Howland Community OPEN

  • February 18 – April 9,  Tues– Fri, 12– 5 pm ~ Vote for your favorite works
  • February 27, Lunch Box Art Talk, 12 pm
  • February 20, March 19, CAW (Corvallis Arts Walk) 4:00 – 8:00 PM
  • March 12,  Artist Reception & Awards, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Apr 10, 11, Fri  & Sat: Pick up Artwork 12 – 5 pm


The ArtShop Artist of the Month for March is Jennifer Lommers. Jennifer lives in Corvallis, where she works out of her studio in the city’s beautiful and historic riverfront downtown. Trained in oil painting while earning her BFA from the University of Washington, Jennifer started painting professionally with acrylics in 2005. Creating her art using both traditional painting and printmaking techniques, Jennifer’s love of patterns and brush strokes add unique complexity to her paintings while emphasizing the natural forms she enjoys most – inspired by her love of the outdoors and hiking the trails and beaches of her childhood and the Willamette Valley. Each painting is a thoughtful and creative process with each brush stoke being informed by the previous one.

“A painting is not planned, but rather, explored”

Jennifer will have a Trunk Show on March 7, 2020, so come in and meet her and see more of her artworks.

What: Call to Artists and Curators for The Arts Center 2021-2022 Exhibition Program

When: Deadline, March 15, 2020, midnight. Online submissions only.

The Arts Center Exhibition Committee seeks proposals for the 2021-22 Main Gallery Exhibition Program. Each calendar year, The Arts Center’s Main Gallery features a number of scheduled exhibits that last generally five to six weeks. Two of the exhibits recur annually and are not part of this call to artists.

We seek submissions that give us the opportunity to broaden our audience and connect with other fields of interest within the Corvallis community such as science, technology, agriculture, and relevant social issues. One of our core questions is “why here, why now” as to determine the relevance of particular proposals.

The Arts Center is a community organization that fosters creativity and engagement with the arts locally and regionally. This engagement encourages personal growth and well-being of the individual as well as the community. Art is a universal language, and we welcome and value the open dialogue and creative connections that occur in our public programs. Thus, we encourage chosen artists to provide us with support videos and/or digital slide shows to enhance the conversation.

The Exhibition Committee creates a balanced exhibition program from your submissions. We invite artists from:

  • all media
  • large and small group shows
  • retrospectives and one-person exhibits
  • local artists
  • introductory work from artists of the greater Pacific Northwest
  • artists who are established, emerging or from underrepresented communities

We are inviting both artists and curators to respond to this Call to Artists.
All artists/ curators from the Pacific Northwest are eligible. Artists are responsible for all shipping or delivery. The Exhibition Committee reserves the right to combine artists who have submitted individually.

Link for images, floorplans and size measurements of the gallery. 1,200 square feet, with 150 feet of linear wall space.


Method of Entry

Please fill in the application completely >>



Call to Artists for Jan – Dec 2021-2022
Deadline: March 15, 2020, at midnight (online)
Notifications sent electronically: April/ May, 2020

FMI: or 541-754-1551, ext. 658 for The Arts Center’s staff curator, Hester Coucke.


February 25-March 28, 2020

  • Who: Four 2019-2020 Artists in Residence
  • What: Artist Accelerator Residency Exhibit
  • Conversation from the Corrine: Thurs, March 5, 12-1 pm
  • Reception: Thurs, March 12, 5:30-7:30 pm

The Arts Center is excited to showcase the 2019-2020 Artists in Residence in an Exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Galleries.  These four talented artists, who recently completed a four-month artist residency will share projects completed during their residency. This year’s residents are Kristie Potwora, Shagufta Mulla, Margot Dedrick, and Sabra Comins completed during this time. The public is invited to hear more about their experiences with the public during “Lunch Talk” on March 5, at 12 -1 pm at The Arts Center.. Residents spend three months preparing for the exhibit with The Arts Center and Downtown Corvallis Association hosted studio spaces. They also completed the Artist Accelerator program which focuses on professional and business development. The Artist Accelerator boasts opportunities for education, community, and visibility for emerging artists.

