Artwork by Emily Steele

September 28-November 2, 2019

  • Artist Reception Thursday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunchbox Artist Talk, Thursday, October 24, 12 noon

Works on view from the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection, donated to The Arts Center by her family at the end of 2018. The twelve-piece collection includes glass and steel sculptures which have not seen by the public for 30 years. The show references the collaborative spirit she inspired to complete her work, and includes photos, sketches and memorabilia from which she drew inspiration, and that document her lifetime in the arts.

Emily Steele spent the majority of her art making career in Corvallis, sold her sculptures primarily through a gallery in Los Angelas, California and the Fountain Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Her work was purchased by collectors nationwide. Steele also received several public arts commissions, the most ambitious of which can be found in the Alison Room of the First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis.

Sculptures in the collection are available for loans on longer-term placements. Contact Hester Coucke for more information.

August 27-September 21, 2019

Repetition: A study on geometric shapes, colors, and dimensions

  • Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery, Thursday, September 5, 12 noon-1 pm

This exhibit showcases Levant Karayalim’s three dimensional wall hangings. All pieces are made from repurposed materials such as corrugated paper, wood, cloth, and canvas. His works combine vibrant color combinations as well as bold black and white contrasting geometric shapes.

Levant was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the United States in the late 1980’s. At age 25, while living in NYC, he restored 14th-15th-16th French and Flemish Medieval tapestries that now reside in museums and residences. This talent has transformed into his artworks. He is inspired by Neo-concrete and Minimalists art movements. Work in this show focus on repetition and creating a large whole from smaller repetitive elements.

This one-day workshop will lead participants through all the steps of creating a monoprint. Start with photo references, composition, and printing techniques to end with unique, one-of-a-kind prints to take home!

All supplies provided, beginners welcome!

Schedule & Registration info:

  • Saturday, October 19
  • 11:00 am- 3:00 pm (includes break time)

    Teens and Adults (15 years and older) 

Registration fee: $60.00 per participant
Register here

An all-acoustic music event performed by local musicians!

The focus is folk music. Other musical genres are welcome. Both individuals and groups and a variety of instrumentation are encouraged.

Free and open to all, both performers and audience.

2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison, Corvallis

Contact Kurt Smith at k_smith1342(at)comcast(dot)net or phone at 541-270-6369

LOCAL FOLK is a partnership of the Corvallis Folklore Society and The Arts Center, Corvallis


Local Folk

August 15-September 23, 2019

  • Lunch Box Artist Talk Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12 noon

Tradition Turns Contemporary, honors the rich history of quilt-making while reinterpreting it through contemporary visual language and materials. Pushing the boundaries of fiber art, Dorothy McGuinness, Jennifer Salzman, and Ann Kresge, explore the essence of quilt-making.

Since quilting comes out of a domestic practice mostly executed by women, it seems fitting that three women artists are represented in this exhibit. Tradition Turns Contemporary is part of Benton County’s 2019 Quilt County, a biannual series of quilt exhibits. The Arts Center has been a part of Quilt County for many years, at times with actual quilts but more often with artwork that reinterprets the theme of quilting as “making a new whole out of smaller individual pieces.” 

Dorothy McGuinness (Everett, WA), paints strips of watercolor paper and creates baskets in unique and intriguing forms. Her work is colorful, experimental and definitely not you “grandmothers basket.” The shapes look like complicated math formulas. McGuinness says, “approaching my work as a puzzle drives me to discover new shapes and weaving innovations. I often think, how can I get this shape or pattern combination? What if I use these colors in this combination in this order/ What if…”

Jennifer Salzman’s (Creswell, OR) work has moved from photography to mixed media, as she combines photography with textile and embroidery techniques. She uses black and white photography to convey a sense of tradition and history, as present in traditional (bed) quilts but makes it contemporary through imagery and mixing of unrelated techniques and materials. Salzman uses “old” technology, such as film-based photography and traditional embroidery, to create new mixed media-based narratives.

Ann Kresge, a Salem, OR artist, is a printmaker and bookmaker who created artworks from small artists’ books to site-specific installations. Both art forms share the idea of “many small parts forming a larger whole” in common with quilting, as well as a propensity of storytelling. Books have many pages; her larger print work is dominated by a fascination with patterns. In traditional quilting, the reused materials from old clothing told a disguised story, so does Kresge’s work. Kresge explains:

With roots in printmaking and book arts I employ approaches inherent to those media: thinking in layers, series and sequence. Though experimental and expansive in my mix of materials, I am consistent in my artistic concerns. Through my explorations and resulting work I am interested in providing the viewer the opportunity to make connections and discover their own narratives and iconographies.


Around Oregon Annual, juried by Sandee McGee
June 20 – August 9, 2019
HOURS: Tues-Sat, 12-5 pm

Group exhibit by professional artists from Oregon

For Call to Artists: Deadline March 17: LINK

The Arts Center is a member of the Mid-Willamette Valley Art Trail — “Fifty Miles of Art” along the Hwy 99W corridor.  Pick up a brochure at here, or any of the other twelve participating galleries, and create your self-guided art adventure to McMinnville, Independence/Monmouth and Corvallis, Oregon.

Gallery Preview YouTube Channel >>


Take your creativity on an adventure under the sea!

July 15-19, 2019

Add octopus legs to your pot! Learn basic wheel throwing to make a pot and hand-building techniques to add parts. We’ll also be making fish shaped pinch pots, an aquarium slab box, and a mosaic underwater ocean. This class is for beginners and intermediate levels. 

Register Here
Morning camp (ages 7 – 10 years old)
Afternoon camp (ages 10-13 years old)

Half-day camps: $250.00 per child
Early Drop Off/ Late pick up click here!

The Arts Center presents

Trystan Reese @ The Whiteside Theatre

Trystan shares his  story of life, family and transition with us. 

Trystan Reese sprang into the public consciousness in 2017 when he decided to tell his trans pregnancy story in the mainstream media. He and his partner, Biff, are also the adoptive parents of Biff’s biological niece and nephew. They are proud to have expanded the public conversation about trans reproductive justice, queer families, and what it means to be a father. He regularly tells the unique story of his family’s creation to audiences across the country. 

He is the Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to form them. 

REGISTER NOW for this FREE Event!
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets

An Evening with Trystan Reese kicks off programming about transgender identity using the arts as a means of communication and connection: 

Our Thanks for support of this event, exhibition, and associated programming: 

Counseling and Psychological Services, Oregon State University

Jim and Ruth Howland Fund of The Arts Center Endowment Fund


Kristi Quillen, Poetry Intern


Kristi Quillen is an MFA in creative writing/poetry candidate at Oregon State University. She is interested in the interplay of visual art and the written word, which she explores through writing poetry in response to artwork and through letterpress and book art forms. Before moving to Corvallis, she was an editor at a sustainability magazine, a Peace Corps volunteer, a teacher trainer and mentor, and a high school literature teacher. She enjoys spending time in forests around Corvallis and is often inspired by trees, mosses, and lichen, which appear in her poems.

The Arts Center is excited to have Kristi as a writing intern for 2019, creating connections between the written word and visual art. Her poem, You Can, was created in conjunction with the Art of Being an Artist exhibit.


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