“Mary’s Peak” by Jim Howland

Jim Howland was one of the founders of the international engineering firm, CH2M-Hill, and fostered high-level community engagement with everyone he met. In the early 1960s, when the idea of a Corvallis Arts Council was initiated, Jim made one of the first significant contributions to the effort. 

Ruth and Jim’s support for the arts continued to grow over the course of the next four decades. Jim’s printmaking led to their ownership of Pegasus Framing and Gallery and lifetime friendships with many local artists. They were active members of the Madison Avenue Tasks Force that had the goal of connecting the Oregon State University campus to beautiful Downtown Corvallis. Jim’s vision for a Madison Avenue corridor filled with “art surprises” is what we enjoy today. It is fitting that the first Patron of the Arts Award went to Jim and Ruth Howland.

The Howlands generously established a Fund within The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund to support public art and the annual Community OPEN show. They loved this open show, and that it was an opportunity for everyone living in Benton and Linn Counties to participate and share their artwork.

The Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN allows us to remember this amazing couple with gratitude for their visionary spirit and lasting support.

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