An artist talk will feature all four artists, Thursday, March 5, 12-1 pm, and an we celebrate them at an artists reception,  March 12, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

This year’s artists in residence come from a wide range of backgrounds, each bringing a unique perspective to their creative businesses and art practices:

Kristie Potwora lives in rural  Lane County where she keeps a small flock of pet chickens. These chickens have inspired her to begin work in egg tempera and work towards her first children’s book. Potwora holds an MFA and BFA in Printmaking from the U of O and a BA in Art Education from Humboldt State University. She currently teaches art courses at LCC. 

Margot Dedrick is an artist living and working in Corvallis. She holds a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College, and a MS in Arts Administration from the U of O. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout Minneapolis, including a solo show at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts. Dedrick’s current work explores childhood memories by depicting whimsical creatures in abstracted, colorful compositions using watercolor, ink, and acrylics.

Sabra Comins also lives and works in Corvallis. Her love of nature steered her to earn a Master of Environmental Management degree from PSU. She has received grants for public art, completed the Institute of Children’s Literature course, and Writing for Children and Teenagers. Comins will share excerpts of her 30 Letters in 30 Days and will reveal her first chapbook during this exhibit. 

Shagufta Mulla, DVM is a wildlife artist living in Independence, OR.  After a 20 year career as a small animal veterinarian, she changed paths in 2019 to pursue her lifelong passion for art.  Her work has been in the Salem Art Association’s Salem Salon show, The Art Center’s 8 x 8 show, and at Keizer Art Association’s Celebration of Flowers where she was awarded third place for her painting, “Steadfast.”

Reverberation Song

A man talks about family
and music,
while his pieces on the walls
reverberate their silence—
push it outwards
to embed the sound of wood and clay
into the hollow space
where a gospel
must have once roared

In their silence they croon—
an echo of kiln,
a serration of blade
carving manipulation
into form,
the space they occupy
a deafening.

Curved wood.
Curved pots.
Curvature of earth and echo.
Reverberation song.

A man speaks
with clay and timber
to tell stories
without words,

I become silent too.
Let a listening happen.

“I like the idea of my work being seen together” –Andres Salzman

   I.       Spine

Unpierced human // unknown body //
down your dreary and deepest tree //
hanging // trembling spirit //
Are you // coming with me?

   II.       Chest
Cavern flaming // roaring //
winds // red and blazed // breath //
Flee love // fly // spread and torch//
the night.

III.      Heart
Last // imagine // Last // witness
Deny // God // shred truth //
You // the sea // Me //
Imagine // all the things //
we could do // alone.

IV.       Eyes
From the world // careful creature //
from time // I’m falling //
into the ocean // blue sequined Atlas //
I cry // paradise // flawed // call me motion //
stormy bough // baby //no improvemen


All words in this poem come from a reordering of lyrics from songs used to accompany the visual experience of the show. This includes: “Movement” and “Talk” by Hozier, “Idumea” by the Milikin University Choir, “Misty Mountains” by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast from The Hobbit, “The Hanging Tree” by James Newton and Jennifer Lawrence, “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish, and “Stormy Weather” by Louise Armstrong.

A playlist of these songs to accompany your viewing can be found at the following link

What: Howland Community OPEN Exhibition @ The Arts Center

When: February 18 – April 9, 2020 Exhibition dates
    Drop Off Day for General Public: Saturday, February 15, 2020, 12 noon – 4 pm ONLY
    Current Arts Center Members Drop-off Week: Tuesday– Saturday, Feb 11 – 15, 12 – 4 pm ONLY

The Howland Community OPEN Exhibition invites ALL people living in Linn and Benton County to share their creativity. The 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.

