Annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN EXTENDED!

  • EXTENDED February 18 – May 21, 2020
  • Thursday, May 21, Last Day and Closing Celebration, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Fri  & Sat, May 22 & 23: Pick up Artwork 12 – 5 pm

The Howland Community OPEN 2020 Exhibition featured 230+ artists from Linn and Benton Communities — with 75 artists new to The Arts Center!

This 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. Covid19 caused our Awards Night and Reception to be a closed event for award recipients only, but we live streamed it to our Facebook Page for people to enjoy the evening with us.

Awards were given by age categories and media.


First Name Last Name Title Category Awards
Lily Liu Marie Antonette’s Ball 0-7 Young Award
Albert Sun War with Virus 0-7 Young Award
Grace Whitman My Garden 0-7 Young Award
Lucy Whitman Me and My Unicorn 0-7 Young Award
Gina Alberte Pear #1 14-19 Award
Ally Willard Cow Without Context 14-19 Honorable Mention
Tori Thorp Exhaustion 14-19 Honorable Mention
Meredith Whitman The Unlikely Winner 8-13 Award
Ava Dickay Bird 8-13 Honorable Mention
Rose Liu Picnic in Spring 8-13 Honorable Mention
Molly Maynard Edward the Teasle 8-13 Honorable Mention
Edith Wolfe Circe: My Ex-Husband was sacrificed to the Pig Goddess Career Award
Celia Carl Anderson Gate Keepers Career Honorable Mention
Gale Everett Lunar Rat Career Honorable Mention
Peggy Sharrow Alliums in June Career Honorable Mention
Carolyn Ver Linden Happy Hippo Recreational Award
Belinda Barnes Trees Recreational Honorable Mention
Chinh T. Le Summertime, and the living is easy… Recreational Honorable Mention
Teresa Jennison Love Eternal Recreational Honorable Mention
Tori Thorp Exhaustion 14-19 Curator’s Award
First Name Last Name Title Category Awards
Becca Lemon Gaia- Joyful Abundance 3D Award – front and back
Deb Lewis Angel with Nest 3D Award -front and back
David Mayfield She Knows Special Award Award
Lauren Ohlgren Obsidian Trail – Winter career Board’s Choice Award
Judith M. Sanders A View of Rome career People’s Choice Award

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. Anyone may support this show through the Fund.

Thanks also to Citizens Bank for their sponsorship support!