indoor constructed mini composition-scape), cloud formations and outer space.
  • Fantasy or Imaginary: scenes or objects with narrative subject or motif that don’t exist in reality, such as ideas, fairies, dream scenes, inventions, aliens. Or dragons.
  • Abstract: a composition of shapes and colors, without a story, either 2 or 3 dimensional. 
  • Functional or practical or purposeful: things that can be used as other than an artwork, such as functional pottery, bowls, clothing, hats, jewelry, lamps or clocks.

* Who May Participate: Everyone living in Linn or Benton Counties can bring in one (1) original artwork made by themselves. You are welcome to deliver for someone else, but you may not exhibit artwork created by someone other than You.

We do NOT accept reproductions or giclee prints or work made from a kit or purchased pattern. 

Size & Weight Limits: the combined sum of height and width of the framed work together cannot exceed 65”, and the weight cannot exceed 25lbs. Two-dimensional art should have a wire or a hanger, ready to hang it on the wall; three-dimensional art should be stable and safe.  Work needs to be dry. Due to very limited storage space, packaging materials cannot be stored at The Arts Center.


How to wire work for hanging:

Presentation: we do not require items to be framed, but artwork that is presented thoughtfully looks better than an unprepared sheet of paper or canvas. 

All materials, techniques and subject matter are welcomed, but The Arts Center staff reserves the right to decide if work is (not) appropriate for our family-friendly setting.

For Sale or Not For Sale (NFS): The work can be marked for sale, with a price decided by the artist. Artists receive a 50% commission on sales, or may opt to donate the full sales price to The Arts Center as a tax-deductible donation. 

Work does not have to be for sale, but for insurance purposes, we request every artist list a value for their piece.

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Special Thanks for Sponsorship Support from:

“The Lunch Bunch”

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Special Thanks for Sponsorship Support from:

Citizens Bank

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