Calling all …
• Current Members of The Art Center (with early, extended drop off perk!)
• Those who will become members
• Art makers just starting out
• Accomplished artisans & artists
• Toddlers, youth, teens, and young adults
• Adults who are just “playing around”
• Professional artists

Calendar: February/March/April 2020:
Feb 11-15 Drop off for Current Members of The Art Center 12 PM-4 PM ONLY
Feb 15 Drop-off Day for Everyone: 12 noon – 4 PM ONLY
February 18 – April 9, 2020 ~ Exhibition dates
February 18 – March 11, Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 5 PM ~ Vote for your favorite works
Feb 27 Lunch Box Art Talk at 12 PM
Feb 20, Mar 19 CAW (Corvallis Arts Walk) 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Mar 12 Artist Reception, 5:30 – 7:30, awards announced ~ 6 PM
Apr 10, 11 Friday & Saturday: pick up artwork 12 PM – 5 PM ONLY
Apr 13 Monday: Gallery Painting Day — make sure your piece is safely gone!
Apr 20 Pieces not picked up are graciously accepted as a donation for the Pre-Owned Art Sale in August.

For Currently Members ONLY: One piece of Artwork is accepted on Tuesday– Saturday, Feb 11 – 15, 2020, between 12 PM and 4 PM, ONLY. The exhibition guidelines still apply.

Not A Current Member? (Joining us is easy!)

Here is how it works:

• Deliver one (1) artwork per person on Saturday, February 15, 2020, between 12 PM – 4 PM, ONLY. We canNOT accept any early or late submissions.
• You CAN have another person deliver your artwork for you on the intake day.
• Paints, lacquers, etc. need to be dry.
• 65” Size limitation = height + width together, including frames
• Size limitation for 3D work: up to 25” across, up to 5 feet tall IF balanced well.
• Weight restrictions: ± 20 lbs.
• Staff can decline a piece if it is deemed not safe or content inappropriate.
• Paperwork must accompany each submission (Inventory Form for the back is available online. The color-coded tag for your artwork needs to be filled in at The Arts Center).

Installation: The Arts Center staff, Exhibition Committee members and designated volunteers hang the artwork until the walls are full, and make all placement decisions while installing this “instant exhibition.”

• SURPRISE AWARD: after the exhibit is installed the Exhibition Committee will add an impromptu award category.
• Art supply awards for youth age groups are provided through Jim and Ruth Howland Fund of The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund. (Anyone may make a donation to this Fund to support Howland Community OPEN exhibits).
• Curator’s Choice: the recipient will receive the glory of getting acknowledgment.
• The People’s Choice Award winner’s artwork will be featured on the exhibition card for the following year.

VOTING for the People’s Choice Award
• Visitors can cast up to 3 votes with small post-its supplied by The Arts Center front desk.
• Voting can be for different pieces or all for one piece — however, you wish to vote.
• Votes accepted from February 18 – March 11, Tuesday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 PM.
• There is no voting on the day of the Reception, Thursday, March 12

To Frame or Not to Frame, that is the Question!
• Framing is not required, but it is strongly suggested to give attention to presentation and how your work will be hung. Please matt or mount your work with a hanging wire or self-sticking hanger on the backside. We accept alternative ways of hanging unframed artwork, but it should still be ready to install with some means of hanging.

The Arts Center does not accept responsibility for damage to artwork not picked up by Saturday, April 11, at 5 PM. Artwork not picked up by Saturday, April 20 will be considered a donation to The Arts Center.

Special thank you to our sponsors, Citizens Bank and to the

Howland Fund of The Arts Center Endowment Fund.  

Deadline April 5, 2020

Around Oregon Annual at The Arts Center:  July 16 – August  26, 2020

The Around Oregon Annual exhibit is open to artists living in all parts of our state.  This exhibition recognizes the quality and diversity in the creative expression of artists throughout Oregon. Our intent is to show young and upcoming, as well as mature and established artists together. The Around Oregon Annual also recognizes and encourages excellence by awarding cash prizes, thoughtfully selected from the actual work.


Jane Brumfield serves as the 2020 AOA juror. She is the co-owner of Imprint Gallery in Cannon Beach, opened in 2017.  Jane & Mike Brumfield have operated galleries in Boise, Idaho and Hastings, England, before settling on the Oregon Coast. Prior to Imprint Gallery, Jane had a 20-year career curating for small regional museums in the South of England.

Method of entry:

Fill in the application form completely >>

Please do not use any other formatting software.

An artist statement is optional, max 100 words.

