September 29-November 10

  • Artist  Talk, Friday, November 2, 2018, 12 noon

Johnny Beaver curates a show that includes, gives visibility to and celebrates artists who in the past have been excluded from professional gallery spaces.

In 1667, the Académie des Beaux-Arts in France began hosting its Salon exhibition, a large, academic affair that grew to become the biggest annual influencing force in European art. Artworks were hung not just side by side, but floor to ceiling. This became what we now call “salon-style hanging” — something typically relegated to alternative art show spaces in coffee shops, taverns and record stores.

Ironically, the early version of Salon sealed its eventual demise by rejecting uneducated and underprivileged, un-awarded, and experimental art – artists like Monet, Degas, Cézanne, who are responsible for the innovative Impressionist movement we enjoy. There is still contentiousness surrounding the use of art’s primary resource — public space to be seen — as witnessed in letters to the editor in our daily Corvallis Gazette Times.

In response, this exhibition connects artists often excluded from professional galleries, by filling every square inch of the Corrine Woodman Gallery. The celebration of inclusion is also a challenge to the preciousness and majesty ascribed to art that is typically chosen over the exclusion of others.

Salon is curated by artist and recent Oregon State University graduate, Johnny Beaver and features the work of artists Kurt Fisk, Patrick Hackleman, Kris Askew, Ruth Van Order, Matt Conklin, Susan Woods, Jeremy Chemey, Amy Turner, Dale Leroy Scott, Beverly Powell, Linda Bach, and Amy Turner.