Video or animation can be submitted by providing a links to online media.

Notifications will be made by April 29, 2020



  • The exhibit is open to all artists living or working in Oregon; the work does not need to have “Oregon” as its subject matter.
  • All work must have been completed in the last two years.
  • All media, except music and performance, will be considered.
  • Work previously exhibited at The Arts Center will not be accepted or presented to the juror.


Terms and Parameters:

  • Non-juried work cannot be substituted for accepted work. Artwork must be available for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Artists are responsible for delivery/transportation to and from The Arts Center.
  • Pieces must be ready to hang or install (we do not accept saw tooth hangers). If not, staff can choose not to include the piece. Pieces must be identified with a label on the back or bottom, either your own label or TAC label provided with notification. Label must have the artist name, the title of the work and email address or phone number.
  • Fragile surfaces must be protected by glass or Plexiglas; for special display methods, the artist needs to supply materials and clear instructions.
  • No size restrictions, but note that very large pieces are harder to place in a group exhibit.

Artwork must be for sale, The Arts Center will receive a 50% commission on all sales. The Arts Center will not be responsible for loss or damage to artwork left at TAC after August 27, 2020. (AOA pieces not picked up by that date will be considered donations to  TAC.) Insurance will be provided during the exhibition. All work will be reimbursed for the full commission of the sales price declared on the provided consignment form. The consignment form must be completed for insurance value to be effective.


The submission of digital images to this competition constitutes an agreement to all conditions set forth in the call-to-artists, including permission for reproduction on our website, general publicity in newspapers and magazines for promotional purposes. TAC will select work to be reproduced on an outside banner for the front of our building. The banner is TAC property, including future uses. (sales, tote bags, wallets etc.) If you do not want your work to be reproduced this way, please indicate in submission.

The Arts Center hosts a Pre-Owned Art Sale on August 29; intake for donations is August 28. It is important to pick up your work on the scheduled date August 27, or make early and explicit arrangements.



  • Entries due  Sunday, April 5, 2020
  • Selected artists notified April 29, 2020
  • Artwork due on or prior to  Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • Delivery intake times Saturday, June 11, 12:00-5:00 pm
  • Weekdays 9:15 – 5:30 by appointment
  • Exhibition dates:  July 16 – August 26, 2020
  • Reception Thursday, July 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm (and Corvallis Arts Walk 4-8 pm)
  • Lunch Box Art Talk July 23, Thursday, 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
  • Arts Alive 2020! August 15, 1-7 pm
  • Artwork pick up, August 27, Thursday, 12:00 noon – 5 pm


Introducing The Arts Center 2020 Writing Intern, Juliette Givhan. Givhan will fulfill a writer’s internship with The Arts Center’s Exhibition program, by writing impressions about our January and February 2020 exhibits. Juliette will respond with two works about the January exhibit Andreas Salzman: Narrative and three more about the Howland Community OPEN 2020 exhibit.

We are very excited to showcase the literary arts, and work with Oregon State University’s School of Writing, Literature and Film | Creative Writing Program on another writing intern project — our third!

Our thanks for support of the Literary Arts Fund of The Art Center’s Endowment Fund.

In Juliette’s own words:

“I have always been fascinated with the intersection of visual art and poetic forms. As someone who identifies as both a poet and visual artist, I want to find out how the two can act together outside of the obvious overlap of writing poems that have images on the pages. When I first moved to Corvallis a year ago, I lived off 9th and Washington, so I would wander to the park almost daily. I would put my headphones on and walk through the Art Center gallery, taking time to see the rotating exhibits. I believe this exploration of visual consumption and written production will help my writing grow as well as I continue my education at Oregon State University.”


A Body of Work by Juliette Givhan

“I like the idea of my work being seen together” –Andres Salzman    I.       Spine Unpierced human // unknown body // down your dreary and deepest tree // hanging // trembling spirit // Are you // coming with me?    […]

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Reverberation Song by Juliette Givhan

Reverberation Song A man talks about family and music, while his pieces on the walls reverberate their silence— push it outwards to embed the sound of wood and clay into the hollow space where a gospel must have once roared […]

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